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January 2008

Greetings to all Amateur Radio Operators.  This is Dr. Jim, N2ZZ with the January 2008 South Carolina Section Manager’s Report!  Please remember that the SC Section website can be found at: www.arrl-sc.org/ where my full SM report will be listed as well as up-to-the-date information on Amateur Radio in South Carolina!

            I enjoyed participating in our first hamfest of 2008 in Greenwood, sponsored by the Greenwood Amateur Radio Society.  The hamfest was held on January 12th, and was greeted with great weather, although a bit cold at first!  There was a good turnout for the event, and hamfest goers had a vast selection of new and vintage equipment.  The ARRL forum was held at noon, and in addition to my report, we had an update from John Crockett KC4YI on the SCHEARTS system, and from Charlie AE4UX, SEC regarding new NIMS forms.  Bob K4NJN, ASM6 reported on updates to the Aiken County Emergency Services Trailer as mentioned in my report last month.  Thanks to all for a great hamfest!

During my discussions with several hams at the Greenwood Hamfest, I was told that Rodney Grim WA7ZIA from ICOM  is now living in the greater Charleston area with a strong interest in D*STAR digital systems.  I understand he will be giving a forum at the Charleston Hamfest in February.

Speaking of the Charleston Hamfest, the 35th annual Charleston Hamfest will be held on February 2nd  in the same location as last year, the Exchange Park Fairground, 9850 Hwy 78 in Ladson, SC, Exit 203 off I-26, College Park Road.  Talk-in will be via the WA4USN linked repeater system, 146.79- Charleston, 145.250-/PL 123.0 Summerville, and 147.045+ /PL 103.5 St George.  This is the South Carolina State Convention!  I am happy to report that Dan Henderson N1ND from ARRL HQ will be attending the hamfest!  Dan is the Regulatory Services Specialist from ARRL HQ and will give a presentation at the ARRL forum-and for you DX’ers, Dan is a certified ARRL QSL card checker, and will be handling QSL card checking at the ARRL table!  John Crockett KC4YI will also be giving a presentation on the SCHEARTS system at the ARRL forum, so be sure to be there!  Please make plans to attend the Charleston Hamfest, the South Carolina State Convention!

Each month, Brian KR4SP, ACC provides a report about club activities throughout South Carolina.  I encourage all to take a look at his report.  I also encourage all who write newsletters for their club and/or run club websites to send Brian their monthly information at kr4sp-1@juno.com  .  Brian indicates he is unable to obtain broadband internet coverage at his location, so reviewing changes in club websites is very time consuming.  Any help he can receive would be greatly appreciated!  If you read Brian’s report, please send him an e-mail thanking him for his efforts!

April 7th will mark the 50th anniversary of the South Carolina Sideband Net!  Jim WB4DLD Net Manager would like to pass on the following information:

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            April 7, 2008 will be the 50th Anniversary of the SC SSB Net.  

We are planning a very special Net for the 7th which is on Monday. Place this date on your calendar and check-in. 

On April 5th which is the Saturday prior to the 7th at Noon, we are going to have a meeting in Columbia to celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

What we need you to do is let us know if you will be attending. Right now we need to poll you and see what type of facility we will need. Whether it be a Restaurant or a facility with a caterer. Our intentions will be a Dutch Meal at a restaurant or a Catered meal. Expected cost would be limited to about 10 bucks a person.

We encourage you to bring your Spouse and include your family if you like or a friend.

Give your total count to Jim WB4DLD or Tom WA4VYS as soon as possible if you believe you will attend.

Once we have an idea on how many to expect we can firm up our reservations with a meeting place and offer more details.

This is a special time for all of our Net Participants and you will not want to miss being there.

Please call or send E-Mail to: 

 Jim baughjm@bellsouth.net or Tom wa4vys@copper.net 

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            News for the Sandblast Rally comes from Mac K4AVR:

The 2008 Sandhills Sandblast will be held Saturday February 9th.  Volunteers are needed to provide communications along the course.  To volunteer, contact John Eskridge, KD4VIF, at KD4VIF@yahoo.com or Tommy Hyatt, KD4ZMR, at hyatttmm@schaeffler.com.  Volunteers will also need to check in at the net control location in Patrick.  T-shirts will be handed out to volunteers here.  You need to check in and be at your assigned location at least an hour prior to the start of your race stage.  That really means check in at Patrick as soon after 7AM as you can. The race organizers will hold a drawing for a new Icom V-8000 drawn from the names of the hams participating in the event during the Awards ceremony; you do not need to be present to win. Additional information can be obtained by visiting the website at www.sandblastrally.com.

