Welcome!

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. A complete list of drills, training workshops, volunteer opportunities, and other events can be found on our calendar; the next two months of scheduled activity are listed below.

Thursday, 19 October 2017
  • ARRO Certification Workshop II: Traffic & Logging

    Thursday, 19 October 2017 @ 18:30 - 21:00

    This is the second half of a two-part workshop for the ARES/RACES Radio Operator (ARRO) certification. It covers traffic handling and logging. Multnomah County ARES members interested in participating in this workshop must RSVP to training [at] multnomahares [dot] org.

Saturday, 21 October 2017
  • Outreach: Swaptoberfest

    Saturday, 21 October 2017 @ 09:00 - 15:00
    Polk County Fairgrounds, 520 S Pacific Hwy W, Rickreall, OR

    We'll be showing off the Multnomah County ARES communications trailer at Swaptoberfest, an emergency service volunteer fair and ham radio swapmeet held annually near Salem, Oregon.

Thursday, 26 October 2017
  • Monthly Meeting & Training

    Thursday, 26 October 2017 @ 19:00 - 21:00
    Portland Fire & Rescue Training Center, 4800 NE 122nd Avenue, Portland, OR

    This month's meeting will feature a panel of folks who went to Grant County to provide communications support during the solar eclipse.

    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.

Sunday, 29 October 2017
  • BEECN Drill

    Sunday, 29 October 2017 @ 09:00 - 11:00

    The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) is executing a drill involving their Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Nodes (BEECNs). Multnomah County ARES volunteers will be running a directed net from the PBEM ECC's radio room, and assisting with radio communications between Portland fire stations and BEECN sites.

Saturday, 11 November 2017
  • Drill: Delta and Alpha Teams

    Saturday, 11 November 2017 @ 10:00 - 12:00

    The Delta and Alpha teams will participate in a communications drill designed by the Delta team.

Thursday, 16 November 2017
  • Monthly Meeting & Training: Hands-On Build

    Thursday, 16 November 2017 @ 19:00 - 21:00
    Portland Fire & Rescue Training Center, 4800 NE 122nd Avenue, Portland, OR

    This month's meeting will be one week early due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We will have a demonstration of making a copper j-pole antenna. This will be followed up in January with a Saturday workshop, where participants will be charged a small fee for parts and will go home with an antenna

    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.

Sunday, 10 December 2017
  • Leadership Planning Workshop

    Sunday, 10 December 2017 @ 10:00 - 15:00

    The Multnomah County ARES Leadership Team will meet to evaluate progress made over the last year, review feedback from the membership, set new goals, update documents, and outline the training plan for the new year.