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



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


“Like us” on Facebook and become a “Follower” to receive updates.

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:

Convert a Mobile 2m/70cm Vertical Antenna to Ground Plane Antenna

On July 15, 2013 KG4GPJ, Larry gave a presentation on how to convert a typical “mag mount” antenna into a ground plane antenna.

MFJ 1401 – Ground Plane Conversion Kit

So the question is why would you want to do this?

  • Much more efficient, therefore a more effect antenna
  • Very easy to do – you don’t need to know all the technical stuff
  • Easy to implement

Generally speaking mobile antennas use the vehicle’s body as the ground plane, however most mobile antennas are capacitive coupled to the vehicle therefore making the antenna less efficient.


Monitoring Times to Cease Publication

monitoring times logo

EDIT: Watch HamRadioNow interview with Bob Grove, W8JHD

“Its time for us to retire.” The Monitoring times after 33 years will be ending its monthly publication. Grove says the decision wasn’t easy and was mostly based on the declining subscribers due to a slow economy and availability of content from other sources. Monitoring Times, which promotes itself as “The World of Radio All in One Place,” covers — among other topics — shortwave and broadcast listening, scanning, military, maritime, and aviation monitoring, equipment reviews, clandestine stations, and public safety monitoring. You can read more about the Monitoring Times ending its publication on the ARRL website. Source: ARRL – Monitoring Times to Cease Publication,

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.

70,000 x 30,000 pixels (2100 Megapixels)

The Vancouver Canucks Fan Zone along Georgia St. for Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final was captured at 5:46 pm on June 15, 2011. It is made up of 216 photos (12 across by 18 down) stitched together, taken over a 15-minute span, and is not supposed to represent a single moment in time. The final hi-res file is 69,394 X 30,420 pixels or 2,110 megapixels. Special thanks to Bonita Howard and CBC Real Estate.


2013 Annual Western Carolina Hamfest 

Saturday July 27, 2013
Sponsored by Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society
WHERE: Haywood County Fairgrounds
758 Crabtree Road, Waynesville, NC
(GPS Coordinates: Lat: 35.533414 / Long: -82.960174 )

Gates open at 6:00 AM (you won’t find me there at 6AM!), Doors open at 8:00
AM. Advance tickets are $5.00, Tickets at the gate are $7.00, correct change
is appreciated.

Hamfest Flyer and Advance Ticket Order Form: