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Oregon ARES/RACES web site

Oregon ARES/RACES has a web site with a lot of good information at the state level. You can visit them at Oregon ARES/RACES

ITU Phonetic Alphabet

ARES uses the International Phonic Alphabet so here it is for you to learn


American Red Cross Looking for Amateur Radio Operators

The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked the ARRL for assistance with
relief efforts in Puerto Rico. ARC needs up to 50 radio amateurs who can
help record, enter, and submit disaster-survivor information into the
ARC Safe and Well system. In the nearly 75-year relationship between
ARRL and ARC, this is the first time such a request for assistance on
this scale has been made. ARRL now is looking for radio amateurs who can
step up and volunteer to help our friends in Puerto Rico.


There are very specific requirements and qualifications needed for this
Due to the nature of this deployment you will need to process in as ARC
volunteers. This includes passing a background check. The ARC has
indicated that it will cover all expenses for transportation, lodging,
and feeding while on deployment. ARC will also provide liability
coverage for volunteers. The only out-of-pocket expense to the volunteer
would be personal items purchased during deployment.
ARRL and ARC will require training for volunteers being deployed. ARC
will provide general deployment training and advanced training in
working in austere environments. ARRL will provide to ARC training on
Amateur Radio equipment and modes to be used, reporting guidelines, and
operating guidelines.
Deployment will be for up to 3 weeks.

General class Amateur Radio license or higher
Familiarity with WinLink, HF voice, and VHF simplex communications
Strong technical skills
Ability to work under difficult conditions
Ability to deploy for up to 3 weeks
Ability to work as part of a team
Helpful Skills

Spanish language skills
Previous experience in disaster response
Previous or current work as a Red Cross volunteer
Previous experience with shelter operations
If you feel that you meet these qualifications and would like to be
considered for this deployment, please contact ARRL Emergency
Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U (860-594-0222), who will make the
introduction of qualified volunteers to ARC.

ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: James D Pace, K7CEX

The Oregon Eclipse Information Net

ARRG Solar Eclipse Net



Oregon Section News August 1 2017 – Solar Eclipse

The Great Oregon Solar Eclipse is coming August 21st and a lot of people
will be traveling to see this one-in-a-lifetime event! From Lincoln to
Malheur County, Oregon Amateur Radio operators will be on the air either
participating in the national Solar Eclipse QSO party sponsored by ARRL
(details in the August 2017 QST, Page 94) or supporting their County
Emergency Managers. 

In general, Emergency Managers are concerned about heavy traffic
congestion both before and after the eclipse as well as fire danger,
especially in Eastern Oregon. Many of Oregon major highways within the
path of the eclipse are expected to be crowded with vehicles pulled over
to the side of the road. This is especially true along Oregon Highways
20 and 22 (from the Willamette Valley over Santiam Pass to Central
Oregon), along Highway 97 in Central Oregon and along Highway 26 from
Redmond east to John Day.  Roadways in Marion County will also be

 Outside of the Willamette Valley where cell phone service is poor or
nonexistent, ARES units will be on duty providing situational reports to
their Emergency Managers.  Within the Willamette Valley, Polk County
ARES will be monitoring traffic conditions on Highways 22, 99 and 213.
They report that most timberlands will be gated to discourage campers
and hopefully lessen fire risks. 

Marion County ARES will have an operating base at the Detroit Ranger
Station on Highway 22 which will be set up on August 18th and remain
active for nearly a week. Portable repeaters are being deployed. Just to
the south on Highway 20, Linn County ARES will be covering the Santiam
Pass / Hoodoo ski area with assistance from Lane County ARES.

In Central Oregon, huge crowds are expected for the eclipse! Deschutes
County ARES will be supplementing communications from a central command
center at the Redmond Airport. Heavy cell phone use may overload the
cell system’s limited capacity. Deschutes is planning a 24/7 multi-day
activation during the eclipse. All of their 25 ARES members will be
fully engaged.

To the East of Central Oregon, both Wheeler (population 1,300) and Grant
County (population 7,100) are expecting a major influx of eclipse
viewers that far exceeds their normal population. Both Counties will be
using Amateur Radio operators to report conditions back to their
Emergency Managers. Assistance from Western Oregon ARES members may be
needed as both counties have few operators. Both are working hard to get
new repeaters into position. In Malheur County, a joint Oregon-Idaho
effort is being planned.
Overall, I expect to see about 5 ARES units activated and several other
providing operators and equipment to the Eastern Oregon Counties. That
should total about 100 active volunteers. Many will be involved for
several days. Look for ARES Eclipse HF nets to be active on 40 and 80
meters, relaying traffic from remote locations to their County Emergency
Operations Centers and Oregon Emergency Management.

Finally, if you’re among the thousands traveling for the eclipse,
please drive carefully and be prepared for traffic delays. Enjoy the
eclipse knowing that many Oregon Hams are doing important public service
work (and having fun doing it). If you’d like to get involved in
Oregon ARES, contact your County Emergency Coordinator. They are all
listed on the website. Have a safe and fun Oregon

ARRL Oregon Section
Section Manager: John E Core, KX7YT

Welcome to the New Oregon ARES District 1 EC

Oregon ARES District 1 would like to welcome Ed Bodenlos W7EWB as the new District 1 Emergency Coordinator.


