Swaptoberfest

Oregon's amateur radio and volunteer emergency responder fair

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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 […]

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 […]

This came across my desk this afternoon in an email, and caught my eye.  It’s a very interesting NVIS antenna (meaning nearly vertical radiation, giving close in communications on HF), with some significant advantages over the traditional dipole. The antenna itself is only 4 feet by 4 feet, and covers 3.5 mhz to 8 mhz.  […]

The Washington County ARES unit was featured in a recent article in the Portland Oregonion regarding classes being sponsored by OTVARC. This article is great exposure for amateur radio in general and for emergency services as well. http://www.oregonlive.com/beaverton/index.ssf/2013/07/free_radio_classes_will_help_y.html

For those of you who have an IC_746 Pro for use in emcomm operations, I’ve prepared a series of training videos that take you completely through the use of this equipment. The link below takes you to a playlist, which goes sequentially through each of the video segments.  Or you can select just the segment […]

Website is now fixed

July 2nd, 2013

Thank you for your patience. The problem with the website has been resolved, and it appears to be completely functional again.

Website Glitch

July 1st, 2013

Due to some software changes over the weekend, there are a couple of problems that have been occuring with this website. First, the photographs aren’t showing up. That will be fixed by tonight. Second, because of the broken links to the photographs, the system has been locking out users. That has been turned off, and […]