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My goal is to make sure this website is always current during my term(s) as section manager. I want to have as many communication methods available as possible to hear what you in the Oregon section have to say. This is one of many ways for me to hear you. I welcome any suggestions for content. With the help of the section leadership, it will be added to continually. I look forward to working with you and am making plans to visit all the affiliated clubs in the state during my first year in office and hope to be able to participate in some of your activities. I have visited some ARES groups as well.

Also please keep in mind that this website is a work in progress and we will do our best to keep it updated with the information provided by our amateur radio community. Currently login access is limited primarily to the Oregon section cabinet. I am beginning to provide access to individuals designated by the DEC's for updating ARES-related information. As we make more features available you will be notified via the arrloregon Yahoo Group. Join the group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arrloregon/.

I also send regular informational emails to the yahoo group. Much of what I send will appear in the next SM report, but by being in the yahoo group, you get advance notice of the news. I also forward messages that come from the ARRL to section managers that may be of interest as well.

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Sunday 27 April 2008
Congratulations, Oregon Section!
SEC (Section Emergency Coordinator) Bill Morris and Kevin Hedgepeth (Exercise Director) have already congratulated you for the tremendous effort put forth in the April SET (Simulated Emergency Test). Now, I'd like to add some numbers and perspective to their congratulations.

23 Counties participated in the SET! That is, by far, the best participation rate we have ever had for an SET for the ten years I've been involved in Oregon Section ARES/RACES. It's dang close to the actual number of counties that have active ARES programs, and we even had a RACES county participate! Every District had participants, and Districts 4 and 5 had a 100% participation rate. One District that decided not to promote the SET had a 50% participation rate nonetheless!

Clearly, you and your folks are taking the impending roll-out of the OADN (Oregon ARES Digital Network) Winlink system seriously, and desire to be trained and ready to use it.

By my preliminary count, 93 DOE's (Declaration of Emergency) and SITREPS (Situation Reports) were sent by the participants, with the vast majority coming in on an ICS (Incident Command System) compliant, properly formatted, 100% accurate ICS-213, ready to be printed and delivered to the appropriate desk at OEM (Oregon Emergency Management). Actually, these messages were sent to four addressees as part of the exercise, meaning that 372 messages were delivered. Although this was a 6 hour exercise, most of these messages, about 85%, were delivered in the first three hours!

The SET provided for local elements to be designed and integrated into the scenario, and many of the participants did just that, enhancing the training by recognizing local conditions and needs, and practicing for them as well, with the submission of the ICS-214 simply as the culmination of the event. In the past, there have been criticisms that the SET was not "relevant" or not "fun". This event was designed to answer those criticisms. Whether the exercise was "relevant" or "fun" was now up to each participant. How many of you exercised this option?

I've got to acknowledge the great job that the OEM ARU (Amateur Radio Unit) did. We had no idea that the volume of traffic inbound would be so heavy because of the extraordinary participation rate. The OEM ARU handled 120 pieces of inbound traffic, and originated 87. These numbers are close to that of the December Flood, but the Flood traffic was handled over the course of several days, not hours. Vince, Dean, Marty, and Bud did Yeoman's work up there!

I know there was some frustration because acknowledgement of your traffic took too long in some cases, and the OEM ARU did not come up on voice nets as it had been implied that they would. You now know the reasons, and we ask your forbearance. We have already figured out a way to prevent the "log jam" in future SET's. Thanks to the Deschutes County ARES group at W7HWY that assumed the duties of Net Control on 3964 KHz.

As Bill and Kevin alluded to, the exercise produced dozens of problems, er, I mean opportunities, to address and correct through new or improved procedures and training in the near future. Expect a new section in the State "Plan" that will address these issues and publish an optimal set of guidelines to use for OADN Winlink, ICS-213's, and use of the Telpac/RMS packet network.

Once again, thank you and congratulations on a superb effort!

Best Regards,

Bruce, K7BHB
Posted by Bonnie Altus on Sunday 27 April 2008 - 14:33:10 | Comments are turned off for this item | email to someone printer friendly
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Oregon Cabinet
Section Manager
Everett Curry, W6ABM
Hillsboro, Oregon

Assistant Section Managers

Southwestern Oregon
Dan Bissell, W7WVF
Bandon, Oregon

Youth and Mentoring
Russ Mickiewicz, N7QR
Portland, Oregon

Pat Roberson, W7PAT
Aloha, Oregon

Affiliated Club Coordinator
Dan Bathurst, WA7ABU
Salem, Oregon

Official Observer Coordinator
Everett W Curry Jr, W6ABM
Hillsboro, Oregon

Section Emergency Coordinator
Vince VanDerHyde, K7VV
Salem, Oregon

State Government Liaison
Kevin E Curry, KA7KYQ
Tigard, Oregon

Section Traffic Manager
D Scott Gray, W7IZ
Clatskanie, Oregon

Technical Coordinator
Ron Fial, KO7V
Oak Grove, Oregon
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