Tonight's NET & Future Meetings

Clay County ARES Emergency Net, 8:00 PM Tuesday night, December 2nd, on the K5PRE – 146.955 repeater (“minus 600 kHz offset,” 100 Hz PL tone). K4AEC or KK4EKN will be NCS.
Clay ARES informal lunch on Wednesday, 12:00 Noon, to be discussed and location announced on Net Tuesday night.
Results of “Mini-SET” (test of Simplex Net on 146.490 MHz) following last week’s Net:
Following stations checked-in on the Simplex Net, all “Loud & Clear:”
KK4EKN Mike SE Clay County
KK4AMM Blairsville, GA
W4FED Dave Blairsville, GA
N4AOW Cleveland, TN
KK4JTH Mike Brasstown
KK4JQV George Brasstown
KK4JQU Lois Brasstown
W8JHD Bob Brasstown
W4SDJ Jim Murphy
K4SMW Jim Young Harris, GA
Overall, a very good test of our ability to hold a Net on Simplex in case of an emergency.  Future “Mini-SETs” will include net operations, both Simplex and repeater, on emergency power supplies (i.e., batteries, generator, mobile, etc., not on AC commercial “Mains” Power).
I need more feedback on the following:
We need to have at least one more “formal” lunch meeting with a training presentation before the end of the year, I’d like to hear comments from the group on your preference of the following possible training topics:
1. Continuation of the Sound Card Digital Modes training started back in the summer (which got delayed last month due to my work schedule); without reviewing my notes, I believe we were ready to jump into the actual “nuts and bolts” of one of the two most prevalent and popular digital mode programs for ARES/AUXCOMM/EMCOMM use, i.e., either RMS Express (part of the Winlink system) or FLDIGI.
2. Some other amateur radio related topic of interest to all; it would be good if the topic bears some direct or indirect relationship to ARES/AUXCOMM/EMCOMM. Could be an antenna topic, mobile radio topic, equipment questions, etc.
Think about it and let me know on the Net Tuesday night, or by e-mail.
Finally, check-out the new Clay County ARES page on Facebook – thanks to Mike
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NC ARES – Western Branch Fall Meeting

North Carolina ARES Western Branch Fall Meeting
Meeting Date: November 02, 2013
Start time 9:00 AM – Hard Stop 12:30 PM
Western Piedmont CC
Higher Ed. Center
2128 S. Sterling St
Morganton, NC
Paul Robinette – KD4OZI@ARRL.NET  (NC ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator – Western Branch)
Links: N.C. Western Branch: http://www.KD4OZI.ORG
K4OGB Web Page:

Social Media Integration & Site Changes

I have added social media integration features. That means if you have a Facebook, Twitter, or some other social media accounts you can now share, like, and comment on content from our website.
Those of you who have used the sidebar login on the right will notice that it is gone. A recent update to WordPress caused the plug-in to stop working correctly. The good news is that I have added the Login to the menu under the Home button, this should redirect you to the regular login page. Just login with your user name and password. I will work on adding a register page soon, look for that under the Home button.
I have also posted some new content. I have included all the local NOAA All-Hazards Weather radio stations in our area. If you have some additional stations, or have some ideas on things to add, just let me know. You can view this page by clicking here, or look under Local Repeaters on the menu.