Amateur radio exam mathmatics.

Post and find all your useful radio and scanner links here

Amateur radio exam mathmatics.

Postby m0lsx » Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:28 am

I have just found a brilliant maths resource for anyone doing the Amateur radio advanced course.

http://www.george-smart.co.uk/w/images/3/39/M1GEO_Full_RAE_Calculator_Guide_V1.pdf

Further Advanced links, including two to youtube, are available via the link below.

http://www.george-smart.co.uk/wiki/Full_Radio_Licence
Buy a database from Kimmy JS19 via http://ukscanningdirectory.co.uk/
Or do Google search of this forum via https://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=partner-pub-6291336405621919:2662881632
73 De Alan (M0LSX.)
http://www.qrz.com/db/M0LSX"
User avatar
m0lsx
 
Posts: 5300
Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:14 pm
Location: Norwich. TG21.

Re: Amateur radio exam mathmatics.

Postby G4RMT » Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:58 pm

I was amazed I could still remember some of those - the resonance formula 1 over 2 Pi fC stood out for some reason? I guess that seeing that type of maths does scare plenty of people away, but that guide is quite handy, and with effort, even beginners could get a handle on it.
G4RMT
 
Posts: 1070
Joined: Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:45 pm

Re: Amateur radio exam mathmatics.

Postby m0lsx » Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:48 pm

G4RMT wrote: I guess that seeing that type of maths does scare plenty of people away, but that guide is quite handy, and with effort, even beginners could get a handle on it.


When I did my RAE course back in the late 70's, it all felt a lot easier. I then unfortunately missed the exam & Kings Lynn Tec told me I had to sign up for (& pay for) a whole years course if I wanted to resit the missed exam. I now that is a lie, but it is what I was told & with well over an hour on the bus in each direction, plus long waits, plus all the costs, I decided not to resit, but to continue on the broadcast side.
When I did my advanced a few years ago, there were about 10 of us & the maths was day one of training. One trainee made a big point of saying he was there not because he really wanted, or needed the full. But because it was just too easy to not take advantage of. On week two at least 3 people had dropped out due to unforeseen work commitments. Mr, it's too easy was one of them. I think 5 out of 10 took the exam & 4 out of 5 passed.
But the maths is the frighting part.
Buy a database from Kimmy JS19 via http://ukscanningdirectory.co.uk/
Or do Google search of this forum via https://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=partner-pub-6291336405621919:2662881632
73 De Alan (M0LSX.)
http://www.qrz.com/db/M0LSX"
User avatar
m0lsx
 
Posts: 5300
Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:14 pm
Location: Norwich. TG21.

Re: Amateur radio exam mathmatics.

Postby G4RMT » Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:51 am

The reason they tell people they can't do resits is sadly because it looks bad on the stats, AND, because of the way courses are funded. Lowestoft college were supposed to be running the course, but there were only three of us - so it folded after week one. They then refused to host the exam, and we went down to the City & Guilds exam centre in London, after teaching ourselves - no club assistance back then.

In the years that passed, exam boards don't just charge for an exam entry. They charge for admission to the course, still being on it, and the exam. Many schools cheat the system. They use the late entry system - which is how you get an exam only done - but that's very expensive. The cheat comes because the kids don't know they aren't entered. At the last minute, if the kids are any good as a kind of 'surprise' they remember they forgot to register them, and pay the extra for the last minute entry. Better than having a no hope, lazy student who leaves or fails - which means it looks bad. These kids may be signed up for a non-exam course to get the funding, which is their fallback qualification. If they buck up or suddenly get good, then they get a better qualification as well - which looks great on the figures.

Somebody coming just for the exam isn't financially beneficial, and, if you fail, looks really bad on their teaching (which they haven't done!).
G4RMT
 
Posts: 1070
Joined: Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:45 pm

Re: Amateur radio exam mathmatics.

Postby M0LFO » Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:47 pm

I have that PDF printed out, no idea where I got it from. I was a little daunted by the maths initially but once you can rearrange an equation there's really no problem, it just "looks" difficult.

The only issue I had was having to use a GCSE Casio calculator instead of my RPN HP :)
Steve, M0LFO
M0LFO
 
Posts: 86
Joined: Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:10 pm
Location: Hertford IO91


Return to Links

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest