A big thanks to John KF7ZWX for his soldering classes. Hopefully he will do a repeat later in the year. Thanks also to Robert WX5TEX for the HF training at this month’s meeting.

The May go kits in the parking lot meeting was a huge success. The weather was great and we had fun setting up and showing our gear, sharing ideas, and socializing.

The mini orange go kit and traffic handling workshop went very well. I will be scheduling another one soon. Watch your email. I hope you all are working toward your basic ARRO certification. If you need help contact your team leader or me at eliza [dot] pride [at] gmail [dot] com.

Hello Fellow ARES Members,

Summer is fast approaching and many ham activities are on the horizon. I hope you will join in on Field Day activities with Portland Amateur Radio Club at Kelly Butte or Hoodview Amateur Radio Club up at Larch Mountain on June 28.

Planning and recruiting for the Disaster Relief Trials, July 19, are under way. Please let me know if you can help.

August is taking shape with our Served Agency drill on the 9th. Providence Hospital hams have asked to be included and we will practice more Life Safety messages with the folks at BOEC in the 911 call center.

Many of the NET hams have told me that they would like more air time, so on August 16 we will host a field exercise at Pier Park. It should be a lot of fun. Let me know if you want to help.

The County ECC radio room is undergoing a planned remodel. The RMS gateway will be down for a while during construction. Hopefully the new design will improve our ability to operate in the small space. This month we will be completing our Oregon ARES Basic Unit Certification. There are currently only five other counties that have achieved this and we are proud to join their ranks.

I hope to see you at the June 26 meeting.

I’m the guy on the trike. Bicycling and ham radio are my things.

My radio career began when my high school shop teacher started a radio club back in 1965. We had to pass the Novice ticket to get an A in the class. This was also the high time of Heathkit. I learned how to solder building an HW-8 and an SB-line station once I upgraded to General. I rarely operated since I couldn’t put up much of an antenna at home but I built and built and built. I convinced a lot of the neighbors and relatives to get Heathkit stereos which I built for them (for a small fee, of course). After high school, all this led to a couple of electrical engineering degrees (and an Extra ticket) and lots and lots of operating at university club stations when I really should have been studying. Back then I operated mostly low power QRP CW.

After graduation, a job with Intel got me to the west coast. Easy access to microprocessor chips (8080 and 8048 families) with cosmetic defects allowed me to build some of the first microprocessor-based RTTY and CW equipment (all in assembly language). When CPM (an early microprocessor operating system) came out I jumped into programming. This led to a job in Intel’s microprocessor group in the 8086 days right before IBM announced the IBM PC. In the late 70s I volunteered for a 2-year European assignment in Brussels. It was fun being on the other end of pile-ups for a change (as an ON8). The job meant a lot of traveling all over Europe so I didn’t operate as much as I would have liked.

After Europe came Portland (the weather is similar). I operated the digital modes (RTTY and packet) almost exclusively and wrote a number of packet-based database applications such as a SwapNet BBS system. Then kids happened. And I went back to school for a teaching degree, taught for a couple of years and then started an Internet business. Ham radio went to the back burner. Even so, there was always a VHF radio in the car, an HF radio on the desk and a handheld in the back pack. Fast-forward 15 years and semi-retirement allowed me to blow the dust out of the old radios. An interest in emergency communication led to an intersection of ARES and Red Cross. Current projects are getting the radio shack off the grid, improving the bicycle mobile setup and getting everyone in the house licensed.

Membership News

by Deb KK7DEB on 2014-05-25

Welcome to our newest member, Ken W7KEO. He will be joining the PBEM ECC Team. Welcome back to Cyd AC1CA and Mykl K1ZAM.

Please remember to send me any changes in your contact information and any new ICS training certificates.

Hello Fellow ARES Members,

Kudos to Robert WX5TEX and John KD7BCY for holding their first Tech license class earlier this month. Sixteen new hams emerged on the test day. A big Thanks to the CARS group for supplying the VEs for the exam.

I hope those of you who attended the PBEM radio tour on May 10 had a good time. I was very happy to see so many new faces. I think this event gives all of us a great overview of the ham radio equipment at our served agencies.

The Walk MS event was a huge success. Thanks to Adam, Deb, Robert, and Garrett for organizing and running the event and to Mark McKay and PBEM for the use of the comms trailer. Thanks to all of you who participated and helped the many new hams with this valuable training.

