Welcome to the High Desert Amateur Radio Group     W7JVO

 The High Desert Amateur Radio Group is dedicated to the advancement and enjoyment of amateur radio, and to promote our hobby and provide help with community service activities as well as other types of ham radio activities. We have an extensive linked repeater system that stretches across much of Central and Eastern Oregon.
See below for our next monthly meeting!  THURS MEETING NOV-2nd   Note Venue has CHANGED from MOFCU.... PLEASE SEE BELOW!!!!!!!


As a reminder there is NO December meeting for HiDARG as we do the Christmas Party instead.
Any official business will be conducted at the lunch meetings we have at Jakes. Contact me for more information.

HIDARG through COCC community education will be offering an accelerated training class for folks
wanting to get their ham radio license. The Winter Community Education pamphlet from COCC HAS ALL the details.
Check out the COCC web site for the Community education link.
You are only required to attend one class. Full day class. 8:30am to 4pm then testing from 4pm to 5:30
Ham Radio Accelerated Technician training (2/10/2018 & 3/24/2018)
Contact me via maxv (at) horizonps.com to secure a spot on one of those dates but you need to register with COCC.
Class size is limited. --- KF7MAX
(if you can't wait, check the link to the right called "Getting Licensed" this is another option that has had great success!)

 UPDATE! 6/17/17 As you know Mt Stephenson is NOW BACK ON THE AIR!!! Thanks to all that helped out...We now have a new set of heavy duty AGM deep cycle batteries.... We have also purchased the link radio and antenna's that Fossil will need to link into Pine Mt.  We now have a new antenna on Mt Stephenson, it has an excellent footprint. The Link Radio is now setup and can hear John Day, we do have some noise issues, and some of that is related to the controller being a bit to hot on the audio.

  -- KF7MAX

The 147.360 repeater is now residing at Johns KE7GYB house on Long Butte. Due to the new location which is much lower in altitude that means folks west and south west of Long Butte might have problems getting into the system. Since this repeater is used as the primary ARES, Skywarn system, it is imperative that a new permanent home be found as soon as possible.There are a number of sites being looked into, all have advantages and disadvantages.

John Day Repeater is now on 145.24 and is linked into the HIDARG system via Mt Stephenson. This is due to "perceived" interference that could be possibly caused by users in areas that might potentially access both the Round Mt repeater 145.21 and the JD repeater at the same time. The John Day repeater has moved to a different freq pair. The board felt that this was in the best interest of both parties affected by any potential confusion as to what repeater a person was accessing when out and about in areas where both repeaters could be heard.
After a bit of research, the best pair to use in that area would be 145.240 – TX  neg offset 144.640 – RX No other existing repeater
with that pair is anywhere close in East/Central Oregon. It also will made a much easier job of tuning the duplexes from the old freq to the new one.

Wheeler Amateur Radio Club has a new repeater on the air for over a year now... their info is listed in our repeater section.
Our goal to getting them linked into the system is getting closer, an antenna has arrived, as well as the controller and link radio.
All that is left now is to assemble the parts and pieces, and get them installed to the site.

 Click here to read the current newsletter   June/July 2016 has been posted. We have suspended the newsletter as repeated calls for help with content have not been very productive. Not looking for actual articles, but suggestions or short paragraphs of something that others might find interesting.

  What the heck's this HamWan stuff I hear floating around. We hope to have more info posted soon.
If you want to get in on the scoop and discussions, please sign up for the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email list.
If you have even a passing interest just send an email to that address, and include your full name and call sign.
You can be removed at any time if you wish.

HIDARG's next monthly meeting will be held at Aspen Ridge Retirement Center. (location details below)
JAN 4th  at 7pm  Meeting starts at 7pm so be sure to arrive before then.
We may need help prior to meeting to arrange tables and chairs.
We have to return them to their original spot when we are done.
As a note the doors will lock at 7pm so if your late you may need to be buzzed in.

Aspen Ridge is located at

1010 NE Purcell Blvd, Bend, OR 97701
If coming off Neff road, turn south on Purcell at the light.
If coming from the Costco area and Hwy20 turn North on Purcell.
Aspen Ridge has two facilities, one on the south side of Purcell and one on the North side.
We will be meeting on the North Side meeting room.
So from Neff Turn LEFT into Aspen Ridge.
From Hwy 20, you will be turning RIGHT into Aspen Ridge.
Use the main entrance.



OFFICERS/BOARD members for 2017
Brady Remsen W7YPZ  President
Brian Case KU7F  Vice-Pres
Max Vaughan KF7MAX  Secretary
Ray Sprier KG7AV  Treasure
John Cherry KE7GYB  Member at Large


 "How to Get your Ham Radio License"

Whats required, resources, who can help.

PUBLIC PRESENTATION ON ---> (date to be determined)  At ---> 6pm - 8pm

If you missed the presentation in April, email me to be notified of the next one.


Please RSVP to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Check out our new pages in this regard. What is Ham RadioGetting Licensed

Here is the link to the slide show of the “2016 HiDARG Christmas Dinner Party”
-It is made up of high definition still photos that are free upon request.
-Music by Manheim Steamroller
-Created by Darrell Fevergeon, KD6WWK



Here is the link to the slide show of the “2015 HiDARG Christmas Party”
-It is made up of high definition still photos that are free upon request.
-Music by The Gatlin Brothers
-Created by Darrell Fevergeon, KD6WWK



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