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
NEWS AND EVENTS
2017        December 4          Christmas meeting at the                                Puerto Nuevo Mexican &                                Seafood Restaurant in Boone  December 18        8:00 am Breakfast at Panera                               Bread - Boone Mall                     *************BREAKING NEWS ************* WARC RESPONSES TO FLOOD Six inches of rain, falling at times at the rate of 1.5 inches per hour, caused a lot of disruption yesterday (Monday, October  23) in the High Country.  Numerous cars were stranded and approximately 80 apartments/condos as well as some businesses had water in their buildings.  Some roads were blocked with mudslides and washouts but fortunately no lives were lost and no injuries were reported. At approximately 6 pm., Watauga ARES/Auxcomm was asked by EM to support shelter operations last night  We assisted the Red Cross shelter staff (Vickie Hawkins and Daisy Waryold).  Although the shelter at Alliance received two persons who spent the night we were ready to accept up to 100 evacuees.  Thanks go out to Marvin Gragg KM4NCK and Jack Bechtel KB4JEB who spent the night at the shelter and brought their go boxes to provide comms from the shelter.  We had 2 meter (Rich), 440 (Beech) and DMR capabilities deployed for use. Thanks also go out to Scott Douglass K2SD  For acting as Skywarn Net Control during the heavy rains and for handling traffic from Steve Marks N4SCM, Steve Baublitz W9SLB, Marvin Gragg KM4NCK, Tim Harmon, KE4KFV and myself.   Area affected were downtown Boone, NC194 at Perkinsville near Hardin Park Elementary School , US321 near the Boone Mall and Walmart, as well as NC105 near Ross Jeep Chrysler and US321 near Blowing Rock all of which had high water and most of which were closed for a period of time to prevent additional persons becoming stranded. We were fortunate to have relatively few power outages.  Blue Ridge Energy's webpage showed at 11 a.m. Tuesday that there are still 2200 outages in Alleghany County, Caldwell had 665 customers without power, Alexander had 155 and Wilkes had 75 Blue Ridge customers out. Duke Energy is reporting 77,000 customers without power, 24,000 in Wilkes, 17,000 in Catawba, 4100 in Alexander County, 1800 in Caldwell and 5000 in Burke County. The Watauga Democrat has a collection of photos captured by various people during the event.  These may be found at http://www.wataugademocrat.com/news/photos-flash-floods-on-monday- oct/collection_d44c65a8-7670-57da-9cb1-67a0d096f082.html An interesting video was forwarded to me by George Bartholomew, which was prepared by  Nelson Aerial Videos using  a drone to capture images of the flooded areas in Boone.  Go to: https://youtu.be/vxHcjAnX2IQ Marv, WA4NC Watauga ARES/Auxcomm EC                       
***********SUMMER ACTIVITY HEATS UP**** On Saturday morning, July 15, WARC  supplied three club members to help with THE SCREAM Half-Marathon which covers 13.1 miles between Jonas Ridge and Mortimer, NC. The race drops in elevation more than 2000 feet from start to finish. Marvin, KM4NCK, George, KW4TC, and Tom, KI4TC, responded to a last-minute call for help. Thanks! ******************************************************** On Friday, June 14, a WARC work party met atop Rich Mountain at the WA4J-WA4NC  repeater site to weed-eat and clean up the area.  
Left to Right in the photo: Derek Eggers, W4DCE, David Hooper, N4DE, Danny Horney, KE4AAP, Marvin Gragg, KM4NCK, Scott Gragg, KN4AUQ,  Jack Bechtel, KB4JEB, Not shown: Marv Hoffman, WA4NC.
Marv Hoffman, WA4NC, reports: