HAM Radio Webinars and Training Opportunities Announced
In preparation for the HAM radio examination that NACCHO is offering at the 2014 Preparedness Summit, NACCHO is providing free training opportunities to help you learn more about HAM radio. NACCHO will be hosting a series of webinars designed to educate the preparedness community about HAM radio and prepare them for the examination. In addition, NACCHO is hosting an in-person ‘HAM-Cram’ review session the night before the examination to ensure your success! The webinars will be recorded and made available through the Preparedness Summit website. Register now for these free webinars.
- Webinar 1: Introduction to Amateur Radio and Preparing for the Examination (Wednesday, Feb 5th from 4-5pm ET)
- Webinar 2: Amateur Radio Safety, FCC Rules, Antennas, Station Setup and Operations (Wednesday, Feb 19 from 4-5pm ET)
- Webinar 3: Frequencies, Operating Practices, Public Service Communications (Wednesday, March 5 from 4-5pm ET)
- HAM-Cram: Preparedness Summit 2014 (Wednesday, April 2) 6:30-7:30pm ET in room M101
- Examination: Preparedness Summit 2014 (Thursday, April 3) Stop in between 12-4pm ET to take your test in room M108
Pass the Test! Study Resources
There are numerous resources to help you prepare for the HAM radio technician examination. As a starting point, individuals are encouraged to download the free Technician Class Study Guide by Gordon West. In addition, there are many practice exam websites, one example is AA9PW, which provides free practice exams. Individuals should also review Part 97 of the Federal Communication Commission’s Rules, which governs the use of amateur radio. Individuals should consider these additional study resources:
Preparedness Summit Learning Sessions on HAM Radio Integration into Preparedness Efforts
HAM radio training opportunities continue at the 2014 Preparedness Summit through in-person learning sessions hosted by members from the Southwest Utah Public Health Department and the Oklahoma City-County Health Department. A special 90-minute learning session at the Summit on Tuesday, April 1st from 3:30-5pm will explore the capabilities of amateur radio for emergency operations. The session will discuss how healthcare coalitions, local health departments, and other government entities can incorporate amateur radio into their physical infrastructure. An overview of national and local level organizations (such as ARES and RACES), which are charged with providing emergency amateur radio services, will also be provided.
Make Contact with the Preparedness Summit
This year, special event station N4P will be operating live in the Exhibit Hall. N4P will be on the air from 12 – 6:30pm ET on Wednesday, April 2nd and from 10am – 3:30pm ET on Thursday, April 3rd. Individuals who make successful contact with N4P will receive a special QSL contact card. In addition, amateur radio operators will be on hand to demonstrate their equipment and answer any questions you may have. N4P will be monitoring the following frequencies:
2 meters – 146.880 MHz (-) PL 100 via W4BTI/R (Kennehoochee Amateur Radio Club)
70 cm – 442.875 Mhz (+) PL 100 via K4RFL/R (Kennehoochee Amateur Radio Club)
10 meters – 28.365 MHz
15 meters – 21.365 MHz
20 meters – 14.265 MHz
40 meters – 7.265 MHz
D-Star – 440.6875 (+ 5) B-Node, operating as KK4OIO, COBB ARES
EchoLink: W4BTI-R Marietta, GA
Amateur Radio: Background Information
Operation of an amateur radio requires an operator license granted by the Federal Communications Commission. There are three classes of license: technician class, general class, and amateur extra class. Before receiving a license, you must pass an examination. Most new amateur radio operators start with the technician class operator license.
The technician examination contains 35 questions, passing the examination requires 26 correct answers. Questions on the examination are chosen from a 396 question bank. The examination covers the following topics: Electrical and radiation frequency safety, FCC rules, station license responsibilities, control operator duties, operating practices, radio and electronic fundamentals, station setup and operation, communications modes and methods, special operations, emergency and public service communications, and radio waves, propagation, and antennas. Morse code is not required for any HAM license. With a technician license you will be able to operate on all of the most popular HAM radio frequencies, including the 2, 10, 15, 40 and 80 meter bands. There is a $15 administration fee for the test – please bring cash.
There are numerous resources to help you prepare for the technician examination. The American Radio Relay League provides resources and information for individuals seeking licensure. Numerous study guides, question banks and resources are available for little to no-cost.
Amateur Radio – Stories from the Field
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