Thank you for taking the time to read more about the team. Many folks wonder what ARRG stands for, that’s easy, it stands for the Amateur Radio Relay Group.
The entire K7RPT Repeater system is owned and operated by the Amateur Radio Relay Group, Inc.
ARRG leadership is made up of 4 Officers and 12 Board Members. Along with the leadership positions, the Technical Team has a team leader and several technical gurus working with them. Meetings are open to all current ARRG Members.
The actual team was started back around 1972 and later was officially incorporated by the State of Oregon in October 1977, so yes, 2018 is our 41st year of providing free repeaters to the many users and Emergency Services teams we support.
We are one of several original Amateur Radio groups here in Oregon. We also provide our users with 16 wide area repeater systems around the State.
ARRG has been an American Radio Relay League (ARRL) affiliated group since February 1983.
ARRG owns and operates repeaters throughout the State of Oregon, but our very first repeater was built and maintained by Dale Justice, K7WW. Dale installed our very first repeater on South Saddle Mountain in the Oregon Coast Mountain Range.
Some 40 years ago, ARRG’s very first tower or antenna structure was nothing more than a wooden telephone pole that served several public safety agencies and ARRG simultaneously. After the wooden pole began to rot and fall over, the Public Safety Agencies weren’t quite prepared to outlay funds for a new tower on such an emergency basis, so ARRG and the Amateur Radio Community sprang to action and quickly fundraised enough to purchase and installed a commercial tower. The new tower provides space for the K7RPT Repeater system as well as multiple Public Safety Agencies.
As you can see, our team is really serious when it comes to our repeaters and keeping sites ready for emergencies and any natural disasters that might occur.
We are truly dedicated to the advancement and enjoyment of amateur radio by promoting goodwill and reliable communication systems for community service activities, emergency communications and other types of ham radio activities.
ARRG’s wide area repeater services host many ARES and CERT Nets, including Weather SKYWARN, Boy Scouts and other topic oriented social nets.
ARRG functions to operate VHF and UHF repeaters to provide coverage over a large portion of the State of Oregon. ARRG plays a vital part in the district & statewide Amateur Radio Emergency Services. The team has been active during exercises and real emergency activities. ARRG Repeaters are used almost weekly for Nets, Races, Events and even Parades.
We are amateur radio operators who live in Oregon and are interested in creating technical ‘fun’ with all the varied facets of this hobby. ARRG’s interest range spans across the VHF, 220 and UHF Repeaters. For supporting members, ARRG provides full autopatch, IRLP, and ECHOLINK capabilities. Our APRS nodes on Mt. Hood and South Saddle help to extend the network coverage and are open to everyone.
By joining ARRG, you will not only be helping to support the K7RPT Repeater System, but you also will have access to members and technical resources to help you enjoy this great hobby.
The K7RPT Repeaters are available, along with their associated linking systems, to the membership of the ARRG. As part of that service to the community, our team makes our repeater systems freely available as a public service to the general Amateur Radio Community.
The purpose and intent of our team are to develop, operate and maintain a reliable, broad coverage, emergency communication repeater facilities capable of satisfying the regional amateur radio emergency communications need of our community.
The K7RPT Repeaters are available to be scheduled for Emergency Nets, Events, Parades, and races. The intent of requesting and scheduling of ARRG’s repeaters resources is to minimize conflicts of uses and users while providing access to this coverage.
The Amateur Radio Relay Group does not intend to position itself in a policing mode but does establish guidelines for all of our users.
PRIORITY OF USE
1. An emergency involving danger to life.
2. An emergency involving danger to property
3. Routine traffic
a. Regular scheduled nets
b. Prearranged communications (public service)
c. Prearranged communications (emergency tests)
d. Autopatch traffic
4. Other uses, such as normal conversations, unscheduled drills, and tests
In the case of a real emergency (#1 above), there exists the possibility that multiple agencies would desire to one or more of our systems. In the event that sharing needs to occur, it would be expected that all groups understand that it is not important who is actual net control, but that as many needs as can be met are done so in the spirit of cooperation.
The organizations who have ARRG’s repeaters as part of their emergency plans may wish to decide among themselves what methods of sharing can best be used in case of an emergency.
K7RPT repeaters are OPEN to everyone, member or not and even though they now require a CTCSS tone to access them. All K7RPT repeaters require the use of CTCSS (tones) to access the repeaters.