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W4PHS WinLink Presentation

Phil Sherod, W4PHS delivers a fantastic introduction into WinLink at WCARES University

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Fractal Antennas For Ham Radio


Presented by Jack Hill – W4KH – w4kh@nanniandjack.com Fractal Geometry is a particularly difficult concept for many people to grasp… Many of you may have heard of “Mandelbrot Sets”, so named for, to quote Wikipedia: “Benoît B. Mandelbrot (20 November 1924 – 14 October 2010) a Polish-born, French and American mathematician, noted for developing a […]

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Ham Radio: Old Technology Gets New Respect

Fox News recently did a feature on Ham Radio, which you can watch here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/05/19/ham-radio-old-technology-gets-new-respect/? intcmp=features

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Shortwave Radio in WWII


From Scott Gray, KD4VVC: Click here to see a great documentary on the role of Hallicrafter radios in WWII.

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Spy Radio in World War II: “Strategic Service Transmitter-Receiver Number 1” SSTR-1


From Scott Gray, KD4VVC: Circa 1943. “Office of Strategic Services. Field Photographic Branch… Click here to view Instructional Film: Describes the radio transmitter-receiver unit used during World War II. Explains compactness and ease of concealment, and outlines operations in detail: selection of electrical outlet, battery, or combination of both as power unit; antenna, assembly parts, […]

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The WCARES Vision


From Scott Gray, KD4VVC: One thing we, as members of WCARES, should always keep in mind….every activity we take part in with WCARES should always have some value in preparing for fulfillment of our mission to provide emergency communication support to our served agencies and communities.  So, when taking part in one of the activities […]

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The Ham Whisperer (for learning CW)

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Trying to learn CW?  I have found a teacher online that so far has really helped me. The website is http://www.hamwhisperer.com/p/morse-code-course.html  Andy, KE4GKP, has eleven youtube (you can get to the videos through the website, or search for “Ham Whisperer” from within YouTube) based audio courses that present the letters, numbers, and prosigns.  Most lessons present three letters and […]

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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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The WCARES Antenna Team

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Auxiliary Communicators of Tennessee – on Facebook


There is a Facebook page called “Auxiliary Communicators of Tennessee.”  It is a closed group in the sense that you must be a licensed ham radio operator to join.  Many thanks to Elizabeth St. Vincent (K4KTG) for organizing it.  It is a great place to share information of interest to all Middle Tennessee hams interested […]

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Global Eavesdroppers

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150808/NEWS/150809367: In World War II, dozens of radio operators in Scituate dialed into enemy conversations worldwide.

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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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