CERT logoDel Norte County is a leading California community when it comes to Emergency Preparedness. Throughout the year, training and many classes are offered to members of the community such as Community Emergency Response Team, Ham Radio, Disaster Animal Response Team, Neighbors Helping Neighbors and more. Visit our website to Learn, Prepare & Volunteer!


    Miklor UV5RThe Baofeng UV5R radio is popular and very affordable, but unfortunately the manual is lacking in useful programming information. Some hams got together and wrote a great User Manual, FAQs, programming charts and    more. Download the following files at the Miklor website: User's Manual, Instructions to program via the keypad, Quick Reference, CHIRP programming software. Other Chinese radio manufacturers documentation is also available      at this site.



AMSATAMSAT is a worldwide group of Amateur Radio Operators (Hams) who share an active interest in building, launching and then communicating with each other through non-commercial Amateur Radio satellites. By any measure, AMSAT’s track record has been impressive. Since its founding 25 years ago, AMSAT has used predominantly volunteer labor and donated resources to design, construct, and, with the added assistance of international government and commercial agencies, successfully launch over 30 Amateur Radio satellites into Earth orbit. Today, almost 20 of these satellites are operational.

National Traffic System (NTS)

The ARRL National Traffic System (NTS) is a well-organized system for routing formal written message traffic (radiograms) from any point in the United States to any other. Messages are relayed from one ham to the next, using a variety of modes such as voice, Morse code, radio teletype, or other digital radio modes. The NTS has its origins in the earliest days of radio as is indicated by the name, "American Radio Relay League" itself.

In times of emergency, radiograms may be used to communicate information critical to saving lives or property or to inquire or learn about the health or welfare of a disaster victim. During these times, NTS works in concert with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and other emergency and disaster relief organizations.

However, the NTS does not operate only during disasters. It operates day in and out 7 days a week, 365 days a year and is used by thousands of people, hams and non-hams alike, to send and receive brief greeting messages (happy birthday, congratulations on the arrival of a new baby, hope you feel better, etc.) as long as they are of a personal, non-commercial nature (as defined in the FCC rules).

Get Your Amateur Radio License: 2-Day Class

TBA = To Be Announced
TBA = Tactfully Being Aware
Crescent Fire Protection District
255 W. Washington Blvd., Crescent City, CA


Amateur radio operators provide valuable communications in an emergency. This action-packed class will feature live amateur radio equipment for everyone to learn how to operate. Pre-study before class and pass your amateur radio Technician class examination, right in the classroom. New Easier Test!

VOA Radiogram

VOA RadiogramVOA Radiogram is a Voice of America program experimenting with digital text and images via shortwave broadcasting. It is produced and presented by Dr. Kim Andrew Elliott.

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule (all days and times UTC):
Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz - LOCAL TIME = 0800-0830
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz - LOCAL TIME = 1830-1900
Sun 1300-1330 6095 kHz - LOCAL TIME = 0500-0530
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz - LOCAL TIME = 1130-1200
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

File Downloads

Links of Interest

Wilderness Protocol The Wilderness Protocol defines frequencies and times to send and monitor for emergency and priority communications.
Wilderness Protocol

Antenna Romance

Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent. Since they were a perfect match, soon they generated harmonics. Wrapped the harmonics in dipoles. But later the harmonics turned out to be parasitic elements. The true story -- she was a tri-bander and he felt trapped, so they went on separate beam headings

Contact Us

Del Norte Amateur Radio Club - W6HY
P.O. Box 113
Fort Dick, CA 95538
United States
Club: w6hy@w6hy.org
Web Master: webmaster@w6hy.org