Registration for the RAC Basic Summer 2022 Course is closing soon!
For immediate release:
Please note: the Basic Summer 2022 Course started on April 24 but you can still join if you register soon. Newcomers can catch up on the course by viewing the recordings.
Radio Amateurs of Canada is once again offering an online Amateur Radio course so that individuals from all across Canada can obtain their Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Qualification while continuing to practise social/physical distancing.
The course will again be conducted with the assistance of the Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club (AVARC) of Nova Scotia.
This course prepares students for the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) Basic Qualification Level Operator Certificate exam to operate on allocated Amateur Radio frequencies.
Schedule and Cost:
Date: As described below the course will be held on Sundays and Thursdays commencing on Sunday, April 24 and ending on Thursday, June 30.
Time: Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm (1800 – 2100) Eastern Time and Sunday afternoons 1 pm to 4 pm (1300 – 1600) Eastern Time. Classes will be recorded so occasional absences are not a problem.
Cost: The registration fee for the course is $50 plus GST/HST. The cost of the Basic Study Guide is extra and an order link will be provided upon completion of payment.
The course instructor is Al Penney, VO1NO. Al was first licensed in 1977 and has been active in many areas of Amateur Radio including contesting, DXing, VHF/UHF weak signal, satellites, emergency communications and DXpeditioning.
He has served as the President of six different Amateur Radio clubs in both Canada and the United States and currently chairs the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Band Planning Committee. Al has taught the Basic Qualification Amateur Radio Course since 1994.
Requirements:Course material pertaining to all topics covered in the course syllabus will be provided to all registered students. Students must have a copy of the Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Study Guide provided by Coax Publications. For more information please visit the RAC Study Guideswebpage. It is essential that all students have the necessary equipment and bandwidth capable of taking the course – at least a tablet or PC and a DSL broadband connection – which will be conducted using the Zoom conference platform.You do not need your own account on Zoom to take part in this course, but you may have to download a Zoom applet to participate.
Students will receive instructions on how to log on to the online sessions once they have registered for the course. Classes will be recorded, so occasional absences are not a problem.
Complete information about the course and a downloadable copy of the course syllabus are available at:
If you would like to take part in this course please register now by completing the registration form provided on the RAC website at:
Special Introductory Membership to
Radio Amateurs of Canada
Once you have completed the Basic Qualification Amateur Radio course and passed your examination to become an Amateur (well done!!), your Amateur Radio Operator’s Certificate will be sent to you along with an offer of a free one-year introductory membership in Radio Amateurs of Canada. For more information about RAC please visit: https://www.rac.ca/about-rac/
Other Amateur Radio Courses:
Amateur Radio Basic and Advanced Qualification courses are also now being provided both online and in person by Canadian Amateur Radio Clubs and organizations. Please visit the Amateur Radio Courses webpage for more information at the link provided below.
Phil A. McBride, VA3QR
RAC President and Chair