Welcome to the Portland Amateur Radio Club

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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

Monthly meetings are held on the fourth Friday of the month at 7:30pm at Liberty Center, 650 NE Holladay St. The entrance is on the south side of the building. As meetings are after regular business hours use the intercom on the pillar to the left of the door to get buzzed in by security, then take the elevator down to the Lower Level Auditorium.
Upcoming meetings:
August 12, 2017 - Potluck Picnic at Stonehenge Tower(aka KGON Tower). 4700 SW Council Crest Dr. from 1-4PM

This year the PARC Picnic will be held at Stonehenge tower on August 12th with a target time of 1PM to 4 Pm. This facility, at Healy Heights in Portlands west hills, is visible throughout the city and has become an iconic part of the Portland skyline.

The Stonehenge tower, also know as the Super Tower or the KGON tower houses a number of FM broadcast transmitters as well as commercial land mobile, emergency radio and ham stations.  Public tours of these kinds of facilities are not often available and the last public tour was more than 15 years ago.

Other features are an outstanding vantage point of the city of Portland and the surrounding area.  Photo ops of the view are allowed.  Because of the nature of this facility NET and MCARES members are particularly invited to attend.
This facility is undergoing seismic upgrade to the latest standards and the grounds near the Tower may be a bit messy.

Parking is limited and car-pooling is strongly suggested.  RSVP is encouraged to W7PR@Juno.com

The picnic will be a pot luck with participants encouraged to bring a small main course item and a salad or desert.  A grill, burgers and other main course items will be provided by PARC.  Please bring folding tables and chairs if you desire them.

Directions:  Take SW Broadway south to cross I-405.  At the I-405 stoplight proceed straight to Broadway Dr.  Follow Broadway Dr. to the stop sign (will be some distance). At the stop turn left to Greenway.  Follow Greenway to the Y intersection with Council Crest Dr. Turn left to Council Crest Dr.  Follow Council Crest Dr. to the intersection with Carl Dr. (from the right).  You may begin parking at the right (west) shoulder.  Continue on Council Crest Dr. to the tower.  At the gate the access road curves left around the tower to the building. 

Talk in on 146.84 and 147.18.

August 25, 2017 - Meeting Program TBD

Recent meetings:
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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