established an agreement with
the creator of a web and app-based
directory of Amateur Radio
repeaters worldwide, for RFinder to be the League's preferred online resource of repeater frequencies.
RFinder is a steadily growing worldwide repeater directory with over 50,000 repeater listings in over 170 countries. An annual $9.99 subscription to RFinder provides access to repeater data through its collection of apps for Android .
********************************'Mark Rappaport' via North Carolina ARRL NTS Traffic Handlers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
National Weather Service
000 NOUS42 KGSP 211427 PNSGSP GAZ010-017-018-026-028-029-NCZ033-035>037-048>053-056>059-062>065- 068>072-082-501>510-SCZ001>014-019-220230- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC 927 AM EST THU JAN 21 2016 ...DEALING WITH MAJOR WINTER STORMS... WITH A MAJOR WINTER STORM EXPECTED TO AFFECT THE AREA STARTING TONIGHT...IT IS A GOOD TIME TO REVIEW SAFETY RULES AND FINALIZE WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS. REMEMBER THAT HEAVY ACCUMULATIONS OF ICE OR SNOW ON TREES AND POWER LINES OFTEN CAUSE ELECTRICAL OUTAGES. THE OUTAGES MAY BE WIDESPREAD...WITH MANY HOMES AFFECTED FOR SEVERAL DAYS AND SOME FOR A WEEK OR MORE. WHEN A WINTER STORM WARNING IS ISSUED FOR YOUR LOCATION...TAKE IMMEDIATE STEPS TO PREPARE FOR POSSIBLE PROLONGED POWER OUTAGES. TAKE TIME NOW TO LOCATE FLASHLIGHTS...LANTERNS...AND PORTABLE RADIOS SO THAT THEY ARE EASILY ACCESSIBLE WHEN THE POWER GOES OUT. CHECK THAT THEY HAVE FRESH BATTERIES. BE VERY CAUTIOUS ABOUT USING CANDLES AS A LIGHT SOURCE. CANDLES CAN EASILY TIP OVER AND START A FIRE. CHECK THAT SMOKE ALARMS ARE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER AND THAT THEY HAVE A BATTERY BACKUP IN CASE THE POWER GOES OUT. A BATTERY- POWERED NOAA WEATHER RADIO IS AN ESPECIALLY GOOD TOOL FOR KEEPING ABREAST OF THE LATEST WINTER WEATHER DEVELOPMENTS. IF YOU OWN A GENERATOR...BE SURE TO NEVER OPERATE IT INDOORS...INSIDE THE GARAGE...OR NEAR THE AIR INTAKE OF YOUR HOME BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING. ALSO... NEVER USE A CHARCOAL GRILL OR A PORTABLE GAS CAMP STOVE INDOORS. CONSIDER INVESTING IN A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR...ESPECIALLY ONE WITH A BATTERY BACKUP. USE EXTREME CARE WITH ANY ALTERNATIVE HEAT SOURCE SUCH AS A WOOD OR GAS FIREPLACE...STOVE...OR KEROSENE HEATER. MAINTAIN VENTILATION TO AVOID A BUILD-UP OF TOXIC FUMES. ALWAYS REFUEL HEATERS OUTSIDE AND KEEP ALL HEATERS AT LEAST 3 FEET AWAY FROM FLAMMABLE OBJECTS. STORE DRINKING WATER IF YOUR WATER SUPPLY IS PUMPED FROM A WELL. STOCK UP ON CANNED FOOD...OR OTHER FOOD THAT DOES NOT NEED TO BE COOKED. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A NON-ELECTRIC CAN OPENER AT YOUR DISPOSAL. ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ADEQUATE BABY FOOD... PRESCRIPTIONS...AND ANY OTHER NECESSARY HOUSEHOLD ITEMS BEFORE THE STORM STRIKES. DURING ICE STORMS...TREES AND LARGE BRANCHES CAN FALL ON YOUR HOME...POSSIBLY CAUSING DAMAGE OR INJURIES. AVOID PARTS OF YOUR HOME THAT COULD BE HIT BY FALLING TREES OR LIMBS...AND DO NOT STAND UNDER TREES IF YOU VENTURE OUTSIDE. BEFORE THE NEXT STORM...CONSIDER HAVING PROFESSIONALS REMOVE TREES OR BRANCHES THAT ARE TOO CLOSE TO YOUR HOME. HAVE ROCK SALT OR SAND AVAILABLE TO SPREAD ON WALKWAYS AND STEPS. HAVE SHOVELS OR OTHER SNOW REMOVAL EQUIPMENT ON HAND. BE AWARE THAT SHOVELING IS EXTREMELY HARD WORK. DO NOT SHOVEL SNOW UNLESS YOU ARE IN GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION. IF YOU MUST SHOVEL...REST FREQUENTLY AND PACE YOURSELF. OVEREXERTION CAN CAUSE FALLS ON SLIPPERY SURFACES AND HEART ATTACKS IN PEOPLE OF ALL AGES. STOP IMMEDIATELY IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY CHEST DISCOMFORT OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH. HEAVY SNOW AND ICE STORMS MAKE TRAVEL HIGHLY TREACHEROUS...IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE. IT IS FAR BETTER TO REMAIN AT HOME THAN TO VENTURE OUT INTO A WINTER STORM. