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ARRG Public Service Events 2017
ARRG is closely involved with many rides, walks and races throughout the 2017 year
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List of our Annual Events and their Dates
July 15, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Annual Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life Ride

For the forth year in a row, dozens of ARRG members and other area Amateur Radio volunteers will come together to form the CFL Radio Safety Team.

The team is made up of between 14 to 20 Amateur Radio Volunteers, who have trained for this annual event. Our team is responsible for setting up two Net Control (dispatch) radio positions and provide the trained operators to effectively operate each station.

 

The team also provides two radio operators at the four rest stops along the 35, 65 and 100 mile long bike routes.

Our team also provides 3 or Support and Gear Support and Gear  (SAG) vehicles, provided by the Amateur Radio Operators who have SAG experience.

 

The 2017 CFL Ride Net Control setup and race start/finish line is located at the Oak Knoll Winery in Hillsboro.

 

Special thanks to Pat Roberson, W7PAT and Jenny Roberson, KA7JNY, who have been our Net Control operators for our forth year in a row!

 

The event is already full, but if you would like to volunteer for the 2018 CFL Ride, please contact us here.

 
Marc Douglas, AE7KK Net Control
Marc Douglas AE7KK working Net Control
2016 Cycle for Life Ride
Pre Race Safety Team Meeting

SOLAR ECLIPSE NET

On Monday, August 21st, 2017, the Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party, which is sponsored by OMSI, will be held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, Oregon. Dozens of exhibits and Seminars begin at 6 a.m. and go through 12 noon.

NASA TV, and many Local and National TV Networks will be on hand to report and record the entire OMSI event at Salem this year.

Unfortunately, all 7000 tickets to this viewing party have already been sold out, but as an Amateur Radio Operator, you can still actively participate as an official reporting station on the Amateur Radio Solar Eclipse Net, that will run throughout the morning.

Participating with (or just listening to) the Solar Eclipse Net

Groups like ARRG, OTVARC and individuals will be active on the Solar Eclipse Net.

The Net will be held live on the K7RPT system and may be carried live on other groups repeaters who wish to participate and are along the path of the Eclipse. Much of the K7RPT repeater system will be linked together for this special one-time event.

NASA TV and many TV Networks will be carrying the event live to millions around the world and ARRG will have a booth setup at the OMSI event, complete with loudspeakers carrying the audio from the Solar Eclipse Net to the crowd. We are set up close to all the action and within a couple hundred feet of the NASA booth.

There is a good chance that NASA TV or a TV Broadcaster will be listening to the Net as well, so be professional and keep your transmissions and reports short and to the point.

You can participate too!

Any station along the Eclipse Path may check into the Solar Net with Eclipse totality reports, reports about radio noise decrease or increase on any of your test bands (HF or VHF/UHF), sightings of any bright stars or other celestial objects that might appear, or simply check in on the net, give your location and if you are going to put on your special eclipse glasses and watch the event as it comes over your QTH.

If you’d like to be an official reporting station and you are in the path of totality, please go to email Marc Peterson, W7PM at k7rpt.arrg@gmail.com to be added to the reporting station list.

Solar Eclipse Net Frequency Guide

Coast to Salem:                147.320 + 100Hz and/or 442.325 + 100Hz (So. Saddle)

Salem to Mt. Hood:           147.120 + 100Hz and/or 444.225 + 100Hz (Timberline)

Mt. Hood to Madras:         442.225 + 114.8 Hz   (Warm Springs)

Madras and Redmond:     147.040 + 114.8 Hz    (Madras/Redmond)



2017 SOLAR ECLIPSE

About the actual Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, the total solar eclipse happens when the moon moves right in front of the sun, covering it completely for a very short time. It darkens the whole sky and allows you to look right at the sun through the use special solar viewing glasses.

 Even when the Sun is in full eclipse, please NOT LOOK AT THE ECLIPSE DIRECTLY there are still harmful UV light rays that could damage your retina.  With proper glasses, you will see the beautiful corona that surrounds the sun. Even some of the brighter Stars come out and the horizon will glow with a 360-degree sunset. The temperature even drops as day turns into night.  

 Proper advance planning and promotion will help communities in the eclipse path be prepared for the biggest astronomical event of the century.
 
On the beach in Oregon, just north of Newport, the shadow first touches land at about 10:15 in the morning, and will experience a full minute and fifty seconds of totality.  The actual centerline of the eclipse path hits solid ground a full six seconds later, and plunges Lincoln Beach and Depoe Bay into darkness for 1m58s!!
 

It takes only about two minutes for the shadow to race eastward toward its first date with a large population of folks who will be breathlessly awaiting its arrival.

 Dallas, Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Philomath, McMinnville, Woodburn, and yes, Salem itself, experience various lengths of totality (based on their varying distances from the centerline); on the steps of the State Capitol in Salem (the first of five state capitals the shadow will visit), lucky viewers will be treated to 1m54.5s of shadow at just after 10:17am..
 
The eclipse travels through the forests of central Oregon, hitting the mountains at Madras and Warm Springs at about 10:19. Mitchell and Prairie City are next, and the shadow leaves Oregon just north of Ontario..

 Actually, Ontario gets 1m23s of totality at 11:25am MDT, but folks there would be better served to head north to the rest area north of Huntington on I-84, or into Idaho on US 95 between Midvale and Weiser, for better than 30 seconds more totality!!

 The Majority of the Pacific Northwest IS NOT in the path of totality, but will still witness a partial eclipse ranging from 99% to 88%.

