Assuming you already have your Foundation license, you may decide you want to move on to get your Intermediate licence.
Why move to Intermediate?
- This increases your maximum allowed power from 10 watts to 50 watts, which can make a difference
- You’re no longer limited to commercially available transmitters and can build and design your own transmitters
- Access to some extra frequencies up in the GHz range, including allocations around 1.2GHz, 2.3GHz, 5GHz, 24GHz and 248GHz
- You’re showing the amateur radio community that you’re looking to progress beyond “entry level”
Essentially, some more study, then the RSGB’s Intermediate exam, which is a 46 question multiple-choice test (90 minutes), with a pass mark of 28/46.
What are your options for studying?
As with Foundation, there are several options:
- Online Course – several providers run courses – See List of online training courses. See: Online study options
- Courses at a local club – There is a network of ham radio clubs around the UK that offer training courses in a classroom environment – handy for those not good with computers or who prefer hands-on study. There is usually a charge for these courses. See: RSGB Course Finder
- Training Manual – The RSGB offers a low-price intermediate Training Manual. It’s available as a Paper version or Kindle Version
- Help from an existing ham – if you know someone who holds a licence, they may be able to help with training
If you decide to go for your Intermediate, good luck. If you need any help, drop a message in our Training & Exam forum.