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).

Our monthly meetings are on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM. All meetings are at the Portland Fire & Rescue Training Center, 4800 NE 122nd Avenue Portland, OR 97230. If you are interested in seeing what we’re all about, please come by at 6:15 PM and meet with our leadership team.

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. You can also find our regular events and more on our Calendar.

It is nearly time once again for the annual Walk MS event in Portland. Multnomah County ARES is honored to have been asked by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to provide communications support for their event again this year. In years past this event has been well regarded as a training and public service event for the Amateur Radio community.


The event takes place on Saturday, April 15 from approximately 08:00 to 14:00, and is held in downtown Portland along the Esplanade and in the World Trade Center Plaza.

To learn more, or to sign up to help, please visit the Walk MS Portland Communications Volunteer Registration Form.

February General Membership Meeting

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Our February meeting is nearly here! We will have a Q&A session and informal gathering for new members from 6:15PM to 7:00PM. The main meeting will run from 7:00PM to 9:00PM and will start with general announcements, followed by a presentation on power options and expectations for field operations. The meeting will be held at […]

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January General Membership Meeting

Please join us for our first general membership meeting of 2017! There will be a Q&A session and informal gathering for new members from 6:15PM to 7:00PM. The main meeting will run from 7:00PM to 9:00PM and will cover Leadership updates for 2017 as well as provide training on logging and forms. Everyone is welcome! […]

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November General Membership Meeting

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Our November general membership meeting will be one week early due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Adam Karol, KF7LJH, will give an introduction to mapping using online tools. The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 17, from 7:00PM to 8:30PM at the Portland Fire & Rescue Training Center at 4800 NE 122nd Avenue in Portland.

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New Traffic Handling Training Net

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As of October 25, MCARES now hosts a semi-monthly Traffic Handling Training Net (THTN). The net meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 20:00 on the Portland Amateur Radio Club (PARC) 147.180 MHz (103.5 Hz Tone) repeater. This is not one of the standard MC# repeaters so you will need to program […]

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October General Membership Meeting

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We hope you will attend what promises to be a very interesting ARES general meeting on October 27. Guest speaker Scott Honaker (N7SS – Snohomish County, WA) will be making a first person report of his participation in the Oso, Washington landslide tragedy of March 22, 2014. Scott was the lead for six radio operators […]

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2016 Disaster Relief Trials

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Multnomah County ARES is proud to provide radio communications services for the Disaster Relief Trials Portland for the fifth year in a row. This exciting event is a mixture of bike race, disaster relief exercise, and emergency preparedness fair. The event takes place on Saturday, October 22 from approximately 08:00 to 17:00. The main event […]

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September General Membership Meeting

Have you been wanting to build your own radio go-kit, but aren’t sure where to start? Join us at our September meeting and get some ideas! Robert Anglin, WX5TEX, will host a presentation on radio go-kit construction and design, and will also introduce the new Multnomah County ARES digital go-kit. The general meeting and training […]

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Annual HF Campout – September 23-25

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We are now one month away from our annual HF Campout, to be held at Fort Stevens on the Oregon Coast this year! The HF Campout was originally designed to help newer operators get their feet wet in HF radio operation, and to become a certified HF Operator if they desire. This year, our camping […]

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August General Membership Meeting

It’s going to be hard to top the BBQ last month. It was very well attended and everyone seemed to have a great time. There were some great go-kits on display and the christening ceremony was a spectacle. We’re going to try to keep the momentum going this month with a discussion and live build […]

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