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.
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 from 7PM to 9PM at Sellwood Park in Portland. We have reserved Picnic Area I, which is at the north end of the park, near the parking lot, and we’ll be starting to set things up around 6PM. There will be room around the picnic area to show off your go-kits (bring a camp-style table if you’d like; just don’t plan to stake anything into the ground).
Thanks to individual donations we collected at the last meeting, Multnomah County ARES will be providing burgers, hot dogs, sodas, plates, and utensils for the picnic. Members are encouraged to bring their go-kit, a side dish to share, their family, and anyone they may know who is interested in Amateur Radio.