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, MAR 19
20:00 EDT
WI9RES 145.370 Repeater
Annual SKYWARN Test Net
Tuesday, MAR 20
~10:15 EDT
WI9RES 147.135 Repeater

Weekly ARES Net
Monday, MAR 26
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 member!

KD9AOR, Eric
KD9IJH, Kevin

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

Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Severe Weather Preparedness Week

March 18 - 24, 2018 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. The National Weather Service, in conjunction with the Indiana State Police, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Broadcasters Association, the American Red Cross, and Amateur Radio Operators will conduct a statewide test of communication systems on Tuesday, March 20, at 10:15 a.m. EDT. (So far, there is no mention of a second test in the evening, as has been done in past years. If this changes, we will let you know via email.)

Important - while the drill will be sent using live TOR EAS coding (Tornado Warning), it is only a test, and will be postponed to Wednesday, March 21, if weather conditions warrant.

2018 Central Indiana Severe Weather Symposium

Saturday, March 17

March 2018 brings the next installment of the biennial Central Indiana Severe Weather Symposium, an all day session geared toward providing more advanced information for spotters and weather enthusiasts.

Saturday, March 17, 2018
All-day event - exact times to come soon

Driving Directions
Parking in Vermont Street Parking Garage - directly west of Campus Center

IUPUI Campus Center Room 450 B/C
420 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202

$35 - per attendee, includes parking and refreshments (morning and afternoon snacks, coffee, water, and lunch)
$25 - per student attendee (must submit copy of current student ID)

For more details, and to register, visit:

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 help whenever the warnings go out.

Community service at its finest: amateur radio and the NWS SKYWARN program.

Thank you for serving.

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.

Next ARES Meeting

Next ARES Meeting
(to be announced)
SIA Training Center
Click here for directions
(to be announced)

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