Wednesday, April 19, 2017

CERT Emergency Communications (Amateur Radio) Workshop, April 22 and May 20

Here are a few items that should be of interest to our CERT Hams (and Ham CERTs):

* First, here's an article from Emergency Management magazine, "Emergency Communications Driving Increase in Amateur Radio Operators," which shouldn't be a surprise to hams or CERTs. (The story also urges emergency managers to form relationships with hams and integrate amateur radio into their plans and facilities.)

* Next, Volunteer Coordinator Jeffrey Katz created a map of self-identified Fairfax County CERTs who have ham licenses (the map has a 1.5 mile buffer around the CERT's location). As you can see, we have much of the county covered. (Not sure if you're on the map? Get in touch with Jeffrey):

Fairfax County CERT Hams

* Next, the next CERT Emergency Communications Workshop is this Saturday, April 22. This event is open to anyone who has an interest in amateur radio and emergency communications. (You don't even have to have a ham license yet.)

Date/Time: Saturday, April 22, 2017 // 1:00pm (1300) to 3:00pm (1500) - radio test 3:00-4:00pm

Location: Burke Volunteer Fire Station 414 (Training Room), 9501 Old Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA 22015

Cost: FREE

Activities: Introduction to Handheld radios and repeaters; programming of Baofeng and other radios; setting up a emergency radio "go-kit"; development of basic communications plans; setting up a station; and more. All are welcome: Click to Register

For More Information: Contact James at

(The next workshop will be May 20, 2017.)

-- 73 (For hams, 73 is an abbreviated signoff that means "best regards.")

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