two-way radios for you

Below, I am republishing information about a class this coming Saturday. Today and tomorrow I am refining the information I will be presenting and the exercises we will be doing. As I assemble the video clips, handouts and class outline, I recognize the value I am offering. Even my family and best friends won’t get the information out of me […]

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Darby ham radio classes

Earn Your FCC Amateur Radio License HAM radios can communicate across the yard and around the world. They reach places, and in times when no other form of communication available to us can. Yes, there is a test. Everyone in my study groups has passed those tests. Amateur radio license categories are Technician, General, and Amateur Extra, with the knowledge […]

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up your comms

I have spent the last half-dozen years improving my ability to support community communications. Well, more accurately, I spent a tiny fraction of my time and brain power learning 2-way radio … As I do with nearly everything else in my life: Jack of all trades; master of none. This morning I was guided to an excellent overview article with […]

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Darby Adult Education

I am again offering to teach two-way radio communications to my neighbors in the Darby area. I have formatted the classes differently, and added significantly to the offerings. There is a sequence to these classes, from easiest to acquire to more challenging. The first class is strictly about GMRS radios. This license has no training, knowledge or testing requirement. You […]

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radio field day in Hamilton

Annual Field Day is this weekend across the USofA. The main event is to encourage individuals, groups, clubs and teams to deploy their radios into “field locations” – that is, to set up mobile, temporary radio communication centers. Part of the game is to contest and see how many contacts each unit can make across the nation. That particular aspect […]

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QST – QST – QST

A QST is a message to all participants in an amateur radio net. I shared this one today with four nets I participate in: Governmental and Non-Governmental agencies are preparing and have prepared for an Electro-Magnetic-Pulse weapon detonated over the United States. Their preparations assume destruction of many electronic devices as well as the entire electrical grid of our country. […]

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radio planning

A friend did a VERY THOROUGH analysis of amateur radios as communication tools when other means are unavailable. A strong motivator for him was to reach home or help from the deep woods, but there are other factors, including grid-down disaster planning. He is a high-order professional computer scientist who is very recent to amateur radio. I am hugely impressed […]

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community comms

In any surviving, thriving community there is a wide range of specialists who make The Whole strong. An important gap I am striving to fill locally is communications. Both within our neighborhood and beyond. Step one was to learn a little bit and pass the FCC tests to earn a license. The first level, “Technician”, covers local communication well and […]

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