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Foundation Courses and assessments

ARNSW is planning Foundation courses and Licence assessments for all grades, throughout 2020. The dates currently planned are;

All are held at the ARNSW facilities at 63 Quarry Road, Dural.

Foundation courses are usually held over a single weekend, with training all day Saturday and Sunday morning, then the assessments take place on Sunday afternoon.

Bookings for the March session close on Friday 28th of February at 5pm. Late bookings cannot be accepted, as examination materials are provided specifically for each candidate.

Candidates can register for a Foundation Course by sending an email to For the course you will need a copy of the Foundation manual which is available for personal pick up from ARNSW by prior arrangement.

Foundation Licence Manual (Third Edition)  Pick up - $25.00.

For mail orders please contact the WIA Bookshop at or via the WIA website's Foundation Manual page.

2020 Examinations

The first examination session at ARNSW for 2020 is scheduled for Sunday the 15th of March. For any enquires or to make a booking, you can contact the ARNSW Education team at Updated infomation is also provided on VK2WI Sunday News broadcasts.

Membership of ARNSW costs just $20 for two years. Candidates undergoing exams or assessments are able to join ARNSW on the day of assessment. This can mean a saving for those candidates intending to sit for more than one exam. Check out our Membership page for more information about membership of ARNSW.

The ACMA fee for a new licence   is currently $78.

For general information on becoming a Radio Amateur, check out the WIA website. There is also specific information on the Foundation Licence.

You can also learn all about Amateur Radio at this great ARRL site

Information on license requirements/conditions and regulations can be found on the ACMA website.