Watauga Amateur Radio Club

View from the WA4NC DMR Sugar Mt. Repeater site. In the distance is Rich Mt. and Howard’s Knob near Boone – Rich Mt. Is the home of the WA4J repeater and the other WA4NC DMR repeater.

Last updated September 27, 2020 at 1330 EDT.


Watauga AUXCOMM/ARES EXERCISE

October 17, 2020  9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 PURPOSES:  

  1. To provide a training opportunity for members.
  2. To demonstrate our capabilities to Red Cross and local Emergency Management.
  3. To provide an opportunity to develop and implement an Incident Action Plan
  4. To familiarize personnel with procedures to be followed when normal communications are disrupted.  This will include operating on simplex modes which would be needed in the event of a repeater failure.
  5. To operate from locations not previously tested using back up communications.
  6. To provide members with opportunities to reprogram their radios in accordance with ICS 205 which will be distributed on or about October 1.
  7. To increase familiarity with Winlink (TELNET) which will be used to distribute the IAP to members.
  8. To provide an opportunity to work with Avery County in a simulated of a widespread communications outage.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Reserve the date for participation in the field exercise.
    1. If you have not already done so, go to winlink.org and register for and download Winlink Expresss to one or more of your computers.
    1. Gain familiarity with Winlink Express by sending a SPOTREP messages to wa4nc@winlink.org.
    1. No later than September 30, program your portable and mobile radio in accordance with an updated Watauga Auxcomm EmComm Plan that will be distributed no later than September 20.

Coming Events 2020

DateTimeEvent
Oct 4, 20208:00 pmSKYWARN Information Net
Oct 5, 20207:00 pmONLINE WARC Club meeting
Oct 17,20209:30 amAUXCOM/ARES EXERCISE
Oct 19, 20208:00 amONLINE ZOOM Coffee meeting
NOV 1,20208:00 pmSKYWARN Information Net
NOV 2, 20207:00 pmONLINE WARC Club meeting
NOV 16, 20208:00 amONLINE ZOOM Coffee meeting

WATAUGA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB NETS

NET NAMEDAY/TIMEREPEATERNOTES
WARC 2-METER NETEACH THURSDAY
8:00 pm
WA4J
147.36 103.5 Hz
WIDE AREA
COVERAGE
HIGH COUNTRY
DMR NET
EACH TUESDAY
8:00 PM
WA4NC
443.0375 DMR
ALSO ON
MANY
OTHER AREA
DMR REPEATERS
WATAUGA
SKYWARN
INFORMATION
NET
FIRST
SUNDAY OF THE
MONTH

8:00 pm
WA4J
147.36 103.5 Hz
PROVIDES TRAINING
AND
INFORMATION FOR
WATAUGA COUNTY
SKYWARN MEMBERS

The following Club Members participated in the 2020 ARRL Field Day event, operating from home (Class 1D), and keeping in touch via a 24-hour ZOOM meeting – which turned out to be a nice enhancement to the stay home situation.

Congratulations to Eric, NI4E, for his great CW effort. Our Club PRELIMINARY score of 2424 points is the highest score ever for WARC. Potential Bonus Points are not included, so our final score will be higher.

CALL QSOsPOWERMODEP0INTS
NI4E565HIGHCW1130
K2SD351HIGHDIGITAL702
WA4NC100LOWSSB200
WS4JH63LOWSSB126
KE4AAP50LOWSSB100
N4DE43HIGHCW86
N4SCM40LOWSSB80
TOTALS12122424

Our club meets on the first Monday of the month. If the first Monday falls on a holiday, the meeting will be rescheduled.

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 2020 OFFICER

President Danny Horney KE4AAP

Vice-President Steve Baublitz W9SLB

Secretary Jessica Horney KM4NCM

Treasurer Jack Bechtel KB4JEB

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!

UPDATE: Due to the Pandemic, we are meeting online via Zoom until further notice.

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