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, December 3, at6:00 pm at the Sagebrush restaurant in Boone. This is our annual Holiday Party.Please email Jessica Horney firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend, and how many willbe in your party.If you want to get involved in Ham Radio in the High country, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STOP BY.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 Deerfield 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. Questions? Call N4SCM 336-558-1833 or on Monday night talk-in 147.360 MH--------------------------------------------------------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 page--------------------------------------------------------NEXT SKYWARN INFORMATION NET ISSUNDAY, December 2, at 8:00 pm onthe WW4L (147.36) repeater.----WARC FIELD DAY REPORT---------WARCmembers participate in the 2018 ARRLField Day on Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24,at Blowing Rock Fire Station #2.Four stations were on the air, covering 80through 15 meters. SSB, CW, and digital modes were all used.QSO Summary;Band Mode QSOs Pts Pt/Q 3.5 CW 1 2 2.0 3.5 LSB 24 24 1.0 7 CW 185 370 2.0 7 LSB 108 108 1.0 7 PSK3 3 6 2.0 14 CW 44 88 2.0 14 PSK3 31 62 2.0 14 PSK6 2 4 2.0 14 USB 139 139 1.0 21 CW 7 14 2.0 21 USB 17 17 1.0Total 561 834 1.5We also earned 850 bonus points, giving usa claimed score of of 1,668 points.The following Watauga Amateur Radio Club members participated inARRK Field Day 2018:Danny Horney, KE4AAPJessica Horney, KM4NCMMarv Hoffman, WA4NCMarvin Gragg, KM4NCKDoug Hall, WA4UNSDavid Hooper, N4DEScott Douglass, K2SDJack Bechtel, KB4JEBGeorge Rosvally, NC4GRWilliam Bauldry, NC4WBSteve Baublitz, W9SLBDerek Wilson, KM4BMDMatt Mellon, K9MJMMark Ashley, KX4IKRobert Johnson, KN4LCXRon Smith, KN4RJSTim Harmon, KE4KFVDarrel Lewis, N4DIQJame Harrison, WS4JH-----------------------------------
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 DECEMBER 17 , 2018John W. Dinkins, WA4J, was a founder and past President of the Watauga Amateur Radio Club. He passed away after a series of illnesses on August 4, 2018. Here is a eulogy given by WA4NC at John's funeral in Boone.John W. Dinkins was my friend, just as he was to so many others here today. I first met John over 45 years ago at the University where he worked in the News Bureau and later in Media Services. My friendship with John grew over the years and I came to know John best through our shared interest in amateur radio. Reflecting on John’s life I can share many things about him but I suspect that much of what I could say is already known to those who are assembled here today to celebrate his life.John was an inquisitive person. He enjoyed learning about new things and seeing new places. Traveling on ASU Alumni trips and being with old friends meant a great deal to him. His annual trip to the coast for a Lions’ sponsored fishing trip gave him great joy. Those of us in the ham radio club know how much he looked forward to that trip and how important it was for him to be able to talk to those of us here in Boone so he could share news about his ventures out on the coast.Ham radio operators go to events called Hamfests, a sort of large scale flea market for radio equipment. A dear friend, Bill Lundy, NC4BL, from Mount Airy, arranged a bus trip each year during May for a group to go to the largest hamfest in America in Dayton, Ohio. John made that bus trip fifteen times and derived great joy out of being able to see the latest in ham radio gear. More important to him, though, were the friendships that developed over the years traveling on the bus to and from Dayton as well as to other ham radio events.John’s friendships sometimes involved people he never met. A group of ham radio operators meet on the air each morning at 7:00 a.m. and talk about whatever interests them that day. John was an avid participant in that 7 a.m. network that linked operators across the state. Among his friends who celebrate him today are some for whom John was just a friendly voice on the radio.John had a great interest in photography but he was not stuck in the past. After shooting thousands of rolls of film he got a digital camera and mastered that new technology. In the same way, when we put up a digital radio repeater with the latest technology John was one of the first to get a digital portable radio. He loved the fact that he could use his portable radios to talk to old friends locally and across North Carolina.John became an expert in most everything he did. John was a teacher and shared his knowledge with others. I have heard from dozens of friends who said that it was because of the enthusiasm John showed that they got into photography or amateur radio through a class or talk John offered sometime in the past. People knew that they could turn to John for advice on cameras, on how to operate properly or how to connect a computer to a radio to send photos and text messages. I could say more about John and his hobbies but this is the most important thing I can say about John:John was faithful, faithful to his family, faithful to his friends and faithful to his church. He loved Boone, he loved his friends, he loved Appalachian and he loved his very deep North Carolina roots. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word. We cherish the time we had with John. It is a privilege for many of us to say that John was a true friend. I will close now. In behalf of John's manyham radio friends, I say "73 John, till we talk again."WARC HELPS THE COWBELLE CLASSIC BIKE EVENTOn Saturday, August 25, many WARC members provided communicationsupport for the CowBelle Classic, an all-woman bicycle race held each Augustin Western Watauga County. Due to the rough terrain (mountains and valleys), four separate repeaterswere used - WW4L (Boone VHF), WA4NC (Boone UHF DMR), WA4NC(Beech Mt. UHF), and, with permission from our friends in in Ashe County,W4YSB (Jefferson VHF).
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Nov 19 8:00 am Coffee at Panera BreadDec 2 8:00 pm Skywarn Information NetDec 3 6;00 pm WARC Holiday Party at SagebrushDec 17 8:00 am Coffee at Panera BreadJan 7 6:00 pm WARC Meetimg