The new Multnomah County ARES ID card has final approval from Joe Rizzi, Emergency Manager. Cards will be issued at this month’s meeting by Garrett AF7RF and background check forms and pictures will be obtained where needed.

Garrett reports that the state “Red Card” system may be operational again and he will be working with them regarding the Multnomah County data base.

For me the path down the dark side started with two simultaneous events early in 2010. My grandfather passed and a car ran into my house. Hello? The ramifications of this drama were twofold: I inherited my grandfather’s HF radio and I became very interested in personal preparedness.

With that motivation, I took the technical and general tests simultaneously and joined the Portland NET program. Quickly I learned about ARES and joined this great organization and have been an active member for about three years now. I’m a real ham. I contest, chase DX, am serious about Field Day and do a lot of experimentation with digital modes like HF Digital Voice, JT65, and FM satellite work. I’ve been very active in setting up local RMS gateways at various locations around town and enjoy all the exciting features of modern APRS functionality. I enjoy learning new things, technical things, but I tend to get bored with something after I’ve figured it out. I’m often reading about the next cool thing it seems like…

In real life I’m a long time IT manager, a Portland native, and I live in a nice little house in the Alameda neighborhood. All my family is here in town or up the hill in Sandy (a mixed blessing) and I have 12 nieces and nephews, which seems insane when I say it like that. Christmas is complete chaos these days.

Membership News

by Deb KK7DEB on 2014-03-24

Our newest members are Dan KG7AOX, Richard KF7INQ, and Matthew KD7LAI. Dan is joining the Gresham Team, Richard is joining the County ECC Team, Matthew is joining the Red Cross Team, and Steve AF7DD has moved to the Gresham Team. Welcome to all.

Remember to send me email, address, or phone number changes. Also, if you have pictures, items for sale, or anything else you want to share in the newsletter, please send it to me. You could even send in your bio for the Featured Member Profile…

Hello fellow ARES members,

What a great meeting last month! We had 43 turn out for the ARRO check-off session. It is really important we get this state ARES mandated training underway. Our goal is to have all active members certified by June. The March training will cover the Traffic Handling portion of the certification. I hope you will all attend this part-two session.

Please join me in thanking Multnomah County Emergency Management for their financial support. They have paid our website fees for the next three years. We are fortunate to have County EM staff that is so supportive and appreciative of our volunteer services.

Welcome to our newest members: Dan, Richard, and Mathew. I am very pleased to see our membership grow. To date we have 53 active members and 25 inactive and supporting members. Thanks to all for spreading the word and encouraging other hams to join us.

Garrett and the folks at the BOEC 911 Call Center have finalized a Life Safety Traffic Form which will be distributed at the March ARES meeting.

Multnomah County ARES ID cards will be printed March 30. These new cards will certify completion of the ICS 100, 200 and 700 classes and passage of the background check. They will bear the signature of the County Emergency Manager and will be accepted in lieu of the state red card within Multnomah County. These cards should be ready for distribution at the April ARES meeting.

Our last meeting was the best attended ever! Thank you all. We were in the annex out back at the fire station, so we were crowded. It was pretty chaotic, but we got a lot accomplished. This month will be part two of our push to get members ARRO certified.

With the large membership numbers, printing is getting to be a challenge, so I will be emailing the traffic handling training materials to you. I hope you will become familiar with the contents and bring your questions to the meeting. We will spend the majority of our training time in small groups (in the usual BIG room!) actually practicing passing traffic. See you all on March 27.

Thanks for your enthusiasm and support of this training program.

I grew up in Klamath Falls. My grandfather was an electrician and fostered in me a fascination with all things electrical. I studied electronics all four years in high school. Remember vacuum tubes? I took a shot at a degree in electronic engineering at OSU, but discovered I hated engineering.

I was working for ODOT at Government Camp in 1983. We were using CB radios but couldn’t get around the mountain. We needed more power, so the crew and I got ham radio licenses.

