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Build an APRS IGate

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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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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Field Day 2014 – A Review

2014 Field Day

From Scott Gray, KD4VVC: Field Day – 2014 is in the history books!! Another Field Day has come and gone. I would like to thank each of you that took your valuable time to get antennas repaired, met to test antennas, attended multiple Field Day committee meetings, attended county commission meetings, prepared station binders, sent […]

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Chew and Chat – at the Brentwood Hills Church of Christ

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The location is the Brentwood Hills Church of Christ building, room 304 (on the left side of the building as you are facing the sanctuary). The address is 5120 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37220. The times will remain the same.  The tech group will meet at 8AM followed by the “Chew and Chat” at 9AM. […]

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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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Meet the Neighbors


Links to our Neighbors (Amateur Radio EmComm): Bedford County Davidson County Dickson County Lewis County Montgomery County Robertson County Rutherford County Sumner County Wilson County

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What is ARES?


Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. http://www.arrl.org/ares ARES Organization: Williamson County Ares is part of  District 4 of the Tennessee section of the […]

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Scouts Open Their Radio Shack to New Hams


Note from Mike Lee, KJ4TOP: Mr. John M. Green and Boy Scout Troop 137 would like to invite members of WCARES who are new to amateur radio and/or have not yet had a chance to use HF radio gear, to come out to the Scout Ham Shack to use the equipment that we have. WCARES […]

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Fractal Antennas For Ham Radio


Presented by Jack Hill – W4KH – w4kh@nanniandjack.com Fractal Geometry is a particularly difficult concept for many people to grasp… Many of you may have heard of “Mandelbrot Sets”, so named for, to quote Wikipedia: “Benoît B. Mandelbrot (20 November 1924 – 14 October 2010) a Polish-born, French and American mathematician, noted for developing a […]

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Ham Radio: Old Technology Gets New Respect

Fox News recently did a feature on Ham Radio, which you can watch here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/05/19/ham-radio-old-technology-gets-new-respect/? intcmp=features

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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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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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