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 have designated frequencies in General portion the 80, 40, and 20 meter bands, and in the Technician portion of the 10 meter band, which we will plan to operate “at or near.”
For members of Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club (or local hams who wish to partici;ate with us), sign up for your preferred bands and times at SignUp.com.
For more information on the Special Event, click on the Eclipse menu above.
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.
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.
Update: Ice took out the antenna. Plan is to install a temporary in the near future, with a permanent fix when the weather improves.
The 146.78 repeater on Marys Peak went down sometime before Christmas Day. The cause will not be known until the responsible personnel are able to get to the site. The repeater is owned by Benton County ARES, and provides coverage over most of the Willamette Valley and much of the central coast. The nightly WOVEN net (7:30 pm each evening) will continue when possible on the 146.72 machine on Prairie Peak, but will be sporadic, as it is not reachable by several of the net controls.