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Welcome to the ARRL Oregon Section website
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.

If you have information that you want posted or updated on this page, please send to me at ab7zq@arrl.net. If you submit news to that link, please notify me that it is there so that I can go look for it. We receive a lot of spam messages at that link.

Wednesday 18 June 2008
ARES Garments provided for Members in SW Oregon
In response to comments from disaster exercise evaluators that Amateur Radio Operators should wear some type of identifying clothing, I sought a funding source for Coos County ARES/RACES. Tracy DePew, the Regional Preparedness Coordinator for the Oregon Hospital Preparedness Program Region 3 was supportive, but wanted to have uniform garments for a larger area than one county. In discussion, we discovered that his region and the adjacent region covered the same counties as my area as Assistant Section Manager. (Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, and Lane counties) He would support a grant for ARES/RACES groups and non-ARES hospital amateur radio operators. Working with the DEC's, ECs, and the head of the Peace Health Amateur Radio Operators, we reached consensus on numbers, sizes, and types of shirts and safety vests. Using this information, I got bids from vendors and submitted a grant. The money became available in May, 238 shirts and 83 vests were received the second week of June and are being distributed to the county and hospital units.

The shirt is forest green and the type II safety vest is lime green. Both say "AMATEUR RADIO COMMUNICATIONS" on the back. The vest has four pockets and a pouch for a hand held radio.

This means that throughout Southwestern Oregon, Amateur Radio Operators can be instantly identified, whether in their own county or responding on mutual aid to an adjacent county - whether responding to a served agency or in a field situation. In addition, a degree of safety and functionality are provided to those we sent into the field. This will increase our professional appearance. There has been a positive response from the radio operators.

Dan Bissell, W7WVF
Posted by Bonnie Altus on Wednesday 18 June 2008 - 17:30:10 | 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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