Bothell Fire Department partners with a network of volunteer HAM radio operators throughout the community to provide essential communications in the event of a large-scale disaster. The City of Bothell is divided into 17 disaster zones. Our goal is to have every disaster zone assigned with one or more HAM radio operators to be our “eyes and ears” and report back to the City of Bothell Emergency Communications Center (ECC) with critical findings.
The Bothell area net meets every Thursday evening to practice emergency communications and procedures. The Bothell area net group also participates in an annual drill with the City of Bothell once a year to practice emergency communication procedures with City departments, such as, fire, police, and public works.
Bothell Area Net:
7 p.m. roll call begins
147.34 (with + offset and 100.0 tone)
Become a HAM Radio Operator
Please visit the AARL website to search for a class in your area.
Emergency Procedures for HAM Radio Operators
In a large scale emergency, such as an earthquake, traditional forms of communication will likely be down. The City of Bothell has HAM radio equipment installed in city facilities for use during an emergency.
CERT and HAM Radio operators are encouraged to use emergency posting boards throughout the city as meeting locations with other CERT/HAM volunteers. The City will be posting critical emergency updates on these boards - as well as checking these sites for information collected by CERT/HAM radio teams. The below table shows the four main frequencies the City of Bothell Emergency Communications Center (ECC) will monitor during a large disaster.