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Combined Cherokee County ARES/WCARS-Murphy Chapter Newsletter


February, 2018


From our Section Emergency Coordinator, Tom Brown, N4TAB in Raleigh:


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.


Finally, we 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 Penland Center where we hold our meetings.


For those that have not yet paid the $25.00 2018 club dues please send your check to Jim Blue at 211 Laura LaneMurphyNC 28906.  If you prefer you can also contact him to arrange a time to meet by calling 703-895-0106 or emailing



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               






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:


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



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 located on Hiwassee Street in Murphy.


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 Hiwassee Street in downtown Murphy.  All members, family members, and other interested parties are invited to attend.


Sunday, February 25th, 2018:


North Carolina QSO Party:  Sponsored by the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society, this contest is held from 10 am EST until 8 pm EST (1500 UTC-0059 UTC) on the last Sunday in February.  The purpose is to contact as many of the 100 counties in North Carolina as possible, along with the battleship USS North Carolina, the Voice of America Station, and the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society Club Station.  The bonus counties this year are Allegany (ALL) and Columbia (COL).  The QSO Party has a new website with all needed information at   There are multiple categories in which a station can choose to compete.  This year, those who participate in both the South Carolina QSO Party and the North Carolina QSO Party who collect counties whose first letters spell the word CAROLINA will be entered for a drawing for a special prize.