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W7GRA now has a phone number 541-406-0829
Congratulations to Ken Benjamin! He passed his Technician Exam today 11/14/2020
Covid-19 Virus update 1/20/2021 -W7BL
Well 2021 is here! Hopefully this year is better than last year. A quick update, we are still unable to use the classroom at the La Grande Fire Station. So we have been having our meetings over the air on one of the local repeaters or we have been meeting at the Grace Bible Church off of Y ave in La Grande.
Our first meeting of the year is fast approaching. It will be on January 26th at 6pm at the Grace Bible Church. If you can make it please do. This is our annual meeting where we elect this years club officers. To proceed with an election we must have 1/3rd of our members attend the meeting. Our constitution does not allow for off site voting.
We are also going to welcome in the new year by having an exam on Tuesday as well. The exam will happen at 5pm at the church.
The Grande Ronde Radio Amateur Association (GRRAA) is an organization for those interested in amateur radio. Amateur Radio Operators (also known as “hams”), are licensed by the FCC to operate amateur radio communications for personal enjoyment and for emergency communications. The GRRAA has been granted a call sign by the FCC of W7GRA. We use this call sign for official club functions like Field day or other amateur radio events.
The purposes of GRRAA:
- Prepare for emergency communications needs of our community.
- Provide interesting and meaningful programs and education to the organization members
- Promote the hobby and service that is amateur radio to our community
Where we live:
Most members of GRRAA reside in Oregon, specifically Union, Baker, and Wallowa County. However, we welcome all that have an interest in all aspects of amateur radio. So, if you are passing through on your way to another town, vacationing at one of our many destinations in Eastern Oregon, or just a neighbor, you are welcome.
Interested in learning more about the club or Amateur Radio?
Attend one of our monthly meetings, breakfast gatherings, contact us electronically or preferably OVER THE AIR! Please explore our website or visit us on Facebook, search for W7GRA. On this website, you will find our membership application, our club’s constitution, and other information that you may find interesting. If you don’t have a FCC license yet, we can point you in the right direction for study materials and can also proctor the FCC Amateur Radio tests.
2nd Saturday Breakfast: ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
We meet every 2nd Saturday of the month (excluding major holidays) for a no host gathering at the Denny’s in La Grande. This informal gathering starts at 9am and usually lasts just over an hour. Unfortunately with Covid 19 going around, please check for the latest updates to find out if Denny’s is available or not. We haven’t been able to meet for the last few months.
Monthly Business Meeting:
We conduct our monthly business meeting the 4th Tuesday of the month. This is open to the public and all are welcome. Due to Covid 19, our meetings are in flux. Currently the La Grande Fire Station is unavailable and we don’t see it getting free any time soon. Our backup location has been the Grace Bible Church at 1114 Y Ave, La Grande. If we are unable to have a meeting there, we will do a meeting / net on the 147.260 K7RPT or the W7GRA repeater (146.980) to conduct business. Regardless of the venue, the meetings start at 6pm Pacific.
edited W7BL 1/20/2021