Volunteers Providing Emergency Communications for Multnomah County, Oregon

Leadership Meeting Recap

Nate N9VCU is trying to find a way to streamline and track the Red Card process. He is working with the County Emergency Manager on this issue.

Adam KF7LJH and Deb KK7DEB have decided to work as a team and spread their unique talents across the whole county, rather than be classified as East and West County AECs. Robert WX5TEX will also be Deputy AEC for the entire county.

A new membership classification proposal was reviewed and adopted and is as follows.

PROVISIONAL Members

  • Have a valid amateur radio license and have filled out and submitted a membership form
  • Are working on IS-100, IS-200, and IS-700. If a Red Card is desired, the background check request form may be filled out when this step is completed
  • Are working on the in-county ARO certification requirements

ACTIVE Members

  • Have completed all of the steps above
  • Have participated in at least three drills and/or SETs per year and inform team leader if unable to participate in deployment drills
  • Attend at least 4 meetings per year

INACTIVE Members

  • Have a valid amateur radio license and have filled out and submitted a membership form
  • Have limited participation and do not meet the requirements for Active status. NOTE: If there is no participation of any sort for a full year, membership will be canceled.

SUPPORTING Members

  • Have submitted a membership form and may or may not have a valid amateur radio license
  • Come to occasional meetings but not enough to achieve Active status
  • Provide support for the organization. Examples might include members of the emergency response community who have other roles to fill in incidents or events, or persons interested in amateur radio and emergency communications who do not yet have their license and could help with support functions.

News from East County

There has been a bit of a reorganization. The City of Gresham Team now includes the entire City and not just the EOC. Its team leader is Ed N7TL.

The East Communities Team covers Fairview, Wood Village, Troutdale, and the unincorporated area east of the Sandy River, including Corbett. Eli W7ELI is the team leader.

Membership News

We welcome new members Andy KG7AST and Mark AE7UM. Andy is with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Mark is with the Oregon Defense Force and is also an ARRL VE (Volunteer Examiner).

Twila KD7EYN took the state nursing board examination in September. We are pleased to announce that she passed.

ARO Certification Program

The ARES Oregon Section developed a training plan in October, 2011 as a way to verify to served agencies and other counties who may need our assistance that all ARES operators have a minimum skill set and consistent knowledge base. We have adapted this state plan to meet the needs of Multnomah County. We have developed a skills and knowledge check-off sheet or qualification card for basic RADO (radio operator) with add-on certification for Net Control. Other add-ons will be developed to include HF, Digital, CW and MAT Team. We hope to have all our members certified by the end of March. This program will be explained in detail at our October general meeting, so please attend!

News from East County

The Gresham team has been working with Scott McPherson from Gresham Emergency Management for the last two years. Scott’s funding has expired and he has moved on to another career path. During his time with Gresham he has been a huge advocate for Multnomah County ARES and amateur radio in emergency communications. He has helped us focus on the needs of the city and opened many doors for us. We will miss him. We look forward to working with Kelle Landavazo and Todd Felix to continue our served agency relationship with the City of Gresham.

New Weekly Net Preamble

The new net script will be launched October 30 and is in keeping with the net protocol presented at our September meeting. Checkins are grouped differently, so be sure to listen closely. The script will be posted to the website October 24. Thanks to Greg NF7H and Eli W7ELI for their work on this.

From the EC’s Desk

My sincere thanks to Vaughn AC7HO for taking on the redesign of our newsletter. His ongoing time and efforts are very appreciated.

Kiri K7KAH has agreed to assist Multnomah County ARES as the new Net Manager. I am excited to have her on the leadership team, and am sure she’ll do an excellent job in this post. It’s really great to expand the leadership team, as the more involvement we have in operating Multnomah ARES, the better off our Served Agencies and membership will be. A great thanks to Kiri. Thanks also to Greg for his service as interim net manager.

The November 2 Hack Attack SET is taking shape. This exercise simulates a terrorist cyber attack which takes down the Internet in the entire west coast causing power outages, loss of cell and landline phone service, and disrupted communication for traffic signals and many other services, as well as banking and retail. We will be operating on simplex only and testing local Winlink/RMS packet. Thanks to Adam, Greg, Deb and Eli for coordinating Multnomah County ARES’s part in this statewide exercise.

Hope to see you all on the 24th.

Leadership Meeting Recap

We celebrated getting the County ECC’s Winlink system up and running. Since the ECC moved to the JJC the system has not worked. Thanks to Adam KF7LJH, Garrett AF7RF, and everyone who worked on this project.

Revising the frequency template for ARES and all the fire station radio kits is pending the completion of PBEM’s BEECN communication plan. Dealing with life safety traffic during a disaster is pending consultation with the director of BOEC.

We are still working on getting the Red Cross on board as a served agency. It looks like progress is being made. Stay tuned.

Membership News

We would like to welcome our two newest members, Cyd AC1CA and Tom K7TDN. Cyd has also volunteered as our new webmaster and is doing a fine job. Tom comes to us with a large amount of experience in emergency communications and is also a MARS member.

A big congratulations to Mark KF7DHH, Mike N7ETA, Jim N7JFC, and Helen KE7SCS for completing the yellow card requirements.

Welcome!

The Multnomah County ARES group consists of federally licensed amateur radio operators who are trained in emergency communications and have a strong desire to serve our community whenever the need arises. Hams from throughout the county, who have an interest in community service and emergency communications, are strongly encouraged to get involved. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a field organization of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

We invite all interested parties to attend our monthly meetings and check into our regular nets. Drills, training workshops, volunteer opportunities, and other events can be found on our Calendar.