Upcoming Classes

The classes listed below are paired.  Feel free to enroll for both classes at the same time.  They are both FREE.

Technician Class Amateur Radio License Exam Cram - These quarterly classes are scheduled to allow participants to take the exam right after the session is over, or on the first Sunday or second Saturday of the month, and still be able to attend the next scheduled NET ARO Training Class and Workshop as licensed AROs.  That gives you at least three opportunities to pass the exam within a week of the class.  Next Exam Cram:  January 27, 2018.

To Exam Cram Registration Portal

NET ARO Training Class & Workshop -  Also offered quarterly after everyone who has taken the Exam Cram and has received their license notification. the training workshops provide newly license amateur radio operators additional skills for emergency communications

Part 1 - 8:30am-10:30am.  Learn to program your radio using CHIRP.  For those without a computer, we will progam your radio for you with the channels used by the NETs (as long aqs you bring the programming cable for your radio.

Part 2 - 10:30 - 4pm.  We will gather you into groups, so that you can teach each other to operate your make and model of radio. followed by instruction using the NET ARO Task List, equipment demonstrations, all about radio net operations, and a chance to participate in a "faux net."

When you are finished, you will have a lot more knowledge and hands-on experience with amateur radio, and will be well on your way to becoming a Certified NET ARO.  Next NET ARO Training Class & Workshop:  February 17, 2018

To Workshop Registration Portal

Monthly Portland Area FCC License Exams

(Walk-ins are allowed)

First Sunday each month at:


Round Table Pizza,

10389 SE 82nd Ave

Milwaukie, OR


First Saturday each month at:


Sunset Presbyterian Church

14986 NW Cornell Rd

Portland OR 97229-5460

How to Get Help in a Disaster

  2. Turn off your gas, and THEN turn off your electricity (if you do not smell gas in the house).
  3. Turn off your water service.
  4. If ambulatory, go to our preferred staging area,  the tennis courts at Peninsula Park.  If an alternate location has been chosen, a sign will redirect you there.
  5. On your way:
    1. Be aware of downed power lines and gas leaks.
    2. Be aware of your route to the park.  If possible, make notes with addresses about what fires and other damage you see.
    3. If you find people outside who need help and you are able to assist, do so BUT
    4. Do not try to extract anyone trapped in their home. You may end up putting yourself in danger of injury or death.
    5. If you have an FRS/GMRS walkie-talkie available, use channel 4 to contact the NET to report.
  6. Within 24 hours of a major disaster, a Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node (BEECN) site with radio communications and a small quantity of medical supplies, will be set up at the Jefferson High School Athletic Field.
  7. If you are trapped in your home, and you do not smell gas, use your walkie-talkie on channel 4 to contact the NET.
  8. If you are a ham radio operator, contact the NET on its 2M simplex frequency 147.46MHz or 70cm simplex frequency 441.400MHz


Welcome to the Portland Piedmont Neighborhood Emergency Team!

This is the website for the Piedmont Neighborhood Emergency Team, one of many NETs organized by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) in each neighborhood of the city of Portland, Oregon.  The Piedmont NET is made up of local neighood volunteers who have received over 40 hours of training in basic search & rescue techniques, as well as medical training beyond basic first aid.  

This site contains information specific to the Piedmont Neighborhood to help residents know what to do and where to get help during a major disaster.

Get Ready!

PBEM and Piedmont NET have a lot of information to help you and your family prepare for any disaster that might affect the Piedmont neighborhood.  

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Get Trained!

If you would like to become an active member of the Piedmont NET, or are interested in helping during an actual disaster, we can point you to training opportunities and get you started.

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Take Action!

When a disaster strikes, what can you do to  protect yourslf and your family?  What should you expect following a major disaster?  Find answers to these and other questions.

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Help Us Spread the Word!




Portland is a growing city.  New neighbors are moving into Piedmont every week from all over the United States and elsewhere.  Most have no idea what they would need to do in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.  That's where the Piedmont Neighborhood Emergency Team has an improtant role to play.

PNET not only responds to disasters; it also helps spread the word to help our neighborhood become resiliant and ready.  We are interested in meeting with you and your neighbors to get to know you, to build a relationship with you, and to help you get ready.

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Donate to Piedmont NET

Your donations help the NET (which is a totally volunteer operation) to purchase medical and other supplies we will need in major disasters.

Get Email Updates

If you only want our email updates, just give us your first and last names and your email address.
If you want to participate on the team, go to this page instead.

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