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 31
WI9RES 145.370 Repeater
Warning Siren Test Net Saturday, SEP 5
WI9RES 147.135 Repeater
Weekly ARES Net Monday, SEP 7
WI9RES 145.370 Repeater
(See the On-Air section of this web site for more details.)
Workshop Saturday, SEP 19 Indianapolis, IN
Saturday, OCT 24
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
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 145.610 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 in Service at Temporary Location
The W9TCA-1 BBS and TCARES packet node on 145.050 MHz are back on the air at a temporary location on the south side of Lafayette. The Rossville site has an apparent antenna or feedline issue which will eventually be addressed.
This issue only affects the 2M/440 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 for 2015 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.
Updated Frequency Lists
A couple of our reference documents have been recently updated to reflect PL tone changes to several repeaters. In addition to changes to the local WI9RES and W9YB repeaters, several Kokomo repeaters also now have new access tones. New repeaters are now on the air in Clinton and Howard counties.
The updated frequency lists can be found in the On-Air section of this web site on the TCARES Net Info page, or can be accessed directly here:
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.