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Combined Cherokee County ARES/WCARS-Murphy Chapter Newsletter


December, 2018


The month of November has been quite busy planning to participate in and provide communications for “Magic on Main Street-The Town of Andrews Electric Night Christmas Parade.”  Eleven volunteers have stepped forward to assist as parade marshals for the event, which is scheduled to proceed regardless of weather conditions.  We are fortunate to have Larry Ford K4AEC, EC for Clay County; Franklin Sanders WF4DS, from South Asheville; and Jennifer West KN4FJV from Robbinsville coming in to help out with the parade.

The parade takes place on Friday, December 7th, at 7 pm EST.  Volunteers are to report to Fred’s, 118 Main Street, Andrews no later than 5:00 pm EST for final briefing and assignment.  Operations will be conducted primarily on simplex using Cherokee County TAC 2, with TAC 1 as talk-around.  The K4AIH repeater will be used for talk-in and also in case of emergency should simplex fail.


The Western Carolina Amateur Radio-Murphy Chapter Annual Christmas Dinner will be held on Saturday, December 15th, at Comfort Grub on US Hwy 64 W at 7:00 pm EST.  All members and their families are invited to attend.  The Christmas Dinner takes the place of our regular Tuesday night meeting.


And, just a reminder, WCARS-Murphy annual dues of $25.00 are collected during the month of December.


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          



Saturday, December 1st, 2018


Amateur Radio Informal Social Brunch at 10:00 a.m. at Main Street USA Diner on Hiwassee Street in Murphy.  Any and all radio amateurs are invited to attend, along with their family and friends.


DMR World Wide Net at 12:00 noon local time:  This Net occurs every Saturday on DMR talk group 91.  Those without DMR equipment can listen to the net at


SKYWARN Recognition Day:  SRD takes place annually on the first Saturday of December from 0001 UTC until 2400 UTC.  Contact as many National Weather Service Offices as possible using HF, PSK-31, WX-Talk VoIP, and repeaters are all allowed.


Wednesday, December 5th, 2018:


Clay County ARES/AUXCOMM informal lunch meeting.  Clay County ARES/AUXCOMM meets at 12:00 Noon at various locations each Wednesday.   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, December 6th, 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.). 


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)


Friday, December 7th, 2018:


Magic on Main Street Andrews Electric Night Parade:  Parade begins at 7:00 pm and volunteers must report by 5:00 pm EST.


Amateur Radio License Exam Session


Sponsor: Edwin Flowers, KG4LVO

Location: Andrews Public Library-Conference Room

Time: 10:00 AM (Please e-mail for an examination appointment if you wish to test at this session)


Saturday, December 15th, 2018:

Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society-Murphy Chapter Annual Christmas Dinner:  Our annual Christmas Dinner will be held at Comfort Grub on US Hwy 64 W at 7 pm EST.  Members and their families are invited to attend.


Tuesday, December 25th:  Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 31st at Midnight:   Happy New Year!