Welcome to Clatsop County, Oregon AuxComm

Providing Amateur Radio Emergency and Public Service Communications Throughout Clatsop County, Oregon

This website is published by Clatsop County AuxComm for the benefit of members and the community of amateur radio operators supporting emergency and public service communications within Clatsop County Oregon.



Columbia Memorial Hospital, Astoria
Two Saturdays: January 14 & 21, 2017

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American Red Cross Comprehensive Shelter Training

January 27-29 and February 3-5
Clatsop Community College
South Campus

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Wishing you all a rewarding 2017!

Red Cross Shelter

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2 weekends

January 27-29 and February 3-5

Fridays 6-9pm, Saturdays 9am-4pm, Sunday 1-5

10 Red Cross classes relative to helping people during a disaster have been combined – for the first time - into one unified FREE course spanning two weekends.

Offered through Clatsop Community College and taught by Red Cross certified instructor Jenny Carter, the course will offer all 10 classes in five sessions:

Mayday 150The Rescue-21 system indicates that the transmitter is South of Cape Disappointment Coast Guard station. However, there is no cross bearing to give them a good location. 

Local amateur radio operators are asked to monitor 156.800 MHz, no PL, 5 KHz wide (not the new VHF Narrow-band used by public safety agencies).  Unfortunately, you will hear routine status announcements & the occasional ship-to-ship transmissions.  What you are listening for is the following voice: https://www.dvidshub.net/audio/45774/rescue-21-recording-false-mayday-call

The suspect is described as a white male adult, 35-40 years old, with an accent indicating he is from SE states or the East coast.  If you hear such a transmission, note your location, the signal strength, & time.

Phone the Coast Guard tip line at 503-338-9021.

Then, phone Don Hillgaertner WA7TEM at 503-338-7428 so he can update Clatsop Emergency Management.  Also keep track of your “monitoring hours”, so they can be submitted as volunteer time.  Any questions can be forwarded to Don at 503-338-7428 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Don Hillgaertner WA7TEM
Clatsop Auxiliary Communications Officer



Saturday January 14, and Saturday January 21, both classes held 9 AM to 4PM
Location: Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria


The licensing exam fee is $15.  

Students will need to provide their own study guide: The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual for Technician, Third Edition. This is available from Amazon in both book and Kindle form. A simple calculator is needed for the test. No cellphone calculator aps are allowed.

For those wishing to upgrade their existing license those tests will also be available on the 21st during the test session. The same testing fee applies for this as well. For those wishing to upgrade to General and Extra class please let us know so we have the proper test materials and volunteer examiners.

This is a Federal Communications License which you must have to operate on Ham Radio Frequencies. Students will learn about Radio Theory, Allowable Frequencies, RF Exposure Limits, Repeaters, Radio Ethics, Antennas, Allowable Frequency Bands, as well as other important and necessary subjects to know in order to pass your Ham Radio Exam. Exam will be given after the class.

The objective of this class is to prepare people to help with radio communications for non-emergency and emergency situations such as wind storms, floods, tsunami’s and other possible man made disasters that may cause major damage, and/or power and communications failures.

To register and for more information please contact Mike Gore at 503.338.8884 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


November 5, 2016 | Sputnik International

Asteroids are coming for us, NASA says. The only question is when.

To prepare for the low-likelihood but high-consequence possibility of a relatively large asteroid fixing Earth in its sights, NASA and the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held asteroid-impact simulation exercises in El Segundo, California, last month.

This was the third in a series of exercises the agencies have held to help increase collaboration, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement November 4. NASA and FEMA would lead the US response to a major asteroid hit.

drop cover hold on!

By Lyra Fontaine | October 21, 2016 | The Daily Astorian

SEASIDE — At 10:20 a.m. Thursday, Seaside High School Principal Jeff Roberts used the loudspeaker to tell all students to take cover for the earthquake. The students dropped to their hands and knees, took cover under their desks and held on.

Seaside High School took part in the Great Oregon ShakeOut for the first time this year after Associated Student Body leaders suggested the statewide event. Homes, schools and organizations in other states and countries also participated in the drill Thursday.

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