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Combined Cherokee County ARES/WCARS-Murphy Chapter Newsletter


May, 2018


The month of May brings Spring weather to our beautiful mountains, and it also represents the time to plan two of our most important ham radio related events for the year.

The Warriors Veterans Outreach 22 Mile March will kick off from the WVO Headquarters at 46 Valley River Avenue at 0800 EDT on May 26th.  This year’s route goes from downtown Murphy up US 19/74 to the County Landfill, and then loops back along the same route back to the WVO Headquarters.  AEC Operations Jim Blue N5YVV will be heading up the amateur radio communications for this event.  Anyone interested in participating in this communications exercise should contact Jim as soon as possible if you have not already done so.  This will be the 3rd Annual WVO 22 Mile March and we have had the pleasure of providing tactical communications for this event since it began in 2016.  Operators are needed for staging/rest locations along the route, for riding with team leaders and supply vehicles, and medical communications support.  Those who volunteer to ride in someone else’s vehicle will need a full power radio with mag mount antenna and cigarette lighter power adapter.

The other upcoming event is Field Day 2018 which takes place on Saturday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 24th.  This is a great opportunity to both show off ham radio to our community, but also to have great amateur radio fellowship.  Last year, we had our largest operation yet as a 5A station, operating from the Sheriff’s Training Facility on US 19/74 in Marble.  Although Field Day is a contest, its main purpose is to test our ability to deploy and operate in the field, preferably without the use of commercial power.

This year, the WCARS-Murphy Chapter is taking the lead on planning the event.  The location for Field Day will once again be the Sheriff's Training Complex in Marble. Operators wishing to participate in Field Day this year should coordinate with our club’s elected leaders.  The WCARS-Murphy Chapter has been assigned the club call sign of KN4LIJ.  During the April meeting, a decision was made to apply for a vanity call sign that accurately represents the club.  Since the trustee of the call sign is Ron Parks KX4IU, an Extra Class Operator, we can apply for a 2X2 call sign.  Several call sign suggestions have been made that are available, including WC4NC, NC4MU, NC4MY, NC4WA, NC4HQ, and N4MNC.  The decision on which call signs to submit to the FCC will be made at the May meeting on May 8th so that we can obtain the call sign before Field Day.


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          



Wednesday, May 2nd, 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


Thursday, May 3rd, 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)


Saturday, May 5th, 2018


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



Tuesday, May 8th, 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, May 12th, 2018:


Amateur Radio License Exam Session


Sponsor: Edwin Flowers, KG4LVO

Location: Andrews Public Library-Conference Room

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


Saturday, May 19th, 2018:

Amateur Radio Social Brunch sponsored by WCARS-Murphy and Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM at 10:00 AM EDT at Main Street USA Diner, located on Hiwassee Street in downtown Murphy.  All members, family members, and other interested parties are invited to attend


Saturday, May 26th, 2018:


The Warrior Veterans Outreach has once again honored us with an invitation to provide public service real time tactical communications during its annual 22 Mile March.  This annual event brings public awareness to the approximately 22 US military veterans who take their own lives every day.   Jim Blue, AEC Operations for Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM will be in charge of planning and commanding the mission this year.  As always, we will use the appropriate ICS forms and treat this as an AUXCOMM exercise even though we will be operating under the auspices of public service communications provided by the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, a part of the ARRL Field Organization. 



Planning for the future:

Saturday, June 23rd – Sunday, June 24th:


Field Day 2018, sponsored by the Amateur Radio Relay League, takes place with radio operations beginning at 2 pm EDT (1800 UTC) and concluding on Sunday at 2 pm EDT (1800 UTC).  All licensed amateurs are welcome to participate.  Technician Class Operators will be permitted to operate on HF with a higher class control operator present.  It is hoped that we will have a vanity club call sign by the time Field Day arrives.  If the club or group in your local area outside of Cherokee County is not planning on participating in Field Day and you would like to participate, you are welcome to come join us.  The location is the Cherokee County Sheriff's Training Complex at 9554 US Hwy 19/74 in Marble, NC.  We will be in the back field.