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
ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) is an amateur radio activity that is part of the ARRL
Field Organization. Its purpose is to encourage amateur radio operators to use their skills in
public service events (such as bicycle races, parades and festivals) and to support local non-
profit groups. Participants must hold a valid amateur radio license and be registered with the
local ARES Coordinator. Contact WA4NC at
AUXCOMM (Auxillary Communications) is a program sponsored by the U.S Department of
Homeland Security. The primary purpose of Auxcomm is to have a group of trained
communications personnel who can be activated to support local, state and federal agencies
when normal communications are disrupted.
Auxcomm involves licensed amateur radio operators
who have completed specialized training in the Incident Command System and who can support
local, state and federal emergency management when needed. Auxcomm personnel are involved
in actual emergencies and training exercises. Auxcomm personnel often use advanced
communications systems to send photos, documents and other files via WINLINK. Content sent
via WINLINK is less subject to errors in transmission and can be sent faster than by traditional
voice traffic.
Although the two groups are distinct, many amateur radio operators join both groups.
In North Carolina, an Executive Order issued by the Governor directs that all personnel who
respond to emergencies must operate under the Incident Command System and be trained
in the basics of ICS.  There are four required courses available on-line:
These courses are offered at no cost. Information on how to register for the courses is available
Once these courses have been completed and certificates of completion are received, licensed
amateur radio operators may be listed in the NC Auxcomm database which is a resource listing
available to State Emergency Management. You can become listed in the Auxcomm database by
following the instructions that are found at
Leadership positions in Auxcomm and ARES require advanced ICS training gained in courses led
by certified instructors. ICS300 is a course that focuses on managing emergencies using the
Incident Command System structure. ICS400 focuses on more complex emergencies involving
numerous emergency agencies in events extending beyond one 12 hour operational period.
Red Cross
The American Red Cross operates under a Charter granted by the U.S. Congress in 1917. The Red
Cross carries out a number of functions including blood drives, assistance to military personnel, and
disaster services. Locally, there is a Blue Ridge Piedmont North Chapter with an office in Boone.The
Red Cross opens disaster shelters when flooding, fires, widespread power outages and other