Williamson County Amateur Radio Service, WC-ARES, meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Williamson County Jester Annex, 1801 East Old Settler's Blvd. Google map link.
Our meetings start at 7:00 PM and we try to have a Guest Speaker, ARES Topic or Training at each meeting which last for about an hour.
The only thing "Amateur" about this group is in the name. We strive to provide the most Professional Radio Operators possible. We support both government and non-government organizations with emergency communications in times of emergency.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mark Stennett NA6M, and Jim Kinter K5KTF, were elected to two-year terms on the WC-ARES Board of Directors. Their terms expire December 31, 2016.
Jim Russell NQ5L, and Tom Whiteside N5TW also serve on the Board. Their terms expire December 31, 2015.
WC-ARES uses two open repeaters that are supported by WCARC:
- 146.640 PL=162.2 in Georgetown *
- 145.450 PL=162.2 in Taylor
* We hold a training net on the 146.640 repeater every Sunday at 8:00 PM
WC-ARES also owns a portable emergency repeater for use in disaster areas. It currently uses the frequency 444.650 and a tone of 100.0. The frequency is anticipated to change once we acquire a new duplexer. It is only on the air for disaster use, and would be in the disaster area.
Here is a copy of the WC-ARES Net Script in Word and .pdf format, both were updated on 12/15/2014:
Here is a copy of the WC-ARES Emergency Comm Plan (2/12/2015) in .pdf format. The plan is in process of being updated.
To join WC-ARES, click here and create an account. Fill out the requested information.
WC-ARES supports various Public Service events in the area:
- Rogue Run Foot race in Cedar Park January 11, 2015
- Red Poppy bike event in Georgetown and points east April 25, 2015
- Freedom Parade, Round Rock, July 4, 2015
- Outlaw Trail 100 mile bike event in Round Rock and points east (Usually in October)
- Jingle Bell Ride, a short family ride in Georgetown Dec. 12, 2015 (tentative)
We perform monthy tests on the Amateur Radio equipment installed at the following hospitals and EOCs on the 3rd Friday of the month at 4:00 PM.
- Cedar Park Regional Medical Center
- Scott and White Hospital, Taylor
- Scott and White Medical Center, Round Rock
- Seton Medical Center Williamson
- St. David's Georgetown Hospital
- St. David's Round Rock Medical Center
- Cedar Park Police Dept.
- Round Rock Fire Station #6
- Williamson County Emergency Services Operations Center
We have a Yahoogroup to keep our members informed on what's going on radio wise in the area. Feel free to join. Be sure to include your name, callsign and a brief note on why you want to join our group in your request to join.
All licensed Amateur Radio Operators are welcome.
For more info please contact:
Ken Malgren K7MAL
WC-ARES Emergency Coordinator
Williamson County ARES,Inc
P.O. Box 1272
Georgetown, TX 78627