I started my electrical apprenticeship in 1990, was teaching the program by 1993, and got my journeyman license in 1994. In 1998, I became a Master Electrician and got certified as an electrical inspector. By this time I was working on traffic signals for ODOT in Portland. I went to the Bridge Shop in 1999. I started working with County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and in 2006 I was one of the first in the area to become a COM-L. I tried for years to learn Morse Code so I could get my General ticket but, dang it, I just couldn’t learn CW. As soon as they dropped the code requirement, I got my General and then six months later my Extra Class ticket.

I became the ARES Deputy EC in 2010. I retired as Multnomah County Senior Bridge Inspector last year. I am still employed part-time with Multnomah County Emergency Management as their COM-L and Amateur Radio Coordinator.

I have been married to my lovely lady, Meri, for over 40 years now. We have two kids. Brittany got her English degree at PSU, is married and lives in Portland. Spencer earned his master’s in music at Juilliard and is an opera tenor headed to Zurich, Switzerland with the young artist program.

The Northwest Traffic and Training Net (NTTN) provides daily practice in handling formal written traffic. Every evening of the year the NTTN meets on the linked repeaters of the Western Oregon Radio Club (WORC) at 18:05. The frequencies are 145.27, 145.43, 145.47, 146.80, and 443.150 MHz all with a tone of 107.2 Hz.

Message handling is the main thing we as ARES operators do for our served agencies and it is imperative that we do it accurately and efficiently. One can learn a lot by listening to this net, and even more by participating. Since it is a training net, you will find that everyone on the net is supportive of new traffic handlers. All ARES members are strongly encouraged to participate in this net as often as possible. While the net only deals with National Traffic System (NTS) formatted traffic, the underlying protocol and skills also apply to other types of formal traffic, such as ICS 213.

Garret has been working with the state to get the Red Card issues resolved. As of right now, there is no way to do that. So, we are working with Joe Rizzi, Multnomah County Emergency Manager, to come up with our own credentialing cards. These will be recognized in Multnomah County and reflect completion of ICS 100, 200 and 700, and a background check. We will keep you informed of progress in this endeavor.

I grew up in a small dusty town outside of Lubbock, Texas. Growing up out there, my dad and several other family members were on the Lubbock Fire Department and that must be where my interest in emergency response grew up. Most of my memories from growing up out there revolved around the incredible thunderstorms and tornadoes we frequently had. As a firefighter, my dad would often have to go out to give field reports as my mom and I huddled indoors. In fact, my earliest memory is of the time I was playing outside with our next door neighbor, and suddenly running inside to tell my mother that the “sky didn’t look right” only to have our house directly hit by a tornado seconds later.

A couple years later, my dad bought me an electronic experiment set, which included instructions for building your own AM receiver. To be able to put together a few parts and be able to pick up radio signals blew my mind, and I spent my teenage years trying to pick up radio signals from greater and greater distances.

Fast forward to 1997, when I started college in Dallas, Texas. My best friend and I decided we wanted to start chasing and photographing storms, particularly lightning and tornadoes. After risking our lives doing that for a couple of years, I learned about the NWS Skywarn program. I couldn’t sign up fast enough, so in 2000, I studied for two weeks and got my ham radio license and joined the South Plains Storm Spotting team. This team was unique in that we covered 19 counties in West Texas, and along with working directly with the National Weather Service, we also worked with the Severe Storm Research teams at Texas Tech, Oklahoma State University, and several local TV stations.

About a year later, after the Sept 11 terrorist attacks, a couple members of the city council came to our ham radio club and asked us to put together the first ARES group in West Texas, which I was honored to assist in doing.

Eventually, I moved up to Oregon and due to the lack of exciting storms, my activity level in ham radio drastically diminished, until last year when my schedule finally provided me the time to dedicate to the Multnomah ARES unit. I am excited and honored to be working with a team of people that are so well organized, dynamic, and awesome in order to provide the county & state with what I consider one of the top ARES teams in the US!

Outside of ham radio, I am currently trying to finish a communications degree at PSU and am in the process of restarting my photography business. I also do security consulting, risk and threat assessments, and a little executive protection. I love camping, shooting, and am excited to announce that my wife and I are expecting our first child this fall.