Watauga Amateur Radio ClubPO Box 2208Boone, NC 28607
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Our club meets on the first Monday of the month. If the first Monday falls on a holiday, the meeting will be rescheduled.Our next meeting is Monday, Aug 5 at6:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Boone.If you want to get involved in Ham Radio in the High country, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STOP BY. If you have any questions,please email them to email@example.com.Directions: First Presbyterian Church address is 131 Big Valley Street off of Deerfield Road between the 3-way stopat one end of Bamboo Rd and the intersection of the other end of Bamboo Rd near the Blue Ridge Parkway access. Coming from town, access Deer field Road and proceed past the golf course. Continue straight through the 3-way stop and Big Valley Street will be on the right.Park in upper lot and enter the church from the front doors under the portico. Folks who are mobility challenged can park in the slots around the circle. WARC SKYWARN NET FORMEDWARC has completed an MOU (Memorandumof Understanding) with the BlacksburgNational Weather Service office authorizingthe establishment of a Watauga County Skywarn net. Click here for details onthe Skywarn pageNEXT SKYWARN INFORMATION NET ISSunday, Aug 4, at 8:00 pm onthe WW4L (147.36) repeater.WARC 2019 OFFICER ELECTIONSThe following officers were elected at theJanuary 2019 meeting; President Danny Horney KE4AAP Vice-President Steve Baublitz W9SLB Secretary Jessica Horney KM4NCM Treasurer Jack Bechtel KB4JEBThanks to Danny, Steve, and Jack who agreedto stand for re-election, an to Jessica for becoming our new Secretary. Special thanks to Doug Hall, WA4UNS, for hismany years service as Secretary. FOR SALE PAGE UPDATED JUNE 24, 2019 REPEATER UPDATE July 3, 2019 By Marv Hoffman WA4NCOver the past two days, we were fortunate that Danny Hampton, K4ITL, came to the High Country to help us complete several projects that are important to our club and our emergency preparedness.Before describing our expanded communications capabilities, the club owes Danny Hampton, K4ITL, a huge thank you for his time and efforts in programming the controllers and solving technical issues which periodically pop up here and across the state. Danny spent days upon days on our project in his shop and spent two days plus travel time up here.A huge round of thanks are also due from the club to Danny Horney, KE4AAP, Jack Bechtel, KB4JEB, and Riley Hatch, KM4GOE. a. Weather receiver installed and now operational. Whenever NWS Blacksburg sends out a severe weather or emergency message pertaining to Watauga County over the Mt. Jefferson WX transmitter, the digital signal they send will open our WX receiver and you will hear the transmission on the Rich Mountain repeater (147;3600 mhz). The weather broadcast will continue until the Weather Service sends a mute code. If, for some reason, no mute code is received, the weather receiver will stop the rebroadcast after five minutes.It is also possible at anytime to test the weather by sending the touch tone command *99. This will open up the WX receiver for 30 seconds and the receiver will automatically reset.During a weather alert, local traffic will temporarily mute the WX message which will resume after five seconds and remain on until the conclusion of the alert.NWS makes a test transmission of its weather alert radio system each Wednesday just before noon. If severe weather is occurring in our area, NWS postpones the weather radio until the next available day without severe weather.b. Cross Band Link between Rich Mountain 2 meters and the Beech Mountain UHF repeater is now activeWhen the link is active, any transmission from Rich is sent out over Beech and vice versa. You will notice the addition of a low frequency tone burst which indicates that the link is active between Rich and Beech.In the event of system problems, interference, or because of an operational need, it is possible to unlink the repeaters and have them operate independently as they did before the link system was added.The Beech Mountain 444.575 repeater covers western Watauga and southern Avery County, as well as the area near Grandfather Mountain better than does the 147.3600 repeater.In the near future, another trip will be made to Beech Mountain to make some programming changes to shorten the hang time and to lower the audio level on the Morse code station identifier.c. The PCRN linking system remains available for use.This is an on-demand system available to PCRN members that makes it possible to send touch tone commands to link Rich Mountain to approximately 30 other analog repeaters in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Information on the PCRN linking linking system and how to join PCRN can be found on the web at pcrn.net. When the PCRN link is activated, distinctive voice announcements are made which advise that the link is active and which repeaters are linked. d. Time and Temperature on Rich. The new repeater controller has the ability to be scheduled to correct the time on the controller clock. Once we know how much time the controller clock gains or loses in a week, a macro will be added to update the clock. There will be an automatic correction for the beginning and ending of Daylight Time. We calibrated the outdoor temperature sensor to an alcohol thermometer and hope that the announcements track with the outdoor temperature on Rich Mountain.If you notice things that don't seem correct or don't work properly, please drop me a line. Your input is welcome concerning problems that arise in the operation of these features.Marv, WA4NC
Last updated July 15, 2019 at 4:50 pm.Please send suggestions and/or corrections to Scott Douglass, firstname.lastname@example.org
WARC MENTOR PROGRAMIf you are a newly-licensed Ham, or perhaps returning to the hobby after a number of years, WARC has a Mentor program just for you.A number of our members have volunteered to assist others needing help getting on the air or learning more about other aspects of Amateur Radio. For more information, email Bill Bauldry at NC4WB@arrl.net
WARC PARTICIPATES IN EMERGENCY FESTWARC members manned a booth at the annual Watauga CountyEmergency Fest on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Here are some picturesof our intrepid crew (thanks to Mark Ashley, KX4IK):
WARC MONTHLY COFFEE - JOIN US!We gather at 8:00 AM on the third Monday of the month at Panera Bread in the Boone Mall. No business is conducted, just a chance to talk about any and all topics related to AmateurRadio. Everyone is welcome! THE NEXT GATHERING IS JULY 15, 2019
WARC FIELD DAY 2019 RESULTSWARC members enjoyed another successful Field Day on June 22-23,setting up and operating from Blowing Rock, NC Fire Station #2. Five separate stations were placed on the air, as well as a GOTA (Get on The Air) stationfor use by newcomers to Amateur Radio. 422 stations were contacted in the USand Canada. We operated in the Low-Power category, with simple antennas,and used USB (Voice), CW (Morse Code), PSK, JT8, and RTTY (Digital Modes).Final score will be posted later, after all Bonus points are collected. Here isthe summary of the QSOs: We made 2 GOTA QSos, and 350 additional Bonus points. Final score submitted to the ARRL: 1704