Fun with Scouting

Hal (KC7ZZB), Debbie (W0DSF), and Kevin (W0KCF) spent the day talking to Scouts that were camping at Trojan Park near Rainier. Russ (N7QR) was the control operator at the scout camp and Chuck (W7HDF) suppied the communications trailer.

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We made contact with 52 scouts through out the day. The scouts asked many great questions, and a few expressed a high level of interest in getting their Tech license. It is events like this that really promote Amateur Radio. We would like to thank Amateur Radio Relay Group, Inc. for the use of the 147.32 repeater and the Amateur Radio community for allowing the contacts.

NEW NTS Website

Northwest Oregon Traffic and Training Net now has a website. If you are new to National Traffic System traffic and how to format and send/receive traffic this is a great site. If you are a old hand at traffic handling, you can refresh you knowlege and see the stats of the NTTN. Please visit it at

Digial mode Training

We did some info and training on digital modes. the info was provided by Jim Beischel WB8NUT
and his website is at




hope to see you on digital soon

Tips for Beginning Net Control Operators

Here in northwest Ohio, we have acquired many new hams and encourage them to operate as net control station (NCS) for various routine nets to gain them experience, providing us with a pool of competent net controllers in the event of an emergency/disaster. Here are some of the basic tips we convey to our novice net control stations for a smoothly running net:

· Get a glass of water or something to drink.

· Make yourself comfortable. Sit in a good location with plenty of room on a desk or table to write.

· Have a good writing instrument and a back-up along with an extra piece of paper in case you need to jot down notes.

· Take your time; go at your own pace. Remember, you are in control of the net and the frequency.

· Don’t worry about making mistakes; there are no mistakes to be made.

· To handle the crowd that is trying to check in, you will develop your own way.

· Stop stations from checking in (“Let’s hold it for a minute”) until you are caught up.

· Weak stations and stations who give their call signs too fast, are always a problem — skip them at first. Go back later for repeats.

· Write your log as you see fit. You are the one that has to read it.

· Headphones are a good idea — they help you focus on what you are hearing and help keep you from getting distracted.

As I mentioned before, there are no mistakes, only experience. When you’ve finished the net that is what you will have. — Steve Bellner, W8TER, Maumee, Ohio

From: The ARES E-Letter for January 20, 2016

These are all good pointers. Remember you are in control of the net, run it how it works for you.


For net participants remember net check ins are not a race, Listen, Listen then check in.

Happy Hamming

From KE7WKM and the OOEM ARU

2nd Saturday of every month we will reserve for training.

This is not a requirement, but a training opportunity

We have put together a little bit of a schedule of our 2nd Saturdays

We will focus on radio operations and COOP operations:

I want our training to be short and sweet 9AM to Noon, so we can get back to our families.

All ARES are invited to join in the training,

Anyone who gets this email, can pass this on to any ARES, even out of state.

Date        Subject/Training

Jan 9th    The fine art of Net Control HF/VHF

I am looking for 1 or 2 NCSs for this duty both VHF & HF

The least qualified gets priority

This Rediness test will be very short 9:00 to 10:30

                    The reason is we have some of our own maintenance at our stations

                      If you call us after 10:30  OEM will answer if we can

                    Send an activation message via Winlink.

                        If you are net control or in your area send an ICS309

                         If you have a lot of contacts and your not NCS send an ICS309

                            309 are important documents, ECs depend on them for AARs

                    Send an activation, if you have a TNC, great, if not send one Telnet

Send ICS 309 to me

VHF – Local VHF frequencies

                           I’m planning on using the ARRG repeater system

                               South Saddle Mtn 147.32 & 442.325 both + T100.0

                               KOIN on 147.040 & 442.225 both are + T100.0

                               Timberline – Mt. Hood 147.120 & 442.225 both + T100.0

                                Part of the Timberline system includes the new Central Oregon

                                    system to:

                               Cinder Butte – Redmond & Bend 147.040 + T114.7

                               Warm Springs 442.225 + T114.7

                           If you got a previous email, we need to drop:

                               Bend 147.040 + T100.00

                               La Grand 147.260 +T100.0

                               Pendleton 145.330 – T103.5

                            New tools comes new understanding

                         HF – 3.964 LSB

                           HF – 7.248 LSB

                          Anyone ARES that wants to play in this can do so

                          When checking in give NCS your:

                               Name, call sign, county & available back up power in hours


Feb 16     State ECC Operational Drill

ESF-8 Focus is on Health & Medical – Hospitals, Red Cross, etc.

Feb 20     Setup at Rickreall COOP trailer – pending permission

We will move our 2nd Saturday to 3rd on this month

March 12  HF Testing in COOP trailer 80/40m – Test antennas

April 9th    VHF/UHF local check-ins

HF check-ins

Winlink – Check your templates – send all the forms with all the info in place

I’ve found that some forms are broke, they won’t send – TEST your Templates

May 14th  Coop trailer – participants will call in & test antennas

May 16th  State ECC Operational Drill

ESF-18 Focus is on Business & Industry

June 7-10th  Cascadia Rising

July 9th   Only OEM made it to their station everyone else stays home

(part of this design is because June was a heavy month)

everyone checks in from their homes and gives a report

On the county level members check into Net Control

Net controls gives reports to OEM

August 13 Drop box setup & operate

Sept 10      HF check in and signal reports from their home counties

We will find a net control in another county

This is the plan, I Expect it to change.

Send me comments if you have input.

Lynn Burrell