Our usual 2nd Thursday no-host dinner is at 6:00PM and the regular meeting is at 7:30PM in the Gathering Room in the back of Max’s Fanno Creek Pub, in Old Town Tigard across from the 99W overpass 12562 SW Main St. #100 ←Map. Tel 503-624-9400. Non-members and guests are welcome at both the dinner and the meeting.  We often have a presentation.

If you arrive before 6PM, park directly behind the tavern or in the left (northeast) side of the larger area. The entire parking area is available after 6PM for tavern parking. Alternate parking is also available down the street behind other businesses.

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VintageTek Museum has moved to the Tektronix campus.  The museum has an extensive collection of Tektronix instruments produced over several decades of company operation.

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On most Friday nights around 6:00 PM, a group of TERAC members, VintageTek volunteers, ex-Tektronix employees, other high-tech industry folks and people with general interest in technical topics and friends meet at Round Table Pizza, 10150 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, 503-646-6168.

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ARRG South Saddle Repeater needs IMMEDIATE Replacement!

See http://www.arrg.org/repeaters.htm for details, but the short answer is:

ARRG was started 43 years ago with a single home-built repeater on South Saddle. On September 2017, the South Saddle 147.320 amplifier failed. Our local and Ebay channels have dried up. We were forced to install a ‘questionable’ spare amp that works, but is weaker than it should be. This means that the current 147.320 amplifier is on borrowed time. It is a 1977 Motorola Micor Unichassis repeater that had a significant ’conversion’ process to rewire, crystal and align the entire machine from scratch to operate in the Amateur band.
On January 14, 2018, the ancient South Saddle 442.325 repeater began to fail AGAIN after being repaired in September 2017 where we were forced to use our last spare working transmitter tray, which incidentally began to have issues just minutes after it was installed.  Both these aging repeaters need to be replaced outright.
Remote sites like South Saddle have to endure antenna issues resulting in high SWR, power hits and lightning strikes.  The Yaesu System Fusion Repeaters we use at some of our sites are simply not commercial grade or as robust as a Micor, MSR-2000, MSF-5000, Quantar or MTR series of repeaters.
Our hope is to completely replace both the 147.320 and 442.325 repeaters with brand new repeaters, or if the fund will not allow new repeaters, at least purchase two current production models; which guaranty parts availability for the next decade or more. New repeaters run about $3500 each, while slightly used or refurbished units run around $1500-$1700 each.  Please consider helping to keep this cornerstone of amateur radio infrastructure reliably on-the-air!

Repeater Upgrade Fund

You decide, from $1 to $1000.

ARRG is an approved Oregon Charity and is a 501 (c)3 Public Service Team. All donations are usually tax deductible.

Click DONATE to securely donate any amount to the Repeater Upgrade Project.

Your donation to ARRG (we are an official non-profit 501(C)3) is tax deductible.

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FalconSAT-3 Now Open for Amateur Radio Use

From http://www.arrl.org/news/falconsat-3-now-open-for-amateur-radio-use 09/26/2017

The Air Force Academy satellite FalconSAT-3 is now open for Amateur Radio use as a digital store-and-forward system. Built in 2005 and 2006 by cadets and faculty in the Space Systems Research Center at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, FalconSAT-3 was launched in 2007.

The satellite has completed its scientific and training missions, and the Academy now is making it available for Amateur Radio use. The Packet Bulletin Board System operates at 9,600 baud with a 145.840 MHz uplink/435.103 MHz downlink. Output power is 1 W, and the downlink is continuously on. Digipeating is enabled for live QSOs, but unattended digipeating operation is not authorized at this time.

Additional information is on the AMSAT website.

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New Distracted Driving Law & Amateur Radio Operators

What you should know about Oregon’s new ‘distracted driving’ law related to licensed amateur radio operators

Bottom Line: Yes, you can continue to operate your ham radio while driving if you are over 18 years of age and have a valid FCC license. Distractions resulting from use of one’s radio may still contribute to a charge of “careless driving”.


Oregon’s new ‘Distracted Driving’ law HB 2597 was passed during the 2017 Oregon Legislature. It goes into effect October 1, 2017. Generally speaking, the measure expanded the definition of ‘operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile electronic device’ and increased penalties for this offense. It also removed many of the previous exemptions to the law.

Amateur Radio as ‘Affirmative Defense’

That the “mobile electronic device” being used is a ham radio, the fact that the user holds a valid Amateur Radio license, and is at least 18 years of age is now an “affirmative defense” against prosecution under ORS 811.505. Specifically, the law reads:

ORS 811.507, Section 1

(4): It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution of a person under this section that the person:

(e) Was 18 years of age or older, held a valid amateur radio operator license issued or any other license issued by the Federal Communications Commission and was operating an amateur radio;

Thus, operating any amateur radio is an affirmative defense to prosecution for licensed hams over age 18 years. This includes those permanently installed or handheld. This means that if you are cited you can present evidence at the time of the trial to show you are a licensed amateur radio operator, are at least 18 and you were operating a ham radio.

It is probably a good idea for mobile operators to keep a copy of their FCC license and a document that shows that their radio is a HAM RADIO in their vehicle. Should an officer pull you over, you can present these documents. The officer may then be less likely to issue a citation for distracted driving.

This summary should not be relied on as legal advice and you may wish to consult an attorney on your particular situation.

John Core KX7YT

ARRL Oregon Section Manager

September 20, 2017

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