SB 2

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. These “talking points” may be useful in your correspondence with your representatives:
    1. Amateur Radio Operators are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission. There are 18,000 FCC licensed Amateurs in Oregon.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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”
    5. 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

ACES Basic Course (Gleneden Beach)

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

Event Date:
Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 08:00Sunday, March 20, 2016 – 18:00



Gleneden Beach, OR

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146.780 Repeater is down

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.

Officers for 2016 Elected

Officers for 2016 were elected at the Annual Meeting December 8:

President: Mike Eastman N7ONP
Vice President: Bill Brown Jr. KF7SIE
Secretary: Ginnie Goblirsch W7OTR
Treasurer: Bill Brown Sr. KE7VUW

The Board of Directors consists of these officers, plus:

Immediate Past President: Joe Joncas WA7MHB
Club License Trustee: Mike Eastman

ARES Update

The following is an update on Oregon Section Emergency Management and the Oregon Emergency Management Amateur Radio Unit released today by Oregon Section Manager Everett Curry W6ABM: