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TECHNICIAN LICENSE CLASS: Offered by the Disaster Relief Group of the McMinn-Meigs Baptist Association. No fee for the class, study materials available for purchase. The class will meet on Saturdays from August 31 to October 5, from 9:15 to 11:45am at the Baptist Center, 350 Congress Parkway North (across the street from Benchmark Therapy. Testing will be October 12th. For more information, contact Mike Farmer KT4DW: or 506 2235

To all present McMinn County RACES/ACS Members and Potential RACES/ACS Members:

A RACES/ACS meeting has been scheduled for August 31, 2019 at 9:00 am at the McMinn County EOC.

The purpose of this meeting is to give insight as how the RACES/ACS Team will be handling a Disaster in the event one occurs at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, McMinn County, Adjacent Counties, or Nation Wide level.

We also will be covering Training Requirements to be part of the RACES/ACS  Team, Operation of the Emergency Operations Center Radio Control Room, and how we will interface with the Emergency Operations Center Staff and RACES/ACS Members.

After our meeting, Tom Trotter (EMS Director) and Myself will be establishing Response Teams and prioritizing them. There will be Primary Response Team members and Secondary Response Team members. Your initial placement on a team will be determined by your Radio License Classification and present Knowledge/Skill Level using High Frequency and Very High Frequency Radio Systems. 

The following will briefly describe those positions during a Disaster. 

Primary Response Team members will respond directly to the EOC to Operate and Maintain the Radio Control Room sending Messages, using a HF Radio fitted with a Signal Link and Winlink program. In addition they will also Communicate with RACES/ACS Team Members via VHF Radio.   

Secondary Response Members will be on Standby and Check-In/Monitor a RACES/ACS VHF Net. They will remain on Standby until dispatched to local shelters, Hospital, and/or various Checkpoints that we will need to establish radio communications with. 

I will go over more details about the Response Levels, Teams,and process at the meeting.

The first portion of the Meeting will last two to three hours for everyone and then additional time will be needed for those that are going to be Radio Control Room Operators.

There has been some discussion about having a Bologna and Cheese sandwich Eat and Greet Meeting if several want to get together and divvy up what is needed for that. That in itself could be interesting. Let me know and we will work on making that happen also. Otherwise bring your own Snacks.

Please Email me at and let me know if you are coming so I can get a Head Count to expect.

I look forward to seeing everyone and hope this meeting will be an informative and fun meeting.

Dale Williams N4KDW RACES/ACS Team Lead 423-506-8152

MCARC has agreed to monitor runners for the the third annual Guthrie Pumpkin Run on September 28, 2019. This event is to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Chattanooga. At least 12 MCARC members are needed for this event. The race will begin at 8:30 AM. Staging of MCARC members will be at approximately 7:30 AM to be assigned spotter locations.
Address: Guthrie Farm, 490 County Road 67, Riceville, TN

MCARC will hold a Meet and Greet social event at the Lake Pavilion in Athens Regional Park October 5, 2019  from 10:00 to 5:00 PM. All MCARC members are urged to attend and to bring spouses and friends who may be interested in ham radio or hams who may not necessarily belong to the club. Please bring a hot dish, cold dish or any other food to share. Utensils will be provided by the club as well as water.