Amateur (Ham) Radio


Introduction To HAM Radio:

The HAM radio has played an integral role in every disaster this nation has faced for over 100 years. HAM will remain functional even when modern communication devices become worthless. The seemingly old-fashioned devices are extremely reliable and allow users to connect with the outside world when Internet access, cell towers, and phone land lines are no longer functional.

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HF Bands


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Q Codes:

Q Codes

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  • 03808.0 LSB Caribbean Wx
  • 03845.0 LSB Gulf Coast West Hurricane
  • 03862.5 LSB Mississippi Section Traffic
  • 03865.0 LSB West Virginia Emergency
  • 03872.5 LSB Mercury Amateur Radio Association – hurricane emergency
  • 03873.0 LSB West Gulf ARES Emergency (night)
  • 03873.0 LSB Central Gulf Coast Hurricane, Louisiana ARES Emergency, Mississippi ARES Emergency
  • 03910.0 LSB Central Texas Emergency, Mississippi ARES, Louisiana Traffic
  • 03915.0 LSB South Carolina SSB NTS
  • 03923.0 LSB Mississippi ARES, North Carolina ARES Emergency
  • 03925.0 LSB Central Gulf Coast Hurricane, Louisiana Emergency
  • 03927.0 LSB North Carolina ARES
  • 03935.0 LSB Central Gulf Coast Hurricane, Louisiana ARES, Texas ARES, Mississippi ARES and Alabama Emergency
  • 03940.0 LSB Southern Florida Emergency
  • 03944.0 LSB West Gulf Emergency
  • 03950.0 LSB Hurricane Watch (Amateur-to-National Hurricane Center), Northern Florida Emergency
  • 03955.0 LSB South Texas Emergency
  • 03960.0 LSB North East Coast Hurricane
  • 03965.0 LSB Alabama Emergency
  • 03967.0 LSB Gulf Coast – outgoing only
  • 03975.0 LSB Georgia ARES, Texas RACES
  • 03993.5 LSB Gulf Coast Health and Welfare
  • 03993.5 LSB South Carolina ARES and RACES Emergency
  • 03995.0 LSB Gulf Coast Wx
  • 07145.0 LSB Bermuda
  • 07165.0 LSB Antigua/Antilles Emergency and Weather, Inter-island 40-meter (continuous watch)
  • 07225.0 LSB Central Gulf Coast Hurricane
  • 07232.0 LSB North Carolina ARES Emergency
  • 07235.0 LSB Louisiana Emergency, Central Gulf Coast Hurricane, Louisiana Emergency
  • 07240.0 LSB American Red Cross US Gulf Coast Disaster, Texas Emergency
  • 07242.0 LSB Southern Florida ARES Emergency
  • 07243.0 LSB Alabama Emergency, South Carolina Emergency
  • 07245.0 LSB Southern Louisiana
  • 07247.5 LSB Northern Florida ARES Emergency
  • 07248.0 LSB Texas RACES
  • 07250.0 LSB Texas Emergency
  • 07254.0 LSB Northern Florida Emergency
  • 07260.0 LSB Gulf Coast West Hurricane
  • 07264.0 LSB Gulf Coast Health and Welfare
  • 07265.0 LSB Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio
  • 07268.0 LSB Bermuda
  • 07273.0 LSB Texas ARES
  • 07275.0 LSB Georgia ARES
  • 07280.0 LSB NTS Region 5, Louisiana Emergency
  • 07283.0 LSB Gulf Coast – outgoing only
  • 07285.0 LSB West Gulf ARES Emergency and Louisiana ARES Emergency
  • 07285.0 LSB Mississippi ARES Emergency, Texas ARES Emergency
  • 07290.0 LSB Central Gulf Coast Hurricane, Gulf Coast Wx, Louisiana ARES, Texas ARES and Mississippi ARES
  • 14185.0 USB Caribbean Emergency
  • 14222.0 USB Health and Welfare
  • 14245.0 USB Health and Welfare
  • 14265.0 USB Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio
  • 14268.0 USB Amateur Radio Readiness Group
  • 14275.0 USB Bermuda and International HAM Radio
  • 14300.0 USB Intercontinental Traffic
  • 14303.0 USB International Assistance
  • 14313.0 USB Intercontinental Traffic and Maritime
  • 14316.0 USB Health and Welfare
  • 14320.0 USB Health and Welfare
  • 14325.0 USB Hurricane Watch – both amateur and official reports
  • 14340.0 USB Louisiana
  • 21310.0 USB Health & Welfare in Spanish

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5 comments on “Amateur (Ham) Radio

  1. Just a thought for all: During major crisis situations such as Katrina, critical communications such as land line phones and cell phones can be lost or even turned off. In many such cases, the only long range communication available to civilians is through amateur (ham) radio. Hams have well tested emergency service networks that provide crucial communications capabilities in times of need. It would be highly beneficial to anyone interested in maintaining communications during emergency/disaster situations to obtain a ham license, radio, and enough skill to effectively communicate. I earned my Technician and General license a few years ago, and obtained a used HF radio. Morse Code is no longer required, so it is a simple matter of studying the test guides and taking the tests. Get in touch with some fellow hams and learn how to use the emergency networks. You will be doing yourself and your community a great service.


  2. Amateur-I just purchased a used Icom 7000 from E- Bay. Will get my license ASAP, but need to know the best antenna to receive and one day broadcast all bands. Your input on good antenna’s and best place to purchase would be appreciated from an experienced Ham Operator.


    • John,

      This is a difficult question to answer because there is not always a “one size fits all” solution. Antennas are generally efficient on one frequency band and it takes a good tuner to make them work on bands that the antennas are not resonant on. There are very thick books written on the subject of antennas and many different opinions on what works best. It is kind of like asking car guys, “What is the best car?”

      With that in mind, here is my opinion on a simple and cost effective way to get started. Pick a frequency band that you would like to learn to work with and build or buy a dipole antenna that works on that band. The 20 meter band is a great place to start. Assuming you have the space to put up the antenna, you can learn the art of working a ham radio fairly quickly. Once you gain experience and knowledge, you will probably want a more capable antenna and a good tuner to go with it. You will be able to receive on a very wide range of frequencies with the dipole, but transmitting will be most efficient within the band that the antenna was designed for. Hope this helps.


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