About Amateur Radio

What is Amateur Radio

When cell phones, regular phones, the internet and other systems are down or overloaded, Amateur Radio still gets the message through.  Radio amateurs, often called “hams,” enjoy radio technology as a hobby. But it's also a service –a vital service that has saved lives when regular communication systems failed (ARRL).


Pomona Valley Hospital HamCram

Pasadena, April 7, 2024.  

ARES LAX Northeast and Pomona Valley Hospital conducted a successful HamCram on April 6, 2024

8 people passed the Technician test! Congratulations to the new amateur radio operators!

The "Surria Complex" Exercise

Pasadena, March 30, 2024

The 2024 March 5th Saturday Exercise, called "The Surria Complex" simulated radio operations during a cyberattack on LA County Hospitals.  Stations sent traffic and hospital service level updates via PinpointAPRS, Winlink and APRS.

One exercise inject was Winlink being compromised mid-net and asked operators to move to VARA FM Chat. Without missing a step operators sent mission critical bed availability reports and resource requests on VARA Chat using spreadsheets. 

The exercise lasted for four hours. Net control coordinated the net on LAX103. Operators sent 89+ peer-to-peer digital messages  on the designated digital frequency. 42 of those were mission critical bed availability reports and resource requests, the others were check-ins, check-outs acknowledgements and other tactical traffic.

The net was a smashing success with 100% of intended traffic sent, in spite of challenging weather conditions, harsh exercise injects and mid net transitions of means and traffic type.  Kudos to our LAXNORTHEAST operators!