            As more hams are volunteering to support hospitals in South Carolina as trained communicators, my local hospital is in need of more amateur radio operators.  Training classes are currently being offered at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.  If you live in Aiken County or nearby and interested in supporting this hospital, please contact James Tarpley KN4UE, TS at kn4ue@gforcecable.com .

            Marc N4UFP, TC brings news that Tyler, KT4XD, was nominated as a Systems Administrator for the Winlink Development Team. He and another gentleman from Missouri were the two selected for this role. This is truly an honor, as this team has received ‘Honorable Mention” from Congress and the FCC.  Anyone interested in knowing more about Winlink can check out the home site for Winlink: www.winlink.org .  You will see the contributors at the bottom of the home page.

            I wish to congratulate Aiken County’s Emergency Management Director KI4DLR on his upgrade to General Class.  I am fortunate to be in a county where both EMD directors are hams!

            That’s it for January!  See you next month!

December 2007 National Traffic System Report for SC by Mac Heaton N4MEH, STM

Net Reports

Net/Check Ins/Traffic/Sessions/Reported By
Anderson Radio Club 2M Net/812/34/31/N4MEH
Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Net /2400/33/31/K4SUG
Carolina's Net/237/151/62/W2EAG
Carolina Slow Net/252/25/31/N0SU
Columbia ARC 2 Meter Net/198/0/9/KE4TLC
Grand Strand ARC 2M Net/119/13/12/KI4HEE
Greater Pee Dee 2 Meter Net/707/40/31/K4DTT
Greenwood ARC 2 Meter Net/119/4/4/W4DEW
Greenwood Friendly Net/370/60/30/W4JAK
Lancaster County 2 Meter Net/105/18/11/N4WMB
Oconee 2M Net/273/20/13/N9GSX
SC SSB Net/1541/81/29/WB4DLD
York Co. ARS 2 Meter FM Net/671/2/47/KI4NBA

Station Activity Reports
Station/Sent/Received/Delivered/Originated/Total

KA4LRM/0/7/6/0/13
WB4DLD/2/29/3/2/36
N4MEH/7/42/7/2/58

Public Service Honor Roll
Station/Cat1/Cat2/Cat3/Cat4/Cat5/Cat6/Total

KA4LRM/40/13/20/0/0/0/73
N4MEH/40/40/20/0/0/0/100

Have a Great Month!! 

’73 de Dr. Jim N2ZZ
ARRL Section Manager
South Carolina Section
www.arrl-sc.org

 

February 2008

Greetings to all Amateur Radio Operators.  This is Dr. Jim, N2ZZ with the February 2008 South Carolina Section Manager’s Report!  Please remember that the SC Section website can be found at: www.arrl-sc.org/ where my full SM report will be listed as well as up-to-the-date information on Amateur Radio in South Carolina!

            The 35th annual Charleston Hamfest, the South Carolina State Convention, was held on February 2nd.  Dan Henderson N1ND, Regulatory Services Specialist from ARRL Headquarters attended the hamfest, and added his humorous and informative report at the ARRL Forum.  John KC4YI also gave a report on the current status of the SCHEARTS project. Dan provided QSL card checking to the hamfest attendees, including yours truly!  I asked the hamfest chair, Jenny WA4NGV about her impressions, and she was very pleased with the turnout.  Prior to the ARRL Forum, Rodney Grim WA7ZIA from ICOM gave a talk on D*STAR.  Rodney is now living in the greater Charleston Area.  Information I received this weekend was that Rodney will be donating three D*STAR repeaters (VHF, UHF and 1.2 Gig) which will be placed on a tower at MUSC.  Thanks to all for a great hamfest!

Although mentioned last month, I would like to again note that April 7th will mark the 50th anniversary of the South Carolina Sideband Net!  Jim WB4DLD Net Manager would like to pass on the following information:

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            April 7, 2008 will be the 50th Anniversary of the SC SSB Net.  

We are planning a very special Net for the 7th which is on Monday. Place this date on your calendar and check-in. 

On April 5th which is the Saturday prior to the 7th at Noon, we are going to have a meeting in Columbia to celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

What we need you to do is let us know if you will be attending. Right now we need to poll you and see what type of facility we will need. Whether it be a Restaurant or a facility with a caterer. Our intentions will be a Dutch Meal at a restaurant or a Catered meal. Expected cost would be limited to about 10 bucks a person.

We encourage you to bring your Spouse and include your family if you like or a friend.

