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EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS

Most people know ham radio operators aid in storm spotting and reporting back to the National Weather Service.  But did you know Amateur Radio operators set up and operate organized communication networks locally for governmental and emergency officials, as well as non-commercial communication for private citizens affected by the disaster. Amateur Radio operators are most likely to be active after disasters that damage regular lines of communications due to power outages and destruction of telephone, cellular and other infrastructure-dependent systems.

How do Amateur Radio operators help local officials?

Many radio amateurs are active as communications volunteers with local public safety organizations. In addition, in some disasters, radio frequencies are not coordinated among relief officials and Amateur Radio operators step in to coordinate communication when radio towers and other elements in the communications infrastructure are damaged.

What are the major Amateur Radio emergency organizations?

Amateur Radio operators have informal and formal groups to coordinate communication during emergencies. At the local level, hams may participate in local emergency organizations, or organize local "traffic nets" using VHF (very high frequencies) and UHF (ultra high frequencies). At the state level, hams are often involved with state emergency management operations. In addition, hams operate at the national level through the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), which is coordinated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and through the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), which is coordinated through the American Radio Relay League and its field volunteers. Many hams are also involved in Skywarn, operating under the National Weather Service and provide emergency weather information to the NWS for analysis and dissemination to the public.

Is Amateur Radio recognized as a resource by national relief organizations?

Many national organizations have formal agreements with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and other Amateur Radio groups including:

Ham Classes for Technician License are in progeess! The M&M Amateur Radio Club is offering a class to prepare you for getting your amateur radio license. The class is being held in the Community Room of the Stephenson Public Library in Marinette, WI from 6:00 to 8:30PM on March 5, 12, 19, and VE Testing on March 26. There is no charge for the class, but a $15 fee is required to take the FCC exam.

 


 

Amateur Radio

Technician Prep Class

 

Class Outline

Class Outline

Week 1                        Introduction

                                    Electrical Principles

                                    Electronic Principles and Components

                                    Radio Wave Characteristics

Week 2                        Antennas and Feedlines

                                    Amateur Radio Signals

Electrical Safety

Week 3                        Amateur Radio Practices and Station Setup

                                    Station Equipment

                                    Operating Procedures

                                    FCC Rules

Week 4                        Exam

 

 

NoNonsense Technician Study Guide – Free PDF version https://www.kb6nu.com/study-guides/

A key element in preparing for the actual exam is taking as many practice exams as you can. Make sure the practice exam is based upon the July 2018 to June 2022 question pool. Here are some practice exam resources:

https://hamexam.org/

https://www.eham.net/exams/

https://aa9pw.com/

https://www.nc4fb.org/wordpress/technician-2018-2022-self-study-program/

https://hamcestry.com/exams/home/8/


The M&M Amateur Radio Club will be offering a class to prepare you for getting your amateur radio license. The class will be held in the Community Room of the Stephenson Public Library from 6:00 to 8:30PM on March 5, 12, 19, and 26. There is no charge for the class, but a $15 fee is required to take the FCC exam.

If you are interested, please fill out this online form or call Doug at (906) 863-2492 or Ed at (906) 863-3477 to register. Hope to see you there!!