Create Your Own Printed Maps

Finding printed maps at the neighborhood level is becoming more difficult as more and more maps go online. You can print Google Maps, but sometimes the results are less than satisfactory, and the cropping is hard to control.

Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) has some excellent scalable maps on their website. This page lists some of their wonderful maps which print well, and can be scaled and cropped to include just the area of your choice. The maps appear to be vector graphics, so that the resolution can be adjusted if you have access to a good graphics editor.

If you would like some assistance in creating a custom map for your area of responsibility or concern, please feel free to send me a note via the contact page.

“An Introduction to the Neighborhood Radio Communications Response Guide” slideshow

Don Metheny, AI7AD, has created an excellent slide presentation, “An Introduction to the Neighborhood Radio Communications Response Guide“, which provides not only an introduction to the guide, but some background on how it came to be. Our thanks to Don for allowing us to share it!

FRS Radio Test Summary

On Saturday, April 10, 2021, we met at the back lot of Norkenzie Christian Church to check out our FRS radios and do some testing. We had a number of brands represented, including Midland, DeWalt, and Baofeng. After some experimenting, we determined that most of the radios were able to successfully send and receive on the two channels tested, 1 and 3. An important note: we determined that the radios must be set to NOT use CTCSS or DCS tones. While that eliminates privacy of communication, it allows us to monitor all activity on those channels.

Meeting April 10, 2021

Greetings, NE Eugene HAMS!

We will be holding our monthly second-Saturday meeting in person this coming Saturday, April 10, 2021. Here are the main points:

  • DATE: Saturday, April 10, 2021
  • TIME: 10:00 AM
  • LOCATION: Norkenzie Christian Church, 2530 Crescent Ave, Eugene, OR 97408. Back parking lot.
  • PURPOSE: To test and educate ourselves about FRS radios, and how to make yours (or someone else’s) function properly in emergency situations.
  • BRING: Your mask and/or face shield; your FRS radio(s) and manuals or other documentation; a lawn chair or stool if you would like to sit; your coffee or beverage of choice.

We will be practicing social distancing. Depending on the number of attendees and the equipment we bring, we may break out into small groups based on brand or type of radios. 

Please mark your calendar, and we’ll see you Saturday!

Neighborhood Radio Communications Response Guide is now approved

February 9, 2021 – Andy Davis announced today that the Neighborhood Radio Communications Response Guide has been approved, with some minor modifications from the draft plan that was posted here recently. Members are encouraged to read and use this manual. The manual is available on the Docs and Maps page, or you can use this link to the PDF.