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.
HiDARG has many events throughout the month, please check out our Event Calendar

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Need to take the test and get licensed! Contact Joe K7SQ under our Exams menu above.
We have been doing test sessions in the open air and respecting social distancing protocols.

The HIDARG SHACK...is now ONLINE and is going great.
HiDARG Groups at https://hidarg-shack.groups.io
Available to Current HiDARG members only, however exceptions are being made
Please contact maxv @ horizonps.com for those wishing to find out more.
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 Some INFO on NET Schedules due to Covid issues:

Our Wed lunch meetings are being held on the air with the 146.94 repeater.

On THURSDAYS at 12PM will be our tech net held on the 146.94 Long-butte repeater.
Since we are now keeping the link active as the default, it will be heard through out the HiDARG system.

CODX club is holding their Tues meeting on the air every Tues at 11am on 3.905 (75m) and QSY to 10meters at 28.425
If this changes, please advise KF7MAX so that we can keep this info current.

6meter Experimental Net Every Sat / Sun around Noon or 1pm (unorganized, so feel free to drop your call or do checkins)
To be clear, if you do not hear someone, drop your call.
A request is to do a evening event, or early AM as well. (see below)
For the evening, the schedule will be on Mon-Tues prior to the Simplex net and regular HiDARG net.
Monday at 6:30pm meet at 52.525 on 6meters.  not official, not formal
Tues at 6:30pm same bat frequency.  Drop your call see if anyone is around.
Every Saturday Evening be monitoring 52.525 on 6m, drop your call, make a contact.


HAM CLASSES have been RENEWED for this FALL, next classes are being scheduled around Oct/Nov of 2020
HIDARG through COCC community education is offering an
accelerated training class for folks wanting to get their ham radio license.
One Full day class. 8:30am to 4pm then testing from 4pm to 5:30
Note that the test does not normally take that long....Most folks finish in 30mins or less.
COCC has cancelled these classes.

Ham Radio Accelerated Technician license training will be held on

Our next classes are being scheduled for Oct/Nov of 2020
Actual dates to be confirmed, dates will be on a Sat.

You HAVE TO register with COCC, when the publish the Community Education Handbook
After Registration
please contact KF7MAX that email is under the "CONTACT US" menu above.

When the Fall Community Education pamphlet comes out, then registration is open.
For Winter COCC education, look for info in the Winter Pamphlet.
Please email maxv @ horizonps dot com AFTER you REGISTER to receive course materials and info

Sign up with the LINK BELOW!

Select the "Enrichment / Special Interest" link in the left panel on the COCC site.

COCC Class Sign Up Website

$49 for the Class, that includes the Technician Manual supplied by HiDARG
A separate check needs to be made out to “ARRL VEC” for $15.
Please BRING that with you on the day of the class.

NO Credit Cards or Cash Please!
Check or MO will need to be brought with the student on the day of the class.
This is for the cost of taking the test only, not the class.

If you have questions about signup please give COCC a call or contact them via the info on their web site.

NOTE if you are a TECH and wish to study for and take General License Exam at the end of the study period....
You will still need to sign up for ONE of the tech class dates AND NOTIFY ME ASAP you want to study for the General!!!!
At the time of the class you will be given the General Study Materials.
And take the General test at the end of the class.
AGAIN We will need to know in advance if you want to study for the General Instead!!!!
Please NOTE that Class size is limited. Sign up early. --- KF7MAX
(if you can't wait, check the link to the right called "Getting Licensed" this is another option that has had great success!)

OUR THURS Meeting is occurring online to comply with social distancing protocols.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information or maxv @ horizonps.com


 HIDARG has a special social gathering on the 3rd Thursday of Every month at Pappy's Pizza.
We trade off with the Redmond and Bend locations.
Contact Max KF7MAX or Brady W7YPZ. See contact info under contact button above.

Please note that this social event does not occur in Dec.

We meet first Thurs of every month at Aspen Ridge Retirement Home (Except Aug)
On hwy-20 turn left at the light as if going to Costco, past the Costco entrance around the corner.
Aspen Ridge is on the Right Hand side. Upstairs 2nd floor in the Activity Room, next to the gym.

   -- KF7MAX

HIDARG's 146.94 repeater on Long Butte is now on EchoLink
NODE#  159091 - W7JVO-R
This means that you can access any OTHER EchoLink Node via the Long Butte repeater.

Very informal net (round table)   simplex 446.58 mhz
First Wednesday of each month at 1900 hrs
UHF FUSION NET at 6:45pm each Tues prior to the HiDARG net.
This is to exercise the system, and spot any issues. 448.750, no tone at this time.

We are trying out a new net at noon on Thursdays, normal HiDARG repeater system.
This is to update folks on our weekly lunch meetings the prior Wed.
Hopefully those that can't attend those meetings, can at least check in and get info about
what is going on with HiDARG.

Wheeler Amateur Radio Club has a repeater on the air.....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. We hope to finalize this in Spring 2019.

  What the heck's this HamWan stuff I hear floating around.
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.

OFFICERS/BOARD members for 2020
Brady Remsen W7YPZ  President
Chris Reid KF7JB Vice-Pres
Max Vaughan KF7MAX  Secretary
Adam Leask KC7NKP  Treasure
Kent Garliepp AF7QO Member at Large
John Cherry KE7GYB backup MAL

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