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Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

Readiness. Response. Recovery.

Phone: 503-823-4375

Fax: 503-823-3903

TDD: 503-823-3947

NET ARO Standards and Training

A NET Amateur Radio Operator (ARO) is a volunteer who has received basic training on radio principles, has a valid FCC amateur radio license, and has completed radio operations training. Once a NET volunteer has completed those steps, they receive a NET ID with the ARO designation.

In order to become a NET ARO, a candidate must complete the following steps:

    1. Complete Unit 9 of Basic NET training, which is an overview of radio communications. Anyone who has graduated from Basic NET since February of 2014 has already completed this step, as it is required for NET certification. NETs who have not received this training have two options:

      • Sit in on the unit during a Basic NET class (email the NET Coordinator for details); OR
      • Review the curriculum and complete an online quiz confirming that the candidate is familiar with the principle concepts.

    2. Receive your FCC amateur radio license and call sign. This process means preparing for the FCC exam (through a class or other method) and passing it.

    3. Obtain fundamental FEMA Independent Study (IS) certificates. The IS certifications needed are: 100, 200, 700, and 802. The classes for these certifications are internet based and can be completed at your leisure. IS-100, 200, and 700 also have wide application and are recommended for NET volunteers generally.

    4. Complete radio operations training. With the first three steps complete, you are now ready to work with your Radio Training Liaison (RTL). Contact your Team Leader (TL) and tell her/him that you wish to become ARO certified. Your TL when then approve your training and refer you to your RTL (and RTL cannot complete your training without acknowledgement from your TL). Your RTL will refer you to hands-on radio operations training in your area; and, in many cases, your RTL will also be your instructor. We estimate that it will take approximately 3 hours to train the average volunteer.

There are five RTLs, with each assigned to an area of Portland. To determine who your RTL is, please view the RTL map here. Then, please email your RTL:


North/Northwest: John Beaston,
Northeast: Michael Colvin,
East: Michael Schilmoeller,
Southeast: Dana Jones,
Southwest: Carrie Conte,

After you finish radio operations training and you demonstrate the skills to the satisfaction of the Radio Training Liaison, your Liaison sends your Team Leader confirmation that you are ready to receive your ARO credentials. 

Reference: NET ARO Training Task List