The Multnomah County ARES group consists of federally licensed amateur radio operators who are trained in emergency communications and have a strong desire to serve our community whenever the need arises. Hams from throughout the county, who have an interest in community service and emergency communications, are strongly encouraged to get involved. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a field organization of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

We hold a weekly net on Wednesdays at 19:00 on the W7LT 146.84- repeater. It is a directed net and everyone is welcome to check in.

Our monthly meetings are on the 4th Thursday of the month at 19:00. All meetings are at the Portland Fire & Rescue Training Center, 4800 NE 122nd Avenue Portland, OR 97230.

Looking for our regular events or volunteer opportunities? See the Calendar. Need help navigating the site? Try the Sitemap. Want more information? Contact us.

It is time once again to determine who is the best radio operator in Multnomah County. Brian Cochrane is the reigning EC’s Cup Champion, so let’s all get ready to knock him off his perch. Last year we had a VHF Contest, this year I want us to get up and moving to burn off some Holiday cookies.

On Saturday, January 3rd, we will conduct a geo-cache man-hunt throughout inner SE Portland for our illustrious EC. Details are in the MCARES 2015 EC’s Cup Drill Guide. All AROs are welcome. You’ll need a 2m radio and GPS (phone will do fine). This will be an active event, catch the EC if you can.

In addition, we are still collecting for the Multnomah trailer project. Although a donation is not required to participate, it would certainly be accepted. Details on that project can be found here.

The idea behind this event is to buff our map reading and tactical radio skills. This is a great opportunity for NET folks to try to claim operator supremacy, so I’m going to need ARES to represent! As usual, engraved swag to the winner courtesy of N9VCU.

Look forward to seeing you there,

Nathan Hersey, N9VCU
Multnomah County ARES Emergency Coordinator

finished trailer exampleThe Multnomah County Amateur Radio Service, in partnership with the Portland Amateur Radio Club (PARC) has kicked off a two month fundraising campaign to build a communications trailer to be used for neighborhood-level communications in the event of a major regional incident.
 

Please visit the fundraiser website to learn more about the project and see how you can help!

New Members/ Interested Parties

Dust off that license and dig out that radio. Put ‘em to work! Would you like to be a part of emergency communications? Would you like to learn more about your radio? Would you like to help your neighbors when a natural disaster strikes? Give back to your community, serve in an exciting field, and […]

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New e-mail lists

Multnomah County ARES would like to announce that we now have three e-mail lists that members can use to get answers to their ARES related questions. The lists are groups of members willing to share their experience with other members. All you have to do is send an e-mail to one of the list and […]

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Northwest Traffic and Training Net

The Northwest Traffic and Training Net (NTTN) provides daily practice in handling formal written traffic. Every evening of the year the NTTN meets on the linked repeaters of the Western Oregon Radio Club (WORC) at 18:05. The frequencies are 145.27, 145.43, 145.47, 146.80, and 443.150 MHz all with a tone of 107.2 Hz. Message handling […]

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HT Go Kits and What you should be able to do with your radio.

Here’s a good list of things we should be able to do with our hand held radios and a go kit suggestion. From Nate N9VCU from his Feb. training presentation. You HT Go-Kit might contain: Manual, Cloning Cable Whip Antenna/Counterpoise Aftermarket External Antenna (Roll-Up J-Pole or other) Method to Deploy Antenna, SMA/BNC/PL-259 adapters, Feed Line […]

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Get your Multnomah County Shirts!

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Greetings All, The new Multnomah County ARES/RACES shirts are ready for order. You can order your shirt at any of our monthly meetings or send an e-mail to KK7DEB [at] arrl [dot] net The costs are: short sleeve T-shirt $12 long sleeve T-shirt $14 short sleeve polo $17 long sleeve sweatshirt $18 long sleeve 1/4 […]

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Tsunami Safety

Colleagues, In addition to concern for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, please use this event to ensure that your own safety is attended to. Note the following: 1) The Sendai tsunami wave was approximately 27 feet high. Current research indicates that when The Big One strikes the Oregon Coast – when, not if […]

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Multnomah County ARES is Now Multnomah County ARES/RACES

RACES is a radiocommunication service, conducted by volunteer licensed amateurs, designed to provide emergency communications to local or state civil-preparedness agencies. It is a part of the Amateur Radio Service that provides radio communications for civil-preparedness purposes only, during periods of local, regional or national civil emergencies. These emergencies are not limited to war-related activities, […]

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Disaster Prep Tips

As we start a new decade, let’s review some of the basics of Amateur Radio disaster preparedness. The following are tips from John Covington, W4CC, of Dallas, North Carolina. You must make sure you’re personally prepared for a disaster before you can even consider helping with Amateur Radio. If you are preoccupied with personal matters, […]

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