Ares District 8 Meeting

Ares District 8 Meeting Hosted by JCARES 

Jim Snyder, AJ4NO D8EC, has called an ARES District 8 meeting for Saturday, October 6th.
JCARES will be the host for this meeting that will start at 0930 at the Jefferson County Emergency Services Center EOC.
 The invitation has also been extended to District 9 leadership.

JCARES Special Meeting

There is a special JCARES meeting tonight to prepare for next Saturdays Strawberry Plains Half Marathon. All JCARES members and other interested amateur radio operators are invited to attend. The meeting will be held at the usual JCARES monthly meeting location: EMS Station 3 in WhitePine, Tn. The meeting will commence at 6 PM.

Jcares Meeting 10-9-17

The regular monthly JCARES meeting is normally held on the second Monday of each month at EMS Station #3 in White Pine, TN
White Pine EMS Training Center
1104 Champion Lane
White Pine , TN 37890
Meeting starts at 1800 hours.


Jcares August Meeting Program

EmComm Basic Presentation was given by Dan W4DOD,
Dan first talked about proper Readability and Strength reports,
Next on the Program a discussion  with members concerning


  • The R stands for “Readability”. Readability is a qualitative assessment of how easy or difficult it is to correctly copy the information being sent during the transmission. In a Morse code telegraphy transmission, readability refers to how easy or difficult it is to distinguish each of the characters in the text of the message being sent; in a voice transmission, readability refers to how easy or difficult it is for each spoken word to be understood correctly. Readability is measured on a scale of 1 to 5.
    1. Unreadable
    2. Barely readable, occasional words distinguishable
    3. Readable with considerable difficulty
    4. Readable with practically no difficulty
    5. Perfectly readable
  • Strength

  • The S stands for “Strength”. Strength is an assessment of how powerful the received signal is at the receiving location. Although an accurate signal strength meter can determine a quantitative value for signal strength, in practice this portion of the RST code is a qualitative assessment, often made based on the S meter of the radio receiver at the location of signal reception. “Strength” is measured on a scale of 1 to 9.
    1. Faint signal, barely perceptible
    2. Very weak
    3. Weak
    4. Fair
    5. Fairly good
    6. Good
    7. Moderately strong
    8. Strong
    9. Very strong signals
    • Readability  

    –How well you can understand what the other station is saying

    • Strength

    –How good is the signal that your station is receiving


This event has been canceled for this year!


: Saturday, September 13, 2013
TIME: 9:00am to 2:00pm
WHERE: Jefferson Middle School
361 West Broadway Blvd.
Jefferson City, TN

*Everyone is encouraged to attend this FREE event*

Classes on canning, cooking without power, disaster preparedness, National Weather Service –EmercenyKit with food PIC
Weather Spotter training, and emergency services displays and equipment.

Questions, please contact:
Fire Chief Lee Turner
Phone: (865) 476-3616 or
Michelle Matson
Phone: (423) 312-8948 or


New JCARES Emergency Coordinator

Jefferson County Amateur
Radio Emergency Service

                                                               aressmall                         KN4EM

  Larry “Jay” Hance, KI4OTR: New JCARES Emergency Coordinator

I am pleased to announce that effective March 1, 2014, Jay Hance has been appointed as Emergency Coordinator for the Jefferson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Jay succeeds Dan O’Donovan, W4DOD who has been appointed Tennessee Section Emergency Coordinator (see related announcement).

Jay, who holds an Extra Class License, brings a wealth of experience to his new position and is one of the original members of the JCARES organization.  During his years of service and commitment to JCARES, he has been involved in nearly all JCARES events and exercises and was a key player in the development of the KN4EM station.

Please join me in welcoming and supporting Jay in his new leadership role.

Dan O’Donovan




On February 25, 2014, Dan O’Donovan, W4DOD, was appointed to the position of Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) for the State of Tennessee by Section Manager (SM), Keith Miller, N9DGK.  Dan’s appointment is for a two year term starting on January, 1, 2014.The SEC is the assistant to the SM for emergency preparedness and is appointed by the SM to take care of all matters pertaining to emergency communications and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) on a section-wide basis.  There is only one SEC appointed in each section of the ARRL Field organization.

Dan currently serves as Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Jefferson County ARES (JCARES) and has appointed Larry “Jay” Hance, KI4OTR, to assume his EC position effective March 1, 2014 (see related article).

Attached is a statement issued by Dan concerning his appointment.

Dan O’Donovan W4DOD

I am very pleased to accept the appointment as your Tennessee Section Emergency Coordinator and I look forward to working with hams who share my passion for emergency communications and “giving back” to our communities.

My vision of the SEC role is simple: to support the Emergency Coordinator.  In my view, the EC holds the most important position in the ARES organizational structure not only because the vast majority of incidents and events have and will occur at the local level but also because the EC and his or her members have the greatest potential to provide the most efficient and timely response to their served agencies.  The relationships established between local ARES groups and local officials have the strongest volunteer Emcom working relationships.  All other ARES positions and appointments, no matter how grandiose the title including SEC, serve one purpose….help the EC not by dictate but rather by sharing information.  The best ideas and practices of a particular ARES group need to be leveraged and shared throughout the Tennessee Section.  While some uniformity is necessary such as monthly ARES reports (imagine correlating 95 different report styles!)  I believe that information being shared, with the SEC, ASEC’s and DEC’s as the conduit will benefit each and every ARES group.

There is much to be accomplished in the weeks and months ahead and I will need your ideas, recommendations, and support. Some short-term goals include the following:

  • Information / Equipment Database– establish a database available to all ARES members on the TN Section website that identifies member operating capabilities by county; local ARES net schedules with repeater / simplex frequencies.  Identify hospitals, EOC’s, and other agencies having amateur radio stations or equipment.  Establish an ARES / emergency management resource document repository.
  • Develop a TN Section Emergency Plan – We don’t have one yet.
  • Develop Training Recommendations – An ARES Training Recommendation Document would provide EC’s with a tool providing for standardization, progress tracking and recognition.  The initiative would consist of (1) a training workbook similar to COML and COMT task books and (2) a training matrix.
  • Establish Digital Mode Training Nets – With the increased use of digital modes, local ARES groups should consider incorporating digital modes on their weekly voice nets.
  • Topical “White Papers”– present “White Papers” dealing with various Emcom subjects to all ARES members for review and comment. One such example might be why Broadband- Ham net (MESH Technology) might benefit the EC in activation and what steps are necessary for building an intranet.

The Tennessee Section is very fortunate to have many talented members who bring a wide amount of knowledge and experience. Through collaboration and mutual support, we have the capability of sharing ideas and experiences and making the TN Section ARES a highly sought resource by our served agencies.  I am confident we can achieve our goals and enjoy this ever evolving hobby.  Your comments and suggestions are always welcome and you should feel free to contact me at or 865-484-1032 (H) or 865-437-9955.


Dan, W4DOD”