Colorado's First Dedicated 4x4 Amateur Radio Class

Come see why ham radio is quickly replacing CB on the trail and learn what it can do for you

Trail Talk

2 Meter and 70 Centimeter are the backbone of trail communications. Great range, cell phone audio quality, and ease of setup makes UHF and VHF radios the standard for off-road enthusiasts.

Global Communications

The High Frequency bands allow the longest range possible. From across the country to across the world, HF will allow you to connect from the most remote areas.


Automatic Position Reporting System allows real time GPS location transmissions to keep track of friends on the trail. Keep tabs on large groups or a late arrival to camp, all without an internet connection.


For people who like to explore out-of-the-way places, the modern ham radio is as good an insurance policy as one can buy.  It works in places where cellphones fear to tread, helps keep everyone moving smoothly on the trail and actually prevents stress!  With a ham radio in your 4X4, you'll never turn to your partner and ask "What did they say?" again.  Join Rocky Mountain Overland on Saturday April 9th when we will tackle the misconceptions about ham radio and four wheeling. OUR GOAL IS TO GIVE YOU THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO BE SET UP WITH A HAM RADIO IN YOUR RIG WITHIN 30 DAYS. 

Attendees will gain a good understanding of the fundamentals of off road comms and why amateur (ham) radio makes more sense than any other communications device on the trail.  Additionally, attendees will learn: 

1) What to expect for ham radio performance

2) Select a radio and set it up

3) Do a foolproof low-profile antenna mount

4) How to integrate tablet-based mapping and automatic position reporting (APRS)

5) About HF (shortwave) digital radios and much more

6) Study resources for the FCC's Technician exam and receive a list of local testing venues where a monthly test can be taken.

Aren’t radios expensive?

A modern ham radio is one of the most cost-effective performance upgrades you can make to your off-road vehicle. Radios like the handheld Baofeng UV-5R can be had for as little as $30 and still out perform a CB. For little more than $100, you can buy a paperback-sized radio with 50 to 70 watts of power.  A radio like that, with a good antenna, can transmit many, many miles over varied terrain. When there is a situation involving a disabled vehicle or injured person and no cell coverage for 30 miles, then your ham radio can be a lifesaver. That isn't going to happen with a CB and it isn't going to happen with your phone. Other people find that the use of APRS, which can automatically transmit the GPS coordinates of a vehicle, to be a great tool for locating other members of ones party or even displaying a vehicle position on the Internet! Come learn how an APRS-equipped vehicle can display its position online, automatically even when not in cellphone range!

Isn’t it hard to get a license?

Get 26 questions correct on a 35-question-multiple choice test and you will be a Technician Class ham radio operator! There is NO Morse Code Requirement anymore. In most cases, you will have your license within a week of passing your test. It really is that easy!

Wherever you are,
talk to your world

Great speakers with valuable knowledge

Guys who love the backcountry as much as you do


Ben Beierwaltes

Rocky Mountain Overland - Director


09:00 AM - 09:10 AM


With 15 years of off-road experience, Ben has taught survival, bushcraft, and recovery classes, organized large group events, and been a licensed radio operator for 7 years. Most summer weekends you can find him exploring Colorado's backcountry.


John O'Dea

Rocky Mountain Overland


09:30 AM - 10:15 AM


John is a long-time amateur radio operator. Originally from Maine, he has extensive off-road experience in the northeast, much of it in Series Land Rovers and was a SAR K-9 handler for ten years. As recent arrivals in Colorado, John and his family spend as much time as possible exploring the southwestern part of the U.S.


Shawn Harris

Rocky Mountain Overland


10:30 AM - 11:15 AM


Shawn has been a licensed radio operator for 3 years, off-roading for 20 years and spends about 45-60 nights a year camping America’s backcountry with his wife and Kids.

Study Guides

Study guides give you all the information to become knowledgeable on amateur radio.


Ham Study

Practice Tests

Practice tests are the secret to ensuring success on the official test. Practice tests draw from the same test pool as the official test. If you can master the practice test, you can be confident of passing the official test.

Ham Study


Test Locations

There are several groups doing testing across Colorado. With so much activity, you usually don’t need to wait more than a couple weeks to get tested and talking to people.

ARRL Test Locations

Get the knowledge
and get out there

Register Now - it's Free

Seats are limited so signup before you lose out

Summit Event Center

April 9th 9:00-12:00

411 Sable Blvd North

Aurora, CO 80011

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What others have said:


I've been struggling with CB for years because I didn't realize how easy it was to get a ham license. Now I could never go back

Nate E

I didn't realize how beneficial a ham radio was until I couldn't call for assistance on my CB. Luckily my friend had his ham and it worked perfect. Now I don't venture onto trails without my ham.

John B