Volunteers Providing Emergency Communications for Multnomah County, Oregon

March General Membership Meeting

Please join us for our general membership meeting on Thursday, March 22 at the Portland Fire and Rescue training center at 4800 NE 122nd Ave in Portland. There will be a Q&A session and informal gathering for new members from 18:15 to 19:00. The main meeting will run from 19:00 to 21:00. You do not need to be a member to attend – everyone is welcome!

We will meet in the main room at 19:00 for leadership updates and general business, and then break into two groups for introductory and advanced discussions about antennas. You are free to choose either session, based on your level of experience.

John KI7LYP will lead the intro session in the main room. Material will include the basic types of antennas, directional properties, polarization, and gain/losses. Nate NA7EE will lead the advanced session in the Annex, covering antennas, transmission lines, baluns, matching systems (tuners), and impedance. Material will include function, characteristics, and losses.

Additional information about our monthly meetings can be found on the meeting page.

February General Membership Meeting

Please join us for our general membership meeting on Thursday, February 22 at the Portland Fire and Rescue training center at 4800 NE 122nd Ave in Portland. There will be a Q&A session and informal gathering for new members from 18:15 to 19:00. The main meeting will run from 19:00 to 21:00. You do not need to be a member to attend – everyone is welcome!

We will meet in the main room at 19:00 for leadership updates and general business, and then break into two groups for introductory and advanced discussions of radio operations. You are free to choose either session, based on your level of experience.

John KI7LYP will lead the intro session in the main room, where he will cover the basics of operating VHF and UHF FM using local repeaters and simplex. Robert WX5TEX will lead the advanced session in the Annex. He will discuss HF operations, focusing on propagation and MUF, SSB operations, and a brief mention of digital modes in use on HF.

Additional information about our monthly meetings can be found on the meeting page.

January General Membership Meeting

Please join us for our general membership meeting on Thursday, January 25 at the Portland Fire and Rescue training center at 4800 NE 122nd Ave in Portland. There will be a Q&A session and informal gathering for new members from 18:15 to 19:00. The main meeting will run from 19:00 to 21:00. You do not need to be a member to attend – everyone is welcome!

We will meet in the main room at 19:00 for leadership updates and general business, and then break into two groups for introductory and advanced discussions of Winlink operations. You are free to choose either session, based on your level of experience.

John KI7LYP and Eli W7ELI will provide an introduction to Winlink software for newer users. Bring your laptops and join in while they demonstrate how to configure the software, find forms, and create and send messages. We will be using the WiFi in the training facility to send and receive real messages.

Adam KF7LJH will lead the advanced session for more experienced users who would like to learn how to operate/interface with a TNC and SignaLink, find gateway stations, and operate using a packet session.

No December General Membership Meeting!

There will not be a general membership meeting this month, due to the holidays. Instead, the Leadership team will be meeting for a day-long planning session to work out our training and event schedule, and other business, for 2018. Have a great holiday month, and we’ll see you in January!

November General Membership Meeting

This month’s meeting will be one week early due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We will have a demonstration of making a copper j-pole antenna. This will be followed up in January with a Saturday workshop, where participants will be charged a small fee for parts and will go home with an antenna.

Please join us for our general membership meeting on Thursday, November 16 at the Portland Fire and Rescue training center at 4800 NE 122nd Ave in Portland. There will be a Q&A session and informal gathering for new members from 18:15 to 19:00. The main meeting will run from 19:00 to 21:00. Everyone is welcome!

Additional information about our monthly meetings can be found on the meeting page.

October General Membership Meeting Recap

We had a great meeting tonight! There were 52 attendees, including representation from the Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management (MCEM) and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM). We had five new people with us this evening.

The meeting was started off by our EC, Nathan N9VCU, who covered general business and announcements, and then presented certificates to two members who recently completed their ARRO certification. Michael AE7XP made an announcement about the NET Net, which is held at 20:10 every Sunday night on the ARRG 147.040 MHz (100.0 Hz tone) repeater – this is MC6 in the regional frequency template.

Chris Voss and Alice Busch from MCEM addressed the membership, thanking us for our service, and presented certificates of appreciation to the volunteers who helped with the Eagle Creek fire response. Mark McKay, also from MCEM, presented certificates of appreciation to those who helped with communications in Grant County during the solar eclipse in August.

A panel of six folks – three ARES volunteers, two Multnomah County employees, and one City of Portland employee – talked about their experience in Grant County during the eclipse. They had some very interesting stories about the technical and logistical challenges they encountered, and lessons learned.

October General Membership Meeting

This month’s meeting will feature a panel of folks who went to Grant County to provide communications support during the solar eclipse.

Please join us for our general membership meeting on Thursday, October 23 at the Portland Fire and Rescue training center at 4800 NE 122nd Ave in Portland. There will be a Q&A session and informal gathering for new members from 18:15 to 19:00. The main meeting will run from 19:00 to 21:00. Everyone is welcome!

Additional information about our monthly meetings can be found on the meeting page.

September General Membership Meeting

During our amateur radio activities, we may expose ourselves to certain dangers which can be avoided by following sound safety practices. At this month’s meeting our Emergency Coordinator, Nathan Hersey (N9VCU), will talk about hazards, safety, and situational awareness.

Please join us for our general membership meeting on Thursday, September 28 at the Portland Fire and Rescue training center at 4800 NE 122nd Ave in Portland. There will be a Q&A session and informal gathering for new members from 18:15 to 19:00. The main meeting will run from 19:00 to 21:00. Everyone is welcome!

Additional information about our monthly meetings can be found on the meeting page.

August General Membership Meeting

This month’s training will focus on SSTV, a mode we may use after a disaster to send damage reports to the County. Matthew AF7PV will give a demonstration on sending and receiving images using the MMSSTV application, and Robert WX5TEX will discuss photography concepts and techniques for taking quality photos for use with SSTV.

Please join us for our general membership meeting on Thursday, August 24 at the Portland Fire and Rescue training center at 4800 NE 122nd Ave in Portland. There will be a Q&A session and informal gathering for new members from 18:15 to 19:00. The main meeting will run from 19:00 to 21:00. Everyone is welcome!

Additional information about our monthly meetings can be found on the meeting page.

July General Membership Meeting

Field Day wasn’t enough; it’s time to get outside again! For this month’s meeting we’ll be setting up and showing off our go-kits, and having a pot-luck BBQ in the PF&R Training Center parking lot.

Please join us for our general membership meeting on Thursday, July 27 at the Portland Fire and Rescue training center at 4800 NE 122nd Ave in Portland. The meeting will run from 19:00 to 21:00 and everyone is welcome!

Additional information about our monthly meetings can be found on the meeting page.