Volunteers Providing Emergency Communications for Multnomah County, Oregon

Training News

Fifteen members have completed the IS-800 class and sent in their certificates. Thank you! We hope to have all active members complete this class by Halloween.

Training News

The on­line FEMA class IS­-800 is now a federal requirement. We have gone through our records and almost half of our active members have sent in their completion certificate. We will be sending a separate email with a list of call signs of the certificates we do have. If your call sign is not on the list, please take the class and send in your certificate to eliza [dot] pride [at] gmail [dot] com. We know this is not a fun task, so we are giving you until October 1, 2019 to get it done. We will send periodic reminders for the procrastinators among us.

HF-101 Class

There was such a huge interest in my HF-101 class I offered back in July, I’m offering it again on November 17!

The location is yet to be determined as I’m waiting to see how many people are able to make it. I usually leave the class to a very small group of 4 or 5 folks so everyone can get plenty of on-air time, but since there was such a big interest in my July class, I’m thinking this time I’ll try to get everyone in to one big session, minus the individual radio time. But don’t worry, it will still be just as fun and informative.

What is HF-101? This class is designed for people who just upgraded to a general class license or those who are interested in upgrading. This class does not prepare you to take the General class test, rather it gives you a practical understanding of how to actually operate on HF, with a big emphasis on propagation and space weather. For those studying to upgrade, it does help solidify some of the concepts on the test, but is not a substitute for studying.

Again, the class will be on Saturday, Nov 17, starting at 9:30 and going until 1:00 at the latest.

To enroll, email me at RGAnglin [at] gmail [dot] com.

Training News

Thirteen members completed their ARRO training this month:

  • Alpha Team: Jonathan KI7QNR and Alex KE7SIN
  • Bravo Team: Shawn AG7JZ, Lee KI7QHW, and Matthew KI7RLP
  • Charlie Team: Kim KI7RMK, Donna AG7MO, Eric KI7RUQ, Brian KG7QAC, and Edie W7ELC
  • Delta Team: Jeff KI7TVE
  • Echo Team: Cindy KD7IXZ and Scott KD7ZUH
  • Supporting Member: Keith KI7VKM.

Congratulations to all!

Vista House/Rooster Rock Event

Echo team helped Vista House at Crown Point celebrate its 100 year anniversary by holding a public outreach and training event on July 14. We had an outreach table set up in Vista House with flyers and the orange go-kit, and team members to answer questions and invite folks to tour the MCARES trailer which was in full operation in the parking lot.

The yellow digital kit was set up with another public outreach table under a tree by the river at Rooster Rock State Park just down the hill.

Everyone got a chance to try some image transfer with MMSSTV and to work gateway and peer-to-peer Winlink, so it was a great training exercise as well.

Thanks to Deb KK7DEB for bringing the trailer and handling the training there and to John KI7LYP and Patti KB7GMM for handling the Rooster Rock PR and training. Appreciation also goes to Tom KE7JTM and Ken KI7RUN for helping to coordinate with Vista House and Oregon State Parks. And thanks to all the participating Echo team members who put in a total of 42 volunteer hours on a very hot Saturday!

HF 101 Workshop

Whether you are considering upgrading to a general class license or recently upgraded, the HF 101 workshop on Saturday, July 7 will help you make sense of the world below 30 MHz. This isn’t a test preparation class but will give participants some hands on experience on the HF bands to help demystify many aspects of HF operation. To sign up, contact Robert WX5TEX (rganglin [at] gmail [dot] com).

June Hardware Workshop Date Change

A number of people have indicated they can’t attend the hardware workshop on June 2 due to a conflict with Sea-Pac. I am going to move the hardware workshop so that members can attend Sea-Pac and still be able to attend the workshop.

The hardware workshop will now be from noon until 4 PM on Saturday the 16th of June at the same location. If you would like to attend, please email me (training [at] multnomahares [dot] org). I hope this is a better date for everyone.

HF 101 Workshop

Whether you are considering upgrading to a general class license or recently upgraded, the HF 101 workshop will help you make sense of the world below 30 MHz. This isn’t a test prep class but will give participants some hands on experience on the HF bands to help demystify many aspects of HF operation. To sign up, contact Robert Anglin (rganglin [at] gmail [dot] com).

Skywarn Weather Spotter Training

Lets face it, our weather is pretty mild here compared to the rest of the country. The northern states get feet and feet of snow, the Midwest is famous for tornadoes and large hail, and the Gulf and East coasts get pummeled by hurricanes every year. That’s not to say we don’t get severe weather and shouldn’t be prepared, especially for those who live in the eastern half of the county. Because of this, I would like to encourage everyone to become a Skywarn spotter for the National Weather Service, as we may be called upon to provide additional real-time weather updates to both the Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management and the NWS Portland office.

The NWS Portland office just released their 2018 training schedule, and while there isn’t an in-person training opportunity yet in Multnomah County, there is an online Skywarn webinar on May 2 from 18:00-19:00. For more information or to sign up, go to the Weather Spotter Training page on the NWS website. There is also a class in Washington County scheduled for Monday, May 14, and I will advertise additional classes as they become available.

Training News

In the requirements for the Net Control Field Operator (NCFO) certificate, FEMA class IC 800 has been replaced with IS 802. This class covers Emergency Support Function (ECF) 2: Communications and is more relevant to our mission. It is also easier and is recommended for all MCARES AROs, and required for the NCFO certificate.