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LDS Emergency Resources – Communications pt5

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Let me get to another point. Frequencies are limited, there’s not a limited number. So, it turns into a system there, that’s been set up. They’re a protocol set, whereby everyone gets an opportunity to get a frequency, others a band plan. So we can make it work. On Sunday nights we can find the emergency net, where we fire everything once a week. Steve and up fire up and talk to one another, see if it works good and if anyone else will talk to us. And we do that at 8:15, our frequency is 147.565.

And you can pick up there or in that area – the long beep means LA area. They all have their nets. You can participate in it, we’d love to have you on the show. Anyway – more efficient, the more power, the better. Now, the bad boy in my house it’s the best. My neighbors don’t even see it anymore – snuck it up there and they can’t even see it anymore.

And each of these antennas have become more efficient and can do more things for you with limited power. They have a property called “gain” to an antenna. To figure the effectiveness of the “gain” – it’s easier to remember for me. For example, the antenna on top of my house on the 2 meter band has a gain of 9 and a half. Okay? If I run 5 watts into 9 and a half in the antenna, that effectively, without adding more power to my radio, raises that up to an effective power of 45 watts. Okay?

So, in amateur radio, put your money into your antenna. That’s what you want – you want a very efficient antenna. Now, any of each here will do for what we do in the state. Any of these will do. So, that’s the neat thing about amateur radio. Removable antenna – it allows the tinkerers to do a lot of things. And you don’t have to do a lot of things. And you don’t have to have a big, crazy setup to participate and be very effective.

So this is what we’ll use here in the event of emergency here in the state. This is what we used when we had the test, the practice thing. And it works very well, Steve and I used it a lot of times for a lot of things and it works out really great.

Bottom line: how do I become a HAM? If you go to a website called QRZ.com, you can take practice tests and the license you have to first work for is a technician license. It’s actually 35 questions – I took it the other night to see if I could still pass it. There’s a pool of about several hundred questions – they only take 35 out of that. Some of them deal with electronics, math and stuff like that. It’s a game – make sure you’re good on regulations. The FCC codes and things like that.

Then you go down to a place called HRO – HAM Radio Outlet. It’s on Euclid, it’s between the 5 freeway and the 91 on the west side. HRO – you go down and buy books. Now, this one I particularly like, from a guy named Gordon West. He’s a cook, but he’s a pretty nice guy. I like his books. The questions that you get from these books are the exact questions that you will see on the test. It has the same question number – you will see exactly what you study. You go there, memorize a lot of questions and forget about it when you’re done. Simple as that.

So this one I like – you went through it, read the question, highlighted the right one and I just kept taking practice tests until I remembered it. On the other hand, if you’re technically challenged, they reduced it to little caricatures and they give it cute names and they give you little ways to remember them. He did well with that. I’m a big one of having to sit and time to study – I like to go to a class, I view the video. Tom Morris actually hated that, he took the book and read it. Joyce works on a reward system.

There’s not a person in here that cannot pass the amateur radio test for a technician license to become a very valuable asset to our state, to your family and to your community. And with that, I thank you for your time.

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