Give your total count to Jim WB4DLD or Tom WA4VYS as soon as possible if you believe you will attend.

Once we have an idea on how many to expect we can firm up our reservations with a meeting place and offer more details.

This is a special time for all of our Net Participants and you will not want to miss being there.

Please call or send E-Mail to: 

 Jim baughjm@bellsouth.net or Tom wa4vys@copper.net 

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Last month I reported on the Sandblast Rally, held on February 9th.  I received a nice note from Gene WA4UKX.  Both Gene and his son KG4HPW thoroughly enjoyed their participation in the Sandblast Rally, and from his notes passed 212 pieces of traffic during the rally!  Congratulations and thanks to all who volunteered for this event!

The Salkehatchie Amateur Radio Society will be presenting a program March 18th on Fox Hunting.  K4GLP from North Carolina will be the speaker and will answer all questions on everything you wanted to know about Fox Hunting.  Program will begin about 2000 in the metal building behind Barnwell First Baptist Church.  For questions, contact Ray Thomas rosewoodco@tds.net .

News on a Special Event station from Lloyd KO4L:

50th Anniversary of the Accidental Nuclear Bomb drop, Mars Bluff, SC, Special Event Station March 7 - 12, 2008, http//www.qrz.com/n4b: March 11, 1958, Florence, South Carolina -a B-47E accidentally jettisoned an unarmed nuclear weapon without its fissile core at 15,000 feet, which impacted in a sparsely populated area 6-1/2 miles east of Florence, South Carolina. The bomb's high explosive material exploded on impact, causing property damage and several injuries. This was the first town in America to have a Nuclear Bomb dropped on it. More Info? http://tinyurl.com/2zs9vq ; Video clip http://tinyurl.com/2fdu7x  ; 28.330 14.290 7.263 3.920 146.850 MHz. SSB, CW, PSK, FM. Times are daily. Other frequencies may be used.  QSL with SASE to N3ZL, Greg Davis, 3818 Colonial Rd Florence SC 29501.

The official 2008 ARRL Field Day Web page http://www.arrl.org/FieldDay is up and running. The page includes a summary of available resources, with links to Field Day forms and rules, logos and reference links. There is also a link for ordering commemorative Field Day T-shirts, pins and other supplies. ARRL Sales and Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen NQ1R said supplies will begin shipping in early March, but it's not too early to place a pre-order now. Radio clubs are encouraged to order early.

The Saluda County Emergency Management Division along with state/local agencies in Aiken, Greenwood and Lexington counties took part in COMMO-EX 2008 on Saturday, February, 16th. COMMO-EX 2008 was a joint communication exercise simulating a large scale coastal evacuation due to an impending hurricane approaching SC. Various communication technologies from ham radio to South Carolina’s statewide "Palmetto 800" radio system were utilized in Saturday’s exercise.  Amateur radio operators from Aiken, Greenwood, Lexington, McCormick, Richland and Saluda counties came together as members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES). Ham radio units were stationed on SC Hwy 178 throughout Greenwood, Lexington and Saluda counties to monitor and report actual traffic data. The amateur radio operators demonstrated their skills at passing messages by radio waves from the field sites to the county Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) and the State EOC in Columbia. According to Buddy Willis, Saluda County’s amateur radio Emergency Coordinator, Saturday’s exercise was "a huge success." Robert Steadman, Saluda County Emergency Management Director echoed Willis’s comments: "The lessons learned from COMMO-EX 2008 will benefit not only the agencies that participated but will also benefit public safety agencies throughout South Carolina." Agencies participating in the exercise included Aiken County Emergency Management Division, Greenwood County Emergency Preparedness Division, Greenwood Amateur Radio Society, Lexington County Emergency Management Division, Ridge Amateur Radio Club, Saluda County Emergency Management Division, Saluda County Sheriff’s Office, Saluda County Fire Service, SC Department of Public Safety and the SC Emergency Management Division.

DX’ers had a special treat this month.  The VP6DX Ducie Island DXPedition has been all over the HF bands with excellent signals and excellent operators.  With the ability to work them mobile and QRP, it was no longer a question on whether it was possible to work them, it was the question as to how many bands/modes you could work them!  Many records have been set, including the largest number of contacts made by any DXPedition (>168,723!), Largest number of RTTY contacts, Largest number of SSB contacts, and the list goes on and on.  Information is available on their website: http://ducie2008.dl1mgb.com/ .  Online logs are available!

