[align=center]0-60 Hams in One Year Plan
[align=center]How the Roseville California Stake Went from Zero to Sixty Ham Radio Operators in One Year
Here is what they do:
1) Keep it simple
a) Avoid the “Hammy” talk l
ike 73, etc. and ask that people just speak normal. You are not trying to impress anyone by using CB lingo. Most people new to Armature Radio can get lost and this is in an effort to help them feel included, not excluded from the conversation.
b) This is not a “hobby.” Most people will get there Amateur Radio License either for their calling or for emergency communications and not necessarily for the “hobby’s sake.” It may become a hobby (and that’s okay) but that is not what is emphasized.
c) 2 Meter simplex (unless it does not work geographically for your stake).
d) Basic Hand Held Radios and mobiles. They recommend the Yaesu FT-270R hand held
or the Yaesu FT-2900R mobile
. There are many opinions out there and cool muti-bands for over $1,000 dollars but our focus was to keep it as inexpensive and simple as possible. For around $250 dollars a Ward Emergency Response Communication Specialist (WERC)
can get everything he needs
- a hand-held radio, ¼ wave antenna (which is way better than the “rubber-ducky” antenna it comes with), back-up battery adapter (that takes AA batteries), car cig. lighter adapter, a mag mount car antenna and “Slim Jim” antenna. See detailed list below:
Basic HT Set-Up Manufacturer: Item : Description : Price Notes YAESU FT-270R 2M 5W HT W FNB-83 & CHARGER
[/align] Fry Elect. YAESU CN-3 RFA-8182PP SMA Male to UHF Female $4.00 ea or use Yaesu mini coax HS-05 18” SMA to SO-239 from HRO for $14.95
[/align] YAESU EDC-5B Filtered Cigarette lighter plug
[/align] YAESU FBA-25 6 AA BATT CASE
[/align] (Find on ebay)
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[/align] VHF Slim Jim J-Pole For HT 2 Meter Antenna 16' (also works on ft-2900 radio instead of buying long coax and base station antenna. Good starting point. Coax)Bottom of Form
[/align] YAESU MH-57A4B SPKR/MIC VX-7R/VX6R
[/align] (Optional) 2M 5/8 W/ MAG MOUNT ANTENNA
Mobile or Base Station Set-Up YAESU FT-2900R 2M 75W MOBILE W MH-48A6J MIC
[/align] 100-feet 9913-Equivalent Ultra-Low-Loss Coaxial Cable
[/align] Diamond CP22E 2M 2-5/8WAVE VERTICAL 6.5DB 9ft Antenna
[/align] Alpha-Delta TT3G50 Surge Protector (Ask John or Steve about $5.00 substitute)
[/align] (Hardware store) 8' Grounding Rod ¾”? or the largest dia rod at Home D.
[/align] Solder type. N-TGS-HRO $5.99 each at HRO
[/align] Powerwerx AndersonPower Pole Connectors (30 amp)
[/align] Sams-Club Marine Deep Cycle Battery
[/align] Wal-Mart Batterymaintainer/ charger (Schumacher1.5 amp)
[/align] Wal-Mart Plastic Battery Case
[/align] McMaster-Carr 10 lf Red/ Black 12 ga wire
Since most of us have the same radios it is very easy to “clone” them
. This basically copies all the pre-set channels and tones (for the repeaters). It has also easy reference to say “Go to channel 100” verses giving out the frequency (might come in handy someday).
2) Lead by example – as a leader people will follow what you have. We have approximately 60 operators in the stake (some still do not have radios) and we average at least 30 who participate weekly on our Stake net every Sunday night. The stake next to us has over a 150 operators (they had a really big push to get people licensed) and they only have about 10 people on average on their nets Sunday nights. So what’s the difference? We all have inexpensive single band radios and almost all of them (10 or so) have the $1,000 multi-band radios. 3)
Find a local Ham Radio club
that will do testing for you and put together a 3- hour “Ham Cram” study session
. This is 3- hour self study
. Ask them to go through all 400 questions and answers (it has just the correct answers) at least twice and then review just the answers right before the test
. We have had a perfect record on passing so far on doing it this way. It is difficult test and many complained that they did not understand what they were studding thought for sure they were going to fail. The idea is to get you to pass and then we can teach them how to use the radio and understand everything later.
4) As the Stake net evolves and the Wards come on line ask that each WERC call roll for their own Ward. This helps them gain experience speaking in the mic and gives them a reason to be there each Sunday. The plan is to eventually
have each Ward do their own net
with just the ERC’s checking into the Stake Net but we are not there yet and this seems to work pretty well.
5) Keep the communication
plan as simple as possible. For example our “Official” Stake plan
is two pages and just has the most basic information and contact numbers. As a companion to that we have the 24 page handbook which gives all the information they need from their responsibilities in their calling to how to run a net. http://ercinfo.webs.com/march2011meeting.htm.