Basic Amateur Radio Operator Certification Course


This course will allow students to qualify for the basic amateur radio operator certificate and be able to operate two-way radios on the amateur radio bands.

Delta ARS has been providing amateur radio training courses for 20 years and the classes are provided by five very experienced radio amateurs, who all hold an advanced radio amateur qualification. We expect to have at least three instructors available at each class.

The course is held over 4 weeks on Wednesday and Saturday starting on November 15th (see the detailed course schedule below). The timing provides a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of time for hands-on activities as well as opportunities for questions and answers.

We have adopted a comprehensive 352-page COAX Publications textbook, “Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Study Guide”. Each student will receive a personal copy on the first night of the course. After the course is over, it will make a great addition to your reference library! Our reviewer noted that this book is:

“Written in plain language (more so than other books) and less of a university textbook. Definitely a sense of humour with a slight folksy manner. The target audience is clearly for those who are new to amateur radio.”

Along with the textbook, you will have unlimited access to the online student success pages.

A multiple-choice examination is held on the final day of class by an independent examiner allowing students to receive the Industry Canada basic amateur radio operator certificate. With a pass in the basic course (70% or above) students are permitted to operate on all amateur bands above 30 MHz, use a maximum of 250 watts transmitter power and build/operate station equipment (except for “home-made” transmitters). In addition, students receiving honours (80% or above) will also have access to all amateur bands below 30 MHz.

Instructors: Dave, Dave, Don, Chris and Mark

Course Topics:

    • Introduction, & Regulations
    • Ohms Law, Inductors and Capacitors
    • Waves, Antennas, Propagation & Transmission Lines
    • Semiconductor Devices and Power Supplies
    • Station Setup, Transmitters, & Receivers
    • Operation, RFI, Safety & Exam Strategies

Sessions will be held over four weeks in Harris Barn at Kirkland House:

4140 Arthur Drive
Ladner, BC V4K 1A7

and in The North Delta Public Safety Building (NDPSB):

11375 84 Avenue
North Delta, BC V4C 2L9

All materials are supplied.  Students should bring your own pens and a three-ring binder. You will also need a simple electronic calculator and must be non-programmable for use in the final exam.

Course Fee:

register-buttonDelta ARS is offering the basic course at cost with a registration fee of $95.00. This includes the cost of textbooks, handouts, online access, classrooms, refreshments and the final examination. Instructors volunteer their time for the hobby we all love.

Pre Study Material:

Students should download and review the following Industry Canada publications before starting the course:

Scheduled Dates & Times:

View the detailed schedule…

Students for the basic course will attend sessions over four weeks on the following dates and times:

Date Time Location
Wednesday November 15 7:00 – 9:00 pm Harris Barn
Saturday November 18 9:00 am – 4:00 pm * NDPSB
Wednesday November 22 7:00 – 9:00 pm Harris Barn
Saturday November 25 9:00 am – 4:00 pm * NDPSB
Saturday December 2 9:00 am – 4:00 pm * Harris Barn
Wednesday December 6 7:00 – 9:00 pm Harris Barn
Saturday December 9 9:00 am – 4:00 pm * Harris Barn

* Note: Saturday classes will have a 1 hour lunch break. Lunch is not provided.