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...THERE ARE A FEW STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF INJURY OR DEATH. KEEP YOUR GAS TANK NEAR FULL TO AVOID ICE IN THE TANK AND FUEL LINES. CHECK YOUR WINDSHIELD WIPERS AND KEEP YOU WASHER FLUID FULL. CARRY EXTRA WEIGHT...SUCH AS SAND BAGS...IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR OR BED OF YOUR TRUCK...PARTICULARLY IF YOU HAVE A REAR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE. PREPARE AN EMERGENCY KIT THAT CAN BE USED IF YOU ENCOUNTER WINTER STORM CONDITIONS. USEFUL ITEMS INCLUDE A SHOVEL...WINDSHIELD SCRAPER...FLASHLIGHT...BATTERY POWERED RADIO...PREFERABLY ONE WITH A BAND FOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO RECEPTION...EXTRA BATTERIES...BOTTLED WATER...SNACKS...A HAT...GLOVES...AND A BLANKET. A TOW CHAIN OR ROPE...ROAD SALT OR SAND...BOOSTER CABLES...AND EMERGENCY FLARES MAY ALSO PROVE USEFUL DURING ROADSIDE EMERGENCIES. BE SURE TO CARRY A FULLY CHARGED CELL PHONE. KEEP OTHERS INFORMED OF YOUR SCHEDULE AND ROUTE...AND STAY ON MAIN ROADS. REALIZE THAT STEEP OR HILLY SECTIONS OF ROADWAY COULD BECOME VERY SLIPPERY AND TREACHEROUS. SLOW DOWN...TURN...BRAKE... AND ACCELERATE GRADUALLY. LEAVE PLENTY OF ROOM BETWEEN YOU AND THE OTHER VEHICLES. BE PARTICULARLY CAREFUL ON RAMPS...BRIDGES...AND OVERPASSES. ALWAYS ALLOW PLENTY OF EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION. BEFORE AND AFTER WINTER STORMS...REMEMBER TO CHECK IN ON FAMILY...FRIENDS...AND NEIGHBORS. THE ELDERLY AND CHRONICALLY ILL ARE MOST AT RISK DURING POWER OUTAGES. IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO EVACUATE SUCH ONES TO MEDICAL FACILITIES...SHELTERS...OR OTHER LODGING WHERE ELECTRICITY AND HEAT ARE AVAILABLE. ALSO...DO NOT FORGET ABOUT YOUR OUTDOOR PETS AND ANY LIVESTOCK. MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A SOURCE OF WATER THAT WILL NOT FREEZE AND A WARM PLACE TO TAKE SHELTER FROM THE WIND AND COLD. $$ GERAPETRITIS
Thanks Zack (KM4BLG) and Paul (KK4BRD)for providing me with this info.
northwest Ohio, we have acquired
many new hams and encourage them to
operate as net control station (NCS)
for various routine nets to gain
them experience, providing us with a
pool of competent net controllers in
the event of an emergency/disaster.
Here are some of the basic tips we
to our novice net control stations for a smoothly running net:
Â· Get a glass of water or something to drink.
Â· Make yourself comfortable. Sit in a good location with plenty of room on a desk or table to write.
Â· Have a good writing instrument and a back-up along with an extra piece of paper in case you need to jot down notes.
Â· Take your time; go at your own pace. Remember, you are in control of the net and the frequency.
Â· Don't worry about making mistakes; there are no mistakes to be made.
Â· To handle the crowd that is trying to check in, you will develop your own way.
Â· Stop stations from checking in ("Let's hold it for a minute") until you are caught up.
Â· Weak stations and stations who give their call signs too fast, are always a problem -- skip them at first. Go back later for repeats.
Â· Write your log as you see fit. You are the one that has to read it.
Â· Headphones are a good idea -- they help you focus on what you are hearing and help keep you from getting distracted.
As I mentioned before, there are no mistakes, only experience. When you've finished the net that is what you will have.
Bellner, W8TER, Maumee, Ohio
operating and logging functions. Operation may be from one permanent
or portable location only, and the location must remain fixed throughout
One or more transmitted signals may be on the air simultaneously.
Hello everyone! Here is a current
list of amateur radio stations in
North Carolina that will be participating in Jamboree On The Air (JOTA)
this weekend. This list was compiled from the list of registered
stations at www.k2bsa.net or from emails or club newsletters that were
sent to me. This list is being provided to facilitate Scout-to-Scout
contacts between stations in North Carolina.
For most stations, the hours of operation and modes and frequencies
used were not available. For Guidelines for Amateur Radio Operators,
Thanks to Brian
Alexander, W4BTA for providing this link!
I’m going to be working the Boy Scout’s Jamboree on the air this coming Saturday from about 9:00 am until about 4 pm. We’ll be at Belk Scout camp, 9408 Belt Road, Midland, North Carolina 28107. Information about Jamboree on the air can be found at: http://www.arrl.org/jamboree-on-the-air-jota
We will be moving around a bit trying to find out what band works the best, but the world JOTA frequencies are:
3.690 & 3.940
7.090 & 7.190 MHz 40 M
14.290 MHz 20 M
18.140 MHz 17 m
21.360 MHz 15 M
24.960 MHz 12 M
28.390 MHz 10 M
50.160 MHz 6 M
My guess is we’ll spend most of our time on 10 / 20 meters but conditions will dictate. I’d love for us to get at least one contact on every frequency, just to say we did. Also, I will have a radio set up for 2meter listening to 146.52.
So if you hear a lot of young voices singing out “CQ Jamboree” , you’ll know what is going on. Feel free to come back to us, altho it is for Scouts to talk to other scouts, any contact would probably be exciting for them.
Also, if any of you folks are former Boy Scouts, or Scouting leaders, identify yourself as said. Heck if any former scouts want to come setup with me, the more the merrier, just let me know, and I’ll make sure the camp knows to expect you, or you can meet me here at “back of beyond” or I can pick you up elsewhere and we can drive over in the RV together. The RV Seats 3 comfortably (and by comfortably I mean “with seatbelts” and 6, somewhat less so.
MARS Invites ARES/RACES Participation in Coronal Mass Ejection Disaster Exercise
A disastrous coronal mass ejection (CME) will be the focus of a national Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) communication exercise in early November, and MARS is hoping to collaborate with Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) groups. The MARS exercise will get under way on November 8 and continue into November 10. It will be a quarterly contingency HF exercise in support of the US Department of Defense.
<!--[if !vml]--><!--[endif]-->"The exercise scenario will simulate a CME event and focus on actions that radio operators should take prior to and following a CME event," explained Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. "One thing we want to continue to work on is the interface with the greater Amateur Radio community."
CMEs are huge explosions of gas, plasma, and electromagnetic radiation from the Sun, which are responsible for geomagnetic storms. Solar flares can accompany CMEs, but they are not the same thing. A CME can take anywhere from 1 day to 3 days to reach Earth. CMEs occur all the time, but most bypass Earth with minor effects. A major CME that hits Earth directly could damage or destroy satellites as well as terrestrial communication and electrical power infrastructure.
English said the November exercise would simulate a radio blackout as well as infrastructure damage. "During the exercise, we will simulate the blackout with a 3 hour pause, and then we will bring stations back on air and begin handling requests for information," he told ARRL.
Training objectives for this exercise will include understanding what a CME is and how much forecast lead time can be expected; the effects associated with a CME, and what precautions radio operators take to protect their equipment prior to a severe CME.
After the simulated CME, operators will assess its effects and begin reporting that information. This will involve "interoperation with Amateur Radio operators and groups to assist in assessment."
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Posted August 30, 2015
ARRL NC Section Newsletter
WHERE: Haywood County Fairgrounds
758 Crabtree Road, Waynesville, NC
The ARRL will host a 2015 Hurricane Season webinar Monday, July 20, getting under way at 8 PM EDT (July 21, 0000 UTC). The approximately 90-minute session will address the role of Amateur Radio during the 2015 Hurricane Season. Anyone interested in hurricane preparedness and response is invited to attend this online presentation.
The Piedmont 60 Meters Net is
Monday Night !
