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.

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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 would be used for disaster relief, drills, education, and public outreach. Through a combination of an Indiegogo campaign, raffles, generous individuals and organizations – and a lot of gumption – we were able to purchase a 7×14-foot trailer that is quickly becoming an incredible communications and education asset.

We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who has donated both financially and with their talents to help make this project become a reality. Thanks to the craftsmanship of our members we’ve completed the flooring, walls and insulation, electrical wiring, and the cabinetry and work surfaces. And as of this writing, the AC and DC infrastructure is at 80% and getting dialed in. Lighting, ceiling, and graphics are in the near future.

We were awarded a grant from the state which will fund much of the radio equipment, including three VHF/UHF radios for voice and digital communications, an HF radio, generators, and more. In addition to this generous grant, we have also received donations from several corporations whom we would like to thank, including, Tigertronics, Kantronics, DX Engineering, RIGOL, Home Depot, Ubiquity, Cisco, and Cradlepoint. That list is still growing every day.

Throughout its construction, the trailer has been constantly field tested through drills and public events including the MS Walk, the Spring SET and, most recently, the Disaster Relief Trials. For this event, we utilized the trailer for net control and digital operations to provide race participant updates for the DRT staff. We were able to refine the trailer’s design from what we learned. Its most interesting test was an outing to a campground in the Mount Hood Wilderness to practice HF operation as well as analyze how best to operate remotely and independently from luxuries such as electricity and running water.

We’re hoping to have phase one of the trailer project complete in the first part of 2016. We also have a few “Phase 2” goals, including solar capabilities, which will be useful in making the trailer more resilient and functional, but we’ll need the continued support of the community to achieve these goals.

Please stay tuned for further updates on this project, and feel free to contact us with any questions and comments you have.

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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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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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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