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!

 GOOD NEWS!!!  UPDATE! 12/15/16 Charter has signed the QuickClaim Deed. The Pine Mt facility is fully owned by HiDARG... this is great news folks. Work is still needing to be done. We need to remove the older microwave dishes from that site weather and access permitting. Anyone looking for a dish to do moon bounce or perhaps build a solar plant, or for that piece of garden art, please contact us. We can provide pics of what the look like. Right now their worth is in the recycle cash we can get out of them, which would just about cover the cost of removing them.

 GOOD NEWS!!!  UPDATE! 3/15/16 As you know Mt Stephenson is still off the air at this time. A new antenna and a new set of heavy duty AGM deep cycles are in our possession to enhance the site and replace those failed systems. This will help with the folks in Fossil and John Day areas to get better comm into our system. We have also purchased the link radio and antenna's that Fossil and John Day need to link into Pine Mt. The John Day antenna has been installed and that system is working much better now than it ever has. Though improvements can still be made.

  -- KF7MAX

Jerry Kenyon KB7LNR was forced to remove his repeater system from it's location on Long Butte due to the property being sold. A work party was formed this last weekend Dec 3rd/4th to help bring down the antenna's, tower and remove the equipment from the building. HiDARG wants to thank all those that helped participate. I hope to have links to some pictures soon. 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 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 145.21 is now linked into the HIDARG system via Pine Mountain. UPDATE! On Friday afternoon 11/4/16, Bill N7RGB, Troy AG6NJ, Bob W7SCY, and Max KF7MAX went up to swap out the marginal Omni with a 16 element folded Dipole UHF antenna on loan from Bill.
Working until after sunset, we managed to move the support pipe from the back end of the framework to the front for better separation from nearby structures. Long story sort, Antenna works much better.

 Wheeler Amateur Radio Club has a new 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. The controller is in kit form and is currently being assembled by Max KF7MAX. The club has allocated some more funds to get a radio. Ideally we would like to purchase the same type of link radio that we use in our other facilities. Once we have the stuff assembled, a trip to the site will be in order and get them linked in.

 Click here to read the current newsletter   June/July has been posted. If you missed Aug/Sept newsletter, the reason is that unfortunately, I have not had the time to come up with content on my own. Repeated calls for help with content have not been very productive either. Not looking for actual articles, but suggestions or short paragraphs of something that others might find interesting. We may need to suspend the newsletter or assign it to quarterly status.

  What the heck's this HamWan stuff I hear floating around. We hope to have more info posted soon.
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 NEXT HIDARG MEETING is on THURS April 6th 7PM at the MidOregon Federal Credit Union
Bob W7SCY will be giving a presentation on stealth antenna's, and how you can find
Solutions for those of you living in an HOA.

We will have some other general topics to discuss as well.


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

MidOregon Federal Credit Union
1386 NE Cushing Dr, Bend, OR
Either south bound or north bound on 27th Turn west on NE Medical Center Drive
Turn right on Cushing. West or East bound on Neff road take 27th South follow the above

 "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.


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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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