Swaptoberfest

Oregon's amateur radio and volunteer emergency responder fair

Swaptoberfest is over for this year, but watch this site for information on next year.

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Amateur radio has long done exercises twice a year in Oregon.  Called the Simulated Emergency Test (as sponsored by the ARRL), these are typically done in April and October, as has been the case here for a number of years. The fall exercise is coming up on November 2, and it’s going to be a […]

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  Well, after 8 months of planning and preparation, Swaptoberfest is over for 2013, and by all measures, and many comments, it was a resounding success! The place was PACKED early on.  Early indications are that attendance was up over past years, but not only were there more people in attendance, they stayed longer as […]

Online Registration is closed

October 22nd, 2013

The online registration system is now closed, since we’re getting so close to the day of Swaptoberfest. If you haven’t registered yet, you’ll need to do so at the door.   See you on Saturday!

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We’re pleased to announce that Mountain Wave, the well known Search and Rescue support group, will have one of their communications vehicles on display at Swaptoberfest.  This is an amazing piece of equipment, and nyone involved in Search and Rescue, or in the communications aspect of emergency response will definately want to take a tour. […]

Most people involved in Volunteer Emergency Response already know that Oregon is at risk for a major earthquake 150 miles off the coast – The Cascadia Subduction Zone Historically, over the last 10,000 years, geologists tell us that it’s shook on the average of every 300 years.  The last one was in January 26, 1700, […]

Swap Tables are SOLD OUT

October 3rd, 2013

All swap tables for this years Swaptoberfest are SOLD OUT.  We knew this would happen, and we encouraged everyone to get their reservation in early.  So if you missed out this year, we hope you’ll register as soon as registration opens next year.  They will likely sell out even earlier next year.  Watch this website […]

Upcoming Amateur Radio Classes

October 1st, 2013

For those who might be wanting to get their amateur radio license, there’s a class coming up this weekend that will do just that. The class is Friday night and all day Saturday, and includes all the materials you need.  Registration and test fee is $49.00 For more information,  see http://n7ds.net/hamclasses.html

Most of you reading this website work with volunteer organizations, so recruiting and retaining volunteers is both one of our most important jobs and most significant challenges. We’ve added a new section to the forum in which we’ll post resources and ideas on recruiting and managing this vital resource.  We’d also like to have you […]

If you’ve already sent in your registration for Swaptoberfest, you should receive your registration packet in the near future.  We’ve just received the last of the materials that were needed when sending packets out. If you HAVEN’T registered yet, there’s three ways to do so: If you are on our mailing list, you’ll be recieving […]

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Final arrangements have been made for OEM to be an exhibitor at the Oregon State Fair August 25th and 26th. The centerpiece will be our COOP Communications trailer, which will be in full operation for visitors to see.  Volunteers from both the OEM ARES unit and from other units around the state will be recruited […]