Near or Far
Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need. ROAR is not intended to be a replacement of local ham clubs or ARES groups and nets. But hopefully, a usefull source of information that can be used both for recreation about the area and a ready source of vital information in times of critical need.
Appropriate skills and tools are not enough in an emergency when in an unfamiliar area. Having a quick reference to what and who is available for contact will be crucial. This site is intended to be collection of just such resources of contact points, emergency services and knowledgable agencies to contact. See Content Page. As the website develops there will be how to’s, FAQ and tutorials about emergency preparations and aids.
Amateur Radio Saves Lives
There is much of the John Day River/Mid-Columbia River Basin that is remote and without cell service. Even two-way radio like CB, FRS, and GMRS is limited to less than a mile due to terrain and population. However, this has not deterred people from exploring, recreating, hunting, fishing, floating the rivers or just take a weekend drive. Communication becomes critical for emergency. A licensed ham with a 5-watt handheld radio could fill.
Where Ever You Are
Preparedness is the right of passage. The ROAR website can provide a knowledge base of the Amateur Radio and established agency support for emergecies in the area. Better serving individuals needing to commonly engage in what it takes to keep the emergency from being a tragedy. Just having a license and radio is not enough.
Without perfecting of innate ability, merely being involved would not increase your chance of being useful.
Having skills and being available is important but without proper information would be akin to skilled and available but blind. Hopefully, this site will provide basic and critical information in case of need. As an added benefit information that will invite you to be involved in the local clubs, nets and events.