NET ARO Training Class and Workshop


This workshop is intended 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. 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.

Register here for the February 17, 2018 NET ARO Training Class/Workshop...

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The workshop begins with learning how to program your radio using CHIRP software

CHIRP & Your Radio - 8:00am - 10:30am

(If you already know how to program your radio with CHIRP, feel free to skip this session).

The rest of the day from 10:30am - 4:30pm will be spent in 5 rotating 1-hr. long workshops on a variety of radio topics related to NET ARO certification, and other emergency communicaations plans and protocols. 

A complete list of the specific breakouts and other instructions to participants will appear here, and will be emailed to registrants when those have been determined.  All of the basic information covered in the NET ARO Task List will be included in the breakouts.

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

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Things to bring with you for the CHIRP & Your Radio session:

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.
  • Download NET ARO files, including the NET Channel Tempolate from

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.

Things to bring for the Breakout sessions (10:00am-4:00pm)

If you are pursuing NET ARO certification:

  1. NET ARO Task List (
  2. If a NET member, your NET ID, vest & hard hat (for work with antennas)
  3. If not a NET member, your online Unit 9 completion certificate & hard hat or bicycle helmet (for work with antennas)
  4. Bring FEMA ICS course certificates for IS-100B., IS-200B, IS-700A, IS-802B, or as many of them as you have complketed.
  5. Watch the BEECN Orange Box video:
  6. Know ITU phonetic alphabet and  standard message handling prowords (see

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