A few months ago, I was motivated to get more involved in my local CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). I thought it would be fun to be an part of the Communications Team. To be an effective member of that team, I would need to get my HAM Radio License. It seemed a little overwhelming initially since I am not the resident geek in the family. Nonetheless, I started down the path of knowledge and know how.
My first stop was How Stuff Works. My fears eased a bit when I saw the photo of the young girl with giant headphones in the corner of the screen. If a preteen girl could do it, so could I!
With a new sense of adventure and confidence, I visited several sites that provided information on licensing and FCC guidelines. In the end, I found the National Association of Amateur Radio site most helpful.
Since I am a busy working parent, I have opted not to enroll in an onsite class. It would the ideal learning environment to prepare me for the exams, yet I am still at the point in my life where my children’s activities take priority over mine. Thus, I am enrolling in an online course offered by Ham Test Online. My goal is to finish the coarse by the end of September and spend 4-5 hours a week on the radio. It’s an ambitious goal and I am determined to make it happen.
One of the best things anyone can to to prepare for any emergency life throws your way is to learn the skills that you might need in those situations. For me, communication was the next item on my list. What is it for you?