The Club recently bought a new Yaesu System Fusion repeater for the 147.300 on Otter Crest. A small group made the initial installation, and it is up and running now. Set tone Squelch to 156.7, and try it out!
We’re making plans for our Special Event, the Oregon Coast Total Eclipse, call sign N7E, August 20-22, 2017. Because we anticipate unprecedented crowds and traffic, we will not plan to travel to a central location, but will operate from “distributed” locations, at home, or locations within walking distance. We expect to choose “at or near” frequencies in General portion the 80, 40, and 20 meter bands shortly.
Our usual location is not available this month, so come see us at First Presbyterian Church, 227 NE 12th St., in Newport. Saturday April 8, 2017, 9am as usual.
Legislation that may affect Amateur Radio is under discussion in the 2017 Oregon Legislature. News and resources to assist Oregon Section amateurs will be posted here from time to time as warranted. Here are some resources:
- This document from ARRL provides useful information but note that we don’t wish to change definitions within the bill, only retain the current exemption for FCC licensed Amateurs. Here is a link: Mobile Radio Policy
- Here is the current exemption and the best language for us to get back into the bill: (h) Holds a valid amateur radio operator license issued or any other license issued by the Federal Communications Commission and is operating an amateur radio.
- These “talking points” may be useful in your correspondence with your representatives:
- Amateur Radio Operators are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission. There are 18,000 FCC licensed Amateurs in Oregon.
- Amateurs play an important role in providing communications during emergencies, disasters, search and rescue operations and large public events such as the annual Hood to Coast Run and Cycle Oregon, The events depend on mobile radio ham capabilities. Many governmental and non-governmental organization also depend on mobile radio ham communications.
- The use of a ham radio during while driving is very different than using a hand-held cell phone; most of the time it is just listening to the radio. Microphone use is typically very brief.
- In a letter dated August, 2009, the National Traffic Safety Council commented:
” We are not aware of evidence that using amateur radios while driving has significant crash risks. We also have no evidence that using two-way radios while driving poses significant crash risks. Until such time as compelling, peer-reviewed scientific research is presented that denotes significant risks associated with the use of amateur radios, two-way radios or other communication devices, the NSC does not support legislative bans or prohibition on their use”
- In contacts with your Senators and Representatives, always be polite and thoughtful.
Thanks you for your support of Amateur Radio.
John Core KX7YT, Oregon Section Manager
Feb. 10th, 2017
The location for our license testing session will be at First Presbyterian Church in Newport. This change is only for January and February 2017. The church is located at 227 NE 12th Street, behind Oscar’s. 9am, as usual.
Join us at Izzy’s Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00 pm for no-host dinner and our Annual Meeting. The order of business will be election of officers.
ACES Basic (Gleneden Beach, Oregon)
Lincoln County Auxiliary Communications Service is sponsoring a Basic class in Lincoln County. The course is open to any interested ham radio operator. This course will be at the Gleneden Beach Fire Station, 6445 Gleneden Beach Loop, Gleneden Beach Oregon in the Training room at the back of the building. This course is ideal for new licensees who are interested in emergency communications. The course is a mixture of classroom delivery and hands on practice with radio programming, message handling, and required ICS forms. Students must bring a handheld VHF radio, manual for the radio, and charger. A headset or earphone is encouraged for ease of message passing. Successful completion of a multiple choice test as well as demonstration of the learned skills is required to pass the class. ICS-100, ICS-200 and ICS-700 are required prior to receiving a certificate, though you may take the course without completing the ICS courses. Pre-registration is required. The cost for the course is $25 and includes the student workbook and all needed materials. The course will run from 0800 to 1800 both Saturday and Sunday with a small homework assignment on Saturday night. Drinks and Snacks will be provided. If you have any questions or special needs, please contact Daron N7HQR email@example.com
Gleneden Beach, OR
A donated Yaesu VX-7R HT will be up for silent auction at the March and April Club meetings. The VX -7R operates on 50/144/430 MHz. Accessories include two batteries, the wall wart charger, and another antenna. Bidding starts at $100
Due to a scheduling conflict, the VE exam session on Saturday, February 13 will be held at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive St., in Newport, at 9am. The exam sessions will return to the usual location at Central Lincoln PUD in March.
The 146.780 machine is back on service wit a temporary antenna. Thanks to Benton County ARES for this resource.