Communication is vital to any disaster response and may directly impact our ability to recover. It is possible that during any major disaster traditional phone lines and cell networks could be unusable. Tualatin CERT embraces amateur radio, often referred to as "ham" radio, to complement regular channels. It not only gives us the ability to communicate within the city but also to get messages out beyond Tualatin.
CERT helps ensure communication hubs will be available within neighborhoods to facilitate communication within Tualatin or let distant family and friends know that you are safe.
Are you interested in getting your ham radio license? CERT sponsors classes and testing sessions throughout the year. Our next class is currently scheduled for May 1, 2020. Sign up here for the ham radio license class and exam! (If you sign up we'll keep you posted on scheduling changes due to COVID-19 public health concerns.)
Join us during a CERT Amateur Radio Emergency Net when you're in Tualatin. Our nets meet each week to practice radio skills, connect with other hams, and ensure equipment is ready to use when needed.
Weekends: every Sunday @ 8:00 p.m.
Weekdays: every Tuesday @ 12:00 noon
Each net has two sessions:
First session: Tune into the Tualatin CERT repeater at 444.525 MHz (positive split, CTCSS tone 136.5 Hz)
Second session: Tune into simplex at 446.075 MHz