Amateur Radio Activities Return for 2016 Preparedness Summit

The ability to communicate is an essential component of all emergency response activities. During an emergency, there could be significant damage to communication infrastructure resulting in failures to successfully coordinate and carryout a response. In no-notice or rapidly developing emergencies, cellular communication networks can quickly become overwhelmed and cell phone communication could be blocked for a number of hours while emergency events are unfolding. Tapping into local amateur radio clubs and networks and training agency staff on amateur radio operations can be a solutions for local jurisdictions to help ensure rapid voice communications are accessible during any emergency.

Take a Amateur Radio Licensing Exam to Begin your Journey as HAM Radio Operator

Preparedness Summit attendees will be able to take a amateur radio licensing exam at the 2016 Preparedness Summit  Completion of this exam is required to become a ham radio operator. The examination is expected to take approximately 45 minutes to complete and a charge of $15 will be collected to take the test. The test consists of 35 multiple choice questions and you must get 26 questions correct to pass the examination.

Register for the “HAM-Cram” Study Session and HAM Licensing Test

NACCHO is hosting an in-person ‘HAM-Cram’ study session on April 19, 2016 from 5:15 – 7:15PM at the 2016 Preparedness Summit to ensure your success! On April 20, 2016 from Noon-1:30PM and 3:00-4:00PM, liscensing exams will be available to all interested Preparedness Summit attendees. Please register for the HAM-Cram Study session and/or the HAM licensing exam by signing up here.

Ham Radio Test Resources

The Federal Communications Commission requires the passing of a liscensure exam before operating an amateur radio. There are three classes of liscensure: Technician Class, General Class, and Amateur Extra Class. Before receiving a license, you must pass an examination. The American Radio Relay League provides resources and information for individuals seeking licensure at all levels. NACCHO has also created to an online practice exam to review in advance of the Summit. Please click here to take the technician class practice exam. (Note: questions on the in-person test are likely to vary from the practice exam).

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About Raymond Puerini

Raymond Puerini, MPH, is a Senior Program Analyst on the Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness, and Catastrophic Response team at NACCHO. His work includes sharing best practices for the distribution and dispensing of medical countermeasures and developing policy and guidance to support strategic national stockpile responses. Twitter: @Are_You_Ray_Dy

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