Who are the Radio
Amateurs of the Gorge (W7RAG)
The Radio Amateurs of the
Gorge radio club was formed in the late 1960's by a group of
hams living in Hood River county. The club meetings were held in the
upstairs meeting room above Paris Fair department store. We met
monthly to share ideas and talents to promote the radio hobby. Most
all had built their own equipment. Two meters was new on the agenda
and much time was spent converting mobile phone equipment from the
telephone service to be used for mobile or base 2 meter stations.
All were crystal controlled.
Our major activity was ARRL
field day setting up a camp somewhere within the Mount Hood Forest
district usually at an old forest service lookout site.
the late seventies our first 2 meter repeater was installed on Mt.
Defiance. In 2008 our club call sign (W7RAG) was acquired.
Fast forward to today and there are 5 VHF/UHF repeaters in the area.
A Winlink digital node exists to provide Email,
BBS and NTS services to local hams.
VHF and HF Nets are are available to interested folks. ARES/RACES
groups are in
in the gorge. But the Radio Amateurs of
the Gorge has not lost sight of it's original purpose.
- Provide radio theory
training to the public in all phases of amateur radio.
- Provide training and
instruction to members to improve skills relating to amateur
- Provide communication
in times of emergency, charitable, public or other community
- Provide a meeting
place to socialize and to promote the exchange of ideas to
further enhance the hobby of amateur radio.
We are committed to furthering
the growth of the Amateur Radio hobby. The Radio Amateurs of the
Gorge is proud to offer ham radio and emergency services related
workshops and license exam training classes. Activities during the
year help promote camaraderie among
members. Our public service support
for civic events promote good will between
amateurs and our local or regional communities.
Club activities include:
- Elmering others
- Community event
- Members meetings
- Mini Field Days for
fun and practice
- Antenna parties
- Instructional classes
Most members of W7RAG
reside in Hood River and Wasco county Oregon, or Skamania and
Klickitat County Washington. We do, however welcome any and all that
have an interest in amateur radio to join us.
Attend a monthly meeting on the second Saturday of the month at 8:00
AM. We meet at the Hood River Fire Department, 1785
Meyer Parkway in Hood River. You may also
contact us for more information. If interested take a
look at our membership pages and fill out a
and then mail it in or bring it with you to a meeting.
We welcome all guests and members to join us and have FUN!