 The Solar Eclipse Viewing Party will include science lectures, astronomy-related community groups, entertainment. And at OMSI’s request, ARRG is setting up and manning a complete Amateur Radio station and providing a live reporting network via Amateur Radio for this year’s event. The live reporting will come over the loudspeakers and carries up to the minute reports from various Amateur Radio teams stationed across the Eclipse path.

September 16, 17, 2017 09:30- 5:30

OMSI MINI MAKER FAIRE

 ARRG is once again hosting the annual 'Amateur Radio Exhibit’ which is held in the north parking lot of OMSI every year. We are located in Bldg. C, which is located on the west side of the main event.

We are excited to report that we have several Amateur Radio Groups and even a couple Individuals who are joining the Exhibit and showing their Ham Wares and DIY efforts.

We do this because we are trying to reach out and teach the public about Amateur Radio. We also like to try and get as many Maker Faire participants on the air as we can during the two-day event.

For 2017, the ARRG team will be enhancing the very popular Morse Code Lab, we put on last year. Kids and Parents alike really enjoyed the lab, hands on Morse Code terminals, for both trying to transmit and then receive Morse Code. This year, we are also happy to announce that the Cascade Council BSA Radio Scouting Team will be displaying and assisting in our space. We also have Beaverton CERT, who builds a wonderful and informative display of 72 Hr. Kits and showing their Radio Go Kits.

Display and Table Help Needed for 2017

We are currently seeking other groups or individuals who would like to build a interactive Amateur Radio display covering your favorite Ham Radio topic. We still have several open 8' tables (displays) available. ARRG will be setting up two HF and VHF/UHF radio stations with two operator positions to assist those that wish to get on the air..

 

Some of the areas we feel are important to be included this year are tables of displays that teach people about Emergency Preparedness, Info about ARES and CERT. Even more important is to educate the over7500 Faire participants about Ham Radio and how to get licensed and to discuss technical topics like APRS, MESH or of show other DIGITAL formats live and in action. Basically, any topic that uses Ham Radio and that you would think could be both exciting and educational.

 

Groups or Individuals who are assigned to the ARRG sponsored space will not have to pay OMSI for booth space, rental tables or the Tent awning normally required.

 

Please contact Marc Peterson, W7PM at w7pm@live.com if you are interested in helping design and setup a table display.




General Info about the Faire

 

The Portland Mini Maker Faire at OMSI showcases the amazing works of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. 

The sheer variety of the more than 100 exhibits, most of them hands-on, will boggle the mind. The Portland Mini Maker Faire will run the gamut from demonstrations of 3D printing and robot welding, to knife forging, bee keeping, recycled skateboard jewelry, and much more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

OMSI Maker's Faire Amateur Radio Educational Event

  The event will be on Saturday 09/10/16 and Sunday 09/11/2016 and operate from 10AM to 5 PM daily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Younger Licensed Hams Needed

 

If you are licensed and a teen and can help volunteer at the Ham Radio Exhibit – we really need you! We are particularly interested in getting a couple younger Hams involved to be our youth ambassadors during the two-day event..

Every year there are about 1000 younger people that stop by our booth, but they are greeted by old hams, that scare off most of the kids from becoming interested..

General Info about the Faire

 

The Portland Mini Maker Faire at OMSI showcases the amazing works of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience..

 

The sheer variety of the more than 100 exhibits, most of them hands-on, will boggle the mind. The Portland Mini Maker Faire will run the gamut from demonstrations of 3D printing and robot welding, to knife forging, bee keeping, recycled skateboard jewelry, and much more..

 

If you or your Group is interested in a Maker Faire booth space at OMSI, please contact

Marc Peterson, W7PM w7pm@live.comm

Annual Cycle for Life Ride

2016 Cycle for Life Ride July 16, 2016 - Hillsboro, OR.    For the third year in a row, the ARRG Special Events team provided course wide support for the annual Cystic Fibrosis, Cycle for Life Ride..

The ARRG team provided 14 volunteers, all the radio equipment needed to set up a two Net Control radio positions, the NC operators, Rest Stop operators and four SAG (Support and Gear) operators and their vehicles.

Net Control was setup at the start/finish line which was located at the Oak Knoll Winery in Hillsboro. Special thanks to Pat Roberson, W7PAT, Jenny Roberson, KA7JNY, Marc Douglas, AE7KK and of course Lynn Burrell, KE7WKM for setting up all the radios, antennas and portable phone system in Lynn’s beautiful motor home he provided for the entire event.

Radio Safety Team being led by Marc Peterson, W7PM and Joe Boyd, the CF Director

Marc Douglas, AE7KK Net Control

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marc Douglas, AE7KK operating Net Control


OMSI Maker's Faire Amateur Radio Educational Event

  

The event was held on Saturday 09/10/16 and Sunday 09/11/2016 and operated from 10AM to 5 PM daily. More pics and information to come.

 

Display and Table Help already needed for 2017

ARRG is once again leading the Amateur Radio presence for the 2017 OMSI Mini Maker's Faire. We have a great air conditioned space that we need to fill with interactive displays that will teach and educate the public about Amateur Radio.

 

We are currently seeking other groups or individuals who would like to build a interactive Amateur Radio display covering your favorite Ham Radio topic.

We still have several open 8' tables (displays) available. ARRG will be setting up two HF and VHF/UHF radio positions in hopes of getting people on the air.

 

Other topics we’d like to see covered in the space are Emergency Preparedness, Info about ARES and CERT, info about Ham Radio and how to get licensed, technical topics like APRS, MESH or Digi formats or any topic that uses Ham Radio that you think would be exciting and educational. Groups or Individuals will not have to pay for booth space when coming into the ARRG space. Please contact Marc Peterson, W7PM at w7pm@live.com if you are interested in helping design and setup a table display.