From our Section Emergency
Coordinator, Tom Brown, N4TAB in
Recently, we received an announcement from the ARRL about the new ARES Connect database, which included an invitation for the NC Section to participate in this new initiative. We reviewed the program and decided that the hybrid ARES program in the NC Section, known as NC AUXCOMM, would not participate in the ARES Connect database at the present time.
There are two reasons why this decision has been made. First and foremost, NC AUXCOMM does not need another database. The NC AUXCOMM database is secure and it lists more than 700 NIMS ICS trained participants, including legal identification information and copies of their NIMS ICS certificates. Having immediate access to this secure database is very important to our served partner, NC Emergency Management, who is the only organization having access to the information. Second, from our standpoint, it is not clear that participating in ARES Connect will confer any advantages to NC AUXCOMM as it continues to build relationships with NC Emergency Management and public safety personnel, which allows Hams to participate in emergency and disaster (ESF-2) communications.
In Other News:
The Budget and Steering Committee of the WCARS-Murphy Chapter will be meeting soon to discuss our budget, fund-raising opportunities, and future plans and programs for the club. If you have a suggestion for a meeting topic, or you know a subject matter expert on a specific topic, please contact our president, Dick Leineke, at your earliest convenience.
Also, by unanimous vote of the members present, the WCARS Radio Net has been moved to Monday nights at 7:00 pm and changed back to the K4AIH repeater (147.045- PL 151.4) effective on Monday, February 5th, 2018.
only have 12 paid members for the 2018 calendar year. Persons who attend the
meetings but do not pay dues are not entitled to vote or be a member of any
committees. Dues are only $25 per year. Please remember that it costs $240 per
year to rent the
For those that have not yet
paid the $25.00 2018 club dues please send your check to Jim Blue at
Kevin Heyboer KD4UYR Dick Leineke KJ4GTK
Emergency Coordinator Club President-Murphy Chapter WCARS
Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM Assistant Emergency Coordinator
Thursday, February 1st, 2018
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 meets at 8:00 PM EST/9:00 PM EDT Thursday nights on the Clay County ARES/AUXCOMM repeater K5PRE (146.955 MHz, - offset, 100 Hz tone). (Nets held most Thursdays)
Monday, February 5th, 2018:
Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society-Murphy Chapter Net at 7:00 PM on the K4AIH/R 147.045- PL 151.4 (Nets held most Mondays.) This net has been moved to Monday and to the K4AIH repeater effective on February 5th, 2018 as the result of a vote held at the January meeting.
Wednesday, February 7th, 2018:
Saturday, February 10th, 2018:
Western Carolina Amateur Radio
Society-Murphy Chapter social
brunch meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10 AM at Main Street USA
Amateur Radio License Exam Session has been CANCELLED for February due to circumstances beyond our control. The March test session is still scheduled.
Sponsor: Edwin Flowers, KG4LVO
Location: Andrews Public Library-Conference Room
Time: 10:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed)
Tuesday, February 13th, 2018:
Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society/Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM combined meeting: The meeting is held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Robert Penland Senior Center, 69 Alpine Street, Murphy, NC and begins at 7 pm Eastern Time.
Saturday, February 17th, 2018:
Cherokee NC ARES Social Brunch at 10:00 AM at Main Street USA Diner, located on
Sunday, February 25th, 2018: