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Portland Amateur Radio Club - PARC
Serving the amateur radio community and the City of 
Portland, Oregon, since 1941
Club Call: W7LT
Check out the weekly net, Monday nights at 7:00pm on 146.84

The next meeting will be on July 9th, 2018.

The meeting has been moved to a new location and date - come join us on the second Monday of every month at 4415 NE 87th Ave, just behind the fire station at 87th and Sandy. Meeting starts at 7:00pm.

Field Day is June 23rd and 24th! Come visit us at Kelly Butte in SE Portland. Kelly Butte is accessed from SE Division, take 103rd south until you get to the top of the hill. The road is usually gated but will be open while we are there. Work parties launching lines on Friday, and antenna raising early Saturday - contact W7PR at Juno.com for details. Operations start at 11am or when the antennas are finally up, and continue until 11am Sunday. We run in the 4A class, 4 transmitters with all radios running on battery and set to 5W. Lots of opportunities to get on the air for voice, CW, or digital - great for new hams and those who don't get to play on HF often. Pot luck dinner will be at 5pm Saturday night, bring your favorite dish. 

Map to Kelly Butte

July 9th meeting Bonnie Altus AB7ZQ, ARRL NW Division Vice Director

A board meeting has been scheduled for July 15th. Board meetings are open to all members, but keep in mind that the meeting room is small and there is limited parking. We will be meeting at the Gregory Heights Library at 7921 NE Sandy from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. 

August 13th Yaesu System Fusion - more details coming soon

September 10th - TBA

October 8th - Mike Ritz W7VO on HF noise mitigation

Recent meetings:
June 11, 2018 - Mike Ritz W7VO. He is running for ARRL NW Division Director this Fall and make a short presentation to us about his platform.  Following Mikes presentation we will have a field day planning session. Visit his web page here!
May 14, 2018 - Dick Pugh on meteorites. Dick will be bringing recovered meteorites with him! Bring the kids and let them touch a rock from space!
April 9, 2018 - Dick Howard K7DVK on historical radio and ham gear
March 12, 2018 - Officer Elections and Field Day Prep
February 12, 2018 - Jim KA7AGH on MotoTRBO/DMR digital radio (Click on Files on the left side panel for the PowerPoint file)
January 8th, 2018 - Steve Tarr KD7MRX on FIRST robotics competition
April 28, 2017 - Information on the upcoming solar eclipse in August and related experiments being done in the amateur radio field
May 26, 2017 - Roy Lewallen W7EL on the BALUN
June 24/25 - FIELD DAY! No regular meeting, antenna setup will be done during the day on Friday and then we spend all weekend operating radios.February 24 2017 - Intro to Morse Code, presented by Steve Crouch NO7V. Why learn CW? Steve is going to tell you! 
March 24 2017 - Voting night for a club bylaws change proposed by the board(click here to read proposal) to change the officer election to March. If passed, will be followed immediately by a vote of club officers. 
August 26, 2016 - Ham Radio meets offroading. Northwest Overland will be joining us for an exchange - we get a 4x4 show and they learn about ham radio!
July 22, 2016 - Raspberry Pi computers 
June - Field Day is June 25th and 26th! We will be on top of Kelly Butte in SE Portland as usual. More details soon. Come early and help with setup and antenna raising!
May 27, 2016 - Roy Lewallen W7EL will help us understand computerized antenna modeling and his EZNEC software package
April 22, 2016 - Anderson PowerPole connectors
March 21, 2016 - VHF/UHF contesting
February 26, 2016 - Kent Randels K7YXZ talks about the Emergency Alert System
January 22, 2016 - John White K7RUN discusses digital radio
November 27, 2015 - Western Oregon Radio Club and the KISN LP FM station(95.1 MHz)
October 23, 2015 - Bonnie Altus AB7ZQ, Vice Director ARRL Northwest Division updating us on recent ARRL news
September 25, 2015 - Sandy Mikalow, K7OOZ discusses the role of Amateur Radio in the response and recovery of the Vernonia floods
August 28, 2015 - John White K7RUN discusses repeater interference and and why PL tones don't help
August 15, 2015 - Annual Club Picnic, this year was held at the Stonehenge Tower(KGON).
July 24, 2015 - John White K7RUN discussing recent possibly weather related VHF propagation issues
June 27/28, 2015 - No meeting due to Field Day
May 22, 2015 - Brian Zvaigzne and Patrick Sherman from the Roswell Flight Test Crew blog: DRONES FOR HOBBYIST AND PUBLIC SAFETY
February 27, 2015 - Russ Gubele K7RLG on Mountain Wave Emergency Communications http://www.mwave.org
March 27, 2015 - Dale Hunt WB6BYU on direction finding/transmitter hunting
April 24, 2015 - Dick Howard K7DVK on early broadcast and amateur radio history

- November 20th 2014 update -

Multnomah County ARES, working with PARC, has launched the fund raising campaign for the communications trailer project! Check out the details and make a donation at their Indiegogo page. Donations are coming in through PARC, which is a 501(c)3 organization.

Club Officers for 2017:
President -                     Aaron Johnson, KD7VDG
Vice President -             John Rollins, KD7BCY
Treasurer -                     Pete Rodabaugh, W7PR
Recording Secretary -   Bill Hulley, K7WXW
Director, 1 year term -    Wayne Splawn, WA7NE
Director, 3 year term -    John White, K7RUN 

Many thanks to those that came out to visit us or help setup and operate radios at our Field Day site on Kelly Butte. Be sure to join us next year!

Pictured here from the left are Mark McKay KE7BCJ from the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, Bonnie Altus AB7ZQ, ARRL Northwest Division Vice Director, and John White K7RUN

PARC has a regular breakfast social meeting on Saturdays at 8:30am, held at the Village Inn at NE 10th and Broadway, near Lloyd Center. Please contact Steve Crouch NO7V for more details crouchsj@msn.com

Regular nets hosted on PARC repeaters:
Handi-Hams Net, Sunday at 7pm on 146.84.
PARC Net, Monday at 7pm on 146.84. General info for the Portland Amateur Radio Club.
Multnomah County ARES Net, Wednesday at 7pm on 146.84. See the Multnomah County ARES web site for more information.

Please note that the NET NET has moved to another repeater system. It can now be found on 443.300(+5) with a 100Hz PL. I believe the time is still Sunday night at 8pm.  Please contact Michael Schilmoeller AE7XP for more information on this net.

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