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Combined Cherokee County ARES/WCARS-Murphy Chapter Newsletter


February, 2019


During the month of January, the Andrews Chamber of Commerce finally held an after action briefing for the “Magic on Main Street” lighted Christmas Parade in which eleven ham operators provided both communications and tactical support.  Both the Chamber representatives and JMF Events had already reached the same conclusion that more volunteers were needed, particularly at the IOI staging site, and a lighted sign should be obtained from NCDOT several days in advance notifying residents and visitors alike that Main Street will be closed for the parade and the route needs to be closed off well in advance.  Overall, the parade planners were very happy with the results and the actions of the ham volunteers.  Despite some “backstage” issues, the parade was well received by both the float entries and the public watching the parade.

On January 24th, we prepared for an anticipated Winter storm that did not materialize.  Essentially, while the cold air did arrive, it did not spill over the warm air ahead of the front as forecast.  Weather forecasting is part art and part science, and it is one of the reasons the NWS still relies on ground truth spotter reports because their RADAR and models cannot predict everything.  On behalf of the NWS, we apologize for any inconvenience caused by the faulty forecast.


February has three important ham radio events upcoming toward the end of the month:


The DaltonGA hamfest will be held on Saturday, February 23rd at North Georgia Agricultural Fairgrounds, 500 Legion DriveDaltonGA.

The South Carolina QSO Party will also be on Saturday, February 23rd from 10 am EST to 8 pm EST

The North Carolina QSO Party will be held on Sunday,  February 24th from 10 am EST to 8 pm EST.

Radio amateurs who participate in both the SCQP and the NCQP are eligible to enter the Chairman’s Challenge.  Information, including rules, station types, bonus stations and bonus points is available at  Please note that Clay County is a bonus county this year as there were no entries from Clay County last year.  The North CarolinaQSO Party is sponsored by the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society and held on the last Sunday in February every year.  Because of its short duration, this contest can be less exhausting than some other contests.  Entries can be fixed, mobile, expedition, or club using QRP, Low Power, or High Power.

Please see the calendar list for testing opportunities in NC, GA, and TN over the next month.  If you know someone locally who wishes to take a license test or if you are looking to upgrade, you are reminded to contact Club President Dick Leineke or leave a message at to place a reservation for the second Saturday of the month.


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, February 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, February 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, February 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, February 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)


Tuesday, February 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

Thursday, February 14th, 2019:  

Happy Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 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.

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019: 

Dalton Hamfest:  at North Georgia Agricultural Fairgrounds, 500 Legion DriveDaltonGA.


The South Carolina QSO Party from 10 am EST to 8 pm EST


Sunday,  February 24th, 2019:


The North Carolina QSO Party from 10 am EST to 8 pm EST