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Carl Sibilski, KB9DKR – CW Tutorial Powerpoint

Carl Sibilski, KB9DKR, presented a fantastic CW presentation at the October edition of WCARES Chew & Chat. The powerpoint has been provided for embedding.

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WinLink + OHXHamChat

A gateway is now available between Winlink and the ohxhamchat weather chat room hosted by NWS. Using Winlink messages you can post messages to the chat group and request a list of messages posted during previous hours. The messages can be sent using any Winlink mode (Telnet, Packet, Pactor and Winmor). This provides radio access […]

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Repeater Database Superimposed on Google Maps


Steve, N4YOU, recommends the following repeater database that is superimposed on Google Maps. Searches can be conducted by zip code or city. http://k5ehx.net/

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Rescue Operations After Katrina – Facilitated by Amateur Radio


Click here to see a report showing the essential part that amateur radio played in rescue operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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Hamnet in Use


Hamnet at the The Heart of Texas Amateur Radio Club http://www.hotarc.org/mesh.html Hamnet in support of the Big Bend 50 Ultra Marathon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LN8gMgz2pA Raspberry wifi HSMM-MESH node emergency cloud server https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMYrFmuclOQ revisited https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGtwVxZ4Mto

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Measures Needed to Keep 911 Centers Operational


The following information was posted on Jan. 27, 2015 on the APCO (Association of Public Safety Communications Officials) Open Forum Digest by Jim Szalajeski, and Jim has graciously consented for us to re-post it here on the WCARES website. Jim works for Tusa Consulting Services in Folsom, LA, and has done a good amount of […]

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The Importance of NIMS and ICS


What is the National Incident Management System (NIMS)? NIMS is a comprehensive, national approach to incident management that is applicable at all jurisdictional levels and across functional disciplines. It is intended to: • Be applicable across a full spectrum of potential incidents, hazards, and impacts, regardless of size, location or complexity. • Improve coordination and […]

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El Reno Tornado 2013 – Lessons Learned

El Reno Tornado

From Scott Gray, KD4VVC: El Reno Tornado 2013 – Lessons Learned The National Weather Service in Norman Oklahoma has published a video detailing the events of the deadly tornado that hit El Reno Oklahoma on May 31, 2013. This informative video is a must see for all storm spotters as well as the general public. […]

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Bunta Island On the Air – Fun DX-Pedition – Feb 15-17, 2013

Bunta Island


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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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