Training and Classes

In this section we will maintain a list of available HAM and related Classes and Training Sessions

HAM Classes

Below are the HAM Radio classes I know about.  If you are aware of a class that is not listed please send me an email with info.

Don't take a General class class if you are just getting started. To start you need to take a Technician class.


West Valley City Technician Class

January 31st from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm & February 1st from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The class will be held at Fire Station 74 which is located at 5545 West 3100 South by the West Valley Fitness Center, January 31st from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, February 1st from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.  The class costs $10.  This includes lunch on Saturday and snacks.  Payment is due at the beginning of class.  

We will hold the test session on February 8th at 9:00 am.  The cost is $15 and is due when you take the test.  

Please submit all questions to Mat Murdock at

Sign up here:


Technician class Orem 

4 sessions starting Tuesday January 21st 6:30pm to 8:30pm each Tuesday through February 11th Orem city center cost is $10 exam at the end of the course $14.

To sign up

For more information contact Noji Ratzlaff

The following are classes and On-Line training programs for things related to Amateur Radio


Amateur Radio Classes - Effective Net Control & Event Support Coordinator

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 8am – 5pm

Taylorsville City Hall, 2600 Taylorsville Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT (map)

UtahSAG will be holding an Effective Net Control and Event Communications/SAG Support Coordinator Training class on Saturday, March 7th from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Taylorsville City Hall.

Advanced classes for those HAM Radio operators who wish to become more involved in supporting and coordinating the support for public service events. This all day training includes information on how to be an effective net control operator, managing the net, crisis control, logging and reporting as well as other critical topics on how you can manage the functions and duties of being the Net Control Operator and manage the SAG and communications support for events.

The second half of the training covers the topics surrounding being an event support coordinator from working with the event staff and how to recruit volunteers to creating signup and logging forms using Google Docs as well as some of the legal issues volunteers need to be aware of.

These training sessions are put on by the folks from the UtahSAG group based on their years of experience working with public service events. It is recommended that you bring a laptop computer with you to class so that you can participate in the hands on exercises.

Pre-registration for this class is highly recommended so that we can have enough of the training materials available for everyone attending. There is a requirement for at least 10 participants for us to have the class. There is a $25.00 fee for this class. Please register at this site -


Those of you interested in joining the Utah Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management's official RACES Roster you can find the Registration Form here.  RACES is a public service that provides a reserve communications group within government agencies in times of extraordinary need.  During these times of need the Federal Government has the option of shutting down all radio and television broadcasts reserving the airwaves for official government broadcasts.

For more information on the RACES program click here.


Storm Spotter Training -

If you want to have Kevin come to your club meeting to do an in person training:

If you are a HAM radio club officer and you would like Kevin to come to one of your meetings to do the Storm Spotter training and get your HAM operators listed on the activation email list send Kevin an email.

If you want to take the online training:

There are two modules that must be completed to get your Storm Spotter certification, it should take between 1.5 and 3 hours to get through both modules.  When you click the Enroll Now button you will be taken to the Comet MetEd web site.  Click the Enroll button and you will be taken to a registration form.  The key to getting proper credit for your certification is to make sure you put Kevin's email address into the "Supervisor/Instructor email" box on the form.  His email address is

The first module is "The Role of the Skywarn Spotter" and is available here:

The second module is called "Skywarn Spotter Convectivce Basics" and is available here:

Once you have gotten your storm spotter training if you would like to be added to the Storm Spotter Activation Email list please  go to this page to sign yourself up. 

To report weather events you can follow one of these options:

1)  Storm Reports via the web

2)  For immediate and severe weather incidents 800-882-1432 X1

3)  Email (best for reporting information after an event)

4) Twitter

5) Facebook

In addition, there are two more ways to report weather events, the first is the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS), a membership based reporting site at  The CoCoRaHS program requires that you have some level of weather station equipment set up to participate.  The other option is an App for use with your Android or IOS Mobile device, the mPING program.  Information on mPING is available here.


FEMA NIMS ICS On-Line Training Courses

The basic certifications you need to be considered ICS trained are the ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-700 AND ICS-800 COURSES

What is the National Incident Management System (NIMS)?

NIMS is a comprehensive, national approach to incident management that is applicable at all jurisdictional levels and across functional disciplines. It is intended to:

• Be applicable across a full spectrum of potential incidents, hazards, and impacts,

regardless of size, location or complexity.

• Improve coordination and cooperation between public and private entities in a variety of incident management activities.

• Provide a common standard for overall incident management.

Why do we need NIMS?

NIMS provides a consistent nationwide framework and approach to enable government at all levels (Federal, State, tribal, and local), the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to work together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents regardless of the incident’s cause, size, location, or complexity.

Consistent application of NIMS lays the groundwork for efficient and effective responses, from a single agency fire response to a multiagency, multijurisdictional natural disaster or terrorism response. Entities that have integrated NIMS into their planning and incident management structure can arrive at an incident with little notice and still understand the procedures and protocols governing the response, as well as the expectations for equipment and personnel.

NIMS provides commonality in preparedness and response efforts that allow diverse entities to readily integrate and, if necessary, establish unified command during an incident.

What are the Components of NIMS?

NIMS Components link together and work in unison to form a comprehensive incident

management system. NIMS Components include:

• Preparedness

• Communications and Information Management

• Resource Management

• Command and Management

• Ongoing Management and Maintenance 


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