Activities Provided for Scouts by FGARC at the Radio Shack

The club will have ACMA licenced members available:

  • To demonstrate Amateur Radio to Scouts with hands on transmitting to other Amateurs locally or internationally.
  • For Jamboree On The Air (JOTA).
  • For the duration of any Jamboree or Cuboree. (Passport Activity for in-camp scouts).
  • For Scout group weekend camp activities. (Contact FGARC to organise the activity).
  • To promote Amateur Radio as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activity.

We offer Scouts and other interested parties the opportunity to attend Cataract Activity Centre for Foundation course and licencing examinations to obtain their Amateur Radio licence. The club has members authorised by the University of Tasmania under the charter with the Australian Communications and Media Authority to conduct training and licence examinations.

We offer a 6 hour course to cover the syllabus for the Foundation license. This includes theory of radio, ACMA regulations, and practical hands on with electronics, antennas and transmission lines, and transceiver use and controls.

The examination is 1 hour multiple choice theory and regulations followed by a practical examination. The pass mark is 70% for the written exam and 100% for the practical exam.

Costs are divided into four payments:

  • Costs incurred in running the course paid to Cataract Activity Centre – $25.
  • Examination fee payable to Australian Maritime College (AMC) – $90.
  • Payment to AMC for issue of a callsign – $25 or $35.
  • Issue of apparatus license to be paid after receiving the invoice from Australian Communications & Media Authority – $78 first year then $53/yr.

The first 3 payments are required before sitting the exams.

Useful Links for Licence Examination Candidates