This web site is a continual work in progress as we seek to equip our members with the tools necessary to provide ARES® support to the people of Tippecanoe County. If you have any suggestions for improvement, please email me.
R. Bruce Stewart, N9GKE - ARES Emergency Coordinator, Tippecanoe County, IN
Upcoming ARES Nets
Weekly ARES Net Monday, AUG 1
WI9RES 145.370 Repeater
Warning Siren Test Net Saturday, AUG 6
WI9RES 147.135 Repeater
Weekly ARES Net Monday, AUG 8
WI9RES 145.370 Repeater
(See the On-Air section of this web site for more details.)
Be sure to welcome our newest ARES members!
Curious about ARES Meetings?
ARES is not an exclusive club, and our meetings are open to all. Just let us know you are coming, so that we can notify our gracious host (SIA) of your arrival. For more information about our ARES meetings, and the guest registration form, select "Meetings" from the "Events" menu, or visit:www.W9TCA.com/meetings
Want to Join Us?
If you are a licensed amateur radio operator and live or work in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, we would love to hear from you! If you are interested in joining ARES, please visit this web page.
W9TCA.com - Latest ARES News & Updates
Wabash River Ride
The 2016 Wabash River Ride will be held on Saturday, August 27, 7 am – 5 pm. The Ride is sponsored by the Wabash River Cycle Club and will benefit the Food Finders Food Bank. Home base will be at Fort Ouiatenon.
Local amateurs have provided communications for this event for the past several years. This is an excellent opportunity for our ARES members to help with a public service event and get some field operating time in the process!
Great appreciation goes out to everyone that participates in the SKYWARN amateur radio nets. Without volunteers like you, the NWS would just be guessing where rotation touches the ground, forming dangerous, life-threatening tornadoes.
Thanks goes out to not just those who observe and report the severe weather, but also to those who are vigilant and stand by silently, keeping the radio clear for those reports to quickly be acknowledged and relayed.
Thank you to those who make yourselves known by checking in at the end of the net to let the NWS know you've been there on silent watch, ready to report and to help others at a moment's notice. The NWS appreciates knowing you're there.
For each severe weather report the NWS receives from amateur radio storm spotters, they know there are many, many others that stand ready to do the same whenever the warnings go out.
Community service at its finest: amateur radio and the NWS SKYWARN program.
Thank you for serving.
Winlink RMS Packet Gateway Operational in Lafayette
A Winlink Packet RMS (Radio Message Server) gateway station is now on the air in Lafayette. Winlink users can connect to K9IN-10 using the RMS Express client on 145.050 MHz in packet mode (1200 baud). Redundant connections to CMS sites are provided.
You must be a registered Winlink user to access and use the system. Please visit www.winlink.org for more information. Winlink training on setup and use will be provided at upcoming ARES meetings.
W9TCA Packet BBS & Node Temporary Frequency Change
The W9TCA-1 BBS and TCARES packet node are on 441.050 MHz until further notice. The Rossville site has an apparent 2M antenna or feedline issue which will eventually be addressed. Until then, the packet station will be operating on the 70cm frequency.
This antenna issue only affects the 2M packet system. The Rossville 2M and 440 voice repeaters, and the 222 MHz packet backbone node, are fully operational. We will post more information as it becomes available.
New ARES Manual from ARRL
The ARRL has released a new and updated ARES Manual. The ARES Manual and NTS Manual have together long been part of a single publication, The Public Service Communications Manual. The two manuals will now be separate publications. NTS leadership is currently reviewing and preparing to update the NTS Manual.
The new ARES Manual includes several new additions - inclusion of ICS forms 213, 205, and 214 for ARES use; an expanded discussion on training resources; clarification on the role and purpose of RACES; and copies of all current ARRL MOUs. The update is the first in over two decades and was a collaborative effort of field organization leaders, federal partners, and ARRL staff. The new manual is available online as a downloadable PDF on the Additional Training Resources page in the Training section.
Next ARES Meeting
Next ARES Meeting Thursday, AUG 4 19:00 EDT SIA Training Center Click here for directions What ARES Is All About
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Wabash River Ride