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Sevier County Hamfest: March 30th 2019. Bout as good as Dalton, maybe better. For more Info check Hamfest Calendar.

3-20-19 Notice: The NoPone 145.150 and 443.275 repeaters are up and running.

3-19-19 From Kenny KC4OJS: Just a note to let you know we are scheduling another APRS workshop for those who are interested.
Saturday, APRIL 13th, Mcminn EOC 9am-12pmDate: Tue, 19 Mar 2019 01:53:09 +0000 (UTC)
This session will pick up where we left off last time. Since this is a workshop, we will take whatever time is necessary to answer questions, explain details, and help you develop a good understanding about Amateur radio's "Automatic Packet Reporting System" or APRS, a dynamic real-time graphic tactical network.
For our demonstration we will be using the client software APRSIS32 on a MESH net again. This will let everyone enjoy the experience of using APRS and get familiar with the EOC environment.
More to come in a later email, but right now everyone needs to bring your WIFI enabled laptop with APRSIS32 installed as everyone will have an opportunity to try out some of the capabilities of APRS including:
peer to peer messaging
sending bulletins and announcements
placing objects
directional finding techniques
proper Icon selection
more about "pathing" and using specific digi-peaters
alternative frequencies or "altnet"
and many more features you can enjoy operating APRS.
If you need the free APRS software, copy and paste the url below in your browser address bar. The wikidot linked below has all the notes you need to get the software installed.
Come and join us, doughnuts and coffee for everyone.
Kenny Witt, KC4OJS
Many thanks to the Mcminn County EMA for making their EOC available for this workshop. http://aprsisce.wikidot.com/downloads

CASA Red Shoe Run Sat. April 27 2019 6AM-11:30AM. Eureka Rail Trail 125 TN-307, Athens, Tennessee 37303

The First Annual First Responders Cup Golf Tournament sponsored by the McMinn County Amateur Radio Club is scheduled for May 17, 2019. We need sponsors for the event of course. A list of potential sponsors is available for review. Please look over the list and pick an entity to contact if you possibly can. Some of these potential sponsors are already picked so make certain you check the list before contacting them so duplicate visits are avoided. Please provide feed back information once a contact is made so we don't have multiple club members trying to pursue the same potential vendor. Also available is a Golf Tournament Flyer and a sponsor letter that can be given to a potential sponsor that gives details about MCARC and the need for the tournament. There is also a receipt document. To obtain digital copies of these documents of which printed material can be made, contact. Steve, K4SRR, stephenrickerson@bellsouth.net, Gary, W3GME, gary@eiff.com or Bill, W4WPL, Sparky720@gmx.com. It is hoped that all MCARC members become involved in the effort to find sponsors for this event. Only through your help will our club be able to honor the First Responders as well as help provide funds needed for club projects and infrastructure improvements. Bill W4WPL