NET Amateur Radio Training Class and Workshop - Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:00am-3:30pm - PCC Cascade, PSEB Rm #100


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.

Each workshop has a variety of different classes, depending upon what the NET Radio Training Liaisons (RTLs) decide is needed.  The classes will follow the same schedule as those listed below, but may be somewhat different.  Stay tuned for additional updates about each of the sessions.  We will contact registrants with those updates and changes.

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

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(8:00am-10:30am) Radio Programming and Operation

Things to bring with you for the Radio Programming and Operation session:

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

2. We will help you learn how to set up some of the critical functions on your radios.

2.  We will also show how to use CHIRP to program your radio channels in bulk. Bring the 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.
  • If you do not have a laptop, we will program your radio for you, if you have the programming cable.

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.

NOTE: If you are pursuing NET ARO certification, we will be available at 10:30am-11:30am, or 12:30pm-1:30pm to work with you on certification. Bring the following:

  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

(10:30-11:30) Antenna Systems for VHF and UHF Transceivers

This session will review the different types of antennas that you can use to maximize your ability to communicate with your handheld or desktop transceiver.  Actual antennas will be shown and the pluses and minuses of various solutions will be discussed.  We will then focus on how you might create own antenna from inexpensive parts or make better use of a commercial antenna.  We'll consider antenna construction, methods for getting an antenna up in the air, antenna tuning, feed lines, antenna analyzers and more.  If you already have an antenna or started on building one, feel free to bring it with you.  If not, please join us to learn what others are doing and what you might do to get more out of your Ham license. 

(12:30pm-1:30pm) Net Operations 

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(1:30-2:30pm) Message Handling

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(2:30pm-3:30pm) Intro to Digital Operation

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


If you have passed the test, but do not yet know what your call sign is, enter "PENDING."
If you do not yet have a radio, enter "NONE."

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