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Build an APRS IGate

Why build an IGate? There are two fundamental parts of the APRS network that enable communications beyond simple peer-to-peer transmissions. They are Digipeaters and IGates. Digipeaters are just like normal voice repeaters in that when they hear traffic, they rebroadcast it with a little more antenna height and usually a little more power. Thus, they […]

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FAA – Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft

From Scott Gray, KD4VVC: To those of you who fly or are interested in flying remotely controlled drones, or want to protect technological advancement…. Read and comment on this proposed rule change for drone aircraft, which would outlaw among other things the technology of first person viewing.. http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-0396-0001

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ARLS003 India’s VO-52 Satellite Goes Dark


ZCZC AS03 QST de W1AW Space Bulletin 003 ARLS003 From ARRL Headquarters Newington, CT July 22, 2014 To all radio amateurs SB SPACE ARL ARLS003 ARLS003 India’s VO-52 Satellite Goes Dark Despite efforts to keep the flagging VUSat OSCAR-52 (VO-52) Amateur Radio satellite in operation for a while longer, ground controllers have yielded to the […]

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Severe Weather Procedures


WCARES Severe Weather Procedures Severe weather in Middle Tennessee can come in many forms to include severe thunderstorms, tornados, snow, sleet and ice.  The local commercial broadcast radio and TV stations do an excellent job in warning residents about possible severe weather conditions.  For WCARES members the important thing to remember is that whenever a […]

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El Reno Tornado 2013 – Lessons Learned

El Reno Tornado

From Scott Gray, KD4VVC: El Reno Tornado 2013 – Lessons Learned The National Weather Service in Norman Oklahoma has published a video detailing the events of the deadly tornado that hit El Reno Oklahoma on May 31, 2013. This informative video is a must see for all storm spotters as well as the general public. […]

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Field Day 2014 – A Review

2014 Field Day

From Scott Gray, KD4VVC: Field Day – 2014 is in the history books!! Another Field Day has come and gone. I would like to thank each of you that took your valuable time to get antennas repaired, met to test antennas, attended multiple Field Day committee meetings, attended county commission meetings, prepared station binders, sent […]

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Chew and Chat – at the Brentwood Hills Church of Christ

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The location is the Brentwood Hills Church of Christ building, room 304 (on the left side of the building as you are facing the sanctuary). The address is 5120 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37220. The times will remain the same.  The tech group will meet at 8AM followed by the “Chew and Chat” at 9AM. […]

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The Importance of NIMS and ICS


What is the National Incident Management System (NIMS)? NIMS is a comprehensive, national approach to incident management that is applicable at all jurisdictional levels and across functional disciplines. It is intended to: • Be applicable across a full spectrum of potential incidents, hazards, and impacts, regardless of size, location or complexity. • Improve coordination and […]

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Meet the Neighbors


Links to our Neighbors (Amateur Radio EmComm): Bedford County Davidson County Dickson County Lewis County Montgomery County Robertson County Rutherford County Sumner County Wilson County

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What is ARES?


Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. http://www.arrl.org/ares ARES Organization: Williamson County Ares is part of  District 4 of the Tennessee section of the […]

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WCARES Mission

The Williamson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (WCARES) is established for the primary purpose of organizing and training licensed amateur radio operators in Williamson County, Tennessee, to serve as a source of reliable emergency communications support for public and private emergency response agencies in Williamson and surrounding counties in the aftermath of natural disasters or during other times of public need.

WCARES also serves to: inform the general public about the amateur radio service; provide classroom training for prospective licensees; provide technical and operational assistance to other amateurs and; provide various opportunities and activities for amateur radio operators to interact with each other in order to help maximize the utilization of their operating privileges.

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