Have a question? Email us at LOARES.WA7LO@gmail.com or join us for our weekly informal radio net each Sunday from approximately 7:30 to 8 p.m. on the VHF amateur radio frequency 146.500 MHz simplex with a tone of 82.5 for check-ins then transitioning to LOARES Cook’s Butte repeater at 444.300 with a positive offset of 5 MHz and a tone of 82.5. All licensed amateurs are welcome!
About ARES (National)
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a national program sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). ARES is comprised of amateur radio operators who volunteer their time, personal equipment and communications skills as public service communicators in times of disaster or disruption of critical infrastructure.
About Lake Oswego ARES (Local)
Supporting the Lake Oswego Fire Department, the Lake Oswego Amateur Radio Emergency Service (LOARES) provides the City a backup communication system. This tertiary system will connect the Lake Oswego Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Fire Stations, Police, Public Works, and potentially, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) in the field.
In addition, LOARES communicates with Clackamas County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the State’s EOC, hospitals, and others. LOARES can be activated by City’s EOC or self-activate during major emergencies, including floods, windstorms, winter storms, suburban fires, earthquakes, hazardous material spills and terrorism events.
All licensed amateurs are eligible for membership in ARES provided they meet our minimum membership requirements.
The Lake Oswego Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal acts as our served agency liaison with LOARES.
LOARES meets monthly at the LO main Fire Station, the LO Public Works Department or at other sites which will be posted on this site’s calendar. Regular, monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and are open to the public. During the pandemic, we will follow all health guidelines and ZOOM meetings are an option, in lieu of in-person meetings.
LOARES conducts a weekly informal radio net each Sunday from approximately 7:30 to 8 p.m. on the VHF amateur radio frequency 146.500 MHz simplex with a tone of 82.5 for check-ins then transitioning to LOARES Cook’s Butte repeater at 444.300 with a positive offset of 5 MHz and a tone of 82.5.