Finally, I attended the QCWA meeting in Columbia this past Saturday, presided over by Chapter 89’s President Jenny Myers WA4NGV.   I encourage all amateur radio operators who have been licensed over 25 years to become part of this organization!  Dues are reasonable and the fellowship is outstanding!  Please contact Jim Hill mfhill@bellsouth.net or Jenny Myers brycemyers@aol.com for membership information.

            That’s it for February!  See you next month!

 

January 2008 National Traffic System Report for SC by Mac Heaton N4MEH, STM

Net Reports
Net/Check Ins/Traffic/Sessions/Reported By

Anderson Radio Club 2M Net/852/32/31/N4MEH
Beaufort VHF ARES Net/50/5/4/KB1CTC
Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Net /2549/43/31/K4SUG
Carolina Slow Net/157/24/31/N0SU
Columbia ARC 2 Meter Net/226/0/9/KE4TLC
Grand Strand ARC 2M Net/170/18/14/KI4HEE
Greater Pee Dee 2 Meter Net/558/46/31/K4DTT
Greenwood ARC 2 Meter Net/137/5/5/W4DEW
Greenwood Friendly Net/392/66/31/W4JAK
Lancaster County 2 Meter Net/112/14/13/N4WMB
Oconee 2M Net/316/21/13/N9GSX
PALS Net/862/74/31/KG4KOE
SC SSB Net/1523/78/31/WB4DLD
York Co. ARS 2 Meter FM Net/765/0/53/KI4NBA

Station Activity Reports
Station/Sent/Received/Delivered/Originated/Total
KA4LRM/4/14/3/0/21
KA4UIV/10/28/19/0/57
K4GLT/94/104/9/0/207
N4MEH/9/43/7/4/63
WB4DLD/3/41/12/3/59

Public Service Honor Roll
Station/Cat. 1/Cat. 2/Cat. 3/Cat. 4/Cat. 5/Cat. 6/Total

KA4LRM/31/21/20/0/0/0/72
N4MEH/40/40/20/0/0/0/100

 

Have a Great Month!! 

’73 de Dr. Jim N2ZZ
ARRL Section Manager
South Carolina Section
www.arrl-sc.org

 

March 2008

Greetings to all Amateur Radio Operators.  This is Dr. Jim, N2ZZ with the March 2008 South Carolina Section Manager’s Report!  Please remember that the SC Section website can be found at: www.arrl-sc.org/ where my full SM report will be listed as well as up-to-the-date information on Amateur Radio in South Carolina!

            The South Carolina Sideband Net 50th anniversary net meeting will be held at Leaphart Elementary School, I-26 Exit #104 Piney Grove Road West, 120 Piney Grove Road (on the Left), Columbia, SC on April 5th, 2008 11am-2pm.  Dress will be casual, and Bar-B-Q will be catered by Shealy’s: $11 adult, $5 under 12.  Riley Hollingsworth of the FCC will be the guest speaker.  The deadline for reservations was March 16th, but as of last week, Ms. Emmie was still collecting for the meeting.  Checks should be made payable to the SC SSB Net and sent to KA4LRM, Emmie Patience, 332 Haynie Mill Road, Belton, SC  29627.  Hope to see everyone there!  According to Jim WB4DLD, SC SSB Net Manager, 75-80 are expected to attend (so far)!  Be sure to attend the 50th anniversary net session on 3915 kHz on Monday April 7th at 1900 EDT as well!

            Congratulations to the Beaufort Amateur Radio Club, our newest ARRL Affiliated Club in South Carolina!  They have just received news that their application has been approved by the ARRL Executive Committee, and their date of affiliation was March 15th, 2008.  Again, Congratulations!

            A note from Jim N4GSA, President of the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club: Fellow hams, the GSARC will be installing PL (tone) on all of our repeaters effective the first week of April 2008. The tone is 85.4 Hz for all our repeaters.  When you come to the beach, all are welcome to use our repeaters. We have four (4) repeaters on the air: 145.110, 147.12, 147.33, and 444.675. The 145.11 and 444.675 are located at Conway, SC (400'). The 147.12 is located in the N Myrtle Beach area on the beach (100'). The 147.33 is located in the Murrells Inlet area (700').  Please feel free to use our repeaters and check out our club web site at: http://www.w4gs.org.

