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Combined Cherokee County ARES/WCARS-Murphy Chapter Newsletter 

August, 2018 

At our July meeting, we conducted an after-action report for Field Day.  It was determined that we had a very successful Field Day despite severe weather and generator failure on Sunday.  Our newly repaired and revamped communications trailer worked as advertised.  We determined the need for a couple of minor adjustments regarding power cables and coax cable ports. 

The next part of our communications trailer project is to make it truly independent from specific members.   Currently, the generator is provided by Charlie Sedgwick KJ4ZWX and the heavy gauge extension cord is provided by Jim Howard W4SDJ.  Antennas and radios are provided by the various participating members as needed.


Future plans include finding the funding to purchase our own generator and heavy gauge extension cord, as well as permanent antennas that can be mounted on or near the trailer for HF, VHF, and UHF, along with HF tuning stubs to reduce or eliminate interference from multiple HF radios operating in close proximity to one another.


The ultimate goal would be to outfit the trailer with power supplies and radios, but that is a project that may be years in the making due to the high cost.


There were two SKYWARN operations on July 6th and July 7th respectfully for severe thunderstorm warnings issued in our area, one of which was overnight.  Many thanks for those members who activated and reported severe weather.


Also, on the ARRL front, Bob Rodgers KC4TVO in Henderson County has been promoted from DEC of Area 12 to ASEC of the Western Branch in North Carolina, replacing Paul Robinette KD4OZI who had to step down due to medical issues.  Bob is a trained COM-L and SHARES license holder.  He is very keen on insuring that all AUXCOMM members have correct information in the database, and that they have HF digital Winlink 2000 capability for logistical communications with the Western Branch RCC and the State EOC during times of emergency.

Winlink 2000 is a free program for Windows based computers and will work with any sound card, internal or external, as well as a Pactor I modem on HF and an AX.25 packet modem on VHF.  The nearest HF Winlink Winmoor station to us is located just a few miles away at Fannin Regional Hospital.  The nearest AX.25 Packet Winlink station is located in Morganton with a digipeater located in Mineral Bluff on 145.790 MHz.



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, August 2, 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 Eastern time Thursday nights on the Clay County ARES/AUXCOMM repeater K5PRE (146.955 MHz, - offset, 100 Hz tone). (Nets held most Thursdays)

 Saturday, August 4th, 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

 Wednesday, August 15th, 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.   

Saturday, August 11th, 2018: 

Amateur Radio License Exam Session

 Sponsor: Edwin Flowers, KG4LVO

Location: Andrews Public Library-Conference Room

Time: 10:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed)

Tuesday, August 14th, 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 Daylight Time.

Saturday, 18th, 2018:

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

Planning for the future:

Atlantic Hurricane Season began on June 1st and continues until November 30th
Already one storm, Alberto, directly affected North Carolina and remained a subtropical storm until it reached Lake Michigan.  Coastal North and South Carolina are, of course, vulnerable to anything from a weak tropical storm to a major, intense hurricane.   In addition, it is not impossible for a hurricane to retain some form of tropical characteristics as it moves inland toward our area from either the Carolina coastal plain or the Gulf of Mexico.  ARES/AUXCOMM members should be prepared to deploy if needed to other areas of the state, or locally if needed.

The Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air is held in November and SKYWARN Recognition Day is normally held the first weekend of December.