This month, amateur radio operations will be centered around the Great American Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st, 2017. Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM has been called up to provide a second level of redundancy for communications by the Cherokee County Department of Emergency Management. Current plans are to operate from the EOC and at least two venues, one each in Murphy and Andrews during the period of Friday, August 18ththrough Monday, August 21st. The operational period will be 0800-2000 EDT each of the four days. However, this is a fluid situation and plans may change between now and August 21st.
This is a very important
operation for us as it is the first time
Everyone, regardless if you
have volunteered to work this event, should stock up their pantry and freezer,
and fill up their gas tanks, at least a week in advance of the eclipse. Due to
the number of eclipse viewers expected to arrive in
If you have not yet volunteered, but you would like to participate in providing communications for this event, please contact Kevin Heyboer KD4UYR, Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM Emergency Coordinator as soon as possible. Even if you are not available for the entire weekend, you can still volunteer and we will work with you on scheduling.
Our duties will primarily be centered around tactical VHF communications and volunteers will need to be able to provide full power VHF equipment and be self sufficient in terms of food and drink. More details will become available by the August 8th WCARS/ARES meeting.
For those not participating in providing emergency communications, there is a National Solar Eclipse QSO Party contest. See the August issue of QST for details.
For additional information
on the Solar Eclipse specific to
Charlie Earle K4CTE
Kevin Heyboer KD4UYR Club President-Murphy Chapter WCARS
Emergency Coordinator Assistant Emergency Coordinator
SW NC SKYWARN Net Manager
Thursday, August 3rd, 2017:
Cherokee County ARES 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.).
Clay County ARES Emergency 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, August 4th, 2017:
Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society-Murphy Chapter Net at 8:00 PM on the K4AIH repeater (147.045 MHz, - offset,151.4 Hz tone). (Nets held most Fridays.)
Tuesday, August 8th:
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 preparations for the Great American Solar Eclipse. Everyone who has volunteered to operate as an Auxiliary Emergency Communicator for the Eclipse Event is requested to attend.
Saturday, August 12th:
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
Sponsor: Edwin Flowers, KG4LVO
Location: Andrews Public Library-Conference Room
Time: 10:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed)
Saturday, August 19th:
Cherokee NC ARES Social Brunch normally held on the third Saturday of each month is cancelled due to operations supporting the Solar Eclipse operation. Anyone not participating in the event operation is certainly welcome to meet informally but should be aware that traffic may be very heavy on the highway and at the Main Street USA diner.
Monday, August 21st:
The Great American Total Solar Eclipse: For
the first time in over 100 years, the moon will eclipse the sun across the