Hiking Idaho, and emergency/public-service radio

Authors note: I’m sorta taking off the month of January, as far as blogging goes, and devoting my time to working toward a full recovery from my recent heart surgery. I’ll also be studying to take the FCC General License Exam for amateur radio within the next few months.

I will re-blog a couple of my older posts in coming weeks, and add some links to other hiking and amateur radio-related posts of interest. Many of the re-blogged links will discuss QRP (low-power), amateur radio operations in a SOTA (Summits On The Air), battery-powered environment — thus maintaining the hiking/climbing/backpacking theme, plus the off-grid aspects of amateur-radio operations, including ’emergency/public service’ radio ops.



QRP Amateur Radio Club International


  1. One of my favorite places to spend time hiking and camping is Idaho. I’m reblogging Hiking the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho’ part of my 2010 Roadtrip,  which I documented here in July of last year. In my next post, I’ll get back to Idaho as part of my 2012 Roadtrip, and recall some Lewis and Clark history along the way.

2. Another area of personal interest involves ’emergency/public service’ radio ops, as described in this Atlantic article from March, 2016 — The Amateur Radio Operators Preparing for the Worst, by Jennifer Hackett. In her article, Jennifer discusses the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) which is affiliated with the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL). 

The mission of  ARES is to provide communications assistance to local and regional government and relief agencies such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and National Weather ServiceARES may also assist local and regional emergency management agencies or even the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) if normal communications systems fail.



ARES logo


Membership in ARES is open to any licensed amateur radio operator. Training may be required or desired to participate fully. ARES members have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public interest when disaster strikes. I plan to join a local ARES group this summer, and pursue additional emcomm training.

73  de  Mike, KEØGZT


About Mike Hohmann

I did lots of camping/hiking as a kid in the Scouts, and I still strive to 'be prepared.' After high school, I got bored with more school and enlisted in the Army Corps. of Engineers, doing two tours in Vietnam. Post military, I completed BS and MBA degrees and spent several decades with Corporate America, working mostly in the areas of conventional and renewable energy. I also spent over a decade as a self-employed small business consultant in marketing and finance. As a young family man with a wife and two kids, we spent many vacations camping and hiking in northern Minnesota. I spent additional long weekends fishing the rivers and camping/hiking along the North Shore of Lake Superior. I retired early and hit the trails hard-- in the lower-48, Alaska, and western Canada. These days I backpack, car-camp and day-hike, go snowshoeing, and try to get the grand-kids out to teach them the ways of the trail. Other interests include American Revolutionary War and Civil War history, 19th and 20th century firearms, Native American history; business and macroeconomics. I'm a recently-licensed amateur (Ham) radio operator, and I look forward to many radio-related adventures in coming months. Life is good! Member, Superior Hiking Trail Association; Member, Appalachian Mountain Club; Member, REI; Member, ARRL- Amateur Radio Relay League, the National Assoc. for Amateur Radio; Twin Cities Metro Skywarn Spotter; Twin City FM Club; Richfield Amateur Radio Club; QRP ARCI, Low-Power Amateur Radio Club International; Honorary Member, Toronto QRP Society; Life Member, National Rifle Association
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2 Responses to Hiking Idaho, and emergency/public-service radio

  1. Mike, I’m so happy that all is well in your recovery and can’t wait till you’re back on the trail. I don’t know much about amateur radio, but wish you the best in your endeavors. Thanks so much for your kind re-posting the other day. I tried to open your Idaho link, and I couldn’t get it to work. Probably user error on my part, but not sure. Look forward to your blogging in 2017! Jonathan

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