In my ham radio volunteer activities, I have always done what I can to help those in charge of the activities. If I saw a hole I could fill, I tried to fill it. As a District 1 Net Control Station (NCS), I did what I could to help the Net Manager. As District 1 Net Manager, I did what I could to help the District Emergency Coordinator (DEC). As an Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) member and Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC), I did what I could to help the Emergency Coordinator (EC). I encourage you to do the same.
Remember if each of us does a little bit, together we can accomplish a lot in the Oregon Section.
I am doing my best to respond in some manner to every email or contact I receive. I may have missed one or two and if so, I'm sorry. Everyone should feel free to contact me about concerns and things you would like to see happen in the section. I am an elected leader and I need to hear from you.
Phil Hawkins KC7KI is the Assistant Section Manager (ASM) for Northeastern Oregon, covering the area over to North Central Oregon and south through the central portion of Eastern Oregon. He is making contacts with clubs in those areas to learn more about their activities. If he has not found out about your club, don't hesitate to get in contact with him.
Ed Ewell K7DXV is the Assistant Section Manager (ASM) for Southeastern Oregon and is providing section leaders with contacts and information about that area, primarily the Klamath Falls area since it is the most active. Ed is active and experienced in a wide variety of amateur radio activities. He owns a number of repeaters, is experienced in emergency communications and military communications and is active on all bands and modes except packet.
If anyone wants to hear from a section leader in that part of the state, please contact him.
My plans to begin visiting all the affiliated clubs has been delayed a little bit because my father-in-law had a stroke the day after Labor Day while we were at work and passed away last night. Within a week or two I will be back on track and start that process.
I have some updates to the appointee list for the Oregon Section website that I hope to have completed before the end of the day today. The website is at http://arrloregon.org/news.php. Please take a look at it and give me any suggestions. This is a start only. There is a lot of work to be done on it.
One of the next things I am going to start adding soon is a list of anyone in Oregon who has completed the ARRL Emergency Communications courses. I will begin with level 3 and work my down the list.
Everett Curry W6ABM notified me of a media report of the activities at Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. Visit http://www.newportnewstimes.com/articles/2006/08/18/community/community05.txt to read about it.
There were two new Emergency Coordinator (EC) appointments since the last report. Jerry Eifert, KB7WDR has been appointed Douglas County EC. Steve Long K7SLL replaces me as Yamhill County EC.
Marsh Johnson KK7CW has started up a website for Wasco County ARES (WARS) at http://www.geocities.com/wascoamateurradioservices/. Please check out the site.
One ARES group reported on their activities for the month of August. Frank KD7NNQ, AEC for Clatsop County reported that they participated in the Clatsop County Fair and the Hood to Coast relay race. I think it would be great if we hear from every county every month as well as clubs reporting their activities. There is a lot of activity going on in this state and we need to make that known.
If anyone is offering the ARRL Emergency Communications course in a classroom format, please let me or Dean Davis KL7OR (ASM for Training and Communications) know so we can post it on the section website. Some people prefer to learn in a classroom rather than online. Dean posted a new notice on the website announcing ham radio licensing and upgrade classes that the Hoodview Amateur Radio Club is offering. If there are events that you would like additional communications assistance for, we can post those as well.
Congratulations to the new ARRL Emergency Communication course certificants. Kenneth Taylor, W6NIB of Medford completed the ARRL Emergency Communications course Level 2 during August. Marsh Johnson, KK7CW, Wasco County EC, completed Level 1 in September. Joe Johnston N7HAE in Clatsop County completed Level 1 and Steve Crouch NO7V of Salem completed Level 2 in June.
I have received information about a couple more activities for emergency preparedness month. Zale KC7FYD of Polk County ARES informed me that Goldie Burton (Mrs. Oregon 2006) organized an emergency prepared fair in the Roth's IGA parking lot in Independence on September 9th. The Polk County Incident Command trailer was there and Zale set up some stations around the parking lot for demonstration.
Sharon Kennedy AC7UK, City of Hillsboro Emergency Manager, has been sending daily Emergency Preparedness tips to Washington County ARES this month.
Three active official observers (OO) reported a total of 178 observation hours during August. OO's, please report your observation hours, bands and issues noted to Mike Califf AC7OC each month so we have a record of activities and are aware of issues than need attention around the state. The ARRL wants these reports as well and Mike forwards all he receives to both me and the ARRL.
Bonnie Altus AB7ZQ
Oregon Section Manager