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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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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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Free Digital Voice over HF (aka FreeDV)

FreeDV

At Dayton, I was introduced to a new digital voice format, that will probably work with the equipment you already have. It is available for HF now, but they are working on a version for VHF/UHF. They want to replace DSTAR, etc with free opensource format that does not require DV dongles, etc. I heard […]

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Who’s Who in WCARES (KI4PSR)

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The WCARES Antenna Team

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Auxiliary Communicators of Middle Tennessee – on Facebook

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There is a Facebook page called “Auxiliary Communicators of Middle 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 […]

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Who’s Who in WCARES (KM4EIK)

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Who’s Who in WCARES (WC4DA)

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W4PHS Hamnet Presentation (9/20/14)

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Click on this link to access Phil Sherrod’s Hamnet presentation, given at Chew and Chat on 9/20/14 Note: The presentation can also be found at http://qrz.com/db/w4phs under the link for Hamnet MESH Networks.

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Hamnet: A Broadband MESH Network

HamNet

From Phil Sherrod, W4PHS: I just got home from a meeting with two other Winlink developers. We spent most of one day discussing the Hamnet MESH network, and I had a chance to learn a lot and play with the Hamnet software. Hamnet is a broadband MESH network providing speeds about the same as a […]

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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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