Amateur Radio

Your Oceanside CERT Amateur Radio Team

“When the ‘Big One’ hits…we’ll be ready!” Here’s a summary of this very active group:

Communications Team SOP

Who We Are:

We are a subcommittee of Oceanside CERT, consisting of over 3 dozen licensed Amateur Radio Operators ( aka “Hams”). Our team goal is to have at least 4-5 hams within each Fire Service Area.

What We Do:

We combine the radio communication skills learned from our hobby, with the principles learned from our CERT training, toward the purpose of helping our families, friends and neighbors with communication during time of emergency. And we have fun doing it!

Where We Do It:

From our homes and neighborhoods we use Portable, Mobile and Base Station equipment to link us together, forming a communication ‘web’ throughout the City of Oceanside.

When We Do It:

We conduct an on-air “Weekly Net” exercise taking radio check-ins from all 8 Fire Service Areas within the City. We hold a Monthly Meeting where we get together for planning and training. We do several field tests and drills per year.

How We Do It:

We volunteer our time and provide our own radio station equipment, with focus on improving our station perfor-mance and radio operating skills. We gladly extend a helping hand to others within Oceanside CERT interested in learning more about amateur radio, obtaining their ham license, and finding economical equipment to get started. We educate fellow hams about the benefits of receiving CERT training.

Why We Do It:

We offer a potentially important extra level of communication for Oceanside CERT and the community during time of emergency. When all else fails, ham radio will still be available for those who use it.

We welcome new members! Should you have interest in learning how to get a ham license, and would like to join our group, send an email to the below address and we’ll be glad to provide some info.

Joe Gardeski, Chair

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