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
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
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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.
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Wabash River Ride
The 2014 Wabash River Ride will be held on Saturday, August 23, 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 amateur radio operators 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!
A new on-line storm report form is now available for storm spotters and the general public to use. On the left hand menu of the Indianapolis NWS home page, http://weather.gov/ind, under the first heading "Current Hazards", look for the link "Submit Storm Report".
This link will take you to the Submit a Storm Report page for the National Weather Service Indianapolis. Simply fill in the appropriate dialog boxes with the proper information; date, time, location of the event, select the event from the list, add any additional details you think the NWS should know in the "Additional Details" box, and lastly, include your contact information. When you submit your report, it will immediately alarm on computers in the NWS office.
The last box, "Contact Information", is voluntary. However all NWS Indianapolis Storm Spotters are encouraged to include specific location information in the appropriate box. Use your amateur callsign for the "Spotter ID", and select "HAM Operator" from the drop-down list for the "Observer Profile".
This new on-line reporting form is replacing the eSpotter system, which is being discontinued. All spotters who were in eSpotter, should immediately start using this on-line reporting form.
NOTE: The primary method of relaying severe weather reports will continue to be through the local SKYWARN net. This online reporting tool is to be used as a backup method, i.e., if a local SKYWARN net is not active, you are out of range of a local net, or your radio is not functioning properly. This can also be used by non-amateur spotters and the general public. Do NOT use the online report form if you have already reported via a SKYWARN net. Duplicate reports from the same person are not desirable and will create confusion.
During the recent severe storms, weather geeks were posting radar images all over social media. Since not everyone is a weather geek, one of the most common questions people asked was "what am I looking at?" Fear not — here's how you can see a tornado using weather radar:
W9TCA Packet BBS & Node Temporarily Out of Service
Due to an apparent antenna or feedline issue at Rossville, the W9TCA-1 BBS and TCARES packet node on 145.050 MHz is temporarily off the air. More information as it becomes available.
WIRES & W9YB Repeaters PL Tone now 131.8 Hz
On Saturday, June 7, all of the WI9RES & W9YB repeaters changed CTCSS/PL tones from 88.5 Hz to 131.8 Hz. All radios must be programmed to use a tone of 131.8 Hz in order to access the WIRES and Purdue repeaters.
This was done to comply with new guidelines from the Indiana Repeater Council (IRC). They have redrawn the boundaries that define the geographical "areas" in the state for repeater coordination. Different PL tones are assigned to each area to assist in avoiding co-channel interference. Click here for a map showing the new repeater "areas" and PL tones.
The number of repeater coordination areas in Indiana have been reduced from 9 to 7. These are the sections of the state that are listed in the ARRL's repeater directory. The reduction in number will simplify and more clearly define the geographical areas. In addition, the PL areas assigned by the IRC did not previously correspond to the ARRL's repeater areas. That has now been remedied with the recent IRC changes. PL areas will now mirror the repeater location areas.
With changes made by the IRC, repeaters in Tippecanoe and Clinton counties are now in the Northwest area, and assigned a tone of either 173.8 or 131.8 Hz. All of the WI9RES and W9YB repeaters are now using a PL of 131.8 Hz.
Please reprogram your radios, and help others who may find that task a bit challenging. We understand this is not a trivial change. However, we feel it is necessary to continue to operate our repeaters according to accepted, community standards, and to honor the amateur code and follow good operating practices.
We appreciate your patience and understanding. WIRES and the Purdue University Amateur Radio Club plan to continue serving the amateur community by providing quality infrastructure with these repeaters. Please help spread the word about the recent PL tone change. Thanks.
Next ARES Meeting
Thursday, AUG 7
7:00 p.m. SIA Training Center Click here for directions August meeting topic: Communications Support
Wabash River Ride
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