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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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Wednesday 18 March 2009
Central Oregon Report
From Crook County:

Crook County added 15 new HAMs in February 2009. What began as a low key Technician License Class for a few Crook County Search and Rescue members quickly grew to a class of 18 students. (A 16th student passed his exam March 10th, and two others plan to retake the exam on March 14th). Many of the new HAMs purchased radios and are already "radioactive", including our youngest new HAM, TJ: TJ is 13 years old. Dave Freitag, W7KFO, Crook County EC, taught the class. VEs W7GLG, AB7Q, and K7SQ traveled to Crook County to help administer the exam. But wait, there's more! Ten folks have already signed up for the next class, scheduled for April 2009.

The Crook County Emergency Manager, Commander Brandon Smith, is one of our newly licensed HAMs (KF7APZ). His patrol vehicle has an FT-2800 installed and programmed with Central Oregon frequencies (in addition to the standard Law Enforcement radio).

In addition to the newly licensed HAMs, Jim, KB7SHT, upgraded his license to General class. Jim will soon be heard running HF PACTOR from the new Crook County Sheriff's EmComm Van.

Crook County ARES/RACES will participate with Crook County Emergency Management and Deschutes County ARES/RACES in the April 24th Cascadia Peril exercise. We anticipate that many of our new HAMs will join Crook County ARES/RACES.

From Jefferson County:

EC Kermit Kumble WT7K and Jefferson County Networks closely with Crook and Deschutes County and are currently get the ARES/RACES Communications equipment set uo at the Sheriff's Office.

Their ARES/RACES program continues to grow.

Jefferson County is participating in the Cascadia Peril with their support of Crook and Deschutes County.

From Deschutes County:

Drew Holmes EC: Packet communication is growing at a fast pace with three gateways at this time. Thanks to the efforts of Rich Lovin KQ7R and Jerry Kenyon KB7LNR Pactor use and training is following suit.

Deschutes County ARES is having two OPEN Houses a month (1000 to 1600) at their ODOT/ARES Communication Facilities in Bend. This time is for all ham's and interested people to come together for training on the equipment, discussions of activities and projects in the Tri County Area, upgrades and for the sharing of idea's.

HiDARG (High Desert Amatuer Radio Group work with the Area 7 Hospitals Emergency Radio Project is on track (Dave Stucky AB7Q). The HiDARG Repeater System Upgrade is being worked on. (Mike Smith AD7GC).

HiDARG is always looking for new and existing HAM's and promoting the hobby and the fellowship!

The LaPine Area ARES/RACES group continue to be a asset to Deschutes County with Repearter Access and communication support! They meet every Sunday for breakfast and keep their Radio Group informed and working together.

There will be TECH testing for 4-H youth shortly.

Deschutes County ARES/RACES will participate in the April 24 Cascadia Peril Exercise.

Drew Holmes - W7GER
Posted by Bonnie Altus on Wednesday 18 March 2009 - 11:39:31 | 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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