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
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.
Emergency Coordinator Club President-Murphy Chapter WCARS
Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM Assistant Emergency Coordinator
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018:
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 https://hose.brandmeister.network/91/
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
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
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