Ham

Ham Radio is the very best way to communicate on the Rubicon and other trails. It is literally a lifesaver!!! The class makes it easy. This class, sponsored by Rubicon Trail Foundation, is designed to take you from zero to HAM radio operator in no time at all. It will be held in the Sacramento Valley area, in El Dorado Hills.

Best way to talk on the trail
$15 for license
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Ham Radio Classes

Ham Radio is the very best way to communicate on the Rubicon and other trails. It is literally a lifesaver!!! The class makes it easy. This class, sponsored by Rubicon Trail Foundation, is designed to take you from zero to HAM radio operator in no time at all. It will be held in the Sacramento Valley area, in El Dorado Hills.

Dates

This year's class has already happened, but stay tuned! Classes include a 1 hour lunch break – in this session, Barb will give you everything you need to know to pass the test…help you through the hard stuff, show you how to study the easy stuff, and where to look for info between classes. You should expect to be in class all day and you’ll learn a ton of stuff! She’ll also give you info on how to study for the test the easy way.

Cost

 The cost for the class is the $15.00 charge for your FCC license due on test day…that’s it! I will get prices for the radios as the date gets closer and will put that out via email to those that have signed up.

Test:

This year's test isn't posted yet, but prepare yourself for a session where an examiner team will meet you when you arrive. They’ll administer the test, and after you have passed, John will teach you stuff about using your radio in the practical world and give you a bunch of info about getting emergency help, setting up your radio, and using it in the Rubicon as well as general info for other areas. You’ll leave the session with all the tools you need to get started, including a radio, if you want one.

Radios

Once again we will offer a “group buy” price on the Yaesu FT-60 portable radio and/or Yaesu FT-8900 mobile radio. We don’t make any money on this, we’re just trying to get radios into the hands of OHV users. After you sign up, more info will be made available on that. These are the same radios we have offered in the past, and have proven to be durable, practical, easy to program and understand, and work very well.

Book

The book you need is the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 3rd edition. It MUST be the most current book (question pool good through June 30, 2018, as identified on page viii). I believe they are cheapest at Amazon.com. and fastest from Ham Radio Outlet. You MUST have the new (June 30, 2018 question pool) version of the book as you won’t be able to follow the class without it AND the questions on the test are different! ISBN: 978-1-62595-013-0

Frequencies

  • 805 El Dorado 146.805 -.600 PL123.0 The KA6GWY repeater, covers the west
    slope of El Dorado County and the Sacramento area and is linked into the Rubicon Repeater
  • 805 Tahoe 145.350 output, 146.205 input PL123.0 The Tahoe Basin
    KA6GWY repeater, linked 24/7 to the 805 ELD repeater, coverage in the Tahoe Basin.
  • 805-S 146.805 simplex, no PL This is the repeater output frequency
    of the KA6GWY repeater. Nice to have so that you can talk to your friends right in front of you,
    still listen to the repeater, but not tie it up when simplex will work just fine.
  • Rubicon repeater, no link 444.9875 +5.00 PL 156.7 The Rubicon repeater located near
    Spider Lake, coverage on all of the Rubicon Trail except east of Barker Meadows OHV trail.
  • Rubicon repeater, linked 444.9875 +5.00 PL 107.2 Same as Rubicon Repeater except
    that when using this PL it links to 805 El Dorado and 805 Tahoe
  • Rubicon simplex 444.9875 simples, PL107.2 This is the repeater output
    frequency of the Spider repeater. Nice to have so that you can talk to your friends right in front
    of you, still listen to the repeater, but not tie it up when simplex will work just fine. Note: PL is
    used because some users decode PL on their handheld radios.

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