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Combined Cherokee County ARES/WCARS-Murphy Chapter Newsletter


April, 2018


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 KD4UYR-R node 821243.  As always, Net Manager and Club President Dick Leineke KJ4GTK is always looking for additional net control operators.  Being a net control operator is not difficult and provides good practice in the event a communications emergency exists and you are needed to run a net.  Dick is also investigating other sources for means of making the net more interesting and informative.


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 Clay Counties for multiple severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings from 7:30 pm until 9:45 pm.  Four severe hail and wind reports were forwarded to the National Weather Service Forecast Office in MorristownTN during this storm.  The Fire’s Creek area of Clay County was the hardest hit, with Ron Parks, KX4IU, providing real time information on severe wind damage.


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 Clay Counties, but we will take any severe weather report within the range of the repeater when we are activated.


On April 28th, the Annual Spring Ramp Picnic will be held at the Clay County Recreation Park on Myers Chapel Road in Hayesville.  This annual event is the main fund raising event for the K4AIH repeater which completely covers several counties from the top of Joanna Bald Mountain.  Since this is a privately owned repeater, Eddie Foust and his father Jim Foust must bare the brunt of the cost.  That cost includes rent paid to the US Forest Service, electricity, and repeater maintenance.  By providing a donation at the Ramp Picnic, you help guarantee the continued use of this wide area repeater.   Those attending are requested to bring a side dish or dessert to augment the ramps cooked from scratch.  This picnic is a great opportunity to meet the users of the K4AIH repeater face to face who come from far and wide to enjoy this picnic.


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

SW NC SKYWARN Net Manager              Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM          



Wednesday, April 4th, 2018:


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, 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 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)


Saturday, April 21st, 2018:

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


Saturday, April 28th, 2018:


K4AIH Annual Ramp Picnic:  The Annual Ramp Picnic held in support of the K4AIH repeater will be held at the Clay County Recreation Park on Myers Chapel Road.  Lunch begins at 12 noon, however; attendees are encouraged to arrive early.  This annual event involves ham operators from the entire surrounding area including Georgia and Tennessee, and is a great opportunity for ham operator fellowship.  Please bring a side dish or dessert if participating.  There will be a donation jar to help offset the operating expenses of the K4AIH repeater.


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 (828-747-3311) for any inquiries, further information, or to volunteer.

For event information see:


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 approximately 22 US military veterans who take their own lives every day.   Jim Blue, AEC Operations for Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM will be in charge of planning and commanding the mission this year.  As always, we will use the appropriate ICS forms and treat this as an AUXCOMM exercise even though we will be operating under the auspices of public service communications provided by the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, a part of the ARRL Field Organization.