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The Valley Radio Club of Oregon (formerly Valley Radio Club of Eugene), located in Eugene, Oregon, was chartered in 1932, and is one of the oldest, continuously operated club stations in the United States. It has been affiliated with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) since 1932, and associated with the American Red Cross since 1951.
If you are a newly licensed ham operator in our community, please come on by and meet other hams. Our membership is diverse, with ham radio experience ranging from several months to many decades!! Let us share our hamming experiences with you, and you'll see what ham radio fun is all about!!
Nepal has 30 million people but only 100 hams with only 28 radios, and Nepal has had two major earthquakes recently. Cell phone ownership and coverage is very low, so
amateur radio may very well be a primary means of assisting in emergencies. Training new hams is going on but they also really need handy-talkie radios.
They prefer the BaoFeng HT, which is only $33 each. A repeater has been sent but customs really delayed it, and it cost the equivalent of a month salary of a university professor to release.
The Valley Radio Club donated several BaoFeng's with the help of Radio Mala which has a goal to install a total of 4 repeaters in Nepal, which would give amateur radio coverage to most of Nepal. It is a California 501 (c)(3) organization, and an individual within that organization will hand carry the radios into Nepal, thus avoiding the customs delays. We encourage you to donate to them as well.