Volunteers Providing Emergency Communications for Multnomah County, Oregon

News from Around the County

Our July 23 ARES meeting will be on the air on 146.840- (MC1). Adam KF7LJH will be leading an SSTV practice exercise. Information on how to set up on your phone or a SignaLink will be sent prior to July 23. We are asking for you to check in via Winlink on the Winlink check in template form. More details will be sent prior to the date.

Be sure you have Saturday July 18 on your calendar for the mobile ARES exercise, “GPS Food Drive – Drive”. This should be a fun one and will get you out of the house and traveling to various checkpoints. Your food donations will go to those who need help feeding their families. You should already have the drill guide in your email. If not, send an email to leadership [at] multnomahares [dot] org and we can send you a copy. You will not want to miss this as we have several surprises for you along your way through the course.

The MCARES annual “Raffle” is coming soon! There are some great items this year. We have figured out a way to do this even though we are not currently meeting in person. Look for an email later in July. This year the raffle is raising funds to equip and build the “Spartan” trailer project.  

We all really miss getting together in person and hope this COVID pandemic will get stamped out at some point. Stay safe!

Membership News

We clocked 237 volunteer hours during the month of June, and we’re currently standing great with 108 active members!

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Our June 25 ARES meeting will be online using Webex. Nate NA7EE will be talking about field stations. We hope you will join at 7:00PM. A link will be sent prior to the meeting, so watch your email.

The May and June Winlink drills from home were a great success. We appreciate our members who have participated and honed their skills. Remember to open your Winlink application every month to get the latest updates. Mark Saturday, July 18 on your calendars for the mobile ARES exercise. This should be a fun one and will get you out of the house and traveling to various checkpoints. I think we are all ready to get out of the house for a while! Watch your email for more details.

Membership News

For the month of May, we had 272 volunteer hours. We currently have 109 active members. Also, Eric N9WJQ has rejoined the Bravo team. Welcome back, Eric!

From the EC’s Desk: Field Day

ARRL Field Day

I hope everyone finds themselves safe and healthy as they read this! June is almost upon us, which is normally our time to gather for field day where we share tight quarters, communally sup, and greet each other warmly. Unfortunately, epidemiological prudence demands a different tack. I am bummed, but I hope we all can make the most of the weekend of June 27 nonetheless.

Since we cannot meet in person, I am encouraging everyone to execute Field Day by operating field stations in their own backyards or physically-distanced location of their choosing. Given the number of MCARES operators, there should be contacts to be made locally even if VHF FM voice is your only operating mode. Since contacts count for points on each different band, this could also be a great excuse to expand into 6m operations if you’re interested. The sheer number of folks on the air can make the magic band seem alive for long distance contacts! In the spirit of the event, we should all strive to operate via auxiliary power (batteries or other) as well.

The gist of the operating on Field Day is a contest format with a standard exchange. Since there are usually so many stations operating, there is often great leeway granted to newer operators during Field Day. So don’t stress about the radio operations themselves; dive in and have fun. The best place to start is the ARRL’s Field Day page. A YouTube binge for Field Day videos is also a great way to start if you’re completely unfamiliar.

The rules are somewhat in-depth, so if you have questions after you review them, I encourage you to bring them to the June general membership meeting. Hopefully we can address everything at that time so everyone can operate with confidence. I hope to hear a lot of local “One-Echo-Oregon” stations on the air this Field Day!

Membership News

I would like to welcome two new members: Walt KJ7BHL and Dave N7DML. Walt is on the Alpha team, and Dave is on the Charlie Team. We now have 111 active members, and we logged 173 volunteer hours in April.

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We hope all of our members are safe and healthy. These are unprecedented times for everyone and following the stay-at-home, social distancing, and face covering guidelines will slow the spread of the nasty COVID-19. Let’s all help keep the number of cases low in Oregon!

Our next on the air meeting is April 23 and we will practice sending pictures using SSTV both via computer software and acoustic coupling via your phone. Watch for an email from Ralph AG7FE with details and instructions. We will meet on MC1 (146.840) at 7:00PM.

The Winlink net check in worked well last month and we will be doing that again for April. Details and a reminder will also be emailed out a few days before the meeting date.

It seems a lot more folks are at home and practicing their ham radio skills, which is good, but remember that the local repeaters are open to all. If you are thinking of operating a net with several friends or team members you will need permission from the repeater owner to do so. And we never operate simplex on a repeater frequency when the repeater is operational. The MC2 (147.280) repeater is operated by the Hoodview Amateur Radio Club, and the MC1 (146.840) repeater is operated by the Portland Amateur Radio Club.

The ARRL has sent out ballots for the Oregon Section Manager position. We hope you will take a few minutes and vote for the candidate of your choice.

Membership News

Despite our current situation, we still tallied 279 volunteer hours in March, and our active membership count is holding steady at 109!

Membership News

Welcome to our newest members: Eugene W1PRM joins the Delta team; John KJ7DMD and Sam KK6HXG join the Bravo team. That brings us to 106 active members! New member training started February 8 and concludes on the 22nd. We hope to announce new ARROs at the February meeting.

Membership News

We welcome our newest members: Steve KJ7JBC who joins the Delta Team and Teddy KJ7IJR who has joined the Bravo Team. The membership roster was trimmed in December to reflect inactivity by some members so we are starting the new year with 103 active members.