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.


Getting your HAM Radio License

If you are interested in either getting your first Technician License or looking to upgrade to a General or Amateur Extra license, UtahSAG and W5YI Salt Lake Area recommends using HamStudy.  By registering on the site as a user (it's free), HamStudy can track your progress through the training materials and, therefore, allow the site to decrease the number of questions for topics that you've mastered while focusing on the topics that you need to work on.

Using HamStudy is easy, first - register as a user.  Next, select which exam it is you want to study for (Technician, General, Amateur Extra).  Now select Study Mode, this will randomly bring up the questions in the class question pool.  In the upper left corner of the page you'll see a line with a return arrow, the license level study mode and All Questions with a drop down arrow.  Click on All Questions and instead change it to (license class)1.  For example, T1 for Technician Chapter 1, G1 for General Chapter 1 or E1 for Extra Chapter 1.  

By selecting the chapter number you will go through the study mode following the chapter structure of the Gorden West training manuals.  When you are at 80% or above within a chapter then move on to the next chapter.  When you are at 80% or better in all chapters then try a couple of practice tests.  When you are at or above 75% on the practice tests you are ready to go to your local test session.


Amateur Extra Class Course: 

Five-week Orem advanced ham radio course, three hours per night:

Tue 10 March
Tue 17 March
Tue 24 March
Tue 31 March
Tue 07 Apr

The current Amateur Extra class license exam pool expires after June 30 this year, and will be replaced by a new pool starting July 1, so this course will help you obtain your Extra for the current question pool before it expires.

Note: this is one full month of intense, daily study, but it's full of hands-on fun and demonstrations, replete with cool equipment to aid in your experience, plus answers to questions you didn't know you had. Topics include antenna magic, propagation mysteries, transmission lines, digital mode signals, and depths of applicable filter and other circuit voodoo. Ever wanted to know how transistors and vacuum tubes work? Why does lightning not act like direct current? How does one see through the controversies of proper grounding? What the heck is a triple-conversion superheterodyne receiver?

Sign up for the $10 course at and be sure to bring an internet-capable device (smartphone, laptop, tablet) to each class. Be prepared to use a calculator with which you're familiar. Any licensed amateur is welcome, even if you've already earned your Extra. And if you've made it this far in this long post, you're a great candidate for the Amateur Extra class license!

6:30 to 9:30 pm
Sign up for the $10 Orem Extra course
Orem Public Safety Training Room, 95 E Center St, Orem (Map)


One day General class in Logan

Saturday March 28th

Class is free exam $15


**  Note  You must have a Technician class license before you may take the exam for General.  You must have a General license before you may take the Exam for Extra Class.


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


Salt Lake Crossroads Amateur Radio Club will be holding a training

Introduction to Winlink
February 20th, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Glendale Library 1375 S Concord, Salt Lake City, Utah

In person meeting for those who want to learn how to send email over their amateur radios. This is an introduction class where we will talk about what is Winlink, how to sign up for a Winlink account and install the software on your computer. To finish the class we will be sending and receiving emails with Winlink on the internet.  Hams will need to bring a laptop computer to set up the Winlink program on. Come have some fun with us and learn how to expand your ham knowledge.

Please follow this link to sign up for this training:

Dave Western


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 -


2020 TERT Training

TERT training is a three part process, the introduction, the indoor training and the outdoor training.  You MUST participate in all three trainings to be TERT certified.

2020 TERT New Member Training

Wednesday, March 11⋅6:30 – 8:30pm

2502 Cabela's Blvd, Lehi, UT 84043, USA

Hosted by Timpanogos Emergency Response Team  

If you are on the newer side of TERT, already sold and want to join, or you aren't quite sure and want to see what you may contribute, this meeting is for you!

This event will take place in the conference rooms upstairs behind general camping goods.

For more information on volunteering with TERT, see this page:  


2020 TERT Indoor Training

Saturday, April 11⋅8:00am – 2:00pm

Utah Valley Neurological Center

395 W Cougar Blvd, Provo, UT 84604, USA

Hosted by Timpanogos Emergency Response Team

Welcome to the TERT annual spring training! We welcome new members and returning alike. Thanks to our amazing presenters we have a great day of some very hands on training, both with medical and radio. We will have a test autopatch system for radio operators to try from their own radio.  

It will be helpful to study the video material beforehand. Please contact TERT via messenger here on FB ( if you haven't received the video material to better prepare for this day. This info will be mailed to the TERT member email list early March.

Parking: Enter from Cougar Blvd and park near on the terrace near Sorensen Legacy Tower 2nd floor entrance.


2020 TERT Outdoor Training

Saturday, May 16⋅8:00am – 2:00pm

Theater in the Pines 9048 Timphaven Rd, Provo, Utah

Hosted by Timpanogos Emergency Response Team

This will be a great opportunity to learn and hone medical, outdoor, and group scenario skills as we prepare for another summer on the mountain in service of the community. Please  join us!


Basic Bicycle Maintenance for SAG Volunteers
Tuesday, March 31 5:30 – 6:45pm
HANGAR 15 Bicycles - Millcreek
3969 S Wasatch Blvd, Salt Lake City

UtahSAG in conjunction with Hanger 15 Bicycles are pleased to announce the resumption of the Basic Bicycle Maintenance Training for SAG volunteers.  This is a basic how to training on the things that a SAG driver may need to help cyclists with on any of the open rides.  It also includes the things that SAG drivers should NOT do.

Some of the topics that will be discussed will be the different wheel mounting systems on current model bicycles (nut & bolt axle, quick release axle and the pass through axle), the different kinds of brakes on current model bicycles (side pull caliper, center pull caliper and disc brakes / cable vs hydraulic), changing a tube and using the proper tire levers for road, street and mountain bikes,  minor cable adjustments for brakes and shifters.

If you are interested in this training please sign up here: 


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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