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Amateur Radio…. Amateur Radio. Often is called “ham radio” Has consistently been a dependable and reliable means of Communication in emergencies. Simply Put – Ham Radio Works!. Most of the time communication systems work fine in spite their complexity

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amateur radio
Amateur Radio…

Jack Tiley AD7FO & Robert Wiese W7UWC

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Amateur Radio
  • Often is called “ham radio”
  • Has consistently been a dependable and reliable means of Communication in emergencies
simply put ham radio works
Simply Put – Ham Radio Works!
  • Most of the time communication systems work fine in spite their complexity
  • When they become overloaded or fail Ham radio operators Hams are frequently called to provide communication where it really matters
conventional communications systems may fail
Conventional CommunicationsSystems May Fail
  • Telephones, cell phones, Internet, trunk lines, and satellite phones all go through many vulnerable choke points.
  • In an emergency they become overloaded with non-Emergency traffic and they lack the ability to prioritize messages
  • Power failure can also cause telephone systemfailure at the cell site,switching center or at the user end.
wireless communications systems may be unavailable
Wireless Communications Systems May be Unavailable
  • With extreme traffic volumes on normal 2-way radio systems they may be completely overloaded.
  • Most agency radio systems have limited resources (number of radio frequencies available for communication).
ham radio is different
Ham Radio is Different
  • Hams have a practically unlimited number of communication channels available.
  • We have modes that can provide wireless radio to internet access.
  • We have low and medium power portable radios for local communication.
  • We have deployable HF (High Frequency) radios with 100 or more watts of output power.
ham radio is different continued
Ham Radio is different (continued)
  • We can relay information through other hams in their homes where they may have high gain directional antennas and up to 1,500 watts of transmit power, many with their own emergency power capability.
  • We can also use our own VHF/UHF repeaters to extend our range just as the county and police do with their own repeaters on ridges and mountain tops.
by selecting the right frequencies
By Selecting the Right Frequencies

We can communicate across town, across the state or around the world


What Kind of Radios do We Use? (continued)

  • HF Radios (SSB Voice)
    • Operating in the 1.8 to 30 MHz bands
    • Up to 100 or more watts of RF output
    • Work well for long distance communication
    • Require larger antennas

What Kind of Radios do We Use? (continued)

  • Hand held FM radios for mobility
    • Operating in the VHF or UHF bands
    • 1 to 5 watts of RF output
    • Work well in in line of site of the other stations or a repeater.

What Kind of Radios do We Use? (continued)

  • Mobile FM radios (in vehicle or set up on a table)
    • Operating in the VHF or UHF bands
    • We can communicate 10-25 miles line of site with no infrastructure, and up to 50+ miles through a repeater, even further with linked repeaters.
spokane ham radio resources
Spokane Ham Radio Resources
  • VHF and UHF radios installed in Spokane area Hospitals – Deaconess, Sacred Heart, Valley General, Holy Family, VA Hospital and St Luke's – Operated by ARES/RACES
  • Contact – Bob Wiese
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Spokane Ham Radio Resources

Red Cross Chapter in Spokane

  • Radio room at the chapter with HF, VHF and UHF transceivers and installed antennas.
the american red cross ecrv emergency communications response vehicle
The American Red Cross ECRV (Emergency Communications Response Vehicle)
  • The Red Cross ECRV located In Spokane is one of 12 located around the country
  • The ECRV is a deployable communications center
inside the american red cross ecrv
Inside the American Red Cross ECRV

Contact –Sharon Andrews

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Spokane Ham Radio Resources

National Weather Service office

  • Permanently installed Antennas for VHF and HF communications
  • Have a YEASU FT 897 HF/VHF/UHF radio.
  • Conference room has two 4” ports for temporary antenna access

Contact - Anthony Cavallucci KF7TNC

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Spokane Ham Radio Resources

Spokane County Combined Communications Building

  • VHF/UHF Radio for voice (Kenwood D700)
  • Second VHF/UHF radio for winlink digital messaging (Kenwood D700)

contact person - Robert Wiese

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Spokane Ham Radio Resources

Salvation Army

  • Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN)
  • National network that Handles Health and Welfare Information & Salvation Army Disaster Response Bulletins
  • Local HF nets on 3977.7 kHz SSB Sunday 0400 Zulu (8 pm Local)
  • No Radio installation in Spokene, just volunteers with their own equipment
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Spokane Ham Radio Resources

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Emergency Response Communications (ERC)

  • Has about 400 licensed amateurs operators in northeast Washington and the Idaho panhandle
  • Conduct weekly VHF practice nets
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Spokane Ham Radio Resources
  • “LDS Church leaders understand that civil authorities have priority in directing efforts to respond to emergencies. “
  • “When civil authorities assign public agencies to respond to emergencies, LDS Church members should act under the direction of such agencies.”

LDS ERC Contact is Scott Grimmett

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Spokane Ham Radio Resources

Spokane international Airport

  • A few TSA employees attended one of my license classes
  • They plan to have the capability to set up an emergency station if needed
  • The station will operate on MARS (Military Affiliate Amateur Radio Station) frequencies in the HF Bands
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Spokane Ham Radio Resources

Spokane Community College

  • Ham Radio Club on Campus
  • HF Station on campus with permanent antenna installation.
  • Contact person is John Barnett (electronics Instructor) Office Phone -509-533-7141 Cell Phone -509-939-5648
how we use our radios
How we use our radios
  • For personal enjoyment
  • For keeping in touch with friends and family
  • For public service events
    • Races
    • Parades
    • Public events
  • For experimenting

with technology

  • Competing in contests
what can amateur radio provide
What Can Amateur Radio Provide?
  • Local and long distance Voice message handling .
  • Communication between locations that have overloaded or failed communicarion links.
  • Communication in areas not covered by conventional wireless.
hams stay prepared
Hams Stay Prepared
  • When there isn’t an emergency, hams use all sorts of radios and antennas on many different frequencies to communicate with other hams
    • Across town
    • Around the state
    • Around the country
    • Around the world
    • Even outer space!
local amateur radio clubs
Local Amateur Radio Clubs
  • Spokane County ARES/RACES has Approx. 40 active members
  • Have our own wide coverage repeater (147.300 MHz) supplied and maintained by the county.
  • Provide communication for community events as well as emergency communication

Eastern WA ARES/Races Organization


Mark Tharp



Jack Tiley


Gordon Grove








Rob FIsher




Charles Greeson



Joe Qualtieri



Robert Wiese

Spokane County






David Harper




Jack Tiley

SM - Section Manager

SEC -Section Emergency Coordinator

DEC -District Emergency Coordinator

EC - Emergency Coordinator

AEC -Assistant Emergency Coordinator

TC - Technical Coordinator

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Local Amateur Radio Clubs
  • Approx. 100 members
  • Maintain Repeaters and a repeater network for digital communications
  • Club repeaters are available as ARES/RACES back up

Contact – Mike Carey or Jack

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Local Amateur Radio Clubs
  • Operates nine repeaters covering North Western Oregon to Western Montana
  • The KBARA repeaters provide a means for emergency communications within the Pacific Northwest
  • The KBARA system covers an area from southeastern British Columbia to northeastern Oregon, and from western Montana to central Washington.
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Local Amateur Radio Clubs
  • The KBARA system can also be connected to the Evergreen Intertie, an interconnected group of repeaters located in the northwestern United States and western Canada.
  • Contact – Duff Johnson WA7BFN - President

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Local Amateur Radio Clubs
  • Dedicated to HF communication over long distances
  • Many members have permanent antenna instillations and high power stations
  • Some have emergency power capability.
  • Many are available during an emergency for relaying messages .
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Local Amateur Radio Clubs

Spokane Amateur Radio Club

  • Formerly the HP/Agilent Amateur Radio Club
  • They operate two Spokane Area Repeaters
    • 2 Meter Repeater on 145.21 MHz
    • 70 cm repeater on 443.475 MHz
    • Contact: Jack Tiley
how we communicate
How we communicate
  • Voice
  • Morse Code
  • Digital Communication with computers connected to radios
  • TV- Slow and Fast Scan
using the amateur radio frequencies
Using the Amateur Radio Frequencies
  • The FCC regulates Amateur Service
  • A license is necessary
  • Morse code testing no longer required
  • There are three license levels
    • Technician - entry level - all VHF UHF privileges, Limited HF privileges
    • General - privileges on all amateur bands
    • Extra - Additional operating privileges on HF bands
simply stated
Simply Stated…

Ham radio provides the broadest and most powerful wireless communications capability available to any private citizen anywhere in the world

need more information
Need More Information?
  • ARRL Emergency Radio Resource

  • information on local clubs at

  • Information on Spokane ARES/RACES
  • Bob Wiese (W7UWC) Spokane County EC
  • Jack Tiley (AD7F0) Technical coordinator