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 the Lubeck Community Center, Lubeck, WV.
Applicant should arrive 30 minutes before the meeting to submit their application to the Director for review.
- 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
ARRL Requests Expanded HF Privileges for Technican Class
IQST de W1AW ARRL Bulletin 7 ARLB007 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT March 1, 2018 To all radio amateurs
SB QST ARL ARLB007 ARLB007 ARRL Requests Expanded HF Privileges for Technician Licensees
ARRL has asked the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters. The FCC has not yet invited public comment on the proposals, which stem from recommendations put forth by the ARRL Board of Directors' Entry-Level License Committee, which explored various initiatives and gauged member opinions in 2016 and 2017.
"This action will enhance the available license operating privileges in what has become the principal entry-level license class in the Amateur Service," ARRL said in its Petition. "It will attract more newcomers to Amateur Radio, it will result in increased retention of licensees who hold Technician Class licenses, and it will provide an improved incentive for entry-level licensees to increase technical self-training and pursue higher license class achievement and development of communications skills."
Specifically, ARRL proposes to provide Technician licensees, present and future, with phone privileges at 3.900 to 4.000 MHz, 7.225 to 7.300 MHz, and 21.350 to 21.450 MHz, plus RTTY and digital privileges in current Technician allocations on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters. The ARRL petition points out the explosion in popularity of various digital modes over the past 2 decades. Under the ARRL plan, the maximum HF power level for Technician operators would remain at 200 W PEP. The few remaining Novice licensees would gain no new privileges under the League's proposal.
ARRL's petition points to the need for compelling incentives not only to become a radio amateur in the first place, but then to upgrade and further develop skills. Demographic and technological changes call for a "periodic rebalancing" between those two objectives, the League maintains.
"There has not been such a rebalancing in many years," ARRL said in its petition. "It is time to do that now." The FCC has not assessed entry-level operating privileges since 2005.
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WCEC Business Meeting April 3, 2018, at Cherly's Country Diner, 3970 Staunton Turnpike
W5YI Testing at 5:00PM Meeting starts at 7:00PM.
Directions to the meeting here.
(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.
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.
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 81343. 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.