During the March business meeting of WCARS-Murphy
Chapter, it was decided by the membership to discontinue having two separate
radio nets, one for WCARS-Murphy and one for Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM since
both nets involved essentially the same people and the same information. Since
the WCARS net has been described as an information net, more effort will be put
forth to find and transmit information about hamfests, tailgates, and other ham
radio activities throughout this state and surrounding states. This net will be
held on the K4AIH repeater, 147.045 minus offset PL 151.4, with Echo Link
capability through the RF connection on the
Gary Gobeo, NC4GG, provided an update on the status of the planned gun raffle with club costs estimated at $300. In order to break even, the membership would have to sell at least 18 tickets each at $1.00 per ticket or $5.00 for 6 tickets. No precise date for kicking off this raffle has been determined.
A decision was also made to seek a club call sign for use during Field Day and other events. The initial paperwork has been submitted with Ron Parks, KX4IU, volunteering to be the trustee of the call sign. Since he has an Extra Class License, the issued call sign will be an Extra Class call sign. Once the initial call sign is issued by the FCC, the club can then apply for a vanity call sign if they so choose.
On the ARES/AUXCOMM front, we followed up Severe
Weather Week with a quick overview of how the amateur radio SKYWARN Net is
operated and what types of weather phenomena should be reported. This
presentation was none too soon, because on March 17th, SW Carolina
SKYWARN activated for both Cherokee and
Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are most
common during the change of seasons between Winter and Spring as late season
cold fronts move into the warm, moist Springtime air being pushed up from the
south and southwest. Many thanks to those who participated in this net, and who
will continue to support the SKYWARN program throughout the year. Remember, the
SW Carolina SKYWARN Net activates on the K4AIH/R for selected watches and
warnings from the WSFO Morristown, TN effecting Cherokee and
On April 28th, the Annual Spring Ramp
Picnic will be held at the
And, finally, ARES/AUXCOMM members are reminded that the Tarheel Emergency Net is held every night of the week on 3.923 MHz LSB. Monday night is scheduled as ARES/AUXCOMM night with Tom Brown N4TAB, our Section Emergency Coordinator, running the net. On Thursday nights, you have the opportunity to speak with Karl Bowman W4CHX, our ARRL Section Manager. All amateur operators General Class and above are welcome on the net. Please remember we are in Area 14 when checking into the net.
Kevin Heyboer KD4UYR Dick Leineke KJ4GTK
Emergency Coordinator Club President-Murphy Chapter WCARS
Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM Assistant Emergency Coordinator
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018:
Thursday, April 5th, 2018
Combined WCARS-Murphy and Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM Emergency and Information 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.). On April 5th, we will be conducting a simplex drill as part of the net. Please plan on using your full power equipment and outside antenna. The frequency for the drill will be announced on the net.
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)
Tuesday, April 10th, 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 Daylight Time.
Saturday, April 14th, 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 located on
Amateur Radio License Exam Session
Sponsor: Edwin Flowers, KG4LVO
Location: Andrews Public Library-Conference Room
Time: 10:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed)
Saturday, April 21st, 2018:
Cherokee NC ARES Social Brunch at 10:00 AM EDT at Main Street USA Diner, located on
Saturday, April 28th, 2018:
K4AIH Annual Ramp Picnic: The Annual Ramp Picnic held in support of the
K4AIH repeater will be held at the
Planning for the future:
Friday, May 18th-Sunday, May 20th, 2018
Haute Route Bike Race-Asheville: The Haute Route Bike Race in Asheville is a three day event which is brand new, and they are asking for ham radio communications support.
Please contact Paul Lambert KM4ZYW directly, at KM4ZYW@gmail.com (828-747-3311) for any inquiries, further information, or to volunteer.
For event information see:https://www.hauteroute.org/events/overview/asheville-2018
Saturday, May 26th, 2018:
The Warrior Veterans Outreach has once again honored us with an
invitation to provide public service real time tactical communications during
its annual 22 Mile March. This annual event brings public awareness to the