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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

Some New Faces in the District (or Not so new)

We would like to congratulate Steve Taylor N7BEF who is taking over Washington Co. ARES as EC. Congrats to Lynn Burrell KE7WKM who has taken over the job as EC of the OOEM ARU, and John Core KX7YT who has become the District 1 EC.

Again Contgratulations to all.

Some images from QuakeX II

From Tim K7TRP Washington County ARES this photo of his mobile/portable Winlink Post Office Box setup at Dixie Mt. The PO Box allowed Columbia and Washington ARES to store and forward WL2K packet messages between the two counties during the SET during high winds and heavy  rain.            k7tep_mobilewinlink

From Clackamas County ARES/RACES, here is Ted K2TJR serving as Net Control during the Quake EX II SET. Clackamas focused on SSTV setup and transmissions from multiple locations around the county, tactical nets and mobile unit coordination. Clackamas units folded up early due to high winds and rain on SET day.


On the West Side, operators in the City of Tigard EOC COOP tent were getting soaked and had to scramble to move electrical equipment away from ares that were flooding from the heavy rain. Six ARES/RACES operations and several Tigard CERT volunteers were involved. Nobody got electrocuted according to Station Manager Richard Stack K7TKK.


Really big quake

The New Yorker magazine had a great article on the Cascadia earthquake and what to look forward to.
you can read it here

Did your group do something noteworthy?

EC’s did your ARES Unit do something that you would like to list here? Give your people some recognition the deserve. Every ARRL letter I get has a story about some ARES group doing something, but never are they an Oregon ARES unit. What Doesn’t Oregon ARES D1 do anything. A small group of us lead by Paul Thutt (KC7PMU) supported the Mt. Scott Motorcycle Rally Last month. Many Hams are supporting the Intel International Air Show this month. So post what your group is doing.

Portland Bridge Pedal volunteer opportunity

Jim Schaeffer, KB7ADH, is looking for ham radio volunteers to help with communications along the Bridge Pedal route on Sunday, Aug 9. Hams will be stationed along the route to report when they see the lead & tail of the event and to report any medical or safety conditions which may arise during the event. A 2-meter HT is required.

This particular exercise is not an ARES event. You will be serving as a volunteer to the Bridge Pedal.

If you would like to help or have any questions, contact Jim with your:

Amateur Call-
E-mail address-
Cell Phone # (if any)-

Jim’s contact information is:

Jim Schaeffer KB7ADH
Cell: 503-504-0272
e-mail: or

Washington and Clackamas ARES supports Mt. Scott Motorcycle Club

KC7PMU, K7RDB, W0DSF, W0KCF and KF7RQR Supported the Mount Scott Motorcycle Club for an endurance rally held in the Tillamook Forest.

States, Counties, Communities Recognize the Value of Amateur Radio

From the ARRL Letter June 25 2015

Washington Gov Jay Inslee has proclaimed the week of June 21 as Amateur Radio Week. He cited Amateur Radio’s contributions to the public in times of emergencies and disasters. “Amateur Radio operators deserve our recognition and a salute for hundreds of jobs well done,” the proclamation said.

ARRL NTS Confers Special Service Awards

From the ARRL Letter June 25 2015

The National Traffic System (NTS) conferred its prestigious Special Service Award upon two radio amateurs at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention® in May. The Special Service Award recognizes volunteers for outstanding, selfless, and lengthy service to the National Traffic System. The Pacific, Central, and Eastern Area NTS committees determine award recipients. Award winners receive the Special Service Award Plaque. Jim Wades, WB8SIW, the editor of QNI — An NTS Newsletter, announced the award winners at Dayton. Honored were:

Kenneth W. Jacobs, KD6PGI, Hood River, Oregon, for technical supervision and migration support of the NTS Digital Network BPQ32 Modernization Project. The BPQ32 migration provides the NTS with a modern, multimode, packet-switching environment capable of seamless integration with all AX.25 and IP-based networks. According to the announcement, Jacobs “donated countless hours consulting to NTS on BPQ32 migration strategy, environment installation, operator support, and implementation of custom NTS functionality in collaboration with developer John Wiseman, G8BPQ.”

Joseph F. Tracey, KB3LNM, Finksburg, Maryland, for his development and rollout of the NTSD Parser application, intended for use by ARES and other radio operators originating messages to format ARRL Radiograms for submission into the NTS Digital network via Winlink 2000. The software will generate appropriate message headers and footers, based on address information in each message, and place the messages in output files, sorted by precedence. An NTS Winlink Target Station receives the messages and delivers them via RF paths, typically within 1 hour.

Founded in 1949 by ARRL Communications Manager George Hart, W1NJM (SK), the National Traffic System, more than 2000 traffic handlers strong, operates more than 100 organized nets.

Air Show

The 2015 Oregon International Airshow is being held July 17-19. There is a map at this url:

Lynn with Washington County ARES is the person to contact to volunteer to help with communications.