Volunteers Needed – CF Cycle for Life Ride 2022

Hello SARC and W7SAA groups.io subscribers,

As you might have read, from a previous post, the Oregon CF Cycle for Life needs our club’s safety communications expertise for this year’s Cycle for Life ride. This event is scheduled for July 23, 2022. This event is 11 days away.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak with Allison Bailey-Nouri. Allison is your main contact for this event (phone number available upon request) and she very much looks forward to our club’s ability to provide the necessary safety radio communications support, between the event’s Home Base and the Rest Stops, on each of the cycle routes. The nature of the safety traffic will range from possible emergencies to rider location, rider count, direction relaying and so on.

Our club has performed this important service before and I am sure there is a protocol we have developed for such an event. If we have that information or procedure written down, I welcome you to please share it with the club and me. If we do not have a standard operating procedure for this type of volunteer work, I offer these basic initial thoughts and encourage more from you.

We will need, at a bare minimum 6 volunteers. Last event, we supplied 9 (see “thank you” below):

1 operator is stationed at the Home Base. Hours 07:00 – 12:30 (or last cyclist through)

2 operators are stationed on the two Rest Stops for the Short Route. Hours 07:00 – 11:00 (or last cyclist through)

3 operators are stationed on the three Rest Stops for the Long Route. Hours 07:00 – 12:30 (or last cyclist through)

All SARC volunteers are encouraged to stay for the catered lunch and live music, on the finish line at the completion of the ride.

OPTIONAL Volunteers are needed from 06:00 – 08:30 (set up, registration, check-in, breakfast service). **Breakfast included**.

OPTIONAL Volunteers are needed from 10:30 – 15:00 (lunch set up, lunch service, tear down and clean up). **Lunch included**.

With those initial thoughts in mind, are there at least 6 members who would like to volunteer their time, use their gear, coordinate a frequency plan and provide radio communications for this event? Ideally, Allison would appreciate 9 volunteers.

Please email KJ7NUX@gmail.com if you are able to volunteer for any of these shifts, as soon as it is convenient for you. I am scheduled for surgery on July 18th and I would like to be able to let Allison know of our commitment by the 17th of this month.


Allison and the club would like to thank these members for their help and service on the last event: Al Partain, KG7KUE; Richard Noble, KD7ODP; Carl Engstrom, KF7BBR; Michael Barnes, WA7SKG; Heather Noble, KD7JAA; Roger Williamson, KC7BRZ; Steve Troyer, N7SWT; Fred Dalzell, KI7BCL and Dustin Vandoren, KI7SYO.

Event Details:

Date: July 23, 2022

Check-in: 7:00 AM

Start Time: 8:00 AM

Event Location: Lady Hill Winery, 8400 Champoeg Rd NE, St Paul, OR 97137

Home Base:

Lady Hill Winery (8400 Champoeg Rd NE, St. Paul, OR 97137)

Short Route:

Rest Stop 1: Bear Electric (20985 Butteville Rd NE, Donald, OR 97020)

Volunteers needed from 07:30 – 09:30 (or last cyclist through)

Rest Stop 2 & 3 (same physical location): St. Louis Church (14013 Manning Road Woodburn, OR 97071)

Volunteers needed from 07:30 – 11:00 (or last cyclist through)

Here is the route with REST STOP locations:

Short route (36 miles): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39727876

Long Route:

Rest Stop 1: St. Louis Church (14013 Manning Road Woodburn, OR 97071)

Volunteers needed from 7:30am – 11:00am (or last cyclist through)

Rest Stop 2: Marion County Fire District #1 Station #5 (4960 Brooklake Rd NE, Salem, OR 97305)

Volunteers needed from 08:30 -11:00 (or last cyclist through)

Rest Stop 3: Mt. Angel Abbey (1 Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, OR 97373 – this one will be at the base of the hill leading up to the abbey)

Volunteers needed from 09:00 – 12:30 (or last cyclist through)

Here is the route with REST STOP locations:

Long Route: (67 miles): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39834332

Ride with GPS route experience, if you already have Ride with GPS app on your phone:


Field Day 2022

Field Day is fast approaching! Get ready!

SARC is participating in the ARRL Field Day.

When: June 24th-26th
Setup begins at 11:00am on Friday the 24th
Contest Start – 11:00am (0000 UTC) on Saturday the 25th
Contest End – 11:00am (0000 UTC) on Sunday the 26th
Tear-down will commence approximately 11:00am on Sunday the 26th

Where: 4-H Horse Camp in West Salem

What we will be doing: Set up according to pre planned station configurations for Field Day operations, cooking and enjoying food, fireside hangouts, and general kick-in it at a relaxed pace. On Sunday there will be disassembly of stations and antennas as well as a general camp clean-up.

Food: $35 for all meals for the 3 days of activity. $15 for a single day or part time.

Training: Soldering Class, putting ends on coax, antenna building and analyzing

Stations/Antennas: Get On The Air Station (G.O.T.A.) – Unlicensed and general public may utilize this station to experience radio operations for themselves.

HF Stations – Elecraft K2, Icom 7300, Yaesu 991a, and others.

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1000′ Delta Loop

Hex Beam on Portable Tower with rotator

Meals Payment
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Hamfair – February 19th

The swap meet is almost here!

Flyer: http://w7sra.com/flyer2022.pdf
Where: Polk County Fairgrounds, Rickreall
When: February 19th, 2022 – 9am – 3pm
Who: The Salem Repeater Association is hosting the event

As a club, we have 3 things we are doing –
Country Store consignment table – bring your gear to our store, set a price, and we will do our best to sell it for you! The commission cost is 10%.
Security – The team is mostly set and organized (Thank you TJ!), if you are willing to participate for a few hours on this task, we could always use a few extra hands. Please contact us!
VE Testing Session – 10am – 1pm, we will have a VE Testing session running. We are also looking for any additional volunteers to participate as VE’s. Time is running out to get registered as a VE through examtools.org, it does take a few days to become approved, you must do this now if you want to help!
If you are wanting to get your license or upgrade, please preregister through our hamstudy.org event!

Thank you to all our volunteers and I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday!

Nick K7DSG

Repeater Live Stream

A new feature has been added to the site – the repeater live stream! Find it in the widget section, right column if you are on a computer or at the bottom of the page if you are on a mobile device in the SARC / W7SAA Repeaters heading. You can use this to see how you sound through the repeater system!

How does it work?
Our echolink node is remote, it sits at a club members QTH and is run off a raspberrypi running svxlink and attached to a 2m radio by a USB soundcard. The incoming/outgoing audio is split between echolink and a DarkIce/Icecast server that provides the audio stream that is embedded on the website.

I hope everyone finds this new feature useful!

Nick K7DSG