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Section Leadership Biographies
In an attempt to introduce you to your section leadership, I am collecting short biographies. As I receive them, they will be posted.

Section Manager, Bonnie M. Altus, AB7ZQ

I knew no amateur radio operators when I decided to get my license in 1997. I came across a listing in the PCC community education catalog for a licensing class and since I worked for hospitals and was responsible for telecommunications, I thought it sounded like a valuable skill set for disaster planning.

After getting my license, I wrote a detailed emergency communications plan for the hospital where I worked that incorporated amateur radio as an appendix to the hospital disaster plan.

Although it took me four months to get the courage to press the PTT button, I don't have that fear anymore. The first time I checked into a net, I had my callsign written down phonetically so I wouldn't forget how to say it. I joined the McMinnville Amateur Radio Club and the Yamhill County ARES group. The first time I spoke on a repeater was to help MARC with communications for a road rally event in the hills. I had never seen a magmount antenna so now silent key, David KB7PPP took me under his wing and showed me how to hook one up. He also made sure I understood what my responsibilities were in handling communications at my assigned checkpoint.

About a year later I upgraded to Tech Plus, General, Advanced and then Extra over a seven month time period. Since that time I have served as president of the McMinnville Amateur Radio Club and AEC for YCARES, being appointed EC just six months before I became SM.

Along with VHF and HF capabilities, I am particularly interested in digital modes and would like to do more with that when time permits.

Assistant Section Manager for Southwestern Oregon, Dan Bissell, W7WVF

I was introduced to Amateur Radio when, as a State employee, I was administratively responsible for maintaining a series of Amateur Radio Stations throughout the State of California with 2M, and HF voice, pactor, and packet capability, including a “bread truck” size van. I was interested in what they were doing, and it bugged me that I could not participate, so I became licensed as a Technician, N6WVF, in 1989 and became a member of the California Amateur Radio Emergency Services. We were immediately involved in the Loma Prieta Earthquake. When I left State service in 1992 I joined Solano County ARES/RACES. In that group I was involved in evidence searches, a search for a kidnapped child, searches for Alzheimer’s “walk – aways”, and various support activities of the Fire Protection District. During this time I went to work for Bayer Corporation in Berkeley California and established an Amateur Radio station and a working relationship with Alameda County ARES/RACES.

I upgraded to Advanced Class in 1990 and Extra Class in 1991.

I have been a member of ARRL since first licensed, a VE since 1991, and an Amateur Radio Instructor since 1993. I went “through the chairs” of officers of Vaca Valley Radio Club, including president, and was Club Newsletter Editor for several years.

I moved to Coos County permanently in 2002, after having had a second home here since 1990. I was active in the club and ARES/RACES from 1990 -1994, but was then gone too much to participate until 2002. I obtained the vanity call, W7WVF in 2002. I am an active member of the Coos County Radio Club and was Vice President in 2005. I was an AEC/Operations Officer of Coos County ARES/RACES until 2005 when I became EC.

I have completed Level 1 – 3 Amateur Radio Emergency Communication Courses, IS- 195, 240, 242, 700, and 800. I am a member of the Coos County CERT Team. Besides the usual VHF/UHF activity at home and mobile, I am on HF a lot with friends, on nets, and Dxing.

Affiliated Club Coordinator, Willard A Sheffield, N7THL

I passed my Technician class no code license in 1991 at a field day site in Banks, Or. In 2005, I decided to try to upgrade and took the General written on Oct 1st and than I took the Extra Class on Nov 5th. I was still struggling with the Morse code. With two days to go on the CSCE for the General, I took my code test and passed it. The paper work was mailed in the next day (Saturday Sep 30th). On Oct 2nd, the FCC updated their data base and QRZ updated theirs on Oct 3rd. On Friday of that same week I received my new upgraded license form. What a relief it was to pass the code test. I am now checking into the OEN, Beaver State Net and Oregon ARES Traffic Net. I have also checked into the NorthWest Country Cousins net. I am starting to have some fun with Amateur radio.

Section Traffic Manager, D Scott Gray, W7IZ

I was a SWL (Short-Wave Listener) from about age 12, finally getting my Novice license at age 16 in 1963. My Elmer was W7IF who lived up the street. Back then a Novice license was only good for a year, and I managed to pass the Conditional license in about 6 months. My interests have mostly been traffic nets and dx, and meeting interesting hams throughout the years. We are lucky to have a hobby that puts us in close contact with people from all walks of life. My other interests are Masonic Lodge and gardening.

Assistant Section Manager, Eastern Oregon and North Central Oregon, Phil Hawkins, KC7KI

At the age of 11 I had begun to build interest in amateur radio. I had observed a few cars in town with funny looking antennas and strange license plates and noticed these cars parked in the driveways of homes with strange antennas nearby. As time went by I found myself listening on a short wave radio that belonged to my dad; an old TransOcianic portable radio with many miles on it. It didn’t take me long to find the amateur bands on it and locate some of the local hams I had seen around town in their cars. One of these hams lived next door to a friend of mine and I began visits with him talking about how to get into ham radio. I studied a license manual and tried to build a few projects but never completed any of them.

Eventually as I entered high school, I found myself picking classes for the school year and found I could get into a basic electronics class. I thought this was my chance to learn more about getting some of my unfinished projects done and move forward into getting licensed.

10 years later, ……married with a family and working full time, I saw an ad in the local paper about a ham radio class open to the public. I asked myself if I could do it! Well….I took the classes, I studied hard and learned the code, I finally found myself at the Federal Office Bldg in Portland, Oregon taking a code test. I passed! Then on to the written test….I passed this one also! Now the long wait to see what kind of call sign I would get. It seemed like it took forever…seven weeks was a fast turn around but finally I received the call of KA7CVU. That was the beginning.

After upgrading to General and then a month later to advanced I found my self involved in the Chehalis Valley Amateur Radio Club. I help to teach others how to get their license and how to build and put up antennas. This was fun but now I still wanted more. I chased DX for many months and years and then I found myself on the air at the time Mt. St. Helen erupted. I soon found myself handling messages by radio where public services could not go. This was pretty cool stuff! Then during some of the major hurricanes and earthquakes I began forwarding messages from local families and friends to people in the effected areas. It felt good to use the skills I had acquired over the years.

It wasn’t long after this I got involved in ARES and became an EC and worked with the local community building up confidence between amateur radio and local government. I wanted more! I soon tried my hand at DEC in SW Washington until 5 years later I found myself relocating to Eastern Oregon. I still find myself involved with traffic nets in Washington and Oregon and now as an ASM I am involved in trying to help others move forward in amateur radio.

February 2016
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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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