ARES Net Reminder and May 2016 Updates

Clay County ARES Emergency Net, 9:00 PM Tuesday night, May 24, 2016, on the K5PRE 146.955 repeater (“minus offset,” 100 Hz PL tone).

K4AEC or KK4EKN will be your NCS.

Informal lunch 12:00 Noon, Wednesday, May 25th, to be discussed and decided upon on the Net tonight with Pappy’s K5PRE’s lead.

The Warrior’s Veterans Outreach of Cherokee County, a recently formed support group for US Military Veterans, is holding a 22 mile walk/march from Andrews to Murphy and beyond to Ranger on Saturday, May 28th, 2016. This group has requested that we provide communications assistance for the march. There are a minimum of 10 spots to fill, and really we need 12 to 14. The walk begins at 0800 EDT at the Rest Area on US 19/74 near Andrews and it ends at the RV Park in Ranger. The walk is expected to take up to 10 hours to complete. Those who volunteer for communications will either be assigned to one of the chase vehicles or a stationary post. Volunteer communicators will not be required to walk the 22 miles or any portion of it. However, you will be outside and you would need to bring food and beverages for yourself. If enough people volunteer, we will be able to provide relief operators for personals and meals.  Those who do volunteer can expect to meet at 0700 EDT at the start point for briefing and assignments.  Full information about the event, the group we are assisting, and the route will be sent to all who volunteer in a single e-mail once we have a valid list of volunteers.

If you wish to volunteer for this event, please contact me as soon as possible. You can reply to KEVIN HEYBOER at or contact me at 828-557-3363.

955 Repeater “Tower Climb/Antenna & Feed Line Replacement”

Due to changes in Matt’s (our volunteer tower climber) work schedule, the “955 Tower Climb” is now tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 3rd, 2016, probably beginning mid-morning.  More details as Matt’s plans firm-up.  He says he plans to schedule a day off from work, so he won’t get called in like he did for this coming weekend.

87th Annual Atlanta Hamfest

When: Saturday, June 4, 2016.

Where: Jim Miller Park located in Marietta, GA. For more info:
Admission: Adults $6 at the gate. Kids 17/Under & Scouts in uniform are free.
Talk-in: 146.820(-) PL 146.2Hz, available Friday and Saturday.
ATM located in the “A” Building

Recycle your old electronics!

Looking for a place to deposit your old or unused electronics?? This year we will be providing a depository bin at the hamfest for you to drop off old and unwanted items that you would like to get rid of but haven’t had the ability to trash.
Waynesville (WCARS) Hamfest, Lake Junaluska, NC (near Waynesville)

Last Saturday in July.  See

May 17, 2016 Check-ins

Clay County A.R.E.S. Emergency Net                   May 17, 2016

K5PRE-R 146.955 MHZ

Net Control: K4AEC

Emergency Traffic


Announcements / Net Business

K4CTE – Cherokee Co. ARES will have their brunch this Saturday at 10 AM Main Street USA. Afterwards will conduct a VHF (146.460 MHz) fox hunt within the Murphy city limits.
K4AEC – The warriors outreach of Cherokee county a walk from Andrews to Murphy and Ranger (22 miles) on Saturday May 28th. Requesting communications for the march at 7 AM, the march is expect to take 8 to 10 hours to complete. You will need to bring your own food/drink. Will meet at the rest area on US74/129. Contact Kevin at or call at 828-557-3363
Antenna replacement is underway for the repeater. Anticipated date is Memorial Day weekend.
The Clay County ARES lunch will be at Mariah’s Hayesville Family Restaurant at 12 PM tomorrow (Wednesday).
KK4EKN – The clay county ARES website ( has been moved off GoDaddy to a new server which will reduce the operating costs.

Mobile / Portable / QRP


Out of State

WA5JFT – Arthur – Hiawassee, GA
KK4AMM- Ray – Blairsville, GA – OUT
K4SMW – Jim – Young Harris, GA – ARRL VE – OUT
Fixed Base Stations

K4CTE – Charlie – Brasstown, NC – Cherokee Co Logistics
KK4CEP – Ed – Shooting Creek, NC – OUT
KK4JQV – George – Brasstown, NC – OUT
KK4NUJ – Bob – Suit
W4MXY – Pete – W. Cherokee Co
KK4EKN – Mike – Hayesville, NC
W4WSR – Ott – Hayesville, NC – OUT

Late Check-ins


Server Migration Complete

Good news. The website has successfully moved to my webserver at home. I am changing some things.

  1. You do NOT have to create a user account to leave comments on posts. However, if you do wish to post articles and content you do need to email me at or let me know during the net so you can have an account created.
  2. You cannot create your own user account. This is due to all the spam I have received over the years.
  3. Comments have to be approved. This is also due to spam.

Moving to New Server

Good Afternoon,

It has been a while since I have made any updates to the website here but I wanted to let everyone know that I will be moving this website from GoDaddy to a new webserver. This will help me reduce costs on running the website. With that being said I will try to make more period updates, including the turn outs of our nets.

If you know about a ham radio related event (e.g. hamfest, SET, new repeaters, band openings, contests, etc) please send me an email at