WATAUGA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
Watauga Amateur Radio Club PO Box 2208 Boone, NC 28607
Club Repeaters:  Boone, NC  Rich Mountain WA4J    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
WELCOME to the Watauga Amateur Radio Club Website!
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, Nov 4, 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 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, Nov 3, at 8:00 pm on the WA4J (147.36) repeater. WARC 2019 OFFICERS President Danny Horney KE4AAP Vice-President Steve Baublitz W9SLB Secretary Jessica Horney KM4NCM Treasurer Jack Bechtel KB4JE FOR SALE PAGE UPDATED Aug 10 2019 REPEATER UPDATE July 3, 2019 By Marv Hoffman WA4NC Over 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 active When 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, WA
Last updated Oct 15, 2019 at 10:00 am. Please send suggestions and/or corrections to Scott Douglass, k2sd@arrl.net
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
The Watauga Amateur Radio Club will hold a Swap Meet on Saturday, October 26, at 9:00 am in Boone, at the First Presbyterian Church (our normal meeting place - see directions elsewhere on this page) parking lot. Please remember that this is a smoke-free site - thank’s in advance for your cooperation. VE TEST SESSION SCHEDULED A VE Test Session will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 in Boone, NC. This will be an ARRL VEC test. Details will be posted here shortly.
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 OCTOBER 21, 2019
WARC FIELD DAY 2019 RESULTS WARC 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) station for use by newcomers to Amateur Radio. 422 stations were contacted in the US and 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 is the summary of the QSOs: We made 2 GOTA QSos, and 350 additional Bonus points. Final score submitted to the ARRL: 1704
FIELD DAY SCORE
BAND/MODE
QSOs
POINTS
PTS1/QSO
3.5 LSB
74
74
1
7 CW
103
206
2
7 FT8
8
16
2
7 LSB
69
69
1
7 PSK
1
2
2
14 CW
72
144
2
14 FT8
44
8
2
14 PSK
64
128
2
14 RTTY
1
2
2
14 USB
26
26
1
TOTAL
422
675
1.6
4
Coming Events 2019
Date
Time
Event
October 26
9:00 am
WARC SWAP MEET
October 21
8:00 am
Coffee at Panera Bread
November 3
8:00 pm
Skywarn Information Net
November 4
6:00 pm
WARC Club Meeting
November 18
8:00 am
Coffee at Panera Bread
December 1
8:00 pm
Skywarn Information Net
December 2
6:00 pm
WARC Christnas Party
Deceember 16
8:00 am
Coffee at Panera Bread
FIRST ANNUAL(?) WARC SWAP MEET
WA4J CALLSIGN ASSIGNED TO WARC We are proud to announce that the callsign WA4J, which belonged to our Club member John W. Dinkins, SK, has been assigned to the Watauga Amateur Radio Club. The familiar WA4J Repeater ID is once again announcing its presence on 147.36 MHz. Thanks to Repeater Trustee Doug Hall, WA4UNS, for his efforts in this matter.