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
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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, November 5, 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. 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 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 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, November 4, at 8:00 pm on the WW4L (147.36) repeater. ----WARC FIELD DAY REPORT--------- WARC  members participate in the 2018 ARRL Field Day on Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, at Blowing Rock Fire Station #2. Four stations were on the air, covering 80 through 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   1.0  Total             561        834   1.5   We also earned 850 bonus points, giving us a claimed score of of 1,668 points. The following Watauga Amateur Radio Club  members participated inARRK Field Day 2018: Danny Horney, KE4AAP Jessica Horney, KM4NCM Marv Hoffman, WA4NC Marvin Gragg, KM4NCK Doug Hall, WA4UNS David Hooper, N4DE Scott Douglass, K2SD Jack Bechtel, KB4JEB George Rosvally, NC4GR William Bauldry, NC4WB Steve Baublitz, W9SLB Derek Wilson, KM4BMD Matt Mellon, K9MJM Mark Ashley, KX4IK Robert Johnson, KN4LCX Ron Smith, KN4RJS Tim Harmon, KE4KFV Darrel Lewis, N4DIQ Jame 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:  October 15 , 2018 John 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 many ham radio friends, I say "73 John, till we talk again."          WARC HELPS THE COWBELLE CLASSIC BIKE EVENT On Saturday, August 25, many WARC members provided communication support for the CowBelle Classic, an all-woman bicycle race held each August in Western Watauga County. Due to the rough terrain (mountains and valleys), four separate repeaters were 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).
Last updated October 5,  2018 at 2:05 pm.. Please send suggestions and/or corrections  to Scott Douglass, k2sd@arrl.net
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