Amateur Radio

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The City of Hillsboro depends upon FCC-licensed amateur radio operators to provide backup emergency communications capability during exercises, disasters, and special events. We have a dedicated group of volunteers that regularly meet, plan, train and exercise their skills and equipment in order to be prepared to respond during disasters.

The City of Hillsboro's amateur radio volunteers operate the radio equipment at our Emergency Management office under the station call sign K7HIO. Our volunteers provide a wealth of skills, knowledge and talents.

K7HIO's volunteers are dual-affiliated with both Washington County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Washington County Radio Amateur Civic Emergency Service (RACES). These organizational affiliations provide the flexibility to operate under many different circumstances and in support of many jurisdictions and agencies throughout Washington County.

If you are interested in becoming an amateur radio operator, please visit the FCC’s website to learn more.

If you already hold an amateur radio license and would like to learn more about joining Washington County ARES/RACES, please visit http://washcoares.org/.