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CELEBRATE ARRG's 40th all year!

CELEBRATE ARRG's 40th all year!
QUAKE UP! You are invited to join ARRG and ARES members
under the red colored awning at the

Washington County Quake Up!
Bounce Back Faster from Disaster Fair

Date: Saturday, October 7, 8:00 am-1:30 pm
Location: Hillsboro Farmers’ Market and Civic Center on Main Street in
Downtown Hillsboro
150 E. Main St., Hillsboro OR.
Quake Up! is a hands-on educational event presented by the Washington County.
It is designed to help us take simple steps to prepare for an earthquake by showcasing exhibitors, emergency management experts, amateur radio and disaster preparedness specialists in one convenient location.
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Welcome to ARRG and the K7RPT Repeater System

The Amateur Radio Relay Group, Inc. (ARRG)
is an Oregon Non-Profit 501C (3) public service organization. ARRG owns and operates
the twenty different VHF and UHF repeaters that make up the K7RPT system. The repeaters provide communications coverage to about most of the populated areas of Oregon and some of SW Washington State.

ARRG was founded in 1977 and we are currently celebrating our 40thyearrof providing quality repeater service to the Amateur Radio Community..
The K7RPT repeaters, IRLP and Echo link gateways have always been'open''and completely free to use, so long as you are a licensed Amateur Radio Operator and agree to follow our Repeater Use Policies. After you've enjoyed the use of the system for a few months, for a few months, please consider helping to maintain the repeater system by joining ARRG.  

The K7RPT system and/or site facilities are made available to many State, County and City based Emergency Service Organization and Response Teams. Groups that don't already own or operate their own repeater systems or who need specialized coverage, all use the K7RPT repeaters freely and without any cost. Groups like the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) group, Community Emergency Response
Team (CERT), Washington County Search & Rescue, Portland Mountain Rescue, Mountain Wave Search & Rescue and many other Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams call the K7RPT system home.


When the repeaters are not being used for an Emergency or for training purposes, any licensed Ham Operator is encouraged to use and enjoy the K7RPT repeaters.


ARRG believes in ‘Public Service through Technology’ and we operate three Worldwide Internet connected EchoLink VOIP nodes, 1 IRLP VOIP node.
We also own and operate an APRS Digi at Government Camp - Mt. Hood and the new South Saddle APRS Digi..
ARRG was chosen by Yaesu to be one of the few groups to be an official 'beta tester' of the new System Fusion FM/Digital system. The 442.225 at Sylvan and the new 442.350 at South Saddle are Portland's main System Fusion repeaters. ARRG was chosen by Yaesu to be one of the few groups to be an official 'beta tester' of the new System Fusion FM/Digital system. The 442.225 at Sylvan and the new 442.350 at South Saddle are Portland's main System Fusion repeaters.

ARRG also provides a Radio Team for special events and that includes providing portable repeaters, dispatch gear and volunteers for events like the annual Hood to Coast and Portland to Coast Relay, Reach the Beach, Cycle for Life ride, Race for the Cure and occasionally for the Portland Marathon.

If you are a New Ham or just new to the Group and need any help, our technical team is here to assist you with questions or real in person help! Please contact us anytime if you are a New Ham or just new to the Group and need any help, our technical team is here to assist you with questions or real in person help! Please contact us anytime at k7rpt.arrg@gmail.com


  ARRG News and K7RPT Repeater Updates

Join us on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 8:00 am-1:30 pm
Washington County Quake Up!

Bounce Back Faster from Disaster Fair

Location: Hillsboro Farmers’ Market and Civic Center on Main Street in
Downtown Hillsboro
150 E. Main St., Hillsboro OR.


Please join us for the next upcoming ARRG  Breakfast get together
Sept 23, 2017 at at 9:30 a.m. at the Peppermill Restaurant off 173rd and Farmington Rd, in Aloha

The monthly ARRG breakfast meetings are very chill, social get together. This is the place where you can finally meet that Ham you have been chatting with over the air and see what they really look like - just beware, the picture they have of you in their mind is rarely accurate. This is also a safe place to ask stupid questions and pick the brain of your fellow techno nerds. These meetings are held on the third Saturday of the month.  ARRG meets in the private conference room on the West side of the building. Your Spouse or Partner is always welcome and yes, you can bring friends that are interested in Ham Radio.

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.

We are still looking for Volunteer's for OMSI Maker Faire and other Events!!

Please check out thee www.arrg.org/events.htmmpage to learn how to help!!

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, 20177and 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
k7rptt.arrg@gmail.comfor more information.

K7RPT Repeater Updates

On June 15th, 2017, ARRG's twentieth repeater went on the air at South Saddle Mountain!

Thanks to Darin Miller, W7DMX, Mark Pierce, KC7NYR and Marc Peterson, W7PM, who installed the new 442.350 + 100Hz repeater at South Saddle. The repeater is a System Fusion Digital repeater, that allows both analog FM and the new Digital modes to work on the same repeater (one mode at a time of course).

The current antenna the repeater is running on was our groups old 462/467 GMRS antenna and is way out of tune for the Ham Band, and unfortunately it cannot be retuned because it is sealed. This is resulting in a very high 1:7:1 swr and the repeaters twenty watts is folding back to a mere 7 watts once it's goes out of the duplexer. To make this 100% usable, we need to find a better BpBr UHF Duplexer, install better hardline up the tower and finally, junk the existing antenna and find a good used UHF Omni or a 4 bay dipole that is closer to the 440-450 MHz band. If you know of a good antenna, please let us know! Because the site deals with 150 MPH wind gusts, a Comet just won't cut it!

The new repeater is set to operate in Auto Mode Select (AMS) mode for the next few months. This means that the repeater is usable by both Analog FM or C4FM Digi DN or VW users. After the system is upgraded with new cans, antenna, then we'll be turning off the Analog side and switching it to it's permanent VW (Digital only) mode, sorry analog FM users.

Cinder Butte News - We have to say farewell to Cinder Butte, which has been a great site over the last 2 years, but over the July 4th holiday, Marc, Tony and Josh will be moving the 147.040 + 114.8Hz repeater from it's current location on Cinder Butte up to it's permanent home on Grizzly Mountain, which will be about 1300' higher in elevation.

Warning to the Portland 147.040 users, you will occasionally hear the new repeater on the same channel all the way from Grizzly, so it's important to program your radios with both encode/decode CTCSS tones if you don't wish to hear the steamy signal from 125 miles away.

June 2nd, 2017

Wickiup Repeater Upgrade is almost done. We have a new repeater, tower and antenna that needs to be installed. It's a lot of work, but the coverage of the new repeater will be incredible!

Through our wonderful partnership with the Hood to Coast Radio team, the low powered portable 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 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.


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.
 

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.

K7RPT Fundraising Help

 

We are looking for good used gear, Motorola repeaters and mobiles to use as linking radios, test equipment, wattmeter's, hardline, talkies, 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


ARRG got a 596lb. Present

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.

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.
 Just a reminder that ARRG up to the minute news and events are always announced first via our FACEBOOK page. 



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