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

What is Ham RadioGetting Licensed

HiDARG Picnic - Saturday 8/28 (Postponed until a later date.)

Rockridge Park - Bend - NE 18th at Egypt
Starts at 11:30AM, food served around 1:00PM
There will be a few fox hunts
If you have equipment to sell, bring it
HiDARG is providing burgers and limited soft drinks/water
Bring your side dish of choice
Please RSVP to Max via email so he knows how much food we need
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I also see Max is getting a little long on the tooth again on the home page, will clean this up this week.  N7VME - Bryan  :)


Need to take the test and get licensed! Contact Joe K7SQ under our Exams menu above.
We have been doing test sessions at various locations 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.
If you wish to subscribe... email

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 Some INFO on NET Schedules due to Covid issues:

Monday Net on the 220 repeater   224.050 n/t  1.6- offset

NEW YL NET.... Hosts Nora NW7CQ, Chris KF7JB, and Sandy KS7NDY

SECOND Thursday of every month at 6:30pm on the 146.94 and HiDARG system.

Our Wed lunch meetings are now Jakes, in PERSON!!!!
FOLKS show up around 11am meeting starts at 12 noon SHARP!

On THURSDAYS at 12PM will be our tech net held on the 146.94 Long-butte repeater
Have a question you would like to submit...send to KF7MAX or KE7ACY..(See email group link above.)
Since we are now keeping the link active as the default, ALL VHF NETS will be heard through out the HiDARG system.
NEW!! our Friday noon "What's for Lunch Net" hosted by KJ7OIV...thanks John"

Other nets to check out ... .Simplex net on 146.58 Tues around 7:30pm
Fusion Net on the 443.350 system around 6:30pm on Mon's Note freg changed.
DMR net around 6:30pm on Tues.

HAM CLASSES have been RENEWED for this FALL.., next classes are being scheduled for
SAT OCT-16-2021  and NOV-20-2021
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 opened us back up (for now).

DETAILS will be in the Fall Community Education Pamphlet which is NOW OUT!!!.
HiDARG is not in control of any reservations.
FCC FRN REGISTRATION  https://www.fcc.gov/rofrn

Ham Radio Accelerated Technician license training is NOW OPEN!

Our next classes are being scheduled for
SAT OCT-16-2021  and NOV-20-2021

You HAVE TO register with COCC, details are on the Community Education Handbook
After Registration you will also need to contact KF7MAX so we can send you additional information.
THAT email is under the "CONTACT US" menu above.

THE signup link is now active at.... https://www.enrole.com/cocc/jsp/index.jsp?categoryId=10201
Scroll Down to the Ham Radio Information.

$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.
Be sure to get your FCC FRN number and bring that with you.

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.
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!)

Email  maxv @ horizonps.com for more information.

Moving forward our meetings are now at the Foundry Church, block behind and south of Deschutes Brewery, across from the Post Office on Oregon Ave.  First Thurs of the month at 7pm. Doors open about 6:30. If you need more info, email maxv at horizonps dot com. (NOTE We are currently meeting online via ZOOM.

   -- KF7MAX

HIDARG's 146.94 repeater on Long Butte is 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 6:30pm each Monday night prior to the HiDARG simplex net.
This is to exercise the system, and spot any issues. 443.750, 156.7T for FM users.

  What the heck's this HamWan stuff I hear floating around, now it is ARDEN
If you want to get in on the scoop and discussions, please contact Jeff KE7ACY or Max KF7MAX
If you have even a passing interest just send an email include your full name and call sign.
You can be removed at any time if you wish.

OFFICERS/BOARD members for 2021
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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