CELEBRATE ARRG's 40th all year!

ARRG

Amateur Radio Relay Group 

CELEBRATE ARRG's 40th all year!

2017 is ARRG's 40th anniversary

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Dale Justice, K7WW, our founder, and many other early supporters, in 1977 the Amateur Radio Relay Group was formed. Our purpose is simple, to provide professional sounding repeaters for the benefit of the entire Amateur Radio Community. Starting with one single repeater, today's K7RPT Repeater System has grown to 17 repeaters, including two C4FM Digital Repeaters. Please help us celebrate ARRG's 40 years of Public Service by joining us later this summer at a special day long meet and greet - all you can eat BBQ camp out. We'll have more on this as we firm up a day and place.  If you want to help plan and/or set up the event, please holler as we could use you and your expertise.

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ARRG is Public Service through Technology

As an Oregon Non Profit 501C (3) public service organization, the Amateur Radio Relay Group (ARRG) builds and maintains the 17 wide area VHF/UHF repeater systems that make up the K7RPT System.

ARRG offers all types of Public Service support by providing quality communications facilities to State and Local Emergency Preparedness Teams such as ARES, CERT and several Search & Rescue Groups, all at no charge to that agency or group. When our repeaters are not being used for emergency training or daily Nets, they are open to any licensed Ham in our Community.

In an effort to support our community during times of emergency, we have the equipment and trained people who can set up a mobile Net Control/Dispatch Center within a just a few hours time. Annually, we also provide ARRG Volunteers and radio gear to many special events like the annual Hood to Coast race, Reach the Beach race, Cycle for Life Ride, Race for the Cure, Portland Marathon and even more!
     
ARRG News and Events

Please join us for the next upcoming ARRG  Breakfast Get together  Saturday, February 18th at 9:30 am
The monthly ARRG breakfast meetings are held on the third Saturday of the month. The breakfast start at 0930 and go through to about 1030 hrs. ARRG meets in one of the private private conference rooms in Elmer's. Family members and friends that are interested in ham Radio are always welcome. Elmer's is a little more pricey than normal breakfast places, so come prepared to spend above $10 for a complete breakfast.

Salem Hamfest
February 18th, 2017 0900-1500 Salem HamFest at Rickreall

Welcome ARRG Technical Team Members
January 23, 2017 - the ARRG Board wishes to welcome two new additions to the ARRG Technical Team, they are Steve Lindberg and Martin Anderson.

Huge Christmas Present to ARRG
December 29th, 2016 - ARRG received over $15k of repeater gear that will help towards upgrading the aging K7RPT Repeater System - more below..

Looking for Volunteer's for the Cycle for Life Ride July, 15th, 2017
The ARRG Safety Radio Team has once again been asked to provide Dispatch, SAG and Rest Stop Communications for the 2017 Annual Cycle for Life Ride. The event will be Saturday, July 15th, 2017 and will be held once again at the Oak Knoll Winery located in Aloha, Oregon. Members who would like to join the ARRG Radio Safety Team, which takes care of these types of annual events; should contact ARRG at k7rpt@arrg.org for more information.
On December 29th, 2016, ARRG received an awesome 596 lb. Christmas Present!
On the Fifth Day of Christmas, our Awesome Benefactor at IT TECH DIRECT, Annapolis, MD. gave to us...
Five Quantar Stations   Four Sided Crate  3 Moto Duplexers  2 Service Manuals  and a Partridge in a Pear Tree!

Marc Peterson, W7PM, Warren Winner, W7JDT and Mark Pierce, KC7NYR opening the present.

Marc Peterson, W7PM and Warren Winner, W7JDT further tearing down the crate.

Two cabinets full of gear. Left Cabinet shows two Quantar Repeaters, right has three.
A huge “thank you” goes out to IT Tech Direct from Annapolis, MD for this wonderful donation of repeater equipment. This new gear will allow us to further upgrade and modernize the aging K7RPT Repeater system. This boon will be of great benefit to our Users and to the many ARES, CERT and SAR teams that rely on the K7RPT Repeater System.

K7RPT Repeater Updates

Through our wonderful partnership with the Hood to Coast Radio team, the 146.720 - 114.8Hz, located up on Wickiup Mountain, is now part of the K7RPT Repeater System.

The repeater covers the Coast Range and is located on a a ridge just East of Astoria, Oregon.

The repeater is now linked fulltime with South Saddle 147.320 system and carries the nightly ARES D1 Net all the way to the beach.

 

New W7PM and K7ZS System Fusion Repeater on Bald Peak

Bald Peak, Hillsboro  442.250 + 100.Hz System Fusion FM & Digital

Timberline System has expanded via two new linked Central Oregon Repeater

Eagle Butte 442.225 + 114.8  located at Warm Springs and covers Hood to Bend. The site is at 3800' and linked f/t into Timberline 147.120.

Cinder Butte - Redmond 147.040 + 114.8 -This repeater replaced the old Awbrey Butte repeater. During the summer of 2017, the plan is to  move the 147.040 from Cinder Butte in Redmond, all the way up to the 5800' level at a new building located on Grizzly Ridge.

We'll help you with your

Amateur Radio Estate and Electronics Gear cleanup!

 

We believe in helping families of Ham's who need help dismantling old ham shacks, taking down antennas and towers. Our team can usually do this without added cost to the estate. Please write us and let us know what your particular situation is. We'll be happy to send one of our technical team out to meet and discuss your needs and help you make a plan.

Our cleanup removal cost is offset by any and all equipment donations to ARRG. 100% of all equipment donated to ARRG, Inc. and is usually fully tax deductible. ARRG is an official Oregon Charity and operates under the IRS 501c(3) charter. Our team of experts will help you clean up a Shack and properly sell or donate your loved ones Ham and electronic gear to our fully tax deductible Amateur Radio Public Service team. Contact Marc Peterson, W7PM at w7pm@live.com for more information.

2017 K7RPT Fundraising Help

 

We are looking for good used gear, Motorola repeaters and mobiles to use as linking radios, test equipment, wattmeter's, hardline, walkies, mobiles, bases, commercial and ham antennas and towers and even just tower sections, rotors, you name it, we can come pick it up, provide you an itemized tax deductible receipt and after some bench work and refurbishing - hopefully sell it to another Ham through one of our semi annual ARRG Swap tables at Rickreall and SeaPac.

 

Did you know that ARRG often donates some of the gear we take in to Disabled and New Hams that are low income or have other needs..

 

We are doing this all in an effort to replenish our depleted Emergency Repeater and Antenna fund. Unfortunately, over the past 2 years of several record breaking storms, several of our repeater sites and their antenna systems where damaged beyond repair. These damaged sites included the 147.040 at South Saddle, the 147.040 and 442.225 located at Sylvan (KOIN) and lastly the 145.260 on Mt. Fanny.

  

 We don’t like to ask for extra financial or gear donations, because each of you already support the K7RPT system with your annual dues and in your help maintaining the system, but Nature dealt us a couple heavy blows last year.

 

If you could help out throughout the year, above and beyond your annual dues, ARRG would really appreciate it. All donations go right back into the repeater fund and we don’t use it for anything else.

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Long Distant Communications
Long distance walkie QSO from Mary's Peak to the Mt. Hood Timberline repeater on 147.120.
Check out Roland, KG7FOP who was working Josh Richesin, K7JLR, via a 5 watt radio.
Mary's Peak is about 100 miles from the Timberline repeater.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=NIEu4gh4yW0
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