WATAUGA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
Watauga Amateur Radio Club PO Box 2208 Boone, NC 28607
Club Repeaters:  Boone, NC  Rich Mountain WW4L    147.36  +600 KHZ 103.5 Hz tone   WA4NC  443.0375 +5.0 MHz   DMR Digital  Sugar Mountain WA4NC  442.0875  +5.0 MHz  DMR Digital  Beech Mountain WA4NC  444.5750   +5.0 MHz  151. 4 Tone WA4NC  224.680      -1.6 MHz   103.5 Tone
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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, July 1 at 6:00 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 k2sd@arrl.net. Directions: First Presbyterian Church address is 131 Big Valley Street off of Deerfield Road between the 3-way stop at 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 FORMED WARC has completed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Blacksburg National Weather Service office authorizing the establishment of a Watauga County Skywarn net. Click here for details on the Skywarn page NEXT SKYWARN INFORMATION NET IS SUNDAY, July 8, at 8:00 pm on the WW4L (147.36) repeater. WARC 2019 OFFICER ELECTIONS The following officers were elected at the January 2019 meeting; President Danny Horney KE4AAP Vice-President Steve Baublitz W9SLB Secretary Jessica Horney KM4NCM Treasurer Jack Bechtel KB4JEB Thanks to Danny, Steve, and Jack who agreed to stand for re-election, an to Jessica for becoming our new Secretary. Special thanks to Doug Hall, WA4UNS, for his many years service as Secretary. FOR SALE PAGE UPDATED MAY 21, 2019 NEW 220 REPEATER ON BEECH MT. The WA4NC 224.6800 repeater on Beech Mountain has been placed in operation and is available for use/testing. The repeater is at the same site as the 444.575 mhz UHF analog repeater. Although the 224.6800 repeater is operational, there is a technical issue that needs to be resolved which has caused the linked 220 mhz repeaters to ping-pong. This necessitated in disabling the link from Beech to the 220 mhz system hub. In other words, each time the Beech Mountain 220 repeater came up, it activated the hub, which activated one or more remote repeaters which had a long hang time or squelch tail after the Beech repeater ended its transmission. This caused the hub to be keyed up and which caused the Beech Mountain repeater to key up and repeat the ping-ponging. The solution is to adjust the hang times on each repeater on the 220 mhz system to prevent this problem. Until the adjustments are completed the 220 linking system is temporarily disabled. However, the Beech 220 mhz repeater is available for use and you are encouraged to try it out. The input frequency is 223.0800 mhz and a tone of 103.5 hz is used on both transmit and receive. Marv, WA4NC
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 Amateur Radio. Everyone is welcome! THE NEXT GATHERING IS June 17, 2019 WARC PARTICIPATES IN EMERGENCY FEST WARC members manned a booth at the annual Watauga County Emergency Fest on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Here are some pictures of our intrepid crew (thanks to Mark Ashley, KX4IK):
Last updated June 14, 2019 at 8:40 Pm. Please send suggestions and/or corrections to Scott Douglass, k2sd@arrl.net
COMING EVENTS 2019
June 12 6’30 pm VE Test Session June 17 8;00 am Coffee at Panera Bread June 22-23 ARRL FIELD DAY July 1 6:00 pm WARC Club Meeting July 15 8;00 am Coffee at Panera Bread
WARC MENTOR PROGRAM If 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
VE TEST SESSION SCHEDULED Our next VE session is scheduled for June 12 at 6:30 pm (setup at 6:00) at the Red Cross center (Thanks to George for reserving the room!). Click HERE for directions. 73s, Bill - NC4WB