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W4PHS WinLink Presentation

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

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Software Defined Radio



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Apps for the Emergency Services community


From Richard, WB4TNH: Website for apps for the Emergency Services community. ReadyTN is one of the apps listed. Looks like it has a lot of potential. http://www.AppComm.org AppComm is APCO’s Application Community forum where first responders can learn about existing apps, rate and comment on apps, and share thoughts about these new tools.

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Learn Winlink!


This is the greatest development in years! It is easy to get started. And there are many RMS sites, VHF and UHF, in our immediate area. This mode should be a mainstay for us, especially in emergencies when the internet may be down. Best source of information: http://www.winlink.org/ Additional information (from K4IDK): Anyone wishing to […]

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NWS Radar and APRS in Google Earth

APRS and Weather Data in Google Earth

Today I was thinking about how great it would be if I could overlay National Weather Service alerts, radar, and APRS objects on top of Google Earth. After searching to find out if this is possible, I quickly found this great article from a fellow ham. I’m sure it will be of interest to many […]

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APRS How-to Videos and Presentations

APRSDroid Screenshot

For the July 18, 2015 WCARES Chew and Chat, I put together several how-tos involving APRS. If you missed them, I’ve got them all listed below:   Receive APRS Messages for Unread Winlink Messages If you use Winlink, this is a killer application of APRS. If you’re like me, you check in with Winlink once […]

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‘SOS,’ ‘CQD’ and the History of Maritime Distress Calls


” ‘SOS,’ ‘CQD’ and the History of Maritime Distress Calls” by Neal McEwen, K5RW http://telegraph-office.com/pages/arc2-2.html

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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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Future Cell Phones Will Make Emergency Calls Even When the Network Goes Down


See the Scientific American article here.

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Disable The 8800 Internet Beep For Good


Tired of accidentally engaging your Yaesu FT-8800 Internet and broadcasting it’s tone to the whole repeater community?  Well – so are we.  But don’t fret, now there’s an easy way to disengage that annoying beep once and for all. You can follow the instructions in this pdf.

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Yahoo Group – Middle TN ARES

Middle TN ARES

From our Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator for Middle Tennessee, Paul, N4AAN: “I have been thinking of ways to further enhance communication among ARES membership in Middle Tennessee.  Toward that goal, I have created a Yahoo group, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/midtennares/ The group is open to all ARES members in Middle Tennessee.  To join send an E-mail to:  midtennares-subscribe@yahoogroups.com […]

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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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