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. If you are interested in seeing what we’re all about, please come by a half hour before the meeting 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.

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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 will be held at the University Place Hotel in downtown Portland, and there will be several checkpoints scattered around the city.

We would love to have your help with this event! We will need radio operators for net control and logging in the communications trailer, and reporting rider arrival times from the checkpoints. We will be pairing up less experienced operators with more seasoned volunteers, so don’t worry if you haven’t worked many (or any) events before.

If you would like to participate, please fill out and submit the volunteer registration form so that the communications organizers can best staff the available positions.

UPDATE: Volunteer registration is now closed, to allow the event communications team sufficient time to finalize position assignments and other details before the event.

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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July General Membership Meeting

The July meeting will be our annual Go-Kit Show and Tell, and we encourage everyone to bring their field operating gear and ideas to demonstrate and discuss. We’re stepping things up a bit this year, showing off the Multnomah County ARES communications trailer and hosting a pot-luck picnic and barbeque. The meeting will be held […]

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MCARES Provides Communications for Walk MS Portland 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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Multnomah County ARES Communications Trailer Project

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It’s hard to believe that a year has already passed since we began our campaign to build an emergency communications trailer. Last October, in partnership with the Portland Amateur Radio Club, Multnomah County ARES launched a fundraising campaign to raise $20,000 to buy a cargo trailer and convert it into a mobile radio station that […]

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2015 Portland Disaster Relief Trials Success

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The 2015 Portland Disaster Relief Trials event on October 17 was a stunning success, and the DRT event organizers were very pleased with the services provided by Multnomah County ARES! We had a lot of technical challenges in front of us this year, with the inclusion of not one, not two, but THREE digital modes […]

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Get your Multnomah ARES Shirts!

The new Multnomah County ARES shirts are ready for order. The shirts are navy blue, with the ARES logo and Multnomah County lettering embroidered in red and white on the front in the left chest area, and Multnomah County Amateur Radio Emergency Service lettering in white heat-transfer vinyl on the back. You can order shirts […]

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2015-02-07 Activation Drill

On February 7, 2015, Multnomah County ARES/RACES will execute a drill from 09:00 to approximately 12:00, to test our activation, deployment, and deactivation procedures. All available Multnomah County ARES/RACES members are asked to participate. Please see the 2015-02-07 Drill Guide for complete drill information.

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