System Status InformationRepeaters are operating normally, but IRLP node 4397 is being rebuilt, and is not available.
Check here later for further updates.
The primary purpose of this system is
to provide public service emergency
communications in times of crisis and natural disasters. Amateur Radio has long been used as a means of emergency communication when wireline, cell phones and other conventional means of communications fail.
All licensed amateurs are welcome to use this system. There are no access codes or restrictions.
IRLP Node 4397 is located in Cullowhee, North Carolina, in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, right on the campus of Western Carolina University.
The node can be attached to either of the repeaters via UHF radio link. 444.700 is a local
repeater, covering the Sylva/Dillsboro area. 444.875 is a wide coverage repeater, covering much of WNC. See the IRLP Node Status Page, or the applet at the bottom of
this page for real time connection
information. For more information about IRLP, please visit the IRLP Home Page.
Weather and other all hazard alerts issued by the National Weather Service Office in Greer, SC are rebroadcast on both repeaters. 444.875 broadcasts alerts for Jackson, Haywood, and Buncombe Counties. 444.700 broadcasts alerts for Graham, Swain, Macon and Jackson Counties.
WCQS FM Tower
Many thanks to WCQS for use of their facilities.
America's Quiet Warriors
America's quiet warriors are the legion of ham radio operators, 700,000 of them, who are always at ready for backup duty in emergencies - amateur, unpaid, uncelebrated, civilian radio operators, during and after floods and fires and tornadoes. After the 9/11 attacks, hams were indispensable in reuniting friends and families. Most recently it was they who expedited the search for debris after the disaster to the space shuttle Columbia, and right now, at this moment, they are involved in homeland security to a greater degree than you would want me to make public
- Paul Harvey News and Comment, ABC Radio, March 19, 2003
NEW LAW FORMALLY MAKES AMATEUR RADIO PART OF
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS COMMUNITY
A section of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2007 Appropriations Act, HR 5441, formally includes Amateur Radio operators as a part of the emergency communications community. Congress approved the measure before adjourning for its pre-election break. President George W. Bush signed the bill into law October 4, 2006.
Amateur Radio is included within the legislation's Subtitle D, Section 671, known as the "21st Century Emergency Communications Act." Radio amateurs are among the entities with which a Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group (RECC Working Group) must coordinate its activities. Included within the DHS's Office of Emergency Communications -- which the measure also creates -- RECC Working Groups attached to each regional DHS office will advise federal and state homeland security officials. The final version of the legislation incorporated language from both House and Senate bills and was hammered out in a conference committee. An earlier version of the 21st Century Emergency Communications Act, HR 5852, included Amateur Radio operators as members of the RECC Working Groups.