The Amateur Radio Service is a FCC licensed radio service. In order to get a license, you must take a written, multiple guess test. You used to need to pass a morse code test to get a license, then you just needed it for long distance transmissions (shortwave bands). As of February 2007 the morse code requirement has been completely dropped. But, you should learn it anyway if you get a license because morse code is for cool people! You can learn more about Amateur Radio from the National ARRL organization, the local Yolo Amateur Radio Society or from the Yolo County Amateur Radio Emergency Service organization. You can find a list of upcoming exam sessions here.
If you are a Local Davis resident with a license or used to be active in the Davis area, feel free to add your name to this list:
|Name||Call Sign||Still on the air?||Rating|
|Nick Schmalenberger||KG6PIP||Yes, infrequently|
|Patrick Fish||W6HBD||Off and on|
|Jonathan Lawton||KF6SLW||Yes, Rarely|
Amateur operators have traditionally also been referred to as HAM Operators.
Local HAMs who frequently chat in the Davis Wiki IRC chat-room have generally agreed to listen to the Vacaville repeater at freq: 147.000 MHz, tx offset: -.6 MHz, PL 136.5 Hz for Davis specific "rag-chewing". This repeater generally gets good coverage in Davis and is frequently available.
UC Davis established the UC Davis Amateur Radio Communcations (UCDARC) and installed a repeater on campus. You can read more about it on the UC Davis Safety Services announcement.
Here is info about the weekly Nets in the immediate area:
|Mt. Vaca 2 meter Saturday Night Net||Saturdays 19:45-20:00 PST||2m||147.000 MHz||-||136.5|
|YARS Monday Night Net||Mondays 20:30-21:00 PST||2m||147.000 MHz||-||136.5|
|Mt. Vaca 80 meter Saturday Night Net||Saturdays 20:00 PST||80m||3918.5 KHz SSB|
|UCDARC Net||Mondays 12:30PM PST||2m||145.450 MHz||-||203.5|