You lost me on that, what?bwoodfire45 said:I am civillian certified now
You can become a member of ARES or SKYWARN without being a radio operator. There is a certification you go through for disaster management and how to handle diasasters. You learn how to watch cloud patterns, and how to aid in the event of an emergency. You are not discounted from participating in these groups. They have parts of the group where people make calls to neighbors and other skywarn members to keep them up to date. Radio operation isn't the only part of operation these groups handle.
It is not necessary to have a Skywarn Certification in order to report information to a Skywarn net. However, the certification classes teach you about various weather situations. This allows you to provide more accurate information to the Skywarn net. The Atlanta Radio Club occasionally hosts a Skywarn Training Class at our monthly meeting. Contact one of the club officers to inquire about this. Some counties may require their ARES members to gain a Skywarn Certification.KC0QNB said:They must run things differently in Texas, I have never seen or heard of skywarn certification
I tried option A about 5 years ago, and actually failed the test! I was so engrossed in the theory in the classes and the possible realms of technology that I didn't want to study to pass the test! I read Gorden Wests study material, and the explanations of theory were great, but they distracted me from just memorizing the answers! I'd read the theory about it, start Googling it and get totally sidetracked from study.af5rn said:Plan-B is to just spend a few days memorising the test questions and answers, learn nothing, go take the test, and get on the air quickly and start ratchet jawing like the rest of the glorified CBers.
Is that really so bad? I've never been involved in CB, but monitoring them all I've heard is idiots with echo Mic's that echo so bad you can't understand a thing and people acting like a fool. Don't think I'd ever take interest in that.A lot of doors will open up for you, when you succeed and, of course some will slam shut behind you, your old CB buddies that don't want to work for their tickets will be slamming some of those doors.
It does, simply because of the non-infrastructure tied ways of radio. Most repeaters have battery backup. When power is out for extended times, the repeater operator usually gets ahold of a generator to run at the site.KC0QNB said:In all the above cases public safety, and ham radio worked flawlessly, not a glitch.
Now you know that "When all else fails, ham radio works". I really don't like that tag line but it sure sums things up. Those who are talking about getting their license, Get 'R' Done.