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Combined Cherokee County ARES/WCARS-Murphy Chapter Newsletter

June,  2017



FIELD DAY 2017-June 24th and 25th

When: Set up begins 9 am Saturday Operations begin at 2 pm (1800 UTC)

Where: Cherokee County Sheriff’s Training Center 9554 US Hwy 19/74, Marble

Who: Any licensed amateur radio operator is welcome to participate

Sponsor: WCARS Murphy Chapter and Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM

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

Dick Leineke KJ4GTK

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 Cherokee County are possible at this event.  If the higher number is accurate, the entire cellular and internet networks in this county will be completely overloaded and gridlock can be expected on all major highways.


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

Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM               Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM

SW NC SKYWARN Net Manager                    SW NC SKYWARN Assistant Net Manager                           

828-494-4146                                                                                                                           828-557-0373


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:


Clay County ARES informal lunch meeting. Clay County ARES Informal Monthly Meeting 12:00 Noon at various locations. Check into the Tuesday night nets to see where the group is having lunch. (Lunch meetings most Wednesdays.)



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 Hiwassee Street in Murphy.


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 Hiwassee Street in Murphy.


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 Sheriff’s Training Center, 9554 US Hwy 19/74, Marble.


Looking Ahead: 


The Great American Solar Eclipse:  Monday, August 21st, 2017.