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SEA-PAC Friday seminar on EmCom/Prep

posted Feb 25, 2018, 7:45 PM by Charles Boling

If you've looked at this year's mailer for SEA-PAC, you surely noticed that one of the all-day Friday seminars is on the topic of Emergency Preparedness.  Since SEA-PAC is still over 3 months away, the exact content of presentations is far from fixed.

Here's your chance for input!  What things would you like to see covered under this umbrella topic?  This is not rhetorical -- we really want to know!  Is there something that you are particularly interested in?  A weak area where you'd like more information? Or is there something you'd like to see preached to others?  Lecture, workshop, forum, whatever the best medium might be, we're interested in hearing from you.

This will be the topic of tonight's round table, but you're invited to share your suggestions any time.  Email Charles (address on "About" page) or otherwise let us know.

'Twas the night before Christmas...

posted Dec 17, 2017, 9:57 PM by Charles Boling   [ updated Dec 17, 2017, 10:02 PM ]

If you really like twisted versions of this famous Christmas poem, the last reference (which includes a couple of the others) is part of a larger collection containing 849 versions of the poem.
Here's the main index of the Canonical List.

And here's the video version of the 1st one, posted by the ARRL.

2017 ERC/CARS Xmas Party

posted Nov 7, 2017, 12:23 PM by Charles Boling   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 12:24 PM ]

CARS Annual Meeting 


Portland ERC's Early Christmas Party/Potluck Dinner

Saturday November 18th, 6:00pm at the Milwaukie LDS Stake Center

8331 Cason Road, Gladstone OR 97027

Everyone is invited to the Cascade Amateur Radio Society's Annual Meeting 

Joint with the Portland Region ERC's Early Christmas Party/Potluck Dinner.

Bring the Whole Family !!!!! 

There will be Door Prizes

Each person please bring a Crazy (ed.: but tasteful) Gift for The White Elephant Gift Exchange.

Such Gifts don't have to be related to Ham Radio; but nice if they are.

CARS Elections- All of the CARS Officers for 2018 will be elected.

& hear the Portland Region ERC 2017 Update.

For the Potluck you can bring: 

  • A Crock Pot of Soup/Stew    &/or
  • A Salad of some kind             &/or
  • A Dessert

CARS will provide Soup Bowls, Plates, Cups, Utensils, Napkins, Rolls, Butter, & Ice Water.

This event is always a good time to 'Catch Up' with Old Friends and to make new ones.  Put faces to all of those Names & Call Signs you know from Over The Airwaves.

Anyone in the area of the 24 Stakes of The Portland ERC Region are Invited.

North, South, East, or West--- You are all invited.

You don't have to be a member of CARS to attend.

Who knows? Santa might even show up.

Please add this to your Calendar.

Hope to see you there!

Ken Tolliver, K7ICY

Portland Region ECS  & CARS Secretary

Fall ERC Test Canceled

posted Sep 26, 2017, 3:42 PM by Charles Boling

There will be no regional LDS ERC exercise in October. The next one will be in April.

630/2200m bands open!

posted Sep 24, 2017, 10:13 PM by Charles Boling   [ updated Sep 24, 2017, 10:13 PM ]

The new 137 kHz & 472 kHz bands are open in less than a month -- and since it requires a 30-day wait after registering to use them...


The article mentions that whether or not you plan to transmit on these bands in the near future, filling out the registration form (a link to the web form is in the article) will reserve your ability (and that of other local hams) to use them in the future, theoretically preventing the possibility of any goofy Power Line Communications stuff from cropping up in your neighborhood, and lets the FCC know that you care.

Ham Radio PR Posters

posted Sep 24, 2017, 9:57 PM by Charles Boling   [ updated Sep 24, 2017, 9:58 PM ]

The ARRL recently created a set of 6 tabloid-size posters using a "Ham Radio Is..." theme:
  • ...Adventure
  • ...Discovery
  • ...Friendship
  • ...Out of This World
  • ...Ready
  • ...The Game
Nice to have around during BSA merit badge workshops and other PR/recruiting opportunities.

