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The Wake Forest Amateur Radio Club got its start in 2001 as the brainchild of Ken Hoglund, KG4FGC, and Fred Horton, NA4P, in 2001. The club's first license was KG4PQX, but in 2002 we became WF4DD in shameful imitation of the Wake Forest National Public Radio station WFDD ("Wake Forest Demon Deacons" 88.5 MHz). At first, the idea was to provide 2m coverage for various public-service events on campus, but the number of such events was limited, and so we decided to create a net, the Wake Forest Amateur Radio Club Net; and this net has been the principal activity of the club since. Ken's special interest in emergency services as well as his appointment as Triad Skywarn's Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Forsyth County, NC, led to the focus of the club being on emergency services. To that end the net devotes itself to information about and training in aspects of emergency services.

The net meets on Thursday nights at 2100 local or at the conclusion of the Forsyth County ARES net, whichever is later. Those who check into both nets get an on-the-air meeting of the local ARES group and then a short, directed instructional net (20 to 30 minutes). Since the ARES net includes a time for informal discussion, the WFUARC net does not, although it does accept traffic for the Natrional Traffic System. The net normally takes place on W4NC Repeater, 145.47 MHz, down 600 kHz, with a 107.2 Hz tone. Net control may also operate the net on 146.58 MHz simplex for training purposes. If the 145.47 MHz repeater fails, net operations shift to the W4NC Repeater, 146.64 MHz, down 600 kHz, with a 100 Hz tone. The club has considered expanding its operations from FM voice only to include such modes as PSK31, SSTV and MT63. On World Amateur Radio Day in 2004, the club operated a successful PSK31 QRP HF operation from the main administrative building of the university (Reynolda Hall).

Participation in the net is opened to all licensed amateurs whether associated or not with Wake Forest University. We encourage any participant to volunteer to present a short training program on one of our nets or to respond to such a program by previous arrangement. If you would like to offer a program or a response, please e-mail horton@wfu.edu or hoglund@wfu.edu.

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