Basic Course

Online Courses: A number of people have asked if NSARC is going to offer an online course. We have no plans to offer an online Basic Course at this time but RAC has just announced an Online Basic Course starting 16-Apr-2020.
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Unfortunately access to the classroom at NSEM is currently restricted due to COVID-19. The Basic Course will only run if access to the classroom is restored before May.

Morse code is no longer required. Pass the Basic exam with 80% or better and receive full access to the High Frequency (short-wave) bands. Alternatively, pass the Basic exam with 70-79% and the 5wpm Morse exam for the same HF privileges.

The North Shore Amateur Radio Club Basic Course

What: The Basic course will provide the candidate with the requisite knowledge to pass the Basic Licensing exam as prescribed by Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada. The course includes a study guide which has brief theory, procedures and regulations. Four lessons will be presented over four Saturdays.  Lessons cover electrical theory, operating procedures and radio regulations. The last session each day will be an “Afternoon Practicum” offering informal, practical, sessions with hands-on demonstrations and discussions.  On the fifth Saturday, we will provide examiners to administer the exam and handle your licensing applications.

Cost: Cost of course is $130, cash or cheque ONLY, payable beforehand or at registration on the first day. Advanced payment by Interac may be available. Some discounts are  available for Emergency Responders, NSEM volunteers and students.

Included are  lesson slides, textbook, Club membership, coffee and snacks.

Where: North Shore Emergency Management (NSEM) East Door, 147 East 14th Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7L 2N4.

When: Course: Four Saturdays 2-May-2020, 9-May-2020, 23-May-2020 and  30-May-2020, 9.15am to 5.00pm. (Note. No tuition on Victoria Day weekend.)

ISED Exam:  6-Jun-2020, 9.15 am.

Registration: Walk-In registration welcome, but pre-registration is recommended to ensure a seat as class size is limited. For registration, please contact

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Parking: The City of North Vancouver enforces strict rules about street parking; time limits are posted. These vary from 1 to 2 hours. Side street parking can be found about 2-3 blocks away in most directions with unlimited parking time.