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Emergency & Off Grid Radio & Communications + Introduction to HAM Radio – 2024

Registration Ends September 27, 2024
$100 – 125
Start Date: Sep 28
End Date: Sep 29
Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 5:00 pm

Having your own effective communication system can be a critical tool in a medical or post-disaster situation. What would you do if your cell phone coverage was down in a natural disaster? How can you run communications with family or friends during an extended power outage?

Because you can’t talk on the radio without power, we have detailed instructions on building battery backup systems not only for the radio, but for your home so that you won’t be literally left in the dark during an emergency.

We will dive a little deeper into the world of radio and important concepts on the operation of radios and then move into how to setup a radio dispatch site to assist during an emergency.

The Introduction to HAM Radio section of this course will help to answer many common questions such as what HAM is, how it is used, and how to become licensed.

This is a 2 day on-site course with an additional remote module that will be made available to students prior to the on-site course.

The downloadable HAM module will cover the following:

  • Battery backup systems
  • Operation of a radio
  • Setting up a radio dispatch site
  • HAM radio teaching resources for getting your license
  • Where and how to take the test
  • The overall principles of HAM radio
  • HAM radio organizations
  • **organizations that emphasize post disaster/disaster relief
  • Licensing
  • Frequency ranges
  • Levels of certification

The 2 Day On-Site Course

The Emergency Communications Onsite class is designed to provide you with hands-on experience in the world of Amateur Radio. Under the guidance of our experienced Extra Class HAM instructor you will learn and practice the following skills and projects:

  • Basic soldering skills
  • Building improvised batteries from common items to allow you to power LED signaling devices, run a radio, or charge a cell phone
  • How to modify the antenna mounts on existing radios to accept any antenna you can build.
  • Various antenna builds such as:
  • – Coax dipoles
  • – Ladder lines
  • – J-poles
  • A direction finding yagi
  • Dispatch center setup and operations
  • Direction finding fox hunt using the antennas you built
  • Additional discussions in Emergency and off-grid communication subjects

No radio or electronics experience is needed. This course is a complete hands-on and skill building session. We will teach and build all the skills you need in only two days and students will be able to apply them in any environment.

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Dates: This is a 2 day course held on September 28th & 29th, 2024.

Class will run from 9am – 5pm.

Materials: A $15 materials fee is required for this course, to be paid in person on Saturday in cash or with a check. Students are welcome to bring their own soldering equipment, multimeters and any radios they need help programming, although we will have soldering stations set up for each student. Each student will go home with a modified radio and a soldering kit.

Location: Taos, NM Campus; detailed directions will be emailed to all students enrolled in the course.

Lodging: Camping is available to registered students only during this course. Students are welcome to camp Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, but no camping will be available on Sunday night. Students can check-in from 3-8pm local time on Thursday, and check-out by 5pm on Sunday. There are lodging options in the 87571 area to include camping, RV parks, Airbnb’s, hotels, and resorts.

Online Module: Access to the module will be opened on August 12th, 2024. Students will be emailed with login information.


Early Bird Tuition: $100 until 9/2/24 (Online processing fees apply)

Early Bird E-Invoice/Venmo/check/money order Discount: $100 until 9/2/24 (No processing fees)


Regular Tuition: $125 (Processing fees apply)

E-Invoice/Venmo/check/money order Discount: $125 (No processing fees)


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