The Ashe County ARC will operate Special Event Station W4A May 15
– 21, 2016 for National Emergency Medical Services Week. National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.” Join us as we recognize our local First Responders, Rescue Squad, and EMS personnel. For more information and QSL confirmation, contact Steve Adams, NC4SA.
The Ashe County ARC will operate Field Day at Westwood Elementary School June 25-26, 2016. The contest begins at 2:00 p.m. Saturday June 25 and lasts until 2:00 p.m. Sunday June 26. If you’re interested in ham radio or if you are a ham and haven’t been on the air in a while, this event is for you!
After many years of bad weather, schedule conflicts, and numerous other interruptions, Ashe County Emergency management now has a fully functional HF/VHF/UHF station at the Emergency Operations Center. Although, the weather was less than desirable, Steve Adams, KK4IDH, Marc Scott, KK4OII, Hunter Scott, and Marty Norris W4MLN braved the elements on the morning of Monday, December 22, 2014 and installed the Hustler 5BTV for HF and a new Diamond X-50 for VHF and UHF. The X-50 replaced a wind whipped crippled Hustler G7 that had been in service for more than twenty years. We would like to thank Patty Gambill, Ashe County Emergency Management Coordinator, and Barry Woodie and his staff in the maintenance department for making this installation a reality.
When KK4FZI heard that a ham down in Wilkes needed help with installing a wire antenna, he immediately mustered the ACARC troops. Taking advantage of a gorgeous mid-December day, W4MLN and NE4W met at the home of Sam, W4WKC. Although the available trees had some drawbacks (two of the trees considered were actually in a neighbor’s field and guarded by a donkey of questionable demeanor), they finally succeeded in getting the G5RV into the air before darkness fell.
The antenna launchers that the club built during a recent meeting were invaluable – it was no problem getting the line up and over a tall oak. And, since we were using a lead fishing weight, there was no danger of making the donkey mad by using an arrow or other pointy projectile!
All in all, it was a valuable project for the club to participate in. We gained some experience using the pneumatic launchers in less than optimal areas, and, more importantly, we succeeded in getting a ham onto the HF bands. Win-win.
W4MLN, left, and W4WKC.
The club’s August program was a DIY pneumatic antenna launcher built from commonly available parts.
Here, Duane KF4ZS assists the club president Jayne KK4FZH with construction:
Here is Marc KK4OII (in the red shirt) getting ready to drill and tap the end cap of the launcher:
The Computer Automation Technologies WX-250 SAME Weather Alert Receiver has been installed along side the CAT-1000 Controller on the club’s 147.30 repeater just in time for National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. The receiver will alert users when watches or warnings are issued by the National Weather Service. This unit is tuned to WNG588, 162.500 that transmits from Mount Jefferson. During the duration of the event, users will hear the automated voice periodically announce which alert is in effect.
KF4ZS hard at work at the New River rest stop.
An excellent article appeared yesterday in the Jefferson Post about our club’s contribution to the Blue Ridge Brutal bicycle race.
Once again this year the Ashe County Amateur Radio Club will support the Brutal with communication services. Adam Lawler, WK4P, is the club liason to the BRB organization and also serves as the base station control point.
Many other club members are volunteering as both mobile and stationary operators to help ensure the Brutal is as safe as possible.