1. One of our
course objectives is to develop your
appreciation of government regulation of
Another is to acquaint you with issues related
to Life Long Learning and Certification and
Certification. Still another is to make it
possible for you to legally build and operate
wireless transmitters capable of transmitting
over distances ranging from a few kilometres to
thousands of kilometres.
2. The amateur radio service is a
radiocommunication service in which radio
apparatus are used for the purpose of
self-training, intercommunication or technical
investigation by individuals who are interested
in radio technique solely with a personal aim
and without pecuniary interest.
3. Although many radio amateurs are strictly
hobbyists who purchase pre-built equipment and
participate in socially oriented activities,
many others are professional RF engineers or IT
specialists. Many students begin their RF
engineering careers by earning their amateur
radio certificate and pursuing some RF projects.
Many hiring managers in the wireless sector hold
amateur radio certificates and
are appreciative of applicants who do so as
4. Accordingly, ELEC 391requires that students
earn Basic certificates during the course. We will arrange for an optional
opportunity to write the Advanced exam later
in the course if there is sufficient
interest. The following links
provide helpful background information.
INNOVATION, SCIENCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CANADA
These documents contain
factual information. You need to remember the information and, if
possible, appreciate the intent and context.
The basic certificate exam
consists of 100 multiple-choice questions
drawn from Industry Canada's RIC-7. The questions focus on
eight subject areas: 1) Regulations and
Policies, 2) Operating and Procedures, 3)
Station, Assembly, practice and Safety, 4)
Circuit Components, 5) Basic Electronics
and Theory, 6) Feedlines and Antenna
Systems, 7) Radio Wave Propagation, 8)
Interference and Suppression.
following materials produced by the Ontario
EMO (Emergency Measures Organization)
Lesson # 1
- Regulations and Policies (based largely on
the IC documents)
Lesson # 2
- Operating and Procedures (based largely on
the IC documents)
During the first pass, separate
the material into three categories:
1. things you
things of which you
are aware but need to learn more
are completely unfamiliar
successive passes, your
goal is to transform
items from Category
3 into Category 2 and from
Category 2 into Category 1.
Canada documents (Steps 1 and 2) or
Wikipedia or Google to
look up unfamiliar terms, or ask one of
the Project TAs or Prof. Michelson for
help. DON'T LEAVE THIS
STEP UNTIL THE LAST
can leave time during the Week
3 lectures to answer your questions.
Otherwise, send them by email to Prof.
You may wish to obtain a copy of the UBC
Amateur Radio Society's Basic Qualification
Manual from the IEEE Student Branch.