Foundation Syllabus: Clause 1.1

The Nature of Amateur Radio: Recall that Amateur radio is intended to facilitate the hobby of radiocommunications.



Amateur radio is, indeed, a hobby. It is seen by some as a challenging and very engaging hobby where learning is ongoing and technologies and specialisations abound. It is, because of Amateurs' use of the radiocommunications spectrum, a regulated hobby. We learn about Radio and Electricity. An Amateur Licence allows us to communicate with other Amateurs around the world but it does not make us Electricians.

Firstly, we are hobbyists; Amateurs by the very definition of the word. We do not operate a commercial station or operate within the frequency bands other than those that have been allocated to us. We also do not interfere with others who use radio signals; other users of the electromagnetic spectrum.

There are many essential services such as Police and Ambulance, that rely on radiocommunications. As Amateurs, we need to be certain we are not transmitting at frequencies that are allocated to other services.

Amateur Foundation Syllabus



Obtain a copy of 'Your Entry Into Amateur Radio'
by Ron Bertrand, VK2DQ and Phil Wait, VK2ASD.
It is available through the Wireless Institute of Australia or online book sellers.

The book is an ideal companion to your study. It is easy to read and contains many interesting articles and sidebars. Although it does not contain an Index, the Contents Page provides a reasonable level of detail. Talk to the club members at Westlakes Amateur Radio Club as there may be copies of the book available for loan.

Once you have a paper or electronic copy of the book, turn to the Contents page and read the article on the left entitled 'Introduction- The Foundation Licence'.

Now, you probably have heard a little about what the hobby entails or you wouldn't have reached the point of looking at a course of study. Before we go on though, just click on the link here to watch a YouTube video about becoming an Amateur Radio enthusiast.

An ideal companion to your study


In future topics, supplimentary videos, external web links and PDF files will be accessible here in the RESOURCES section. Only principal activity videos will be places in the ACTIVITIES section.

Always take the time to look at the supplimentary resources. Not everyone learns at the same pace and every individual has a different way of learning. Don't be frustrated if this website doesn't seem to meet your needs. The Internet is full of content in may different forms. Just use the Syllabus as a guide to find what you need.


This part of the topic will allow you to check your memory and understanding of the concepts that are covered in this one particular topic. It will contain a short series of questions that have been written to align closely with the outcomes of the syllabus. Remember that the pass mark for the Amateur Radio Exams is 70% so try to reach the point where you can consistently get 4 out of 5 of these self-check questions correct.
That would, if the self-check questions were in the exam, indicate a performance level of 80%

Quick Quiz: Topic 1.1

As Amateur radio hobbyists we consider ourselves to be ...

Commercial broadcasters
An essential service

How would you describe the hobby of Amateur radio?

All of the above

An Amateur Licence allows us to transmit ...

On any frequency
Only within a 10km radius
Within the TV Broadcast Band
Only on Amateur Bands

As Amateurs, we should ensure that we do not interfere with the radiocommunications of essential services such as ...

Fire Services
All of the above

An Amateur Licence does not make you ...

An Electrician
A radio operator
A hobbyist
An important member of the community