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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.

NET ARO Task List


Current HAM Classes

Courtesy of NET RTL John Beaston

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.