Learn the Basics

Get started in amateur radio with this basics course and earn your Industry Canada Radio Operators Certificate!

Basic Amateur Radio Qualification

We are not currently offering courses to the public. If you are a UBC student, please contact us for more information.

Below are a few resources to consult when looking into acquiring your Basic or Advanced Amateur Radio certifications.

Basic Qualification

Step 1: Review Industry Canada documentation on the Amateur Radio Service

RIC-3 – Industry Canada Amateur Radio Service

Industry Canada frequency allocation

Step 2: Review Industry Canada question bank

The basic certificate exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions drawn from Industry Canada’s question bank. 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.

Use Wikipedia or google to look up unfamiliar terms, this will greatly ease your studies.

Industry Canada Basic Exam Question Bank (formerly RIC-7) (Question Bank for Amateur Radio Basic qualification, the test is 100 Questions, 70% required to pass)

Basic Question Bank With Answers and Explanations (old revision but still relevant)

Step 3: Review study material

UBC Amateur Radio Society study manual  (up soon)

The documents below (provided by the Emergency Communications Ontario Association (ECOA)) cover these topics in some detail.

1-regulations

2-operating

3-safety

4-components

5-electronics

6-antennas

6-feedlines

7-propagation

8-interference

Step 4: Complete practice exams

Completing practice exams will allow you to pass the exam on the first attempt and achieve a higher mark, leading the the Basic W. Honors certification.

Industry Canada Amateur Radio Exam Generator

Exhaminer (recommended)

Advanced Qualification

Step 1: Review Industry Canada question bank

100 Questions, 70% required to pass

Industry Canada Advanced Exam Question Bank (formerly RIC-8)

Step 2: Review study material

(Under construction)

Step 3: Complete practice exams

Completing practice exams will allow you to pass the exam on the first attempt.

Industry Canada Amateur Radio Exam Generator

Exhaminer (recommended)

Additional Information

RIC-1 – Guide for Examiners Accredited to Conduct Examinations for Amateur Radio Operator Certificates

RIC-9 – Call Sign Policy and Special Event Prefixes

RBR-3 – Technical Requirements Respecting Identification of Radio Stations

RBR-4 – Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service