WCARES Net

The WCARES net is held every Monday evening on the WCARES repeater system at 7 PM Central time.  Membership is not required to check in.

On the first net of each month, stations are asked to use alternative power (battery, generator, solar etc.) if possible to communicate with the net as an exercise in emergency readiness. However, do not give your power source when checking in by voice.

Third Monday of each month has an Alternet after the regular Monday night net.  This will alternate between simplex, duplex and HF.  Check the WCARES Event calendar or listen on the regular Monday night net to find out where the Alternet will be.

Training Nets.  Periodically, topics of interest will be presented in place of the regular roster call.  These are great opportunities to hear about areas of Amateur Radio you may wish to learn more about.

Early Check-ins are not accepted for this net. However, Winlink check-in over radio is accepted between 6 AM and 6 PM Central on the Monday of the net if you can’t join the net by voice. Learn more about Winlink check-in here.

 


Siren Test

The County EMA has requested our assistance as they restart the county siren tests. These tests will be conducted every month on the 1st Saturday at 1:00 pm. To conduct these tests, the County has set up a web-based siren selection and reporting system. Please review the instructions in the Feb 27th WCARES Notes. If you have any questions about the procedure, you may call any of the following for assistance: Ed Hudgens, Jack Cox, Jeff Standifer, Jeff Schwartz, or Gene Cheatham. If you can help with this new(renewed) activity, please go ahead and follow the link in the WCARES Notes and select your siren.

Cliff, N4CCB has created a video that explains in more detail how to participate in these Siren Tests. You can find the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQqcxGeaBRU


Winlink check-in to the WCARES Net

If you have Winlink capability over RF, you can check in to the regular Monday night nets by sending a Winlink message to WC4EOC@winlink.org, between the hours of 06:00 and 18:00 Central (6 AM to 6 PM) on the Monday of the net.

To check in to the WCARES Monday Net via Winlink:

  • Send a Winlink message to WC4EOC@winlink.org
  • over RF mode only(*)
  • between 0600 to 1800 Central Time (6 AM to 6 PM) on the Monday of the net and
  • include the following in the subject or body (or both) of the message:
    • the RF mode you’re using (Packet, ARDOP, VARA, VARA FM, Winmor, Pactor etc.)
    • the full date of the net you are checking in to
    • your power source (commercial, battery, generator, solar etc.)

* Check-ins via Winlink must be sent over radio unless you are outside the WCARES repeater coverage area and don’t have HF capability.

Like the regular nets, the first Monday of each month is Alternate Power so try to check in using an alternate power source.


WCARES Net

The WCARES net is held every Monday evening on the WCARES repeater system at 7 PM Central time.  Membership is not required to check in.

On the first net of each month, stations are asked to use alternative power (battery, generator, solar etc.) if possible to communicate with the net as an exercise in emergency readiness. However, do not give your power source when checking in by voice.

Third Monday of each month has an Alternet after the regular Monday night net.  This will alternate between simplex, duplex and HF.  Check the WCARES Event calendar or listen on the regular Monday night net to find out where the Alternet will be.

Training Nets.  Periodically, topics of interest will be presented in place of the regular roster call.  These are great opportunities to hear about areas of Amateur Radio you may wish to learn more about.

Early Check-ins are not accepted for this net. However, Winlink check-in over radio is accepted between 6 AM and 6 PM Central on the Monday of the net if you can’t join the net by voice. Learn more about Winlink check-in here.

 


Monthly Meeting (2nd Sat. in August due to the Huntsville Hamfest)

The WCARES Monthly Meeting takes place the 3rd Saturday of every month with the possible exceptions of May (Hamvention) or August (Huntsville Hamfest) in which case it is held on the 2nd Saturday to allow members to attend those events.

We meet at the Williamson County Public Safety Building, located at:

304 Beasley Drive in Franklin, TN.

Note that the 21st is the weekend of the Huntsville Hamfest so the August meeting will take place on Aug 14, 2021.

Meeting starts at 8AM in the EOC.  Members periodically give presentations covering a wide range topics including emergency communications,  propagation and antennas, operating techniques and best-practices, kit building, hardware and software, Winlink, weather, ARRL, new modes and more.  Upcoming events are also discussed.

Meet other WCARES members and learn more about WCARES and Amateur Radio.


Winlink check-in to the WCARES Net

If you have Winlink capability over RF, you can check in to the regular Monday night nets by sending a Winlink message to WC4EOC@winlink.org, between the hours of 06:00 and 18:00 Central (6 AM to 6 PM) on the Monday of the net.

To check in to the WCARES Monday Net via Winlink:

  • Send a Winlink message to WC4EOC@winlink.org
  • over RF mode only(*)
  • between 0600 to 1800 Central Time (6 AM to 6 PM) on the Monday of the net and
  • include the following in the subject or body (or both) of the message:
    • the RF mode you’re using (Packet, ARDOP, VARA, VARA FM, Winmor, Pactor etc.)
    • the full date of the net you are checking in to
    • your power source (commercial, battery, generator, solar etc.)

