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TEMA-AUXCOM Fall 2015 Exercise


The TEMA-AUXCOM 2015 Fall Exercise will be held October 1, 2 and 3, beginning at 8am CST Thursday, and ending at 3:30pm CST on Saturday. This exercise will be conducted from multiple sites throughout the state of Tennessee. The following sites have been identified: Middle TN Site – Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy, […]

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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 less than $100 in hardware for VHF or HF access. 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 […]

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Who’s Who in WCARES (K3OL)

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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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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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