Williamson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, WC-ARES, consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. We are located in Williamson County, Texas, USA, normally meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Williamson County ESOC, 911 Tracy Chambers Lane, Georgetown TX 78626. Due to COVID-19 our monthly meetings are held via restricted Zoom video conferencing. If you are not a member and interested in attending our meeting you need to contact EC@wc-ares.org for approval prior to the meeting.
Our meetings start at 7:30 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.
WC-ARES uses two open repeaters:
- 146.640 PL=162.2 in Georgetown *
- Linked with 145.45 PL=162.2 in Taylor
- Echolink enabled, node N5TT-R
- 147.080 PL=100.0 in Georgetown.
* We hold a training net on the 146.640 repeater every Sunday at 8:00 PM. The NET may be on either repeater, depending on conditions.
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.
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Be A Net Control Operator
Williamson County ARES is offering a Net Control Operator class from 0900 – 1700 on May 14, 2022. There will be a one-hour break for lunch.
Each person will be responsible for their own lunch. Williamson County ARES, TX encourages all amateurs to participate as net control operators for the Sunday Training Nets. Performing the duties of net control for the Training Net provides amateurs the opportunity to learn and practice the skills required to run a net such as good radio procedures, managing the pace of the net, taking notes, asking for clarification on communications, etc. Practicing the duties of net control is a vital skill to support our served agencies during a time of need.