There will not be a general membership meeting this month, due to the holidays. Instead, the Leadership team will be meeting for a day-long planning session to work out our training and event schedule, and other business, for 2018. Have a great holiday month, and we’ll see you in January!

Membership News

by Deb KK7DEB on 2017-11-26

Join me in welcoming our newest members. Justin KI7QBU will join the Echo team, Jay KI7QOZ will join the Alpha team, and Peter K7LEE will join the Charlie team.

Thanks to everyone who filled out the annual ARES survey! Your feedback is important as we plan the training and exercises for the new year.

This year was a busy one with the new team drills and the Spring and Fall SETs. The ARES trailer was deployed with each of the teams for some great hands-on training. We hope everyone had a chance to participate in a few of these important training exercises.

The four new digital go-kits are completed and now each team has one. Training on their use will be a priority for the coming year. A special thanks to the kit building team: Brian, Matthew, John B, Kenny, Ralph, Joe, John U., Patti U., Eli, Adam, and Deb. They spent several weekends building these new additions. The project was larger than originally expected as the team also built four kits for Mercy Corps along with the ARES kits. Way to go everyone!

Marino KG7EMV has decided to step down as NET manager for our weekly net beginning January 1, 2018. He has done a fantastic job keeping the net controls reminded of their duties and keeping the logs up to date. Thank you Marino for your years of service!

Leadership is looking for a new NET manager. Is this something you are interested in? We would love to hear from you! Send an email to leadership [at] multnomahares [dot] org.

Multnomah County ARES has an open position for Net Manager. The Net Manager’s primary job is to make sure there is a net control operator scheduled each week for our Wednesday night net, and to bring to the net content which will be interesting and valuable for net attendees. The Net Manager is also responsible for keeping a log of net checkins and maintaining the net control script.

If you are interested in taking on these duties, or if you would like more information, please contact leadership [at] multnomahares [dot] org.

I am leading a set of workshops for members who would like to be certified in Winlink operations. I will provide an overview of the Winlink system and will go into detail on configuring Winlink Express, sending and receiving messages, and using templates. Plenty of time will be provided for hands-on practice, and operators who feel ready will have an opportunity to complete their check sheet and earn their Packet RMS Radio Operator (PRRO) certification.

There are two workshop dates currently planned, and more will be added if there is interest. Locations will vary, in an effort to make travel easier for folks in different parts of the county. Each workshop is scheduled to run for four hours, but we’ll probably finish earlier.

Upcoming Dates
December 2, 13:00 to 17:00, in St. Johns
January 13, 13:00 to 17:00, in Gresham

These workshops are open to all Multnomah County ARES members who have completed their ARRO certification, however space is limited. To sign up for either workshop, email me at KE7QPV [at] arrl [dot] net.

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