Amateur Television (ATV)


Keep an eye on the BCARES schedule for Training and Certification opportunities!! It's a great chance to roll up the sleeves and dig in, ask questions, learn a thing or two, and have some fun at the same time. Be it in one of our training classes or events such as the CU football games.

Training and Credentialing curriculum for Amateur Television (ATV)
are segmented into three units:

ATV-101 : Provides the basic framework of Amateur Television (ATV) within BCARES.

  • Why ATV is so important to our many served agencies.
  • The equipment that that makes it all happen and what it looks like.
  • How to set up an ATV backpack and get it on the air.
  • How all this equipment "stuff" interacts and comes together to provide a video link.
  • Basic terminology and best known operating practices.
  • A little bit of technical background (but not too much)
  • Basic trouble shooting techniques specifically geared for camera (ATV Backpacks)
  • What is required as part of the Field Support certification level.

ATV Quad Box : Provides Advanced level information specific to the
Quad Receiver and ATV Net operations.

  • "Quad Box" operation and components from the electro-darwinian pool from which they came.
  • Further problem solving knowledge specifically geared toward the "Quad Box".
  • Greater depth and definition of what makes up the RS-170 (Composite Video) signal.
  • What is required as part of the Field Qualified certification level.

ATV Repeater :

  • Portable Repeater setup, operation, and elements.  (Yes what all those knobs are really used for)
  • Fixed ATV Repeater (W0BCR) location, coverage area, control, and other goodies.
  • Further problem solving knowledge specifically geared toward the Portable Repeater.
  • What is required as part of the Field Qualified certification level.

>> Click on the headings to view the PowerPoint slides used in the training. (As Available) <<

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  3 Responses to “Amateur Television (ATV)”

  1. Exciting stuff the ATV set-up! I’ve downloaded the ppt and we will be putting this info into action here in

    Tks for sharing cutting edge ideas! If I have questions, who should I contact?

  2. To Jeff, AB4HF — Yes, Dave, KI0HG, has put together a great presentation on ham TV. I am the trustee for the BCARES TV repeaters ( W0BCR ) and am the key point man for contact on BCARES TV operations, etc. You can reach me at I have a web site with a lot of application notes related to ham TV and ARES operations. It is I will also be sending you an email today. 73 & good TV DX de Jim Andrews, KH6HTV

  3. For returning viewers of this page.
    >You will no doubt notice that things are a little different, perhaps more informative..
    >Many have pointed out the wrong doing of the input -vs- output of the portable repeater.. This should be correct in the deck now..
    >There are several locations in the training deck that indicate ATV-101 is a requirement for the Associate level of certification.. This is not true, it is in fact the Field Support level which requires annual ATV certification. This will be corrected in a later version of the training deck.
    >ATV-101 is undergoing some improvements. Those who have taken training need not fret or worry they have missed out on anything major or will be subjected to cold coffee at a training session.. That is unless you like that sort of thing. As things evolve equipment changes, additions, and improvements cause updates.. Any how Stay Tuned… Will have an updated deck some day.. Soon I hope..