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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, SEP 26
20:00 EDT
WI9RES 145.370 Repeater
Warning Siren Test Net
Saturday, OCT 1
10:45 EDT
WI9RES 147.135 Repeater
Weekly ARES Net
Monday, OCT 3
20:00 EDT
WI9RES 145.370 Repeater

 

(See the On-Air section of this web site for more details.)

New Members

Be sure to welcome our newest ARES members!

N9DLR, Dustin
KD9FQT, Matthew
AC9MF, Marty

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

Warning Siren Test Net - Saturday at 10:45 a.m.

TEMA has asked that amateur radio operators focus on reporting these sirens:

Callsign   Siren #   Name   Location

  02-01    Stonehenge subdivision    4501 N 375 W, W Laf

  02-02   Mount Zion Church   2223 W 500 N, W Laf

  02-03   Hadley Moors subdivision   CR 140 W, W Laf

  03-01   CR 75 E & CR 500 N   W Laf

  03-05   Old Battle Ground High School   511 Main St., B Gnd

  03-06   Battle Ground Town Hall   100 College St., B Gnd

  05-01    Montmorenci Cemetery   650 W & Jackson Hwy

  06-03   Cumberland School Ball Field   Wolever Dr., W Laf

  06-05   W Laf Senior High School   300 W Leslie Ave, WL

  06-07   Wabash Fire Station #2   51 S Newman Rd, WL

  06-08   Par View   3121 SR 26 W, W Laf

  07-02   Ball St., near Linnwood Elem   1400 Ball St., Laf

  07-09   200 N & Funnycide Ln.   3807 E 200 N, Laf

  07-13   Bluffs Apartments   305 Montefiore St., Laf

  07-19   Lift Station on CR 50 S   5751 E 50 S, Laf

  10-05   Southwestern Middle School   2100 W 800 S, Laf

  11-07   4400 Concord Rd near 450 S   4400 Concord Rd., Laf

  12-02    Wainwright Middle School   7501 E 700 S, Laf

  12-03   MacAllister Machinery   500 Hine Dr., Dayton

  13-01   SR 25 S at Odell   9277 SR 25 S, Odell

 
A callsign in the first column indicates the person planning to report that particular siren.  If you would like to volunteer to cover one of these sirens for this Saturday's test, CLICK HERE to fill out the assignment request form.

The complete list of warning sirens in Tippecanoe county can be found here.  While the ones listed above are assigned to amateur radio, status reports of any and all sirens are encouraged and will be collected during the siren test net, which starts at 10:45 a.m. Saturday on the WI9RES 147.135 repeater.

Thanks from SKYWARN

 
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

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, OCT 6
19:00 EDT
SIA Training Center
Click here for directions
(to be announced)
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