For most hams, taking the Foundation Course and passing the exam is their introduction to amateur radio. During the course, you will have been told about the benefits of joining CDARC and encouraged to come along to our club evenings and perhaps even a field event. In the past, after that, newly qualified amateurs would have been left to set up their first station on their own, finding and asking a helpful club member to assist with each problem as it arose.
More recently, clubs have started setting up Buddy Schemes, firstly - you've guessed it - in the US and now in this country. The idea is that a newly qualified Foundation licencee who is erecting a ham station for the first time can have a club member, who has plenty of knowledge and experience to pass on, appointed by the club to help them on a one-to-one basis. This is your Buddy.
A Buddy can help you by:
✮ Giving advice on what kit you need and how much it is likely to cost.
✮ Assisting you with planning your station and, if you live close enough, perhaps even giving practical help in setting it up.
✮ Providing an e-mail address to contact to have your questions answered.
✮ Contacting you on the air, at pre-arranged times on pre-arranged frequencies, so that you can gain operating experience in a relaxed environment.
✮ Getting together with you at club meetings to discuss progress and helping you get to know the other members.
If you are a licence holder and passed the Foundation Exam in the last 12 months, you can ask to have a Buddy found for you from among the club members.
Either have a word with Peter M0DCV, our Training Co-ordinator, at a club meeting or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org