Jackson County ARES/RACES

The primary purpose of Jackson County ARES/RACES (JCAR) is to provide severe weather spotting and emergency communication assistance to the Jackson County EMA and the National Weather Service, as well as providing emergency communications to all local authorities if needed during any emergency in the area.

 

JCAR holds regularly scheduled monthly meetings on the second Saturday of each month at Western Sizzlin’ in Scottsboro. Meetings begin at 10:00am with those interested in having breakfast may arrive around 9:30am. All JCAR Members, local HAMs, and anyone interested in amateur radio are encouraged to attend. For more information on meetings please see here.

The Jackson County ARES Net is held each Thursday evening at 7:30pm on the 146.90 repeater. For more information please see our Repeater and Net information here.

 


 

Huntsville Hamfest
August 20th & 21st, 2016

The annual Huntsville Hamfest is coming up! For full info please visit the official Huntsville Hamfest site at http://hamfest.org.

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Repeater Site Repairs

Thanks to Brad Ivey (KK4UWF) and Richard Arnold (KB4RMA) repairs have been made to the building at the 146.90 repeater site. The door was in bad shape and the A/C unit was no longer cooling. Saturday they repaired the door by replacing the damaged wood, re-hung the door to ensure the locks worked correctly, and sealed the opening to prevent and water from getting in. KB4RMA also cleaned the A/C unit which is now cooling the building properly and keeping all of the radio equipment nice and cool.

JCAR would also like to thank the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for graciously allowing us to use this building for our equipment alongside theirs, it is very much appreciated!

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Alabama QSO Party – June 4th 2016

From the ARRL:

 

Hello All Alabama Amateurs!

The 2016 Alabama QSO Party will be Saturday, Jun 4th, 2016.

For rules and past results visit http://www.alabamaqsoparty.org

All Amateurs are invited to participate in this on-the-air event using
either CW or SSB or a combination of both (mixed modes).

The objective of this event is for Alabama stations to contact as many
worldwide stations as possible.  Likewise for amateurs stations
worldwide to contact as many Alabama station in as many Alabama
counties as possible.

Individuals (both mobile and fixed stions) and groups (and/or club
entires) will be participating from around the state.

The Wiregrass Amateur Radio Club in Dothan (Houston county) has already
indicated that they are planning to defend their win from 2015.  What
say some of the other clubs in Alabama?

Our goals is to activiate all 67 Alabama counties, you see that it is
very important that as many Alabama stations participate as possible.

To see those that have committed thus far to operating, please go to
http://www.alabamaqsoparty.org/2016/2016_activitypage.html

If you are planning to participate this year, please let me know so I
can update the website with your activity.  Just send me an email at
kc4hw@alabamaqsoparty.org with the county or for mobiles list all of
counties that you will be operating from.

We never have enough mobiles or club stations.  Definitely let me know
if you are planning on getting on the air this year.

Please share this email with your club net, email list and your friends
around the state.

If you have any questions, email me at kc4hw@alabamaqsoparty.org

Thanks and look forward to seeing you an the air.

Jim Johnson, KC4HW
Alabama QSO Party – 2016

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ARRL Alabama Section
Section Manager: David M Drummond Jr, W4MD
w4md@arrl.org
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147.36 K4SCO Repeater Relocation

The 147.36 repeater has been relocated back to the Section area in preparation for the severe weather season. This new location will be it’s home for up to a year while work continues on finding a permanent home and tower site in the area. Below are pictures taken from both days showing the tower construction and installation. Click an image to see the full-size version.

K4SCO SKYWARN Linked Repeater
147.36 + / 123Hz PL

 

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Jackson County Fair

Jackson County ARES/RACES and Amateur Radio Club were present at the annual Jackson County Fair this year. The booth was fully operational each night with VHF, UHF, HF, Digital, and Satellite Tracking stations. Saturday evening was also the Boy Scouts of America annual workshop where our members demonstrated Amateur Radio to the Scouts and Scout Leaders including portable operation, Go-Boxes, and Digital Modes.

If you have any additional pictures to add please send them to K4NHA.

 

Click on an image to see a larger version.

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Jackson County ARES Meeting

The first ARES group meeting was held on Thursday, June 25th at the Jackson County EOC. Pictured from left to right:

Wayne Reed (K4TTZ – Madison County AEC), Richard Shrader (W4RBS), Richard Arnold (KB4RMA), Brad Arnold (K4NHA), Bob Hayes (WD4CZV), Paul Smith (KK4VYI), and Brad Ivey (KK4UWF). Not pictured and behind the camera was Tim Holland (KK5H – Madison County EC).

Special thanks to Tim and Wayne from Huntsville/Madison County RACES for coming out to help us get ARES up and running in Jackson County!

The next meeting will be Thursday, July 23rd, 6:00pm – 7:00pm at the Jackson County EOC. All persons interested in ARES and serving a vital role in your community are invited to attend.

 

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JCAR at Fort Payne HAM Tailgate

Several JCAR Members were in attendance at this year’s HAM Tailgate sponsored by DeKalb County Amateur Radio Club in Fort Payne Alabama on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Pictured from left to right: Cactus Gay (K4YMB), Jim Clifford (NK4V), Pete Mercer (KK4UYP), Jerry Rossano (N4JR), Cora Mercer (K4KTZ), and Kenneth Clemons (NJ4C).

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