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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.

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.

Sunday 01 August 2010
SW Oregon Report
Now that the weather makes driving safer, I'm trying to get out to see what is going on.

I have pretty well covered the coast and will start working on the more inland areas. I did work with both the Southern Oregon ARC and Rogue Valley ARC to get their paper work in for affiliation, and it appears to have worked.

Florence. Central Oregon Coast ARC. Corporate name: Oregon Coast Emergency Repeater, Inc
club call sign W7FLO
The club has made a lot of progress since my last visit. They now have 70 members. There is increased emphasis on community service and recruiting young hams (which they consider 15 years old or younger). These two goals have worked together, as they have found community service the thing that has kept the interest of the young Hams. They currently have 5 active young hams. One has his general license who worked HF at Field Day. This has motivated the others to work on their general licenses as well.
They have made major upgrades to their voice and digital repeaters, extending both their range and reliability. (I can now check into their net from my home south of Bandon.)

Coos County. Coos County Radio Club
Club call sign K7CCH
The club is affiliated and is a Special Service Club. It meets monthly, has a weekly net, supports a number of community bike rides and foot races, maintains a repeater, has active Field Days, holds an annual Hamfest, and teaches licensing classes. (VE testing is done by the local repeater association.) It has a close working relationship with Coos County ARES/RACES and the repeater association.

Port Orford.
A new club has formed in Port Orford. Port Orford ARC
Club call sign K7POH
I have contacted them at least three times with offers to help. They have formed a W5IY VE team and have strong feelings about providing emergency communications to their community. They are making progress on putting up a repeater on a city site, with the support of the City Manager, who is an Amateur Radio Operator. There are a number of new technicians in the group, and there is intensive training to get them upgraded.

Gold Beach.
Web page is currently down due to server problems.
The Gold Beach "Hamsters" meet regularly, support an excellent local repeater, hold a weekly net, are always glad to see me and do NOT want to be organized into a club. The county has just hired a new Emergency Manager. He owns and operates the restaurant where the "Hamsters" meet, and they all like him.

Brookings. Pelican Bay ARC
The club maintains a repeater, has a weekly net and monthly meetings. It has an excellent monthly newsletter. The club supports community activities, such as the Azalea Festival Parade. The club has a close working relationship with Curry County ARES.

Western Country Cousins. This is a Nation Amateur Radio group, with geographical regions, aimed largely at RVers. The Western Cousins have membership in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. In addition to their daily net at 9:00 PM on 3970, they have an annual picnic, which serves as the official annual meeting with change of officers. This year, the picnic was in Harris Park in Brookings on Saturday, July 31st. I attended representing the Section. They seemed very pleased to have someone from ARRL. I alerted Pelican Bay ARC and several members also came out to welcome the Cousins. The welcome seemed appreciated and they said they will plan to have their picnic in Oregon again next year.

Dan, W7WVF
ASM Southwestern Oregon
Posted by Bonnie Altus on Sunday 01 August 2010 - 17:00:22 | 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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