It’s and Interesting and Diverse hobby and quite addictive, I must warn you!
Join a Club- Most clubs run RAE classes one or twice a year. The course takes around 3 months and has some very important hands on practical sessions and you will,at some stage need to demonstrate your proficiency at setting up a radio and making an initial contact.From personal experience, I can Recommend Hammies for the younger set and or the West Rand Amateur Radio Club for all ages but there is almost certainly a great club near to your home. Absolute beginners are most welcome!
Which Class License should I write? Class A (ZS, ZR): An international recognised license with full rights and privileges as set out in the South African Radio Regulations. Any person can write this examination, there is no age restriction.Class B (ZU): Entry level license for persons under the age of 25. You are allowed to write the Class B examination up to the age of 20. A holder of a Class B novice licence should write and pass the Class A examination before his/her 25th birthday after which the Class B novice licence will be cancelled.
For most, the 2nd part of the Exam is the more difficult part and includes mathematical questions- but don't stress.
Each part is evaluated separately and you require 50% to achieve a pass in each separate section. This a key and it is generally a smart idea to attempt a maximum score on the Regulations & Procedures section in order to achieve the overall required aggregate of 65% with the minimum score on the TECHNICAL part (30 correct answers).So by deduction you need to achieve 29-30 correct answers in the Regulations & Procedures section to make it easy on yourself.That leaves you with a target of 30-31 points to be achieved in the TECHNICAL exam.
But keep in mind that our goal here is to Pass That Test... so, if a particular topic is giving you trouble, don't spend too much time on it. Go on to areas that you'll do better in.
The test question pools are arranged in “groups” of questions on related topics. In all cases, there will only be one or two question from each group/chapter on your exam. So if there is a topic that you just can’t grasp, concentrate on areas where you are stronger. Of course, when you come to that question on your exam, take a guess. There are no penalties for wrong answers, so give it a shot.
I do not claim any official endorsement from the SARL or any Amateur Radio Club or Authority. Some may complain that my approach teaches vey little and its only purpose lies in memorising answers in order to pass the test. My answer is “you are largely correct”. I view the important step of passing your Exam as the just the FIRST step in a life long learning process..