            Saturday March 15th was the day that tornadoes ripped through South Carolina.  Charlie AE4UX, SEC forwarded this report to me:  Tornadoes tore through South Carolina on Saturday March 15, 2008.  The damage was severe.  Seventy houses were destroyed.  Eighty-nine houses received major damage.  Three Hundred Sixty-six houses had minor damage.  Electrical power outages were widespread.  There were many major roads blocked by fallen trees.  It could have been worse.  People could have been killed. The National Weather Service (NWS) did a good job of identifying the tornadoes in time to get out warnings that undoubtedly saved lives.  They used their Doppler Weather Radar and on the ground reports from SKYWARN spotters to accurately identify the tornadoes before they hit.  After storm inspections by NWS meteorologists showed that 17 tornadoes had hit.  The most powerful was the EF-3 that struck Newberry, SC.  Several EF-2 tornadoes struck in other areas.  The EF-2 that hit Bath, SC just East of Augusta, GA, destroyed 12 houses and caused major damage to 50 others.  Numerous large trees and the town’s water tower lid were brought to the ground.  The town’s water supply became contaminated.  One of the large trees that became uprooted severed a large water main as the tree fell.  The school children got a surprise school holiday because of the water outage. Amateur radio operators were called into action throughout the state as the bad weather approached.  SKYWARN nets were activated for each of National Weather Service offices.  At first the reports were of the normal high winds knocking down some branches.  That was replaced by reports of hail.  Then came the reports of quarter size hail.  We all knew that this was getting serious.  Almost immediately, the weather radios alarmed, the television alert systems broke into the regular program schedules with warnings that tornadoes were here. Fortunately, those warnings were taken seriously.  Nobody was killed. After the storms passed, amateur radio operators helped get response resources where they were needed.  Trees were blocking roads into damage areas.  Art Patterson, KE4EAN, reported the deployment of the Red Cross ERV to Newberry.  Bob Besley, K4NJN, reported the deployment of the ARES Communications Trailer to Bath.  Willie Turner, KG4ETE, reported that it took all day to clear the more than 100 trees down on highway 278 near Allendale. Shelters were opened near each of the damage areas.  EOCs were opened to coordinate responses.  Each time, Amateur radio operators answered the call and were there to help.  Brian Fletcher, K6NWS, DEC for the Charleston area reported that the partially completed SCHEART linkable repeater system was used to enable wide area communication. Columbia and Charleston NWS offices were able to use the system for coordination. Bob Hawkins, KI4HEE, Reported that Horry County (Myrtle Beach) SKYWARN was activated and reporting.  Dennis Zabawa KG4RUL PIC, reported on the Berkley County SKYWARN and post event shelter and EOC operations. Fortunately many of the normal communications remained intact.  That allowed many amateur radio responders to cease operations.  Some remained in the field to support recovery operations.  The ARES communications trailer was requested for support in Bath until Monday evening.  The Aiken County Sheriff, Michael Hunt, found the trailer and the amateur radio operators enhanced his ability to deal with the problem.  He said that he would be calling again. Although not all participants’ call-signs were reported, here are the calls for the ones that were:  AC4IH, AE4UX, AG4IM, AI4WB, K4AOC, K4NJN, K4SHP, K6NWS, KA1DF, KB4GYT, KB7QVG, KE4EAN, KG4ETE, KG4RUL, KI4DLR, KI4FFC, KI4HEE, KI4LXH, KI4UIW, KI4UIW, KR4QO, N4ADM, N4JZH, W4LNY, and WA7TSP.

            For those going to the Dayton Hamvention this year, it looks like construction is at an all time high!  A message from ROB WB8UEY, Hamvention Talk-in Chairman: I am the chairman of the Talk-In committee for the 2008 Dayton Hamvention.  I am sending this out to as many sources I can think of to get the word out.  We have been hit with the orange barrels REAL bad this year and it could get real interesting.  We have plenty of alternatives, but a couple of main paths to Hamvention that folks may be used to taking are not so appealing this year.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me.  The number listed below is my cell.  It has free incoming and is with me 24-7.  The only caution there is that both buildings I work in have very poor cell coverage so you may have to leave a message and I WILL call back. - Rob Lunsford KB8UEY, Committee Chairman Talk-In, Hamvention 2008 (937) 241-1861.  Thanks to Mac Heaton N4MEH for forwarding this information to me.

            My best wishes to Dennis KG4RUL, PIC.  Dennis just had his Right Kidney removed laparoscopically at MUSC on March 18th.  The surgery went well, and Dennis returned home the next afternoon.  He reports that he is doing well, and will continue to fully function as our Public Information Coordinator!

            That’s it for March!  See you next Month!

