Current info on COVID-19 – Our station is currently closed to all visitors but KBOG staff are available through email at contact@kbog.org. We are working hard to keep you up to date and connected through community radio.

The Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 pandemic is here in Oregon. Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-12. Worldwide, the virus has already killed over two million people, overwhelmed medical systems, millions have lost their jobs, many businesses are shuttered, and, experts say, this is far from over. To help you navigate how to respond to this public health challenge, below are some trusted sources of information for your review, including Frequently Asked Questions, the CARES and American Relief Acts, Unemployment and Small Business Resources:

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April Is International Amateur Radio Month!

Every April, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day (April 18, 2021). It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was formed in Paris.

Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave spectrum — far from being a wasteland —could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio worldwide.

Just two years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, Amateur Radio gained the allocations still recognized today — 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters. Since its founding, the IARU has worked tirelessly to defend and expand the frequency allocations for Amateur Radio. Thanks to the support of enlightened administrations in every part of the globe, radio amateurs are now able to experiment and communicate in frequency bands strategically located throughout the radio spectrum. From the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the IARU has grown to include 160 member-societies in three regions. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia. Region 2 covers the Americas, and Region 3 is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific island nations, and most of Asia. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the IARU as representing the interests of Amateur Radio.

Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with more than 3,000,000 licensed operators!

World Amateur Radio Day is the day when IARU Member-Societies can show our capabilities to the public and enjoy global friendship with other Amateurs worldwide.

Special Theme for World Amateur Radio Day 2021 Announced

The IARU Administrative Council has chosen “Amateur Radio: Home but Never Alone” as the theme for World Amateur Radio Day. Faced with a pandemic that forced the adoption of extreme physical isolation to reduce the spread of the virus, the worldwide amateur radio community responded positively to overcome the resulting social isolation. In the days and weeks following the onset of the pandemic radio amateurs reached out spontaneously to one another via the airwaves at the local, national, and global levels. Local “wellness nets” provided friendly voices and regular status checks to those, especially the elderly, who are confined to their homes. “Stay safe” special event stations in dozens of countries reminded us all of the importance of limiting the spread of the virus. On-the-air activity was at an unprecedented level throughout the remainder of 2020, with record-breaking numbers of entries in the major contests.

To learn more about Amateur Radio, check out the IARU.

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April Is International Guitar Month!

International Guitar Month in April inspires the world to strum and pick their way through chords to sweet serenity. Whether you play guitar or your talent is in listening, the month is wide open to ways to celebrate. Guitars bring joy whether we play them or listen to the music they produce.

Celebrate International Guitar Month With These Guitar Greats

It’s hard to imagine listening to Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway To Heaven” without remembering the classic “No ‘Stairway’ — denied!” scene in Wayne’s World. Once voted the No. 1 greatest guitar solo ever, the classic-rock staple is one of many great solos and guitar-playing styles that we’ve been handed over the years.

“Stairway” is one of many songs we’ve included in World Cafe‘s celebration of International Guitar Month, observed each April since 1987. We’ve curated a Spotify playlist of great guitarists and guitar solos to celebrate the glory of an instrument whose origins have been traced back to as early as the eighth century.

Whether you’re into Neil Young‘s simple but powerful guitar solo on “Down By The River,” Joni Mitchell‘s open-tuning beauty “Coyote,” Prince‘s burning solo on “Purple Rain,” Joe Walsh’s wah-wah funk on the James Gang’s “Funk #49,” B.B. King‘s iconic solo on “The Thrill Is Gone” or the wild genius of Wilco‘s Nels Cline on “Impossible Germany,” have a listen as we celebrate the guitar’s many styles and sounds.

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April is National Garden Month!

Growing tired of winter yet? As much as we all may enjoy a cozy night by the fire, the change in seasons brings a much needed chance to shed that vampire-like avoidance of daylight and venture back into the great outdoors. April is, after all, the month when spring springs, so April’s National Garden Month is the right time to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature’s colorful antidote to cabin fever.

National Garden Month Activities

  1. Stop and smell the roses

    Visiting a local rose garden, or really any garden in general, can be a great, cheap date or just a fun way to celebrate National Garden Month. Pack a picnic and have a fun lunch after a romantic stroll amongst the flowers, or get your knowledge on by visiting a nearby nature conservatory.

  2. Plant something

    Giving life to plants may not be your thing… yet. It’s never too late to discover the joys of planting a seed and watching it grow. Even better, you could plant some herbs or veggies and experience the added joy of tasting the fruits, if you will, of your labor. April can be a great time to plant tomatoes, beets, corn, basil, and more.

  3. Decorate your garden

    Spicing up your green space isn’t just about planting some chili peppers. Turn your backyard garden into a Shangri-La by setting up some outdoor chairs or a comfy bench. You can transform it from a place for performing dirty labor into a place for breathing in some fresh, fragrant air.

Why We Love National Garden Month

  1. It’s about Mother Nature

    April means spring and spring means a chance to celebrate new life. Sure you can get outside just to enjoy the sun, but don’t forget to take note of all that’s budding around you. Tulips, freesia, sunflowers, and roses, and are just some of the flowers you might see in bloom during National Garden Month.

  2. It’s about going back to your roots

    There’s nothing quite like digging into the soil to plant a seed, and then watching it take root and grow. Getting dirty in the garden and watching new life form before your eyes brings a special kind of joy that’s you can’t really experience through any other activity.

  3. Getting some Vitamin D

    Our bodies produce Vitamin D as a response to sunlight, so being out in the garden means getting some good stuff flowing through your system. Vitamin D has all kind of great health benefits like helping with weight loss and bone development, and improving the immune system. Translation: gardening is good for your health!

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    April is National Poetry Month!

    National Poetry Month – Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and, of course, poets, marking poetry’s important place in our lives. In 2021, the Academy of American Poets looks forward to celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of this annual celebration!

    Each April, the Academy offers activities, initiatives, and resources so that anyone can join in National Poetry Month online and at home: