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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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Radio at War – 1944

Radio at War

An excellent film brought to us by RCA (Radio Corporation of America), 1944. It is the story of two teenage brothers, both amateur radio operators, who joined the Navy during World War II, and shows how radio helped win the war. Thanks, Scott (KD4VVC), for making us aware of this film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JegDWD6hGDs

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Monday Night WinLink Net


Ladies and Gentlemen, The Winlink Net is back.  In the subject line please put “net”, and in the message body put your power source.  The reason for that is that once per month, as you know, we do check-ins on the regular net with an emphasis on alternate power, and instead of sending out a […]

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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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Shortwave Radio in WWII


From Scott Gray, KD4VVC: Click here to see a great documentary on the role of Hallicrafter radios in WWII.

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Spy Radio in World War II: “Strategic Service Transmitter-Receiver Number 1” SSTR-1


From Scott Gray, KD4VVC: Circa 1943. “Office of Strategic Services. Field Photographic Branch… Click here to view Instructional Film: Describes the radio transmitter-receiver unit used during World War II. Explains compactness and ease of concealment, and outlines operations in detail: selection of electrical outlet, battery, or combination of both as power unit; antenna, assembly parts, […]

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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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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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