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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

Readiness. Response. Recovery.

Phone: 503-823-4375

Fax: 503-823-3903

TDD: 503-823-3947

NET Amateur Radio

  • Where can I take an amateur radio class? Click "Amateur Radio License: how to get it" below for details

  • Check in on the air at the NET net, every Sunday!

  • Did you know you can check a radio out? PBEM has radios and other equipment for AROs to use under the "Radio Equipment Resources" link

  • Who is your RTL? To become a NET Amateur Radio Operator, know your RTL! "ARO Standards and Training" has details!

This section is intended as a resource for NET volunteers interested in becoming NET Amateur Radio Operators (AROs) and to provide resources for current NET AROs.

From the links below, you can:

  • Learn why communications, and particularly amateur radio communications, are important for the NET program and disaster response
  • Find a class to prepare you for the FCC Amateur Radio Technician exam, and where to take the exam itself
  • Learn what training is needed to become a NET ARO, and how to get that training 

HAM net info


Amateur Radio License: how to get it

[2016/02/16] Resources to help you study for and successfully pass the FCC Amateur Radio Technician Exam (including an exam schedule).

NET Guidelines - Section 900

[2016/02/19] This part of the NET Guidelines covers communications in the NET program. It serves as a comprehensive guide on NET communications methods and means.

NET ARO Standards and Training

[2016/02/16] Information on what qualifications are required to become a NET amateur radio operator (ARO) and how to get the needed training.

Basic NET Unit 9 - Comms Training

[2016/03/02] Materials handed out for Unit 9 of Basic NET training. The training is an overview of how communications are used in NET and recommended practices.

Current HAM Classes

Courtesy of NET RTL John Beaston

NET ARO Task List

[2021.01.11]