Forging Ahead In Spite of Coronavirus

As the spread of coronavirus persists in our community, OTVARC is continuing its mission of providing services to current and future amateur radio operators.

Going Virtual

Our monthly club meetings, board meetings, and instructor-led training classes have transitioned from in-person to virtual events. We are currently using Zoom to host these events and encourage participants to join these meetings early to allow time to sort out issues with your Zoom client.

We are prioritizing our club members’ safety and will return to our regular meetings as soon as we’re confident that we can do so without placing anyone in undue risk.

In-person Testing Following State Guidelines

We are continuing our in-person testing sessions at Sunset Presbyterian Church near the corner of Cornell and Highway 26. Due to state guidelines, we must account for social distancing and are limited to giving 25 tests at a time. When more than 25 people show up for testing, we rotate them though on a first-come first-served basis.

If you are not comfortable with in-person testing, we encourage you to look into one of the following VECs providing virtual testing services:

Club Meetings Return to Regular Schedule

A scheduling conflict with Sunset Presbyterian Church caused OTVARC to reschedule its August and September meetings to the fourth Thursdays of those months. We are back to our normal schedule of meeting on the third Thursday of the month in October. Our next meeting will take place on October 17th. Hope to see everyone there.

Technician Class Series Opens September 21

Our next Technician Class Series is scheduled for September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 2019, 1:00-4:30 PM. The series Coordinator is Pete Mackie KG7IXU. The Sessions will be held at the City of Beaverton Griffith Park Building, 4755 SW Griffith Drive, Beaverton, OR 97005.  There is no charge for the classes.  A Study Book must be purchased (about $25) and the license exam fee is $15.00 and will be offered as a part of the class.

Pass the word to others.  We’d like to have a full class.

Register for the classes by sending an email to otvarc@gmail.com.

SEA-PAC Registration is Open

SEA-PAC HAM CONVENTION, the ARRL Northwestern Division Convention, is held at Seaside Convention Center, Seaside, Oregon. This year’s convention is May 31 – June 2.  More than two thousand hams and their families gather each year at Seaside.  The convention is sponsored by OTVARC with support from CLARK COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB.  Check out details at seapac.org.  You’ll find the online registration option at this site.  Early Bird Registration is open through April 15.  You’ll receive a chance to win the Early Bird prize by registering early.  Registration online is $10.00…while at the door it is $15.00.

The convention is possible through the volunteers that give time to complete the necessary tasks.  This is an ALL VOLUNTEER event.  You might volunteer for a task that is year-around, or give a couple of hours on convention weekend.  If you’d like to consider volunteering, drop a note to otvarc@gmail.com.