Combined Cherokee County ARES/WCARS-Murphy Chapter Newsletter
FIELD DAY 2017-June 24th and 25th
When: Set up begins 9 am Saturday Operations begin at 2 pm (1800 UTC)
Who: Any licensed amateur radio operator is welcome to participate
Sponsor: WCARS Murphy
Person in charge: Charlie Earle, President of the WCARS Murphy Chapter
Public Info Officer: Kevin Heyboer, EC Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM
Field Day is always held on the fourth full weekend in June. We hope to operate a class 3A or 4A station using solar power provided by Craig Sharp combined with deep cycle batteries. Generator power will only be used to power non-radio equipment.
The following radio amateurs have committed to participating and providing HF equipment:
Kevin Heyboer KD4UYR
Charlie Earle K4CTE
Jim Howard W4SDJ
The following have committed to participating but without HF radio equipment:
Craig Sharp KD6B
Charlie Sedgwick KJ4ZWX
John Gray KK4FLH
The following have partially committed and may operate part of the time:
Erich Meade K4ERM
Larry Shumway N5DHY
Our purpose for Field Day is to demonstrate and test our abilities to set up in the field and operate without commercial power. Due to the smaller size of our group, we do not anticipate winning any awards. We would like to make Field Day a fun event for all hams and their families.
Also, we have spoken to
Sheriff Palmer and he has indicated a “possible need” for AUXCOMM services for
the Great American Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21st, 2017. Estimates
of from 10,000 up to 100,000 visitors to
The exact particulars have not yet been determined and this is not a call up order, but those members who will be in town on August 21st are requested to reserve that date for possible activation.
Last, but certainly not least, thank you to all the participants who helped with the Warriors Veterans Outreach 22 mile March. It was a great success and everyone did a great job.
Charlie Earle K4CTE
Kevin Heyboer KD4UYR Club President-Murphy Chapter WCARS
Emergency Coordinator Assistant Emergency Coordinator
SW NC SKYWARN Net Manager
Thursday, June 1st:
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.).
Friday, June 2nd:
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, June 6th:
Clay County ARES Emergency Net meets at 9:00 PM Tuesday nights on the Clay County ARES/AUXCOMM repeater K5PRE (146.955 MHz, - offset, 100 Hz tone). (Nets held most Tuesdays.)
Wednesday, June 7th:
Saturday, June 10th:
Western Carolina Amateur
Radio Society-Murphy Chapter meets
on the second Saturday of each month at 10 AM at Main Street USA located on
Amateur Radio License Exam Session
Sponsor: Edwin Flowers, KG4LVO
Location: Andrews Public Library-Conference Rm
Time: 10:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed)
Tuesday, June 13th:
Combined WCARS Murphy Chapter and Cerokee County ARES/AUXCOMM business meeting at the Robert A Penland Senior Center, 69 Alpine Street, Murphy NC. This meeting will involve planning for Field Day. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm EDT.
Saturday, June 17th:
Cherokee NC ARES Social Brunch on the third Saturday of each month. This is an opportunity for a social gathering and it will not involve any formal presentations or training. All those interested in amateur radio or just a good meal and fellowship are invited to attend. XYLs welcome! This month we will meet at 10 AM at Main Street USA located on
Thursday, June 22nd:
Clay County ARES/AUXCOMM Emergency Net is moving to Thursday evenings at 9 pm EDT/8 pm EST (0100 UTC). The Net is held on the 146.955 K5PRE repeater (minus offset, PL 100.0).
Friday, June 23rd:
Clay County ARES/AUXCOMM Weekly Lunch: The Clay County ARES weekly lunch meeting will be held at 12 noon at a location decided the previous night during the radio net.
Saturday, June 24th-Sunday, June 25th:
Field Day 2017 at
The Great American Solar Eclipse: Monday, August 21st, 2017.