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Combined Cherokee County ARES/WCARS-Murphy Chapter Newsletter


March, 2019


At the February Meeting, Club President Dick Leineke was presented with a trophy from the Andrews Chamber of Commerce in appreciation of our help in planning and carrying out the “Miracle on Main Street” Electric Nighttime Christmas Parade in December.


Also at that meeting, guest speaker Bob Grove, W8JHD, the now retired owner of Grove Enterprises in Hayesville, gave a presentation.  Bob read some very interesting excerpts from his autobiography including participation is the filming of “Area 51-Fact or Fiction,” as well as some interesting events that occurred due to his well known communications expertise.  Bob was also the publisher of the popular magazine “Monitoring Times.”


On February 24th, the NC QSO Party was held across the HF and VHF spectrum.  Jim Howard, WSDJ, participated in this event and made 45 contacts while operating for six of the eight hours of the event.  All contacts were made using low power digital PSK-31.  This is a large number of contacts using that mode, especially given the recent propagation conditions on all bands.  We wish Jim good luck in potentially winning in his single op-digital category.


Our Club Treasurer, Jim Blue N5YVV, would like to remind all WCARS-Murphy Chapter members that have not yet paid your $25.00 annual dues for 2019, that your dues are now officially past due.  Persons wishing to remain members of WCARS-Murphy should arrange to pay their dues as soon as possible.


And, finally, for our active SKYWARN spotters, please remember that while calendar Spring begins with the Vernal Equinox on March 21st, meteorological Spring begins on March 1st.  The most active severe weather typically occurs during early Spring, such as the EF-3 tornado that struck Murphy on March 2nd, 2012.



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          



Saturday, March 2nd, 2019:


Radio Informal Amateur 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

Amateur Radio License Exam Session


Location:  Union County Communication Center, Blairsville


Time: 9 am EST (walk-ins allowed)



Wednesday, March 6th, 2019:


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. 



Thursday, March 7th, 2019:


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, March 9th, 2019:.


Amateur Radio License Exam Session


Sponsor: Jerry Kilpatrick K0ILP

Location: Andrews Public Library-Conference Room

Time: 10:00 AM (Please e-mail for an examination appointment if you wish to test at this session)

Amateur Radio License Exam Session:


Location: Cleveland Amateur Radio Club, ClevelandTN


Time:  10:00 am EST (walk-ins allowed)


Amateur Radio License Exam Session:

Location: White County, GA Emergency Operations Center
                  Mauney Bldg, Rm 150, Cleveland GA 

Time:  2:00 pm EST (walk-ins allowed)


Sunday, March 13th, 2019: Daylight Savings Time begins in the United States at 2:00 am (0700 UTC).  Spring forward one hour.


Tuesday, March 12th, 2019:  

Combined WCARS-Murphy/Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM Business Meeting: 7 pm EST at the Robert A Penland Senior Center, 69 Alpine Street, Murphy

Saturday, March 16th, 2019: 

Radio Informal Amateur 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.

For future planning:  The Warriors Veterans Outreach 22 Mile March is held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.