Wahkiakum article on ham test

posted Jun 28, 2017, 11:37 PM by Charles Boling

It's always nice to see good press for amateur radio and local clubs:

Late/short Net tonight

posted May 21, 2017, 4:56 PM by Charles Boling

As should have been announced last week, tonight's net will be at 8:45 PM, check-in only, on the .260 repeater.

FRS/GMRS changes

posted May 8, 2017, 10:09 AM by Charles Boling   [ updated May 8, 2017, 10:10 AM ]

The FCC is finally addressing the embarrassment known as FRS/GMRS.  They acknowledge that "many" (uh, well over 95%?) of people who purchase the FRS/GMRS combo "walkie talkies" from consumer stores operate them illegally in GMRS mode (I used to be only one of two people in my ZIP code to actually have a GMRS license; now our numbers have doubled!), and that that horse is already out of the barn and miles down the road.  The FCC further states that it really hasn't caused any problems to licensed GMRS users -- at least not that have been reported.  (I doubt many people have bothered to report interference whose source is not consistent enough to track down.)

The FCC has issued a 114-page "Report and Order" revising many Part 95 (Personal Radio Service) sub-services. The most significant changes, however, pertain to FRS/GMRS.

3 months from whenever the changes are officially released, these changes (and others) will take effect:
  • FRS users may use all 22 FRS/GMRS channels at up to 2 Watts*
  • "Real" GMRS users can also use all 22 of the same channels (no more FRS-only freqs), as well as continuing to use the existing 8 repeater channels.*
  • No combo radios may be sold. Today's combo radios are more restrictive than tomorrow's FRS-only radios will be, with the exception that you might find a rare combo unit that can output 5 Watts.

* Actually, the 7 467 MHz interstitial channels that were previously FRS-only are still limited to 0.5 Watts

The only truly new capability this opens up is 4x the power for unlicensed operation.  The additional channels for FRS users will be nice to them, esp. in urban areas where the spectrum is more crowded, but in rural areas the power increase is definitely the important thing, both to increase range when talking to other FRS users, and to better balance the power when talking to a GMRS base station.*

* I do not believe that the rules have ever contained any prohibition of FRS/GMRS inter-service operation, though I could have missed something.  It does not make a lot of sense to me to prohibit such use on shared frequencies.

This makes FRS a slightly more attractive option for neighborhood EmComm.  With the addition of a licensed GMRS base station operated by the neighborhood communications coordinator, its utility is greatly increased; even with the rugged terrain around my house, I can talk to hand-held users a mile away reliably.

A copy of the FCC's R&O draft can be found at https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-344617A1.pdf

Five Dot Three net / VOA Radiogram Info

posted May 8, 2017, 9:14 AM by Charles Boling   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 10:44 AM ]

I originally added this info as comments to the original 5.3 Net post, but realized that comments don't show up in search results, so I'm including it as a separate page for future convenience.

The 5.3 voice net runs every Monday @ 1PM Pacific time on 60m Channel 1, 5.3305 MHz. The digital net (starting w/ MFSK32) is on channel #2 (5.3465 MHz) every Monday at 11:45 AM -- with early check-ins starting @ 11:15.

2nd & 4th Saturdays feature a voice net at 5PM, and on the 2nd Saturday it's followed by a digital net.

For the digital net, Fldigi w/ FLAMP is recommended.

The net is run by Christine Masters <af7ok22@gmail.com>

Another place to try out reception of text & pictures via FLdigi (receive only) is the VOA Radiogram, which is broadcast on Saturday and Sunday several times on different bands. For more info see http://voaradiogram.net/.
June 9, 2017: Saw announcement that VOA Radiogram is changing/moving. New site (not currently working) is http://www.swradiogram.net/.

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