 

February 2008 National Traffic System Report for SC by Mac Heaton N4MEH, STM

Net Reports
Net/Check Ins/Traffic/Sessions/Reported By
Anderson Radio Club 2M Net/915/29/29/N4MEH
Beaufort VHF ARES Net/35/4/4/KB1CTC
Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Net /2295/48/29/K4SUG
Carolina's Net/296/114/56/W2EAG
Carolina Slow Net/153/17/29/N0SU
Grand Strand ARC 2M Net/148/14/12/KI4HEE
Greater Pee Dee 2 Meter Net/558/48/29/K4DTT
Greenwood ARC 2 Meter Net/108/4/4/W4DEW
Lancaster County 2 Meter Net/87/9/11/N4WMB
Oconee 2M Net/333/13/13/N9GSX
SC SSB Net/1916/95/29/WB4DLD
York Co. ARS 2 Meter FM Net/614/0/47/KI4NBA

Station Activity Reports
Station/Sent/Received/Delivered/Originated/Total
KA4LRM/7/15/1/0/23
KA4UIV/23/29/16/0/57
K4GLT/63/60/0/0/123
N4MEH/31/51/3/5/90
W4WVO/2/3/3/2/10
WB4DLD/4/35/7/4/50

Public Service Honor Roll
Station/Cat1/Cat2/Cat3/Cat4/Cat5/Cat6/Total

N4MEH/40/40/20/0/0/0/100  

Have a Great Month!! 

’73 de Dr. Jim N2ZZ
ARRL Section Manager
South Carolina Section
www.arrl-sc.org

 

APRIL 2008

Greetings to all Amateur Radio Operators.  This is Dr. Jim, N2ZZ with the April 2008 South Carolina Section Manager’s Report!  Please remember that the SC Section website can be found at: www.arrl-sc.org/ where my full SM report will be listed as well as up-to-the-date information on Amateur Radio in South Carolina!

            Our next hamfest will be the Upstate Hamfest on May 3rd at the Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds in Spartanburg.  The hamfest is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society and is the ARRL South Carolina Section Convention!  There will be an ARRL forum, and Penny Harts, N1NAG will be visiting from ARRL Headquarters.  Penny will be making a presentation at the ARRL forum, and I have asked John Crockett KC4YI to give an update on the SCHEART system.  I will be unable to attend the hamfest, as I will be at my daughter’s college graduation in Florida that day.  My thanks to Bob Bacharach WA2EMF, ASM2 and Marc Tarplee N4UFP, TC who will be filling in for me.  For further information on the hamfest, go to the BRARS hamfest site:  http://www.upstatehamfest.org/

            The Shelby Hamfest is moving!  In recent years, the Shelby Amateur Radio Club has had a great deal of difficulty in dealing with the Cleveland (NC) county fairground officials in negotiating a contract for the use of the fairgrounds during their hamfest, held each year on Labor Day weekend.  This year, a non-negotiable contract presented to the club by the fairground commission prompted the club to end their fifty year Cleveland county tradition and move their hamfest to nearby Gaston County in Dallas, NC.  The hamfest will be held at Biggerstaff Park, which is located twenty miles East of Shelby and three miles North of I-85 on NC HWY 279 (Dallas Cherryville Highway).  The park offers 100 acres of beautiful park settings and amenities.  For further information, go to their website: http://www.shelbyhamfest.org/ .

            While on the topic of hamfests, the Dayton HAMVENTION will be held on May 16, 17 and 18th, and the ARRL EXPO will be in full force!  For information on the hamfest, go to http://hamvention.org/ and for the ARRL EXPO, go to http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/04/26/10062/?nc=1 .   If you have never attended the Dayton Hamvention, please give it a try!  It is an experience you won’t forget!  In regards to the heavy construction this year on the Dayton roads, check out http://www.hamvention.org/hv2008/media/trafficnews.html before you start your trip!

            My congratulations to the South Carolina Sideband Net for their 50 years of service to Amateur Radio Operators and the people of South Carolina!   The net luncheon was held at Leaphart Elementary school on April 5th.  Jim WB4DLD, Net Manager held the meeting, and Riley Hollngsworth was the guest speaker!  Multiple presentations were given throughout the meeting, including recognition of all the Net Control Stations.  The new Net Manager of the SC SSB net will be Bill, W4DDK with Kelly, K4GLT as his assistant.  All participants in the net received a 50th anniversary Net Roster, either at the meeting, or in the mail.  Thanks to Miss Emmie KA4LRM, Tom WA4VYS and all others for the contributions and work in making this Net Roster a reality!  The 50th anniversary net was held on Monday, April 7th, 50 years after the original net held on the same date in 1958!  All participants of this net session were sent a handsome certificate in the mail!

