Foundation Course and Exams

EMDRC Foundation Course. The last Foundation Licence training course was held on Saturday 28 October 2023 at the EMDRC club rooms in East Burwood. Exams conducted the following morning, Sunday 29 October 2023 for all licence classes. If you would like to register for a future course or examination, please use the “Request an Assessment” […]

Operating Practices and Procedures

Demonstrate Equipment Setup A licence candidate will be required to demonstrate connecting a transceiver safely to a power supply, microphone, transmission line and antenna. The image below shows: 13.8 VDC power supply FT-857D HF / VHF / UHF transceiver MFJ-945E antenna tuner with built in VSWR meter 50 Ohm dummy load – to use as […]


Interference There are many sources of potential RF noise generation that can interfere with broadcast radio and television receivers. These sources of man made noise include: Power tools, Computers, Arc Welders, Power lines etc. Interference can be caused to: Telephones – mobile and fixed, Television, Radio reception, Audio equipment, Computers, Vehicle electronic equipment, Blasting devices […]


Propagation basics Radio waves are electromagnetic waves. How these waves travel from the transmitting antenna to the receiving antenna is called propagation. Radio waves travel in straight lines although they can be reflected, refracted or diffracted. The further the radio wave gets from the transmitting antenna the weaker it becomes. Any time a radio wave […]


Typical dangers in Amateur Radio can include: High voltages and currents Electromagnetic radiation Trip hazards from cables and other items High sound levels Working at heights Working with chemicals Always be Aware of Safety 12 mA of current can kill 230 v mains can provide the voltage and current to electrocute a person Vacuum tube […]

Technical Basics

An Amateur Licence primarily authorises the operation of an Amateur station for self-training in radiocommunications, intercommunications between Amateurs and technical investigations into radiocommunications. It is therefore very important, that the Foundation Licensee, understand basic electrical and electronics theory for the purpose of experimentation and safety in the field. This page is designed to provide the […]

Foundation Course Timing

Session Times Topic Instructor Start time Finish time Introduction Peter Hartfield 8:30 am 9:00 am Nature of Amateur Radio Peter Hartfield 9:00 am 9:30 am Licence Conditions Peter Hartfield 9:30 am 10:15 am Morning Tea Break 10:15 am 10:30 am Technical Basics Damian Ayres 10:30 am 11:00 am Transmitters and Receivers Damian Ayres 11:00 am […]

Licence Conditions

Operation under a Foundation Amateur Licence is subject to conditions in the: Radiocommunications Act 1992, Radiocommunications Regulations 1993, Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Determination 2015 (as amended from time to time) and Part 6 – Conditions for amateur licence (amateur foundation station) Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Apparatus Licence) Determination 2015 An Amateur […]

The Nature of Amateur Radio

Types of licences Amateur radio activities are authorised under an amateur licence. Other forms of licences authorise types of radiocommunications such as Citizens Band (CB), Land mobile, Point to Point Links and Broadcasting. The Amateur Service operates on frequency bands allocated for Amateur use. The Amateur Service shares some frequency bands with other services. Rules […]

Foundation Course

This page shows all the information you need to attend a Foundation Training Course at the EMDRC club rooms in Burwood. 1. Nature of Amateur Radio 2. Licence Conditions 3. Technical Basics 4. Transmitters and Receivers 5. Transmission Lines and Antennas 6. Propagation 7. Interference 8. Operating Practices and Procedures 9. Safety