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You Got Your License. What’s Next?


It’s been really great getting to meet all of the new licensees and rag chewing on the repeater. A number of people have approached me to ask the question – “What’s next? How can I get more involved with WCARES?” Here are a few points to set you on the right path. Study The Website […]

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PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR 11/17 SIMPLEX ALTERNET

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We’re attempting to create a simplex coverage map based on the results of our upcoming 11/17 Simplex AlterNet. For best results, we need as many participants as possible. During the net, write down ALL call signs you hear, giving signal strength of 1 (barely audible), 2 (clearly audible) or 3 (full quieting). After the net, […]

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Skywarn Recognition Day Registration: for Dec. 5-6, 2014

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You are invited to participate in the 2014 National Weather Service Skywarn Appreciation Day to be held at the Old Hickory Station-Lankford’s Cove 500 Weather Station Road Old Hickory, TN 37138 Dates of the operating period are Dec. 5-6, 2014. Please prepare to join the NWS staff in their thanks to all amateur radio operators […]

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

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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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Shortwave Radio: A New Broadcaster in Florida!

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From the Amateur Radio Supplies Newsletter, 10/21/2014: Many hams got their start with radio listening to shortwave radio. There hasn’t been much good news about shortwave lately with more and more broadcasters going off the air. However, maybe there is hope for a new generation of shortwave listeners. Be sure to spread the word to […]

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Amateur Radio License Classes Coming Soon!

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From Scott Gray (KD4VVC): Start spreading the word to those you meet that might be interested in attending the Technician and General license prep classes.  The classes should be each Saturday in February and the first weekend in March, usually from 8AM-12PM.  The classes will be held at the Williamson County Admin building, 1320 West […]

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The WCARES Vision

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From the WCARES Emergency Coordinator (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 […]

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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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Who’s Who in WCARES (N9PIO)

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Reflections on this October’s SET Exercise

SET 2014 Picture Taken by Steve Pipes N4YOU

From Scott Gray, KD4VVC: SET Exercise – Saturday Oct 4th 08:00-12:00 Thanks to all who participated in the exercise on the 4th.  The event consisted of a short academic period covering what WCARES is, how the county might utilize us, the types of disasters that the county could conceivably face and how we might respond, what […]

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Build an APRS IGate

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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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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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