This month, Oregon ARES members will complete the state-wide
installation of Winlink, thanks to a 250,000 dollar grant from Governor Ted Kulongoski. In 2007, the governor was impressed
by the hams' ability to handle emergency communications when severe
winter storms wreaked havoc on Oregon's North Coast and flooded the City
of Vernonia, knocking out 911 services, Internet and phone service for
an extended period of time.