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The WCARES Vision

From the WCARES Emergency Coordinator (Scott Gray, KD4VVC): One thing we, as members of WCARES, should always keep in mind….every activity we take part in with WCARES should always have some value in preparing for fulfillment of our mission to provide emergency communication support to our served agencies and communities.  So, when taking part in […]

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TEMA-AUXCOM ‘Backyard’ Exercise 2015 – INFORMATION


TEMA-AUXCOM ‘Backyard’ Exercise 2015 TEMA Communications recommends everyone have a comprehensive personal emergency communications deployment plan. This plan should include the practice of regularly deploying, exercising, updating, and maintaining equipment in your personal deployment kit(s). On April 30th, through May 3rd, TEMA will host the annual Spring 2015 TEMA-AUXCOM Exercise at the Tennessee Fire & Codes Enforcement […]

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Who’s Who in WCARES (K3ZMG)

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

Bunta Island


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Conductivity of Different Materials


Have you ever found yourself thinking that materials made mostly of copper would conduct electricity almost as well as copper? Well, think again…. https://www.bluesea.com/resources/108

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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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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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