The next big ARES public service event is the Disaster Relief Trials on July 19. These guys and their cargo bikes are really fun to watch. I hope you can come out and help provide communications for this one. If you are interested, send me an email at N9VCU [at] arrl [dot] net.

I am thrilled with the meeting attendance. We have had over 40 at every meeting this year! At the same time, our weekly net participation is dwindling. Try to get on the net on Wednesday evenings for some airtime. The QST, comments, and questions call is your time to bring up any question or topic for discussion. You can also arrange a contact for a chat after the net.

Hope to see you at the May 22 meeting and hear you on the net every Wednesday.

Garrett AF7RF was the star of the show for the April meeting. He did a great presentation on antennas and also took pictures and back ground check releases so that he can distribute ARES/RACES ID Cards at the May meeting. (Do I hear cheering?)

Our meeting this month will be a Go Kit show and tell in the parking lot (weather permitting). If the weather is horrible, we will make due inside. Everyone is invited to bring their personal survival go kits and/or radio go kits to show. Those who need to be checked off for their certificates can snag someone from leadership. This is a fun night to chat, share, and get some really good ideas to enhance your own kits.

Robert WX5TEX is working on the task list for the HF track certification. For members with a general or extra license, this will be a voluntary track to add on to your ARRO certification. Most of our served agencies have HF capability so HF operators are needed.

When we joined the Corbett NERT team in 2005, the group was in desperate need of ham radio operators. We signed up with the Clark County Amateur Radio Club for technician class. We walked out of the exam with our PASS slips and wondered, “Now what?” Off we went to HRO pleading total ignorance of all things electronic but professing an interest in emergency communications. The very patient salesman recommended a Yaesu VX6R HT. We each bought one and they turned out to be a good choice.

The CCARC put us to work right away, partnering us with an experienced ham, Jack (now a silent key) for the Diabetes Walk. We quickly learned that a rubber ducky antenna doesn’t get very far, so back to HRO for a quarter-wave for the HTs and a mag mount for the car.

The only ham we knew was our friend Jerry who lives on San Juan Island. A little experimenting with linked repeaters and we were talking almost to Canada! We scanned the two meter band listening to anything we could find and stumbled on the Northwest Traffic and Training Net. We listened a long time and learned the basics of message handling, then finally got up the courage to check in and try sending a message to Jerry. Back to HRO. 5 watts even with a better antenna still wouldn’t get us out of Corbett. But 50 watts did! We grew up as hams on the NTTN.

However, we still wanted to get into emergency communications. We went to a couple of Multnomah County ARES meetings but there were only three or four other folks in attendance and there was no apparent training going on. At the EmComm Conference in Seattle we met David Kidd KA7OZO, then EC for Clackamas County and District 1 EC. He encouraged us to come to Clackamas County and we were again put to work on drills, SETS, and public service events. We upgraded to General class in 2008 so we would be able to operate HF at a served agency if needed.

When Multnomah County got a new EC in 2009, Dave asked us to help rejuvenate the group, so we returned to our home county ARES to see what we could do. Three years ago we moved from Corbett to Fairview and left the NERT team behind. Now all our volunteer time and energy is devoted to Multnomah County ARES. It has been so exciting to be a part of the growth and development of this great team of hams. We are fast becoming the best in the state thanks to the entire leadership team and all of you!

Membership News

by Deb KK7DEB on 2014-04-27

Our newest members are George KK7FM, John KG7JKN, Bob KG7JKQ, and Fletcher WA7FPD. Look for them at the next meeting and give them a hearty welcome.

Congratulations to Eli W7ELI who has been appointed the new Net Manager for the Northwest Oregon Traffic and Training Net (NTTN). Congratulations also to Ann KF7RBV who is a new Volunteer Examiner (VE).

We will be presenting some ARRO and NCFO certificates to several members at next Thursday’s meeting. We take a break from the certification-focused training at this meeting to get a lesson on antennas used in emergency communications in our county, presented by Garrett AF7RF.

The New Member Orientation will be an overview of who we are and what we do, how we fit into the big picture of disaster response, and communication channels within the organization.

Hello Fellow ARES Members,

This letter is going to press the day before Walk MS. We have a record 37 ham radio operators who have volunteered their time for this event; about half are Portland NET AROs. This is the first public service event for many of these volunteers. Our primary goal is to provide a valuable communications service to the organizers of Walk MS.

The MS Society appreciates the service we provide and we appreciate the service and training opportunity. My thanks go to all the volunteers in this event.