Time: 8:00 PM EDT
Frequency: 5.330.50 Mhz. USB
Digital: Winlink RMS Express
For those who can hear the net but can not check in due to propagation or your radio can not transmit on 60 Meters, can still check in by Winlink RMS Express. Send a check in message to " N4MIU " and we will get you on the log.
National Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 24 - 30
History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.
Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches. Furthermore, mariners should be aware of special safety precautions when confronted with a hurricane.
Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide (PDF) or follow the links for more information. But remember, this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense. -- National Hurricane Center
National Preparedness Week is also a good time for ARES and other operators to test radios and other gear for viability, test and charge batteries, fire up emergency power generators, and complete their go-kits for possible deployments. It is also a good time to review your family hurricane plan, and coordinate it with distant relatives, and neighbors. Present your neighbors with disaster communications services potentially to be offered by you and your station. Conduct a meeting of your CERT to plan and drill. Hurricane season is only one month away. -- K1CE******************************************
We will be providing communications for the 9th Annual Cycle to Serve Challenge, a bike race of various distances with 100K being the longest. More details to follow.Find out more »
New E.C. Stanly County
First of all a special thanks to Bill Greene (K4VET) for his dedication and his efforts as the EC of Stanly County. Bill, has always been there when needed for Stanly County. Bill, thanks for all your efforts over the years.
The NEW EC will be Keith (KK4LGM) Keith has a desire to get involved in ARES in Stanly County thus here is your chance Keith. Keith has been working with Bill (K4VET) in preparation of become the E.C.. Bill has agreed to stay around vs. just letting go of the ropes. I have not meet Keith but hope to meet with him in the future.
Keith, welcome aboard. I hope to meet with you in the future and set down and talking with you. I’m sure Bill will be there to help you if (when) needed. I have a Website (KD4OZI.ORG) that I try to keep it up to dated. As you know your DEC is Jared (N4JMG) he just over the hill from you living in Kannapolis. Please keep Bill (K4VET) in your loop. If you need any help let Jared or Myself know.
Paul - KD4OZI
A.S.E.C - Western Branch
To those who attended the traffic class this week: Lane and I would like to thank you for your participation, interest and enthusiasm. Your feedback seems to indicate it was a worthwhile endeavor. I never thought we’d be in session for almost 3 hours.
Accordingly what would you like to do for a follow-up? We could:
1. Have another classroom session to cover a couple of points that time forced us to skip or cover too quickly, then continue with the actual practice of composing and delivering messages. You could generate real traffic to friends or family in the comfort of a classroom before you stick your neck out on the air.
2. Have several on-air sessions on 146.985 to practice delivering messages to each other.
3. Review any points that are unclear after the class material has had time to settle in.
4. Discuss other points in which you are interested.
5. Suggestions are welcomed.
My impression of the class practice is that you’re off to a great start. Find a net that interests you and pay attention to the protocols followed by the net control and how traffic is passed. Listen to several different nets because there are those where you’ll hear good procedures and others where the procedures are pretty sloppy. Even in a given net, different net controllers can handle things differently. You now know enough to tell the difference. Tight procedures are not in place to inhibit fun. They’re in place to help enhance the accuracy and integrity of the traffic passed and for net efficiency.
Go enjoy yourselves. If you have any questions, please let Lane or me know. I look forward to your suggestions on our next step.
Have a great weekend.
Hal – WB4ZIQ
Another successful technician class has now come to a close, so please welcome our newly licensed amateur operators!
From Stanly CountyIf you’re interested in handling traffic over ham radio, don’t forget the traffic handling and NTS class this Wednesday April 15 at 7:00 pm
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O.K. tell me how members of Auxcomm can sign in to change their information?Well this is easy to forget had a few people that needed this information.
Right side select NC https://www.auxcomm.us/db/nc/
At the very bottom Callsign and password
Amateur Radio Callsign: Password:
Block for Forgot Password?
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I stumbled across this band conditions report and thought it would be of interest to the group.
Hal - WB4ZIQ
Thanks Hal for this information. I have already used it several time.
Paul - KD4OZI
---------Please check this out.
Speaking Of Coming Soon...
Western Branch Fall Meeting - Morganton, NC
WPCC Higher Ed. Center
2128 S. Sterling St
Room HEC 163
Meeting Date: October 25, 2014
Start time 9:00 AM - Hard Stop 12:30 PM
The Higher Education Center campus.
Can hold up to 100 people, bring some one or a car load.
Under: New News
Time and maps.
We are meeting at the same location as past years. Room big enough to hold lots of folks.
Bring a friend, bring a car or van load. No tickets required just you. Plan on being there.
Paul - KD4OZI