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Cherokee County, North Carolina

"Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains"

Amateur Radio Emergency Service










***The first official combined meeting of the Murphy Chapter of the Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society and Cherokee County ARES will be on Tuesday, April 11th, at 7 pm.  The primary topic for the meeting will be validation of the bylaws and rules of order for the new chapter, along with other motions which require member approval***Audio for the Radio Tributes for Phil Rifice N4KBA (SK) and Robert "Carroll" Hurt KI4IVC are posted below***Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM is available to provide communications as a public service for special events like parades, walk-a-thons, and races***Cherokee County ARES net every Thursday at 7 pm Eastern Time (use of emergency/backup power requested first net of each month)***Social Brunch on the third Saturday of the month at Main Street USA Diner on Hiwassee Street in Murphy***de KD4UYR EC Cherokee County ...-.-***


All emergency communicators MUST become members of NC AUXCOMM  Click on AUXCOMM link for details

ARES Net Audio

In Memorium:

Phil Rifice     and   Carroll Hurt

N4KBA (SK)      KI4IVC (SK)

The Cherokee County ARES Net is held each Thursday Evening at 7:00 pm Eastern Time

 on the K4AIH Repeater Located atop Joanna Bald on 147.045- (PL 151.4)

 EchoLink Node KD4UYR/R (821243)

The Emergency Coordinator and SKYWARN Net Manager is Kevin Heyboer KD4UYR

The Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Logistics and Asst SKYWARN Net Manager is Charlie Earle K4CTE

The Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Net Administration is Dick Leineke KJ4GTK

The secondary frequency for Cherokee County ARES is 147.315+ PL 103.5 K4CTE/R

The Simplex Tactical Frequency (TAC 1) for Cherokee County ARES is 146.460

Future planned formal meeting dates:  March 14th, April 11th

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month

at the Robert Penland Senior Center at 69 Alpine Street (behind the Courthouse) in Murphy

      Bordered by Tennessee to the West and Georgia to the South, Cherokee County, NC is the westernmost county in the State of North Carolina.  Cherokee County has a permanent population of approximately 27,000 and the County Seat is Murphy, NC.  Located at the intersection of four major US Highways, the Murphy area enjoys being a popular summer resort destination while maintaining the quiet and clean atmosphere of a small Southern    town.  Almost one-half of Cherokee County is comprised of the Tusquittee Ranger District of the Nantahala National Forest.  A large amount of land within Cherokee County is held in trust by the U.S. Government on behalf of the Eastern Tribe of the Cherokee Indian Nation.  Their are approximately 130 licensed Amateur Radio Operators living within  Cherokee County.

 Cherokee County Amateur Radio Service is part of the North Carolina Amateur Radio Service or NCARES.  As an ARES organization, NCARES is sanctioned and supported as a part of the Amateur Radio Relay League Field Organization. The mission of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service is to provide emergency communications in support of the governmental infrastructure, including NC Emergency Management, and related support groups such as the Red Cross,during times of natural and man-made disasters which interrupt normal forms of communications such as telephones, public service radio systems, and the internet.

To be a member of Cherokee County ARES, you must hold an Amateur Radio License of Technician Class or higher, and be willing to volunteer your time and amateur radio equipment in support of the ARES mission.  Members are expected to complete FEMA training, which is available on-line free of charge, and become registered members of the North Carolina Auxiliary Communications Service (NCAUXCOM) in order to fulfill our goal of providing emergency communications services to Emergency Management. 

For information regarding Cherokee County ARES or Amateur Radio in general, please follow the listed links, or contact:


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