In order to maintain a state of readiness, this group conducts special drills in conjunction with the fire
department and a weekly radio "net" to test equipment and provide training for amateur radio operators.
The net is conducted each Friday evening at 7:30 pm EST/EDT on the WA4DSZ VHF repeater with
permission from the repeater owner, Reid McKay, and is open to all properly licensed amateur radio
operators. The output frequency is 146.850 and the offset is the standard negative 600 KHz.
So, what is amateur radio? Originally comprised of radio and
electronics experimenters, amateur radio is a hobby that has
been around for more than one hundred years. In addition to
radio and television research and development, amateur radio
operators have occasionally been called upon through the
years, to provide communications during various emergencies
when other communications systems have failed. It is a
service and resource that is often overlooked and taken for
granted. However, amateur radio is not an emergency
communications service. The amateur service was and
remains, an outlet for radio and electronics enthusiasts.
Emergency communications is something amateurs can
provide but it certainly isn't the foundation of the hobby.
In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission
oversees and regulates all radio communication, including
amateur radio. Before being allowed to operate on frequencies
designated for amateur use, the candidate must successfully
complete a written examination. Upon successful completion
of the exam, the candidate will be issued a renewable FCC
license good for a term of ten years. Currently, there are three
classifications in the amateur radio licensing system. The
entry level license is Technician, the intermediate license is
General and the highest license class is Extra. Each
classification has its own exam question pool and the
candidate must advance from the lowest to the highest. The
exams get progressively more difficult and each classification
affords the amateur more frequency privileges.
For more information on amateur radio and the licensing
procedure, visit the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) at
www.arrl.org or the W5YI Group at w5yi.org . For online
practice tests, visit www.qrz.com and select the appropriate
test for the license you wish to acquire. Remember, if you are
currently unlicensed, you must start with the Technician exam.
Long View's amateur radio community entered in to a partnership with Long View Fire Department in
April, 2007. The Long View Amateur Radio Club provides trained amateur radio operators (HAMS) who
may be utilized by the fire department to assist during local communications emergencies and special
events. The result has been a productive learning experience for both the amateurs and the firefighters.
The amateur radio operators who participate in this program have received extensive training in incident
management, emergency communications and fireground strategies and tactics. The firefighters have
learned to appreciate the technical fundamentals of radio communication.
Persons wishing to participate in the EMCOMM program will meet the following requirements:
* Valid Amateur Radio License
* Criminal Background Check
* IS-700, IS-800, ICS-100, ICS-200
* Specialty classes as designated by AHJ
The K0HWY Local Repeater Directory is a directory of local
amateur radio repeaters from 10 meters through 70
centimeters. The listings are by frequency and contain
offset, CTCSS/DCS encoding and more.
Repeaters can and do go off the air, sometimes temporarily,
sometimes permanently. Other changes are also possible
such as input encoding, ownership, special features, etc. If
you discover any of these circumstances, please contact
Bruce Long, K0HWY at k0hwy at yahoo.com. As soon as the
information is verified, it will be passed to the website
administrator for publication.
Amateur Radio Band Plan shows the most recent
(December, 2006) band plan for amateur radio
frequencies from 160 meters up.
D. Eric Shepherd
|Click any call sign for more member information
AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
Although unaffiliated with the Town of Long View or Long
View Fire Department, the Long View Amateur Radio Club
does play a significant role in providing communications for
the fire department in critical emergency situations.
Several operators with the club have been trained by fire
department personnel, to assist the agency when unusual
circumstances hamper conventional means of
The radio equipment used by the amateur radio operators
is for the most part, privately owned and self maintained.
These men and women generously volunteer themselves,
their time and equipment to help keep the fire department
operating safely and efficiently when disaster strikes. To
make sure their equipment is in a state of readiness, the
group conducts a weekly radio "net" which also allows
each member to stay in touch with other operators in the
network. During the net, various pieces of information may
be passed or exchanged among members. This net meets
every Friday evening at 7:30 pm on the WA4DSZ repeater
(146.85 MHz) and is open to all appropriately licensed
amateur radio operators. No tone (CTCSS or DCS) is
required to access the repeater.
Verifying a contacts via special postcards called QSL cards
has been popular among amateur radio operators for many
years. Unlike the old days when mailing information had to
be exchanged over the air, today's operators can pull up an
address with the simple click of a button (like the one
below). So, when another operator says, "I'm good on
QRZ.com", all you have to do is type in his call sign and up
pops everything you need to get your card where it's going.
You might even learn a bit more or even get to see a photo of
the person with whom you communicated.
Coordinated Universal Time
USING MODIFIED AMATEUR TRANSCEIVERS
As a licensed amateur radio operator, you must be familiar
with FCC rules and regulations regarding various issues
pertaining to your equipment, privileges and practices. This
includes performing modifications to radio transceivers to
operate outside the frequency range for which they were
Amateur radio transceivers are not type accepted by the FCC
for operation on frequencies outside the amateur radio
bands and that includes fire department frequencies. The
criteria for type acceptance on public service bands is more
stringent than those for the amateur bands. The fact that
modification information can be found on various internet
sites does not make it legal. On the other hand, it is perfectly
legal to use transceivers designed for public service bands
on the amateur bands as the equipment exceeds the
minimum criteria established by the FCC.
Amateur radio transceivers are relatively cheap as
compared to type accepted public service band
transceivers. However, the decision to save a few bucks by
performing an illegal modification can quickly negate your
savings. FCC fines for operating modified amateur radio
equipment can run into the thousands of dollars. And, you
can lose your amateur radio license along with your illegal
Will you get caught? Quite possibly a literal "$10,000
question." But if there's any doubt as to the FCC's position in
enforcing these violations, just Google search for
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Coordinated Universal Tine or Universal Time Coordinated
(UTC for short) is used in amateur radio to simplify
communications records. For example, if KG4ZTS was in NC
and K0HWY was in CA, there would exist, in standard time, a
difference of three hours. Under UTC, the time in NC and CA
are the same, as are other time zones around the world. So, if
these two stations were in communication at midnight EDT,
they would both log 04:00 UTC in their records.
Amateur Radio Emergency Communication Group
Amateur Radio Activities
Bruce Watson (KD4PZM) and Gene Fulbright (KC4FM) provide
communications at the command post during the Long View Centennial
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