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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.

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Monday 20 September 2010
Jerry Eifert and amateur radio operators prepare county for emergency - News Review 9/20/2010
Jerry Eifert and amateur radio operators prepare county for emergency
September 20, 2010


Jerry Eifert and his band of amateur radio operators are good guys to have around in a sticky situation. When other communication systems fail, they're the only ones who can send out an SOS.

“These guys are nuts, and I say that affectionately,” Douglas County's emergency services director, Wayne Stinson, said. “They've taken an interest in public radio and have gone above and beyond.”

For the past 17 years, Eifert, 65, has overseen about 40 volunteers who are trained to broadcast reports in the event of emergencies such as floods, earthquakes, blizzards or windstorms.

“I love radio,” said Eifert, a retired Veterans Affairs hospital nurse. “I love the fact that I can serve my community.”

Amateur radio operators around the country have responded to local and regional disasters since the 1930s, including the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and Hurricane Katrina.

In 1997, a windstorm in northwest Oregon knocked out telephones and electricity for four days, Stinson said. The amateur radio operators provided officials with updates on conditions. That storm prompted the governor to give $250,000 worth of equipment to Oregon's amateur radio organizations.

Eifert has since lobbied for more funding, and the county now has emergency stations in Roseburg and Reedsport and a radio tower on Lane Mountain near Dixonville. If there were a disaster, amateur radio operators would be able to send messages to other parts of the state or country, Eifert said.

A Florida company owned The Lane Mountain tower and planned to tear down the structure. Stinson and Eifert, however, were able to get the company to donate it to the county.

The tower allows information to be relayed to and from Reedsport and Roseburg in an emergency. “It provides the link from Southern and southeast Oregon to Salem,” Eifert said.

In August, Eifert's labor of love earned him the 2010 Oregon Section ARES Volunteer of the Year award. The communication system he helped establish in Douglas County has made neighboring counties emergency communication systems more effective.

Stinson, who nominated Eifert for the award, said Eifert puts a lot of time and energy preparing for something that everyone hopes never happens. “What's crazy is this isn't even his profession,” he said, “I wanted to do something that acknowledged him better than just saying, ‘Thank you.' ”

Eifert said he spends the equivalent of a part-time job on his radio projects each week. “It's sometimes more than my wife would like, but I love it,” he said, laughing.
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Section Manager
Everett Curry, W6ABM
Hillsboro, Oregon

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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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