Learn to be a ham radio operator
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#1 Nov 26, 2013
The members of the Estes Valley Amateur Radio Club performed some amazing work during the September flooding. You can join them!
While Amateur Radio may seem "old school," it is in fact one of the most reliable pieces of infrastructure your community can have in place. It allows you to communicate across town and around the world without relying on the Internet or cell phone infrastructure. It's one of the best places you can get hands-on training in electronics, physics, meteorology, geography and a host of other disciplines. And when something like the Colorado flooding occurs, it can be a life-saver. Amateur Radio is public service, goodwill, educational and a lot of fun!
You can be of service to your community and join the more than 700,000 people involved in Amateur Radio in the United States! For more information, visit the American Radio Relay League's info page at http://www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio or take Dave O'Farrell up on his offer and give him a call.
Sean Kutzko KX9X
ARRL Public Relations Manager
#2 Sep 17, 2014
Getting an Amateur Radio License - Technician Class - is a lot like getting a permit to drive an automobile.
If you look at the radio the operator was using, there is a very good chance that it was a HF radio, not a FM Two Meter / 70 CM.
It was comical that the user put his handheld in the center of his operating console, with all the other equipment in his shack.
Unless a HAM has at least a rudimentary education on how to operate those radios, they are useless in a real emergency.
Unfortunately, some HAMS believes that the way to recruit more people into amateur radio is by playing the EmComm's card.
We are a lot more then just Emergency Communications - When Shit Happens..
In order to be able to work EmComm's - you need at the very basic level a understanding of FEMA - taking a couple of their classes would help.
You also need to participate in the weekly nets - which usually takes place on 40 and 75 meters Phone, along with 80m and 40m FlDigi and CW..
Amateur radio involves large antenna's and lot's of expensive equipment.
Unlike public service, where the government gives them everything, in our radio service, what you buy is what you got!
Joining the ARRL isn't a bad thing either - another expense on top of everything else!
My basic station, with one good HF radio, a couple of Quad Band Mobiles and a couple of Two Meter Mobiles and one handheld, a couple of power supplies, a couple of beam antenna's, a couple of dipole antenna's and some equipment for the Go Box - I have almost $9000 tied up in equipment!
Add your own generator, a operations trailer, a four wheel drive truck, and you can easily have $50,000 into a working EmComm's station!
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