Advanced Amateur Radio Course

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Dates and Times

We have no plans to offer the Advanced course in 2016. Please check back for dates in 2017.

Location

11375 84 Avenue
Delta, BC V4C 2L9

Prerequisite

An Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with at least a Basic Qualification is required before taking the Advanced Qualification for amateur radio.

Course Details

In response to the need for training, both to gain the Advanced Qualification for amateur radio, and to expand the level of technical knowledge within the amateur community, the Delta Amateur Radio Society (DARS) is offering an Advanced Qualification Course.

The DARS Advanced Qualification Course is a revised course based on the new 2014 advanced question bank, and written by our course instructors. It follows on from the successful Basic Qualification Course that DARS has conducted for several years. The course will cover all the topics that are included in the Advanced Exam, with a focus on understanding concepts rather than the memorization of questions/answers. Students will be encouraged to use the online Advanced Practice Exam to hone their understanding of the 50 different topics.

Those wishing to undertake the Advanced Qualification are expected to attend all course sessions, as well as investing significant out-of-course time studying the materials and practicing using the practice exam web page. The course is intended to facilitate the student’s learning process, and needs personal investment in order to successfully achieve the Advanced Qualification through the writing and passing of an Industry Canada examination.

Class attendance is mandatory and self-study as an alternative to missing a class has historically proved inadequate to make up for the learning gap. Should a student believe that they will be unavailable to attend one or more of the sessions, then they should NOT register for this course, and plan to take the course at a later date.

Students willing to undertake the course sessions, and who will personally commit to active study and preparation time are encouraged to register.

Questions concerning registering for the course can be emailed to  or regarding the content of the course to the instructor.

register-buttonThe curriculum for the course includes the following topics:

  • 1. Advanced Theory
    • 1-1 time constant – capacitive and inductive
    • 1-2 electrostatic and electromagnetic fields, skin effect
    • 1-2 series-resonance
    • 1-4 parallel resonance
    • 1-5 quality factor (Q)
  • 2. Advanced Components and Circuits
    • 2-1 germanium, silicon, gallium arsenide, doping, P-type, N-type
    • 2-2 diodes – point-contact, junction, hot-carrier, Zener, etc.
    • 2-3 transistors – NPN/PNP
    • 2-4 field effect transistor (FET), JFET, MOSFET
    • 2-5 silicon controlled rectifier (SCR)
    • 2-6 amplifiers – classes A, AB, B and C
    • 2-7 amplifier circuits – discrete and IC
    • 2-8 operational amplifiers, properties and applications
    • 2-9 mixers, frequency multipliers
    • 2-10 digital logic elements
    • 2-11 quartz crystal – properties and applications
    • 2-12 advanced filter circuits – AF, RF
  • 3. Measurements
    • 3-1 AC – peak, peak-to-peak, average, RMS
    • 3-2 PEP, PEP relative to average power, PEP relative to voltage across load
    • 3-3 dip meter, signal generator
    • 3-4 crystal calibrator, marking generator, frequency counter
    • 3-5 oscilloscope
    • 3-6 meters, multimeter, power meter
  • 4. Power Supplies
    • 4-1 transformer and rectifier circuits, voltage doubler circuit, PIPs
    • 4-2 filter circuits, bleeder resistor functions
    • 4-3 linear and switching voltage regulator circuitss
    • 4-4 regulated power supplies Transmitters, Modulation and Processings
  • 5. Transmitters
    • 5-1 oscillator circuits, phase locked loop (PLL)s
    • 5-2 RF power amplifierss
    • 5-3 transmitters, neutralisations
    • 5-4 AM, single sideband, linearity, two-tone tests
    • 5-5 FM deviation, modulation index, deviation ratio, deviation meters
    • 5-6 FM transmitter, repeater circuitss
    • 5-7 signal processing – AF, IF, and RFs
    • 5-8 codes and protocols, Baudot, ASCII, parity, CRC, X.25, ISO layerss
    • 5-9 spread spectrum – frequency hopping, direct sequences
  • 6. Receivers
    • 6-1 single, double conversion superheterodyne architectures
    • 6-2 oscillators, mixers, tunings
    • 6-3 RF, IF amplifiers, selectivitys
    • 6-4 detection, audio, automatic gain controls
    • 6-5 performance limitations – instability, image, spurious, etc.s
  • 7. Feedlines – Matching and Antenna Systems
    • 7-1 antenna tuner/transmatch, impedance matching circuitss
    • 7-2 velocity factor, effect of line terminated in non-characteristic impedances
    • 7-3 antenna feed arrangements – tee, gamma, stubs
    • 7-4 current and voltage distribution on antennas
    • 7-5 polarization, helical beam, parabolic antennass
    • 7-6 losses in real antenna systems, effective radiated powers
    • 7-7 ground and elevation effects, vertical radiation (take off) angles
    • 7-8 radiation resistance, antenna efficiency, beamwidths
    • 7-9 waveguide, microstrip lines
  • 8 – Preparation for the Examination
    • 8-1 exam requirements
    • 8-2 preparing for the exams
    • 8-3 techniques in writing multiple choice exams