Why is Ham Radio Still Important?
In an age where communication is often taken for granted, it’s easy to overlook the importance of Ham Radio.
I often receive questions like: “Why do I need Ham Radio when I have a cell phone?” or “Didn’t the internet kill Ham Radio?” While these modern forms of communication may have shifted the attention away from Ham Radio, by no means did it make it unnecessary. In fact, during a disaster, it’s very likely that these modern forms of communication will be the first ones to fail.
The number one reason for preparedness minded people to consider Ham Radio is its reliability during times of crisis. Since the early 1900s, this form of communication has reliably made it through every major crisis, disaster, and emergency situation with flying colors. When all other forms of communication fail, Hams are often the ones who are called upon to help communicate in and out of the disaster zone.
When the grid goes down, the Ham Bands will still be alive and very active.
Saturday 19 Jan at 1000 will be our first segment of Winlink Training. This will be held at Bushmaster operations, 9691 Ortner loop. This will be the basics, software, and go kit requirements. Folks can bring their own equipment or just their computers, so we can get them setup for use of Winlink and ready for the next phase of training. The end result is to have 2 person teams set up to deploy to support emergency operations during call outs. Winlink is also handy while you are traveling if you do not have the internet to keep in touch with your family and friends.
If you have not setup a Winlink Account yet you can go to www.winlink.org and set it up. It is free and only requires a ham call sign and some additional info. They have links to RMS Express YouTube presentations to give you some back ground. If you desire you can download the RMS Express software and we can help you set it up on your laptop at the training. If you bring you own equipment, you just need a portable VHF antenna, to connect to your transceiver. You can use your internal TNCs or External TNCs. Unless you have a serial port on your laptop or your TNC has a USB port cable, you will need a serial to USB adapter cable, either FTDI or prolific which either works best for your computer OS.
See you there
To all hams with a call sign License Plate
The State DMV is sending out yellow cards to those people needing to re-register their plates. The card indicates you can register online. However, for those that have ham radio plates you can't do it online. It has to be done at a DMV office. I have included below what one administer sent me.
I would advise that those re-registering their plates to take what Karina Garces-Pellon sent to me so if there are any questions, you have some backup. She is from the Anchorage DMV
I’ve included our Vehicle Transaction Application (Form 812) for the renewal, you will need to
- State on form 812 that you’re requesting Amateur Radio Exemption by checking the box “Other” and writing in the Amateur Radio (AR)
- Make the following statement in the Affidavit section on the application “This vehicle meets the requirements outlined in AS 28.10.421 (d) (8) (A) & (B) and I qualify for free registration under this statute.”
- Copy of current FCC License
- Folks need to understand they need a 5 Band HF radio installed in the vehicle with Antenna and power connection.
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