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 19:00. All meetings are at the Portland Fire & Rescue Training Center, 4800 NE 122nd Avenue Portland, OR 97230. 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. The date of this year’s event is Saturday, April 18th. 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 has been well regarded as a training and public service event for the Amateur Radio community.
Generally this event is handled on simplex. A 2 meter handheld with two strong batteries is sufficient for most assignments. The event usually lasts from the early morning to the mid-afternoon (approximately 08:00 to 13:00). The event is held downtown and along the esplanade.
At this time I am soliciting participants. I have already heard from some volunteers, and thank them for their interest. There is still plenty of assistance needed. If anyone would like to participate, please send an email to KE7QPV [at] arrl [dot] net. We will be pairing less experienced operators up with more seasoned volunteers, so don’t worry if you don’t have much (or any) event communications experience.
Thank you for your support!
Brian Cochrane – KE7QPV
Event Personnel Coordinator
Multnomah County ARES/RACES
KE7QPV [at] arrl [dot] net