And below are links to free, independent study courses online at

These courses are highly recommended by city emergency managers, ARES and RACES, for licensed amateur radios to take to further their emergency response communications skills:

IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100

IS-200.B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction

IS-800.B: National Response Framework, An Introduction

CHIRP Amateur Radio Programming Software

CHIRP is a free, open-source tool for programming your amateur radio. It supports a large number of manufacturers and models. CHIRP’s focus is to support reading and writing the memory channels of as many radio models as possible. This provides the ability to exchange your programming information between dissimilar radios.  Here is the download page.  The Beginner’s Guide will get you going and the FAQ is helpful.  Youtube videos for Chirp radio software are also available.