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

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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2015 EC’s Cup

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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 […]

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Multnomah County ARES Communications Trailer Project

The 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 […]

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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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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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