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.

Parkersburg Hamfest logo 2014Parkersburg 2014 Hamfest

  • Date: October 11, 2014
  • Time: 8:00AM till 12:30PM
  • Door prize drawings start at 9:00 with one every 5 minutes till 11:45.
  • Location: Wood County 4-H Fairgrounds, Mineral Wells, WV. (2230 Butcher Bend Rd.)
  • Testing: W5YI at 9:00 Walk-ins welcome
    Registration starts at 8:00.
  • Admission $5.00 at the door.
  • WA8WV will be checking all ARRL awards; W.A.S. / V.U.C.C. / W.A.C. and DXCC cards/applications on site from 9 am till 11 am.
  • WVSARC Meeting at 11:00 AM
  • Parking: Ample including Handicapped
  • Tailgating is available outside at no cost
  • Inside tables for Commercial Vendors are free
  • Swap tables for individuals are $5.00 each
  • Main Prizes: Read more here.

ARRL Sponsored HamfestRead more about the Parkersburg 2014 Hamfest

  • Location
  • Schedule
  • Breakfast
  • VE Testing
  • lodging
  • Main Prizes
  • Door Prizes
  • Meetings
  • Talk-in frequency
  • Vendors
  • Ticket Sales
  • Swap Meet


Amateur Upgrade Classes

This fall/winter MARC will offer a class leading to upgrading from the Tech to General Class Amateur Radio License.  This  course will deal not  only with the questions for passing the test, but will offer  an introduction  to High-Frequency Ham Radio , it's potential for the radio  amateur, and  some assistance in setting up a a HF station.  The  sessions will be of most   value to those who desire to move beyond the basic FM  repeater operation  offered by the Tech license into DXing, Contesting, Digital  Modes, antenna  experimenting and the like.

 There will be 8-10 sessions held at the MARC Clubhouse, with some demonstrations of HF activity and a review of the test questions.

 There is no charge for the class, but students will need either the ARRL or   W5YI General Class Study guide or a copy of the ARRL Operating Manual.

 We don't anticipate a large turnout, but we could handle as many as a dozen students or as few at 3 or 4.  We will organize and schedule dates to best   fit with busy schedules.

 Interested hams should contact Ralph Matheny (K8RYU) at (740)374-8637, email:  mathenyr@marietta.edu, or attend the MARC potluck  picnic at 6pm on  the second Tuesday of October (14th) at the clubhouse.



  • 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
P.O. Box 3328
Parkersburg, WV 26103

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


New Amateur Repeater available

In the Parkersburg, WV area we have a new 440 MHz repeater available for amateur use. It has good coverage of Parkersburg and surrounding areas, and great coverage of Marietta, OH and up into Newport, OH.

The frequency is 444.925+ (input is 449.925) The PL tone is 146.2, it's a fully open repeater for everyone to use.

FEMA Administrator Calls Amateur Radio “The Last Line of Defense”

In an FCC forum on earthquake communications preparedness, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate described the Amateur Radio operator as “the ultimate backup, the originators of what we call social media.”

The forum -- held May 3 at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC -- brought together officials from the White House, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), FEMA, the FCC and the private sector.

Administrator Fugate and FCC Bureau of Public Safety and Homeland Security Chief Jamie Barnett gave the opening remarks.  Read the full article here.




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  • 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.

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Supporting WCEC

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

WCEC Office Complex

WCEC will soon be moving into a new office complex at the regional airport .This facility consists of five rooms attached to the side of a hanger at the airport. Remolding this facility will take considerable funds and materials.

Make a secure online donation to help support our mission. Your donations to WCEC help support the safety and security of your community, and are fully tax-deductible under the provisions of Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).

Thank you!