Ready Alliance Net Control Schedule

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If you are a member and would like a turn at being net control, the list is made quarterly and we would welcome you to give it a try. All HAMs are welcome to check into our nets. 1/15/2020 MEETING 1/22/2020 Andy Jones (W7ATJ) 1/29/2020 Bill Quick (KI7PRU) 2/5/2020 Will Studer (N7WSY) 2/12/2020 Dennis McKenry […]


Roosevelt Install

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On October 26th, 2019 a group of our members assisted the Weston Mountain Digital Radio Association in putting up their second Digital Only Yaesu System Fusion Repeater at Roosevelt, Washington. This repeater effectively doubled the digital voice coverage of their system and is one of the repeater systems our group uses for non-emergency chit-chat and […]


HAM Radio Timeline

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History of Radio and Particularly Amateur Radio Credit to Dave Casler, KE0OG for most of this compiling. 1890s and before 1844 Morse telegraph 1858 First transatlantic cable (doesn’t last even a year because of gross misuse occasioned by complete lack of understanding of the physics involved) 1865 Continental Morse code differs from American Morse in […]


UTC Time Conversion Chart

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UTC EDT/AST CDT/EST MDT/CST PDT/MST PST 0000* 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 0100 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 0200 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 0300 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 0400 0000* 2300 2200 2100 2000 0500 0100 0000* 2300 2200 2100 0600 0200 0100 0000* 2300 2200 0700 0300 0200 0100 0000* 2300 0800 […]


Net Control Training Manual

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There have been many HAMs I have spoken with lately who tell me they never received any Net Control training. I was fortunate enough many years ago to have a great ARES EC who taught a class once a year to all HAMs who were interested. To pick up the slack for some who haven’t […]


Ready Alliance Radio Net Procedures & Guidelines

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Ready Alliance when operating a net does so professionally in the manner of an EMERGENCY net. During practice nets we conduct regular business and practice emergency operating procedures. All RA nets are directed nets and net control stations are used. At this point in time, RA is using repeaters owned by others for practice nets. […]


Signal Strength & Reports

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Terms The term “full quieting” in ham radio usually signifies a good quality signal on a repeater or FM transmission – it means that your signal is clear, free of static, and easily readable by others. The phrase Picket Fencing is used to describe the way an FM transmitter will cut in and out as it […]


Amateur Radio Repeater Use Procedures & Etiquette

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This is mostly for new HAMs but it’s a good review for all of us. Rule Etiquette X ID, using your call sign every 10 minutes and at the end of your transmission. X LISTEN, listen, LISTEN! It is important to get a feel for who traffic is flowing on a repeater and how the […]


Ready Alliance Amateur Radio Nets

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The Ready Alliance Amateur Radio Nets are held on Wednesday nights. At this point we are holding two back to back. We welcome all licensed amateurs to check in. We also welcome those who are interested in joining our group to check in and find out what we are about. We have discussions about disaster […]


Why we use GMRS

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Many of our members are Amateur Radio Operators. Many interested in our group are as well. We have been asked by both members and perspective members why we use GMRS. It boils down to this. HAM radio is great. It’s a great resource and we all love it, but it’s not for everyone. Some people […]


United States CFR Title 47 Part 97

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The United States Code of Federal Regulations, Part 97 contains ALL the legally passed rules for amateur radio. Anything else you come across is only a guideline or preference by someone or some group.


International Phonetics

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The following are the phonetics which we use in amateur radio. You are likely to hear all kinds of craziness when we are in a hurry. These are the proper phonetics and you should practice them so that when you are hurried you will use the correct ones.


Local Nets

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The following is a list of radio nets which are held in the local area. For those who are unfamiliar, a radio net is a “on air” get together. They can be formal or informal. Formal or directed nets have a “net control operator”. In this type of net, you don’t transmit until the net […]


73’s, a bit of background

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Many amateurs already know that “73” is from what is known as the “Phillips Code”, a series of numeric messages conceived for the purpose of cutting down transmission time on the old land telegraph systems when sending text that is basically the same.


International Q Codes

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Ever wonder what those HAM guys are saying when they say QSY or many of those other Q things they say? Well here is a list. The Q-code is an international set of abbreviations that was created at the beginning of the last century to simplify radiotelegraph communication. Each code is composed by three letters […]


GMRS Radios & Frequencies

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GMRS has become the illusive service that some know about, some are curious about and some know nothing about. No matter where you fall, be careful of being too sure about what you know as much has recently changed with this service.


FRS Radios & Frequencies

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So at some point everyone has seen a little radio like this. Campers, fishermen, families and even children use them. You can pick them up nearly anywhere, even Wal-Mart. They always advertise, “no license necessary”. This is very true, but that is about where the truth ends. There is a lot of false or misleading […]


Ham Radio Terms

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Not all of these are exclusively HAM, but they are terms HAMs should know and be aware of. 73 – Ham lingo for “best regards.” Alternating current (ac) – Electrical current that flows first in one direction in a wire and then in the other. The applied voltage is also changing polarity. This direction reversal […]


How do you become a HAM

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All you ever wanted, and maybe didn’t want to know. To become a HAM or Amateur Radio Operator you must hold an amateur FCC license. This means taking a test from a local VE (Volunteer Examiner) group. I am going to list a lot of links on this page where you can go to take […]