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.

Saturday, 24 February 2018
  • Hardware Workshop

    Saturday, 24 February 2018 @ 12:00 - 16:00
    Northeast Portland

    This will be a show & tell type session with plenty of hardware to touch and talk about! There will be a presentation about many of the different types of hardware used in ham radio stations, what they do, and when you need or don’t need them. Some of the items will include antenna tuners, TNCs, antenna switches, SWR meters, amplifiers, keyers, antenna analyzers, and many more.

    After the presentation, there will be a Question & Answer session, then some additional time to actually see various pieces of equipment.

    Attendance will be limited to 20 attendees with priority given to active MCARES members although all
    hams or interested parties are invited if space permits. Contact training [at] multnomahares [dot] org to sign up and receive location details.

    This session will be repeated on June 2.

Thursday, 08 March 2018
  • Leadership Team Meeting

    Thursday, 08 March 2018 @ 18:30 - 20:30

    The Multnomah County ARES Leadership Team meets monthly to discuss membership and recruitment, drills/exercises, outreach opportunities, training, and other topics critical to the success of our organization.

Saturday, 10 March 2018
  • Charlie/Mike Team Drill

    Saturday, 10 March 2018 @ 09:00 - 12:00

    The Charlie and Mike teams will participate in a communications drill designed by the Charlie team.

Thursday, 22 March 2018
  • Monthly Meeting & Training - Antennas

    Thursday, 22 March 2018 @ 19:00 - 21:00
    Portland Fire & Rescue Training Center, 4800 NE 122nd Avenue, Portland, OR

    There will be a Q&A session and informal gathering for new members from 18:15 to 19:00. We will meet in the main room at 19:00 for leadership updates and general business, and then break into two groups for introductory and advanced discussions about antennas.

    John KI7LYP will lead the intro session in the main room. Material will include the basic types of antennas, directional properties, polarization, and gain/losses.

    Nate NA7EE will lead the advanced session in the Annex, covering antennas, transmission lines, baluns, matching systems (tuners), and impedance. Material will include function, characteristics, and losses.

    You are free to choose either session, based on your level of experience. Both sessions will conclude around 21:00.

Saturday, 07 April 2018
  • Walk MS Portland 2018

    Saturday, 07 April 2018
    Downtown Portland

    Multnomah County ARES has provided radio communications and course safety monitoring for the Walk MS Portland event in the past and looks forward to providing our services to the event organizers again in 2018.

    More details about the event, and how you can help, will be made available closer to the event date.

Thursday, 12 April 2018
  • Leadership Team Meeting

    Thursday, 12 April 2018 @ 18:30 - 20:30

    The Multnomah County ARES Leadership Team meets monthly to discuss membership and recruitment, drills/exercises, outreach opportunities, training, and other topics critical to the success of our organization.

Saturday, 14 April 2018
  • Spring SET

    Saturday, 14 April 2018 @ 09:00 - 13:00

    Multnomah County ARES will participate in a statewide Simulated Emergency Test. General information about the SET can be found on the Oregon ARES/RACES website. A drill guide for Multnomah County ARES members will be available closer to the exercise date.