            I mentioned last month that our newest ARRL affiliated club is the Beaufort Amateur Radio Club.  I had the pleasure of personally presenting their ARRL Club Charter at their Charter Party Celebration on April 19th in Beaufort.  Congratulations, and thanks for your hospitality during my visit!

            The quarterly update on the SCHEART is now available, and is listed on the home page of the www.arrl-sc.org website.  John Crockett KC4YI reports that a new website for SCHEART is now up and running.  The address is www.scheart.us . There is an update on the front page with new information on phase three of the linked repeater project. Page two contains the repeater link status map which indicates which repeaters are currently linked.

            Ken N2IXX, ASM3 reports that the first Columbia Tailgate Party held on Saturday April 12th was a rousing success!  Bob AE4FA was the event coordinator, and reports that approximately 75 amateur radio operators participated, and there was a large variety of equipment and components available.  Sales (not including trades) amounted to at least $2000, but probably more.  Congratulations to all for a great event!

            An unusual and exciting opportunity has arisen for the South Carolina Section!  I was notified by Dave Sumner K1ZZ, ARRL CEO that the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) are interested in a demonstration of Amateur Radio during Canadian-American week in Myrtle Beach in March, 2009.  The purpose of this event is to demonstrate that during a communications disruption, Amateur Radio could be used to put Canadians visiting Myrtle Beach back in touch with their families back in Canada.  Matt AF4UZ, EC Horry County has agreed to be the primary contact and one of the primary organizers of this event.  Matt presented information on this opportunity to the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club who voted unanimously to support the event!  RAC will be applying for grants from the Canadian Government for financial backing.  Thanks to all, and this is going to be an exciting international event!

            This month I was informed about a bill introduced to the SC Senate which looks to prohibit the use of “Wireless Communication Devices” in moving vehicles.  This bill was introduced by Senator Knotts.  The full text of the bill is as follows:

A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-1-55 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE WHILE USING A CELLULAR TELEPHONE, PAGER, PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANT DEVICE, OR ANOTHER WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE THAT IS NOT EQUIPPED WITH A HANDS-FREE MECHANISM, TO PROVIDE A PENALTY FOR A VIOLATION OF THIS PROVISION, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICE, AND FIRE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS AND PERSONNEL WHEN THEY ARE PERFORMING THEIR OFFICIAL DUTIES.

This bill was introduced on 2/20/08 and was immediately referred to the Committee on Transportation.  This has serious implications for amateur radio operators, particularly those involved in ARES functions.  I ask that EVERYONE contact their legislators by phone, fax and/or e-mail to add federally licensed Amateur Radio Operators as an exception to this bill.  Those legislators on the Committee on Transportation can be found on the bottom of the SC committee page: http://www.scstatehouse.net/html-pages/senatecommlst.html#tra

            Amateur Radio was involved in a large scale drill by the National Guard in Beaufort this past week.  Operation Vigilant Guard is a formal, regional emergency drill sponsored by the Department of Defense.  South Carolina ARES was asked by the host agency, Beaufort County Emergency Management Department, to provide primary communications for two venues and back-up communications as needed anywhere in the state.  The SCHEART linked repeater system was activated and performed “flawlessly”.  Congratulations to all involved in the exercise!

           

           

March 2008 National Traffic System Report for South Carolina by Mac Heaton N4MEH, STM:

Net Reports
Net/Check Ins/Traffic/Sessions/Reported By

Anderson Radio Club 2M Net/768/17/26/N4MEH
Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Net /2675/40/31/K4SUG
Carolina's Net/289/146/59/W2EAG
Carolina Slow Net/149/21/29/N0SU
Columbia ARC 2 Meter Net/243/0/27/KE4TLC
Grand Strand ARC 2M Net/165/14/13/KI4HEE
Greater Pee Dee 2 Meter Net/685/36/31/K4DTT
Greenwood ARC 2 Meter Net/119/5/4/W4DEW
Greenwood Friendly Net/367/51/30/W4JAK
Lancaster County 2 Meter Net/117/9/11/N4WMB
Oconee 2M Net/348/17/13/N9GSX
SC SSB Net/2072/109/31/WB4DLD
York Co. ARS 2 Meter FM Net/709/2/53/KI4NBA

Station Activity Reports
Station/Sent/Received/Delivered/Originated/Total

KA4LRM/9/15/8/0/32
KA4UIV/20/22/11/0/53
K4GLT/92/86/1/0/179
N4MEH/4/62/3/3/72
WB4DLD/8/36/6/8/58

Public Service Honor Roll
Station/Cat1/Cat2/Cat3/Cat4/Cat5/Cat6/Total

KA4LRM/45/0/0/8/0/20/73
N4MEH/40/40/20/0/0/0/100  

That’s it for April!  See you next Month!