* Check-ins via Winlink must be sent over radio unless you are outside the WCARES repeater coverage area and don’t have HF capability.

Like the regular nets, the first Monday of each month is Alternate Power so try to check in using an alternate power source.


WCARES Net

The WCARES net is held every Monday evening on the WCARES repeater system at 7 PM Central time.  Membership is not required to check in.

On the first net of each month, stations are asked to use alternative power (battery, generator, solar etc.) if possible to communicate with the net as an exercise in emergency readiness. However, do not give your power source when checking in by voice.

Third Monday of each month has an Alternet after the regular Monday night net.  This will alternate between simplex, duplex and HF.  Check the WCARES Event calendar or listen on the regular Monday night net to find out where the Alternet will be.

Training Nets.  Periodically, topics of interest will be presented in place of the regular roster call.  These are great opportunities to hear about areas of Amateur Radio you may wish to learn more about.

Early Check-ins are not accepted for this net. However, Winlink check-in over radio is accepted between 6 AM and 6 PM Central on the Monday of the net if you can’t join the net by voice. Learn more about Winlink check-in here.

 


Alternet: 6m USB

This is our monthly alternet which will take place at the end of our regular net.

In 2021, Apr 19 and Aug 16, 6m will be used for the Alternet.

Listen for instructions and any last minute changes on the regular Monday night net.


Huntsville Hamfest

From the https://hamfest.org website:


Updated: August 11, 2021

Through the year we’ve been encouraged by declining hospitalization rates and positive tests. Now in the past few weeks this COVID Delta variant is reversing trends with hospitalizations up and some locales & organizations implementing mask MANDATES. This fluid situation has everyone on edge – vendors & visitors alike are wondering what to do. MFJ cancelled last week. DXEngineering called today to cancel. But just as many vendors have called recently to say they are still coming.

In an earlier post, the Huntsville Hamfest encouraged everyone attending to be vaccinated. We’re going further in this post to strongly recommend, for the sake of everyone attending and then going home to their families, to wear a mask. This follows CDC GUIDANCE at this time.

At this late date, the Huntsville Hamfest is contractually committed to hosting the show. The only reason for cancelling would be a MANDATE from Local or State government banning indoor mass gatherings.

From the beginning of our planning the Hamfest Board has taken steps to ensure the safety of our guests. Twelve-foot aisles in an expanded space with hand sanitizers social distancing signage throughout the Hall will allow visitors and vendors to safely gather. We will continue to be “The World’s Friendliest Hamfest” but without the handshakes and hugs this year.
73,

Huntsville Hamfest Board


Updated: February 15, 2021
The Hamfest Board has met with the Von Braun Center to learn about the current rules & regulations for mass-gatherings. In short, the insurmountable obstacles that prevented us from hosting a Hamfest last year have relaxed to the point where we can host a safe and successful event.
Additionally, our survey of commercial and flea-market vendors on their plans to attend returned very encouraging sentiments.
Adjustments to the floor plan are being made to keep everyone safe, in particular 12’ aisle spacing. Additional space will be utilized this year to accommodate the commercial & flea-market vendors and visitors. Once that floor plan is defined in a few weeks we’ll open the web portal up for vendor registration.
We highly recommend visitors to purchase tickets on-line this year. Will-Call windows will be set up to streamline the Saturday morning crush. The ticket web portal will open in a few weeks.
The Hamfest Board is excited at the prospect of hosting a live gathering in a safe way for everyone attending and we look forward to seeing many of our friends again.
Thanks & 73,
Mark N4BCD
Huntsville Hamfest Chairman

 

[image courtesy of the Huntsville Hamfest; used with permission]


Winlink check-in to the WCARES Net

If you have Winlink capability over RF, you can check in to the regular Monday night nets by sending a Winlink message to WC4EOC@winlink.org, between the hours of 06:00 and 18:00 Central (6 AM to 6 PM) on the Monday of the net.

To check in to the WCARES Monday Net via Winlink:

  • Send a Winlink message to WC4EOC@winlink.org
  • over RF mode only(*)
  • between 0600 to 1800 Central Time (6 AM to 6 PM) on the Monday of the net and
  • include the following in the subject or body (or both) of the message:
    • the RF mode you’re using (Packet, ARDOP, VARA, VARA FM, Winmor, Pactor etc.)
    • the full date of the net you are checking in to
    • your power source (commercial, battery, generator, solar etc.)

* Check-ins via Winlink must be sent over radio unless you are outside the WCARES repeater coverage area and don’t have HF capability.

Like the regular nets, the first Monday of each month is Alternate Power so try to check in using an alternate power source.