The Portland Radio Contester Club was founded to encourage fellow Radio Amateurs to learn about the Radiosport aspect of our hobby. The club is oriented towards newcomers to contesting, focusing on lending a guiding hand by exposing club members to the various contests each week, sharing strategies, helping with software setups, hardware issues, etc. etc.
The club has initiated a weekly 'on air' meeting, each Thursday night on 28.388 mhz at 8 PM Pacific time. This net, and the club, function as a Peer to Peer network, just like the popular internet music sharing concepts. Those club members that have experience will lend their experience to others who need it, interfacing directly on the air, via email or in person. We are also developing a website that will have links to software and contest sites, a blog function etc. It's in it's infancy, but check out www.pdxrcc.com often.
MOST IMPORTANT, is that our philosphy is to share the FUN and EXCITEMENT of contesting at EVERY LEVEL. We encourage the contester to create personal goals for a contest, de-emphasizing the overall standing in exchange for 'personal bests'.
I started this club to GIVE BACK to Ham Radio. It's a great hobby, and has given me a tremendous amount. Terrific friendships, hands on, real world electronic knowledge, and a great amount of fun and comraderie. I hope to be an energy source to encourage others to enhance their Ham Radio Experience through contesting, and of course to increase the participation in contests!
Lastly, this club is ecstatic to have been granted the callsign KK7PR in memoriam of a longtime friend who recently became a Silent Key. Ralph Bilyeu, ex-KK7PR was given a lot by Ham Radio. After losing his eyesight in his mid-50's, Ralph, a Navy Radioman for a quarter century, was guided to ham radio by a family member, and it gave Ralph his life back, allowing him to create a network of friends via the radio. Ralph further sustained serious injuries in his late 70's, finally succumbing to cancer at 82. In spite of these hardships, Ralph was SO positive, and he 'gave back' to ham radio on a daily basis, giving lots of his time supporting several maritime nets. Ralph was a great man, a great ham, and a role model for all of us. Thanks Ralph, you are missed very much, and this club will keep your memory alive by Giving Back to Ham Radio in your honor.
Kevin K7ZS - Trustee of the PDXRCC
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