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Combined Cherokee County ARES/WCARS-Murphy Chapter Newsletter


October, 2017


Amateur Radio Operators have been busy throughout the United States and the World providing communications support for the survivors of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. 


The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) has been operating for itís longest period in recent history accepting outbound communications from Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and other islands in the Caribbean that were devastated by Hurricane Maria.


In an unprecedented move, the ARRL sent 50 volunteers under the auspices of the American Red Cross and ALL of their ham aid radio equipment to Puerto Rico.  Also unprecedented is the SATERN radio network on 14.265 listening for and accepting traffic from those American Red Cross volunteers.


On the local front, WCARS-Murphy, in accordance with the WCARS charter, is actively seeking nominations for next yearís officers.  Elections are scheduled to be held at the November meeting.


Planning is underway for a fund raising spaghetti dinner sponsored by and for the benefit of WCARS-Murphy.  Mike Garitta KK4JTH has graciously offered his assistance in planning and executing this project.  The funds collected may be used for a variety of club needs which include payment of rent for the K4CTE repeater and additional repairs to the club owned communications trailer.


And, finally, we are asking members of both WCARS-Murphy and CCARES/NCAUXCOMM to make recommendations for a good location for our annual Christmas Holiday dinner.


We look forward to seeing all of you at the next meeting on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at 7 pm at the Robert A. Penland Senior Center in Murphy.



                                                                        Charlie Earle K4CTE

Kevin Heyboer KD4UYR                                  Club President-Murphy Chapter WCARS

Emergency Coordinator                                     Assistant Emergency Coordinator

Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM                Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM

SW NC SKYWARN Net Manager                     SW NC SKYWARN Assistant Net Manager                   



Wednesday, October 4th, 2017:


Clay County ARES/AUXCOMM informal lunch meeting.  Clay County ARES/AUXCOMM meets at 12:00 Noon at various locations.   Check into the previous Appalachian Emergency Net on the K5PRE repeater, 146.955+ PL 100.00 to find out where the group is meeting for lunch.


Thursday, October 5th, 2017:


Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM Emergency Net at 7:00 PM on the K4AIH repeater (147.045 MHz, - offset,151.4 Hz tone). This net meets weekly on Thursdays. On the first net of the month we encourage operating on emergency power. Inform the Net Control if you are on emergency power when you check in. (Nets held most Thursdays.). 


Appalachian Emergency Net (Formerly Clay County ARES Net) meets at 9:00 PM Thursday nights on the Clay County ARES/AUXCOMM repeater K5PRE (146.955 MHz, - offset, 100 Hz tone). (Nets held most Thursdays)


Friday, October 6th, 2017:


Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society-Murphy Chapter Net at 8:00 PM on the K4CTE repeater (147.315 plus offset PL 103.5). (Nets held most Fridays.)


Tuesday, October 10th, 2017:


Combined WCARS Murphy Chapter and Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM business meeting at the Robert A Penland Senior Center, 69 Alpine Street, Murphy NC.  This meeting will include the WCARS-Murphy Chapter business meeting combined with ARES/AUXCOMM presentation on WinLink RMS digital communications and FL-Digi digital communications.


Saturday, October 14th, 2017:


Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society-Murphy Chapter social brunch meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10 AM at Main Street USA located on Hiwassee Street in Murphy.


Amateur Radio License Exam Session

Sponsor: Edwin Flowers, KG4LVO

Location: Andrews Public Library-Conference Room

Time: 10:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed)


Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Team (SMART) (N4GSM) will be holding a special event station operation from Hooper Bald on Saturday, October 14 from 10-4 on 20M & 40M HF. Talk in Frequency 145.110- tone 151.4. Everyone invited. 




Saturday, October 21, 2017:

Cherokee NC ARES Social Brunch at 10:00 AM at Main Street USA Diner, located on Hiwassee Street in downtown Murphy.  All members, family members, and other interested parties are invited to attend.


International Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air at Konehete Park in Murphy is tentatively scheduled for 1000-1400 local time.  Additional personnel are needed to support our local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.  The planned time frame does NOT include set up and take down time.  Contact Jim Blue, N5YVV, if you can help.


Saturday, October 28th, 2017:


Western Branch ARES Annual Meeting from 0900 to 1300 at the Caldwell Public Library, 120 Hospital Avenue NWLenoirNC 28645.  This meeting is open to all amateur operators.  You do not have to be a member of ARES to attend.


Future Events:


November 5th, 2017:


Daylight Savings Time Ends:  Eastern Daylight Time officially ends at 0200 EDT/0600 UTC on Sunday, November 5th.   Set your clocks back one hour to Eastern Standard Time.



December 2nd, 2017:


SKYWARN Recognition Day is held in contest format with the purpose of contacting as many official ham stations at National Weather Service Forecast Offices as possible in all 50 States, and all six US Territories of Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Midway Island, and the Northern Marianna Islands (DC has no WSFO).


December 8th, 2017:


The Annual WCARS-Murphy/Cherokee County ARES Christmas Dinner will be held at Comfort Grub on US Hwy 64 W beginning at 6:00 pm EST.  All members of both groups and their families are invited to attend.