NET ARO Training Class and Workshop


This 2-part workshop is for newly-licensed amateur radio operators and other "hams" who have been out of action for a while, or who never quite got activated, and for hams who are working on NET ARO Certification.  Select either or both parts on the registration form.

Register here for November 18, 2017 NET ARO Training Class/Workshop...

The workshop is held in two parts:

Part 1 - CHIRP & Your Radio - 8:30am-10:45am

*The "Your Radio" session is part of NET ARO certification and begins at 10am

Part 2 - NET ARO Break Out Sessions (for those who actually have their licenses by that time) - 10:45am - 3pm.

The workshops will be at PCC Cascade, PSEB #100, unless otherwise noted.

Part 1 - CHIRP & Your Radio. 

Things to bring with you for Part 1 (8:30am-10:45am):

1.  Your radio, your FCC license (or CSCE)

2.  Programming cable (if you have one) for connecting your radio to a computer.  If you are using a Baofeng radio, order the B-Tech FTDI cable from Amazon.  It works flawlessly, and usually does not require a driver (on PCs).  If you have a Mac, follow the instructions at

3.  A notebook, laptop or flash drive with Chirp software and driver installed (available here), per

  • We will be programming handheld radios.  If you have a mobile radio, plan to program it yourself with CHIRP software, using what you learn from this workshop.
  • "Cheat sheets" for the BaoFeng and some other radios will be on hand, or be found here.  I strongly recommend that you download the cheat sheet for your radio and bring it with you to class, in case there are problems with the computer programming of frequencies.

Read the instructions on the CHIRP site carefully to save a lot of trouble installing the software.  If you have trouble, never fear!  We can usually figure out what the problem is in class.

Our assumption is that you want to become a part of your local Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team amateur radio communication support.  Working with amateur radio communications during a disaster is critical to the success of NETs in Portland in providing emergency assistance following a disaster.  WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS TO DO ALL THAT IS NEEDED.  That's where you come in.

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Download NET ARO files, including the NET Channel Tempolate from

Part 1 - Schedule

*If you have never used CHIRP, come to this session first:

8:30am-10:00am  CHIRP (led by Michael Colvin W6CUJ, Carrie Conte K7CAC, and Chris Mccraw KI7EFW)

*If you already have your radio programmed with the latest template at, and/or you are working on ARO certification, come to this session first:

10:00am-10:45am - Getting to know your radio.  Small groups, by radio type (Baofeng, Yaesu, etc.) Lead by the RTLs (Radio Training Liaisons) to go through the first part of page 2 of the Task List, and learn enough about your radio to get those certification items initialed.


Part 2 - NET ARO Training Class/Workshop Break Outs   This part is designed to give new amateur radio operators (AROs) a clearer understanding of how repeater operations work, what offsets and PL tones are for, how to pass and receive basic messages, what the Portland NET for those interested in certifying as official NET AROs (Amateur Radio Operators) with their NET Teams. 

Things to bring for Part 2 (10:30am-2:00pm)

1.  Your radio & FCC license (or CSCE)

2.  NET ARO Task List (

3.  If a NET member, your NET ID, vest & hard hat (for work with antennas)

4.  If not a NET member, your online Unit 9 completion certificate & hard hat or bicycle helmet (for work with antennas)

5.  If not NET certified, FEMA ICS course certificates for IS-100B., IS-200B, IS-700A, IS-802B

6.  Watch the BEECN Orange Box video:

7.  Know ITU phonetic alphabet and  standard message handling prowords (see

Part 2 - Break Outs

Break Out Groups 10:45am - 3:00pm

Five groups (Alpha through Foxtrot) will attend 5 concurrent sessions of 45 minutes each on a rotation basis, covering:

(1) antenna/mast set up (led by Adam Rothstein KG7NLM, John Light KE7MQL, Carrie Conte K7CAC, and Jay Moskowitz KI7EFR)

(2) message handling (led by Emily Newberry N7EMH),

(3) net operations (led by Michael Schilmoeller AE7XP),

(4) the Orange Box (led by Dana Jones K6BRR),

(5) repeaters, simplex, and neighborhood propagation (led by Michael Colvin W6CUJ)


10:45am - 11:15am  Breakout Session #1

11:15am - 12:00pm Breakout Session #2

12pm-12:30 Lunch

12:30pm -1:15pm Breakout Session #3

1:15pm - 2:00pm  Breakout Session #4

2:00pm-2:45pm  Breakout Session #5

2:45pm - 3:00pm  Plenary Hot Wash & Wrap Up

MOST OF THE MATERIAL WILL BE COVERED IN HANDS-ON SMALL GROUP SESSIONS, SOME OF THEM OUTDOORS (for example:  setting up a field operations antenna). Be prepared: Wear your PPE and expect November WX!

We will provide you with some operating aids and hand holding as you practice working on one of the local amateur radio repeaters.  We will also talk about and show you what a radio emergency communications "go-kit" looks like and what might be included.  You will learn about where to get on-going training in handling emergency messages and other skills.

If you have questions, please email: sends e-mail)

If you know someone else who would be interested in the class, please use the Share button at the bottom of the page.



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