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 invite all interested parties to attend our monthly meetings and check into our regular nets. Drills, training workshops, volunteer opportunities, and other events can be found on our Calendar.

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Please join us for our April general membership meeting on Thursday, April 27 at the Portland Fire and Rescue training center at 4800 NE 122nd Ave in Portland. There will be a Q&A session and informal gathering for new members from 18:15 to 19:00. The main meeting will run from 19:00 to 21:00.

After general business and a brief review of traffic handling techniques, we will break into small groups to practice sending, copying, and logging ICS 213 and NTS Radiogram messages.

Good traffic handling skills are key to our role as emergency communicators, so Multnomah County ARES members and Portland NET radio operators are highly encouraged to attend this training.

Additional information about our monthly meetings can be found on the meeting page.

March General Membership Meeting

Our next general membership meeting will be on Thursday, March 23 at the Portland Fire and Rescue training center at 4800 NE 122nd Ave in Portland. There will be a Q&A session and informal gathering for new members from 18:15 to 19:00. The main meeting will run from 19:00 to 21:00 and will start with […]

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Communications volunteers needed for Walk MS Portland 2017 event

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 […]

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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 18:15 to 19:00. The main meeting will run from 19:00 to 21:00 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 18:15 to 19:00. The main meeting will run from 19:00 to 21:00 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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