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W4PHS WinLink Presentation

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

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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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The Future of Shortwave Broadcasting


The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Special Committee on the Future of Shortwave Broadcasting foresees a dim outlook for the medium. The Committee in 2014 released its assessment of the current and projected use of shortwave radio as a platform for programming by US international media. “United States international media must optimize delivery by audience/market,” […]

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News Collection


Collection of News – From Ham Websites.
Picture taken at Electronics Class, Session 5 by Joe Marler KQ1Q (WCARES member).

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Another Android App Gives APRS Rigs Map Support

W2APRS and the Kenwood D710

If you own a Kenwood TM-D710, TH-D72, Yaesu FTM-400D, FT-1D, Icom IC-2828DG, or ID-92 and you want to add the ability to view received packets on a Google Map or Offline Street Map (OSM), there is an Android app out there to help you. It’s called W2APRS and it’s not available on the Google Play Store. If you’re […]

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3/21/15 Chew and Chat Presentations on Terrain Modeling and RTL-SDR

During the March 21st, 2015 Chew and Chat, Dallas Clements (K7DCC) gave two presentations. One was on using terrain modeling tools to determine line of site and the other was an introduction to using inexpensive RTL-SDR dongles to monitor the radio spectrum. Both slide decks can be found below. Terrain Modeling Presentation RTL-SDR Presentation

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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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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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