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Combined Cherokee County ARES/WCARS-Murphy Chapter Newsletter

December, 2017


Well, this is the last newsletter for 2017.  It is hard to believe the time has gone by so quickly.

 At our November meeting, elections were held for the officer positions in the WCARS-Murphy Chapter club.  A quorum was present, so the elections proceeded in accordance to our bylaws.  Here are the results:

 President:  Dick Leineke KJ4GTK

Vice-President: Jim Howard W4SDJ

Treasurer: Jim Blue N5YVV

Secretary: Open Position

 No one stepped forward to take the secretary position.  Until it is filled, Jim Blue, our Treasurer, will also take on the Secretary job responsibilities.  However, we are looking to the club members for someone to step up and take on the Secretary position.  The new officers will take office on January 1st, 2018.

On the ARES/AUXCOMM/SKYWARN front, National SKYWARN Recognition Day begins today, December 1st, at 7 pm EST or December 2nd at 0000 UTC and continues until 7 pm December 2nd, or 0000 UTC December 3rd.

 Unlike most contests, the SRD allows the use of repeaters and the echolink WX-Talk Conference.  Some WSFO ham stations are also accepting incoming WinLink messages. Check out for additional information.

 Most importantly, our Christmas Holiday Dinner will be at 6 pm EST on Friday, December 8th, at Comfort Grub on US Hwy 64 W in Ranger (about ¼ mile west of US Hwy 129 on the north side of the highway).  All members of both groups and their families are invited to attend.

 On behalf of the officers of both Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM and WCARS-Murphy, we wish all of you and yours a very Merry Christmas.


                                                                        Charlie Earle K4CTE

Kevin Heyboer KD4UYR                              Club President-Murphy Chapter WCARS

Emergency Coordinator                                  Assistant Emergency Coordinator

Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM          Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM

SW NC SKYWARN Net Manager                SW NC SKYWARN Assistant Net Manager                


 Friday, December 1st, 2017:

Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society-Murphy Chapter Net at 8:00 PM on the K4CTE repeater (147.315 plus offset PL 103.5). (Nets held most Fridays.) There has been very little participation on this net recently.  Remember, you can now reach the K4CTE repeater via the KC4CBQ/R 444.675 in Hayesville.

December 3rd, 2017:

SKYWARN Recognition Day is held in contest format with the purpose of contacting as many official ham stations at National Weather Service Forecast Offices as possible in all 50 States, and all six US Territories of Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Midway Island, and the Northern Marianna Islands (DC has no WSFO).  The contest begins at 0000 UTC on Saturday, December 2nd, which is 1900 EST on December 1st  and continues until 2400 UTC (1900 EST on Saturday, December 2nd).  The contest is held on the standard HF bands, digital PSK segments, and over the VoIP WX-Talk Conference, and on repeaters used for SKYWARN operations.

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017:

 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, December 7th, 2017:

 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 (Formerly Clay County ARES 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, December 8th, 2017:

 WCARS-Murphy and Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM Christmas Holiday Dinner will be held at 6 pm at Comfort Grub on US Hwy 64 West in Ranger.

 Saturday, December 9th, 2017:

 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, December 16th, 2017:

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.

Thursday, December 21st, 2017:

 Winter Solstice begins at 0000 UTC.  The first full day of Winter in North America will be Friday, December 22nd.

Monday, December 25th, 2017

Merry Christmas, Happy Christmas, ¡Feliz Navidad!, Joyeux Noël!, Mutlu Noeller

Future Events:

 January 1st, 2018

 Happy New Year, ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!, Bonne année! Yeni yıl

 Please let me know if you can figure out the last language in which these wishes are written.  One hint, it involves my personal past.