Who is WCEC?

Wood County Emergency Communications Inc. (WCEC) is an all volunteer Non-Profit organization, created to provide back-up and overload communications to all Public Safety agencies in Wood County, West Virginia and the surrounding counties in WV and OH.  Read more in our Mission Statement to see what we do. For more information on Emergency Communicators and Amateur Radio read the "Who Are We?" article.

The organization's Bylaws are available in Adobe pdf format by downloading them here. You can also read the WCEC Operation plan


  • Mobile communications command center setup
  • Skywarn operating under the National Weather Service
  • Digital Communications statewide via D.A.R.E.N.
  • Voice Communications via handheld and mobile radio and in house wired and wireless telephone systems.
  • Both fixed and mobile voice repeater setups available.
  • Long range WIFI internet available at site


  • Contacting Us
  • Membership Info

To obtain information about a specific event or to enquire about becoming a member of WCEC please contact one of the following members by phone or use the 147.255 MHz repeater.

Our Address is:
Wood County Emergency Communications
Attn: Kenneth Harris WA8LLM
319 Communications Drive
Waverly, WV 26184

Terry Mills KC8TUE / Unit 289

Judy Peterson N8UFQ / Unit 255

Meetings are held at 7:00PM on the first Tuesday of each month at Cheryl's Country Diner, 3970 Staunton Trunpike, Parkersburg, WV., (unless specified otherwise).

Applicant should arrive 30 minutes before the meeting to submit their application to the Director for review. Those wishing to test for an Amateur License or an upgrade should arrive around 6:00PM.

- Application and Information Form -

Applicants will need to authorize a background check for membership approval and individuals under the age of 18 will be required to present a signed Parental Authorization form.

Wood County Emergency Communications inc. protects all information presented to it for membership purposes and does not share this information with anyone else for any reason other than a background investigation


2018 Parkersburg/Wood County Hamfest

Parkersburg Hamfest prizes

Door Prize Drawings every 5 minutes, from 9:00 am to 11:45 am

Again we will be at the Wood County 4-H Fariground, Mineral Wells, WV (2230 Butcher Bend Rd.). Free parking for all and plenty of outdoor display area if you don't want to be inside, also Free.

Mark your calendars for October 13th as you will want to attend the Parkersburg/Wood County Hamster. Set your alarm clocks and arrive early (6:30) for breakfast and free coffee in the basement of the pavilion. Oh yea, FREE Coffee all day long.

Display tables are available to Commercial Vendors FREE. Non-Vendors should plan to apply for a table one week in advance of the event to qualify for a Free Table.

Again this year Alan R.Carpenter W8OP will be check ing QSLs for WAS/WAC/DXCC/VUCC.


  • Admission: Adults $5.00  Children under 12 free.
  • Non-Vendor display tables on day of Hamfest $5.00 ea.
  • Extra Drawing Tickets $1.00 each, or 6 for $5.00, 15 for $10.00, 30 for $15.00, 45 for $20.00, 60 for $25.00, 75 for $30.00, 100 for $35.00.

W5YI testing Registration at 8:00 am (test at 9:00).

WVSARC Planning Meeting for the 2019 ARRL WV State Convention held at 11:00 am.

See complete information and pre-registration link on our Ham Fest page.



Alert Messages

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Monthly Business Meeting

October 2, 2018

NOTE: New Meeting Location

WCEC holds it's Monthly Meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at Cheryl's Country Diner, 3970 Staunton Turnpike, Parkersburg, WV. Testing and dinner is at 6:00PM and the meeting starts at 7:00PM

Minutes of previous meetings

Download Minutes of previous Meetings here....

support Groups

  • ARES
    (Amateur Radio Emergency Services)
    If you are interested in registering with ARES in the Wood/Washington County area, contact Ken Harris. Blank forms are available in the training section.
    (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services)
    If you are a member of WCEC and wish to become a RACES member read the requirements statement then fill out an application and bring it to the next regular scheduled meeting.


Mobile Communications Unit

We continue to upgrade our Mobile Communications capabilities. Thanks to the generous donations from local foundations and the general public we are able to deploy this mobile unit to any disaster or terror activity to assist local Fire, Police and emergency personnel. Your continued donations will help us keep it up to date with the newest technologists.



Supporting WCEC

Wood County Emergency Communications is a Non Profit 501c3 Organization Supported Entirely by Public and Private Donations! There are two ways you can Support Amateur Radio Emergency Communications in Wood County, West Virginia and the surrounding area.

First by donating directly to WCEC using the PayPal button below.

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Second You can support WCEC every time you go shopping at Kroger.  It's easy when you enroll in Kroger’s Community Rewards® program.
Just go to Kroger/CommunityRewards and create an account using WCEC’s Rewards Number HL113. Then all you have to do is shop at Kroger using your Plus Card. Kroger will donate a percentage of you purchases to WCEC every time you shop and use your Plus Card. Kroger is committed to helping our community grow and prosper. 

Thank you!

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