Radio Operation

The setup of many radios is done with a computer program and interface cable.  We provide here some solutions and hints to help with your radios.

Yaesu WIRES Feature

How to Disable Yaesu WIRES Feature Permanently 

Crossband Operations

There comes a time when you need to use an HT but need the range of a nearby mobile radio (in your car).  There is a common method used to communicate between your HT and your mobile station while the mobile station is repeating that communication elsewhere on a different band.  These instructions will help you set up that scenario.

Using Chirp Radio Programming Software

One of the more popular, and free, programming tools is CHIRP.  It is designed to work with just about any radio.  While it does not necessarily program all radio features, it does allow programming the frequencies, tones, offsets, etc.  While it can be confusing to use the first time, we have provided a guide to use CHIRP to write a template to your radio.  Also checkout our Chirp Template found on the Documentation page.

Emergency Radio Communications

Here are three basic presentations on Emergency Radio Communications  (click to download).

Emergency Radio Communications 100

Emergency Radio Communications 101

Emergency Radio Communications 102

The training at the 20 Jan 2011 ACS/ARES meeting with proper net operations and the responsibilities of the Net Control Station.  Download the PowerPoint presentation here.

Emergency Communications Twitter Accounts


Here is the D-Star presentation given by Scott Honaker, N7SS on D-Star for Emergency Communications. 

Basic Networking

Here is an introduction to some low level networking concepts and Networking Terms with more to come.


Here is the first of several presentations on messaging.  Download the presentation given at the meeting.

Download the presentation materials; exercise, and forms used at the meeting.

Getting the most from your HT

A handheld radio is invaluable but has a number of limitations.  Find out how to mitigate the issues and improve your performance.

J-Pole Antennas

J-pole antenna are simple and fun to build.  Download all the information you need to make, test, and use them.

Email Systems


All about Airmail and Winlink 2000. Download the PowerPoint presentation and see for the software download.


All about Winlink Express. Winlink Express was previously named EMS Express and still is commonly referred to by that name. Download this Word Document and see for the software download.

Getting Started With RMS Express

Region One Digital Proficiency Plan

This document identifies the core skills required for radio operators to be proficient and valuable to Region 1 and its served agencies.  The Region 1 Digital Proficiency Plan provides BASIC, INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED skills to be proficient.


Radio Mobile is a great VHF/UHF propagation prediction tool used for determining available paths and repeater coverage.

Radio Direction Finding

Radio direction finding (Fox Hunting) is a fun and practical activity.  Download all the information you need to participate.

Protect Yourself from Malware and other Threats

This training was offered January 2020 to address common current threats and solutions.  Download the slides with notes.

All About Jump Kits

The training subject of the 21 Feb 2008 meeting was jump kits. Download the PowerPoint presentation and several photos of members jump kits.

Portable Radio Operations

For functionality and performance beyond an HT, consider building a portable system.