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Cherokee County, North Carolina

"Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains"

Amateur Radio Emergency Service

North Carolina Auxiliary Communications










                                   Sponsored, in part, by the Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society-Murphy Chapter-An ARRL Service Club


***The next meeting of the WCARS-Murphy Chapter Club and Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM will be held on July 14th at 7 pm at the Penland Senior Center, 69 Alpine Street, Murphy, as originally scheduled***Field Day 2020 was smaller this year with a 2A station, but still quite successful...***Amateur radio license testing has resumed, but will only be held on an "appointment only" basis-send us an e-mail if you need to be tested***Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM is available to provide communications as a public service for special events like parades, walk-a-thons, and races for free***Combined WCARS-Murphy Chapter and 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 first and third Saturday of the month (CURRENTLY SUSPENDED) at Main Street USA Diner on Hiwassee Street in Murphy sponsored by the WCARS Murphy Chapter and open to all within the amateur radio community or those interested in becoming ham radio operators***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:

                  Thomas LaMothe             Phil Rifice               Carroll Hurt               Tom Bower             Larry Shumway                        

                                                                                                                    K4DWF (SK)         N4KBA (SK)      KI4IVC (SK)        W4TEB (SK)         N5DHY (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 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

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 (NCAUXCOMM) 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:

Please visit our FaceBook page Amateur Radio Emergency Service of Cherokee County NC


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