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Special Communication Information                                                                

Radio Training Net Flyer 

Radio Communication Protocol

More About Radios

Repeater Use

Preparing for Emergencies: Working Procedures of the Monday Night Radio Net

Radio Communication in an Emergency  -- Auxiliary Communications Field Operations Guide

In a Real Disaster, which 2 Meter Frequency will we use?

Q codes and American Radio Relay League (ARRL) disaster welfare message numbers, used most often in an emergency.

In an emergency, Amateur Radio Operators (HAMS) can receive the National Weather Service continuous weather information
162.400 hz, 162.475 hz, and 162.550 hz.

Phonetic Alphabet

NSPP Radio ID Map

Radio Operator Alphabetical Directory 

Radio Operator ID Directory 

As An Activated Volunteer, What Supplies Should You Take?

This "classic go-kit" page from the Harris County ARES Field Manual (www.harriscountyares.org) has lots of ideas.

 www.hamuniverse.com About Ham radio, how to become a Ham radio operator and helpful information for Ham operators

www.hamsphere.com Free download for a seven day trial allows you to talk to other Hams around the world without having to buy equipment. Try out “being a Ham” and learn about the technical aspects of ham radio. Subscriptions cost $39 a year.

The ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course, Level I Train yourself or train others; course contains important information for anyone who might communicate in an emergency, even if you don’t have a Ham radio.


Morse Code is a language that substitutes short and long taps or pulses for our alphabet. It is no longer required or used in many official situations where it once was common. It is not completely dead as many people use it and anyone can use it. 

It is important to understand why Morse Code is very useful. When there is static on a 2-way radio, it may be hard to understand what someone is saying. Morse Code is more easily heard and at greater distances in such a situation. If you were trapped and wanted help, you could wear out your voice quickly and not be heard as far away as when you tapped a regular pattern on a metal pipe or at least on a hard material so a tap sound could be heard. If you know the Morse Code for S-O-S, so much the better. If you and a buddy both know Morse Code, it can be a very useful private language in many public situations.

There is a wonderful chart that shows you how to understand Morse Code as it is being sent. You can look at that chart, see what the Morse Code alphabet is, spell your name in Morse Code or at least remind yourself how to spell out S-O-S. 

When Ham operators talk about CW, they are talking about Morse Code.