Now that you have your amateur radio licence and have gained experience operating, it may be time for you to move on to an Intermediate licence. The Intermediate licence carries with it more privileges and also more responsibilities on you as a radio amateur. The main advantage of stepping up to the Intermediate licence is the increase in permitted operating power. You will be able to go from the 10 watts of the Foundation licence, up to 50 watts as an Intermediate licence holder.
It’s actually not necessary to take a course to sit the Intermediate exam, but we would strongly recommend doing so. All our RSGB affiliated trainers have a wealth of knowledge and years of experience to impart to their students.
Understandably the Intermediate course is longer and more challenging than the Foundation. It aims to teach many of the fundamentals of radio in a stimulating way by actually undertaking practical tasks such as soldering, building a small project and a variety of other exercises, building on the experience you have gained as a Foundation licence holder.
Two methods of assessment are used. First, a practical skills assessment is taken which demonstrates your competence in basic electronics. This involves soldering a rudimentary circuit together using some of the components you learned about on the course.
This is followed by an examination of 45 multiple-choice questions each with four possible responses, which covers the remainder of the syllabus. The examination lasts 1 hour 25 minutes. Your exam paper is marked on the spot by the invigilator straight after the exam so, as with the Foundation, there is no long wait to know whether you have passed or not.