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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.

Tuesday 20 January 2009
Mobile Communications Bill contact information
Below is an excerpt from the 2007 Mobile Communications Suggestions sent out that apply for this year's bills also.

Amateur radio operators should send an email or letter to the committee members educating them on the important role Hams play in emergencies etc., explain why operating an amateur radio is different than a cell phone, and suggest that the legislation be amended to exempt amateur radio operators licensed by the Federal Communications Commission.

Letters are more effective, so take the time to write and mail one. Send it to the committee chair with a cc to each committee member. (Addresses below). Also cc your own State Senator and State Representative (see below for a link to how to find your Senator and Representative).

Our correspondence with legislators needs to be laser focused on specific issues. We don’t need to try and argue for or against the legislation’s impact on cell phone usage, for example. Leave that fight to someone else. Our goal is specifically to get amateur radio exempted from this piece of legislation and our energies should be focused there.

Make your letters brief, concise and polite. Remember, you know far more than they do about amateur radio so take the opportunity to educate them in a kind manner about our hobby and why it should not be lumped in with using a cell phone while driving.

Specific points in your letter should include:

Info on the legislation specifically:

  • Operating an amateur radio transceiver is different than a cell phone, for one it doesn’t require holding a device to your ear;

  • The definition of “mobile communication device” is too broad. The goal is to limit cell phone usage, but many other uses get lumped in with this broad definition. The bill should be amended to exempt amateur radio operators;

  • Other states, including New York and Connecticut, have exempted amateur radio operators from similar laws.

  • Ask them to support amending the bill to not apply to amateur radio operators licensed by the Federal Communications Commission.

Info on amateur radio generally:

  • Amateur radio operators are licensed by the Federal Communication Commission;

  • A written test on amateur radio regulations and technology is required to receive your license;

  • Amateur radio operators play an important role in communication during emergencies, natural disasters, and large public events like parades and sporting events (e.g. Cycle Oregon);

  • Oregon DMV issues special “call sign” license plates to amateur radio licensees.

Find your Legislator: http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/

Contact your Legislator: http://www.leg.state.or.us/writelegsltr/

ARRL-Oregon Section leadership will be working to amend the legislation by adding the following exemption for amateur radio operators:

“Nothing in this act shall be construed to apply to voice or data transmissions by an Amateur Radio operator possessing a valid amateur service license issued by the Federal Communications Commission.”
Posted by Bonnie Altus on Tuesday 20 January 2009 - 09:45:28 | 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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