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Basic Amateur Radio Course

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013


Course Title:

Radio Course on Regulations, Theory & Practice for Basic Radio Certificate Qualifications

Course Dates & Times:

  • Session #1. February 2, 2013
    (once a week, Saturday morning at 10:30 AM, one and a half hours)
  • Session #2. February 9 (10:30 AM)
  • Session #3. February 9 (12:30 AM)
  • Session #4. March 2 (10:30 AM)
  • Session #5. March 9 (10:30 AM)
  • Session #6. March 16 (10:30 AM)
  • Session #7. March 23 (10:30 AM)
  • Optional Session #8. April 6, 2013 (Exam)


Room E2-350, EITC (University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus)

Course Instructor:

W. Kinsner, PhD, PEng, VE4WK
Accredited Examiner, Industry Canada

Course Organizers:

  • UMARS (University of Manitoba Amateur Radio Society)
  • IEEE Computer & Computational Intelligence Chapter
  • IEEE Student Branch, UofM McNaughton Student Centre

Course Fee:

$10 (payable just before the first session)
(includes membership in UMARS for one year.
There is NO extra charge for the exam.)
Payable just before the first meeting, February 2, 2013.


Register online by clicking here.

Motivation to become a ham:

Operating amateur radio requires a licence issued to a person by the Government of Canada, after a successful examination of the person’s basic qualifications. The exam can be taken either after a self-study period, or by taking a course. The basic licence allows you to communicate on many amateur radio bans. Thus, the basic amateur radio qualifications course can be your ticket to the vast universe of amateur radio.

For T-Sat members, this is an exciting opportunity to learn about amateur radio in order to be able to operate the UMARS ground station, and talk to any amateur satellite.

Course Outline:

The objective of the course is to prepare students to the exam for Basic Radio Certificate Qualifications (administered on behalf of Industry Canada), and to provide rudimentary experience with amateur radio. If passed, the student obtains a radio licence to operate amateur radio using all the modes (AM, FM, PSK, and other digital modes) on all the frequency bands (from kilohertz to terahertz), as assigned to amateur radio operators in Canada and elsewhere.


  • Motivation and Introduction
  • Regulations: Bands, Q-codes and Operation
  • Electrical & Electronic Background
  • Wave Propagation
  • Transmission Lines
  • Antennas
  • Modulating, Receiving, and Amplifying Electronic Components
  • Block Diagrams of CW, FM, AM, SSB Transmitters & Receivers
  • Operation & Interference

Demonstrations and Workshops (time permitting):

  • Demo of radio equipment (microphone, loudspeaker, receiver, transmitter, antennas, power meter, SWR meter).
  • My very fist QSO (how to establish and maintain a radio contact).
  • Demo of the UofM satellite ground station, and a QSO through a satellite.
  • Fox hunting and a demo of relevant equipment and operations.
  • Packet radio and a demonstration of relevant equipment and operations.
  • APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting Systems) and a demonstration of relevant equipment and operations.
  • New Developments: D-Star radio.
  • Exam

Course Format:

This eight-session non-credit course takes only a quarter of the time required by a regular equivalent course. This is possible because of the background of our university students and practising engineers who take the course. Other individuals who are willing to study a bit harder, may also take the course.

Each session will cover parts of the core material (regulations, theory, practice) and a short demonstration after the session, as specified above.

Course Material:

The instructor will use his own slides during the lectures. Additional documents can be downloaded from Industry Canada (as specified in class).

More information:

For more information, please contact the instructor.

Witt Kinsner, VE4WK
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering University of Manitoba Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6
t: 1-204-474-6490
f: 1-204-261-4639
e: “W. Kinsner, VE4WK”