Thursday, March 25, 2010

Emergency Communications Training - Ham Licensing

Over the weekend we had some training from Emergency Communications Specialists in Seaside, OR.

Very interesting stuff - alot of talk about earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.

The hardware was cool - TNC packet modems, connecting a laptop to a VHF radio to send and receive Text messages to cellphones.

As an engineer it was cool seeing the gadgets.

We have setup a Ham Radio training class in St Helens, OR which is free to the public for training and then testing for a Ham License. The date will be May 21st and 22nd, with the test on the 22nd.

We have about 40 licensees already between Seaside, Astoria, St Helens, and Scappoose... and more will be helpful in the event of a disaster.