Swaptoberfest

Oregon's amateur radio Fall Swapmeet

Swaptoberfest is October 19, 2019 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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 […]

A great 6 minute segment from Destination DIY featuring Nathan Hersey, N7VCU, who is also the Emergency Coordinator for Multnomah County [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/97081627″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

An article about the important role amateur radio played in the Boston bombing crisis published recently in EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT magazine in the Crisis and Emergency Communications Strategies column. The article discusses the flexibility and professionalism the hams showed, and especially highlights the relative security with which our digital forms of communications provide compared to voice […]

The cover of the just-0ut QST features the new Ham Broadband technology, otherwise known as HSMM-Mesh.  If you’re not familialr with it, Ham Broadband is an interesting new capbility for providing broadband networking using ham frequencies. Entire networks are sprouting up in various parts of the country, over which hams are sending email, VOIP, motion video – anything […]

New Forum Added

June 17th, 2013

In order to provide a discussion place for those involved in volunteer emergency response and emergency communications, we’ve added a forum to this website.  You can access it by clicking on “FORUM” in the menu at the top. The forum has been set up with some initial categories for discussion, but we can modify these […]

Another interesting article from the N5FDL Blog.   Just as a side note, the ARRL has adopted a standard “uniform” look for ARES units, although it’s not at all well known – http://www.arrl.org/feb-2010-contact I hate to break the news, but hams, as a group, need to dress better if we’re going to be seen in public […]