A new project on the horizon


It has been a while since I last posted on the site. We have been busy keeping exam sessions going and getting ready to build new Technician and General classes. The last couple of years have been slow going, as we are all volunteers keeping our personal lives afloat have taken a lot of time away from volunteer pursuits.

We have a big project in the works, the Oregon Amateur Radio Engagement Project 2023, which will allow us to expand our reach and provide more services to a broader audience. It will also be the foundation of several more projects. We are looking forward to working closely with Klamath Basin Amateur Radio Association and Klamath County ARES on a few of there big projects.

A lot of new things to come in 2023! We are working on nailing down project plans and funding them so we can hit the ground running Q1.

More to come, soon.

~Jon Wanzer KK6GXG
Executive Director

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Sky Lakes Gateway Project

CDCA has fielded its first project!

We set up a Winlink gateway for Sky Lakes Amateur Radio Association located at Sky Lakes Medical Center. Currently, the station is a packet gateway waiting for some hardware to finish the HF gateway.

This community emergency radio and preparedness project is a cooperative effort between
Sky Lakes Amateur Radio Association, Sky Lakes Medical Center, Klamath Basin Amateur Radio Association, and Civil Defense Communications Auxiliary.

During the build process, the station is on-air under CDCA’s callsign N7CDC-10 on 145.050 MHz. The station is reachable direct or through the HAMAKR and HOGBAK digipeaters. We have had successful connections and transfers from Mnt. Ashland making Rogue Valley access to the Klamath Basin possible by VHF packet.

Once approval has been granted by Winlink to the Sky Lakes ARA, the callsign will be changed to KD7TNG-10

The success of the Mt. Ashland transfer and existing transfers through and to HAMAKR from several northern California and southern Oregon areas means a viable Winlink path now exists for several isolated communities. In grid-down, communications-down, emergencies these remote areas have a practical emergency communications option.

We are very happy to be able to provide support to this important community emergency communications asset and will post updates as we get closer to project completion.

Your tax-deductible donations to the Civil Defense Communications Auxiliary supports emergency communications and preparedness projects and training like the Sky Lakes Gateway project. Thank you for your support.

~Jon Wanzer, Executive Director

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