Have a Great Month!! 

’73 de Dr. Jim N2ZZ
ARRL Section Manager
South Carolina Section
www.arrl-sc.org

 

May 2008

Greetings to all Amateur Radio Operators.  This is Dr. Jim, N2ZZ with the May 2008 South Carolina Section Manager’s Report!  Please remember that the SC Section website can be found at: www.arrl-sc.org/ where my full SM report will be listed as well as up-to-the-date information on Amateur Radio in South Carolina!

            The Upstate Hamfest was held on May 3rd at the Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds in Spartanburg.  The hamfest was sponsored by the Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society and was the 2008 ARRL South Carolina Section Convention!  I was unable to attend as I was at my daughter’s graduation in Sarasota that day.  Marc Tarplee N4UFP, TC filled in for me, and sent this report: Weather for this year's Upstate Hamfest in Spartanburg was warm and partly sunny and certainly a big improvement over last year. The ARRL forum included a delightful presentation from ARRL's Penny Harts N1NAG about the League and its services. John Crockett KC4YI also reported on the progress of the SCHEART project and shared the URL of the new web page: http://www.scheart.us/I thank Marc and Penny for holding the ARRL forum, and wish the best for Bob Bacharach WA2EMF, ASM2 who was unable to attend due to medical reasons.

            While on the topic of hamfests, the Dayton HAMVENTION was held on May 16, 17 and 18th, and the ARRL EXPO again was in full force!   Katie Breen W1KRB of ARRL HQ was the EXPO Coordinator this year, and put together an excellent event.  Katie is the ARRL Membership manager and is a human dynamo!  She is very progressive and added a new dimension to the ARRL!  Would you ever expect to see someone from ARRL HQ with their own MySpace Page about their love of Amateur Radio?  Go to www.myspace.com and search W1KRB, and you’ll see what I mean!

            The ARRL Section Managers forum was held on Saturday, and we had presentations from a number of ARRL HQ staffers.  One of the breaking news items was from Dennis Dura K2DCD, Manager of Emergency Preparedness and Response of the ARRL.  It concerned the Red Cross and their new policy of background checks.  The Red Cross reviewed their policy of background checks as related to Amateur Radio operators, and their decisions will pave the way for a new MOU between the Red Cross and the ARRL.  The official statement from Harold Kramer WJ1B, COO of the ARRL is as follows:  Thank you for your email (or telephone call) concerning the American Red Cross' background check policy. While we believe that the Red Cross is implementing some changes that will address some of the concerns expressed to them by ARRL, at this point, it is work in process. There are many questions yet to be answered, but we believe that the Red Cross is progressing in good faith to complete the changes to their policy and their background check consent form, which was the primary concern expressed to the Red Cross by ARRL.  There will be more clarifications and information in the near future. Please keep an eye on the ARRL web site for updates as we know them. We are very much aware of your concerns and have conveyed them to the Red Cross. We expect the Red Cross to address these and other concerns on subject of their background check policy in the near future. 

            I did have the pleasure of being a co-moderator for a private Section Manager session held after the official meeting, discussing a number of issues currently facing section managers.

            Allen Pitts W1AGP, ARRL Media and Public Relations manager, announced his new public relations campaign at the ARRL EXPO.  It highlights the Technical aspects of Amateur Radio, and is known as “We DO That!”  This comes on the heels of his two previous public relations campaigns, “Hello” and “Ham Radio – Getting the Message Through”  For more information, visit the ARRL websites for these programs, respectively WeDoThat-Radio.org , hello-radio.org, and Emergency-Radio.org .

            On a more somber note, Riley Hollingsworth, Special Counsel in the FCC Spectrum Enforcement Division, has announced plans to retire from his post in early July.  His successor has not been named, but he assures us that the FCC’s Amateur Radio Enforcement program will continue.  We can only hope that his successor has his vision and love for the future of Amateur Radio.  The full ARRL news story is available here: http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/05/20/10106/?nc=1

            The ARRL has just released the 2008 ARRL Foundation Scholarship winners, and I see we have two recipients in our section.  Andrew Cwalina WA4JJZ received the Scholarship of the Morris Radio Club of New Jersey ($1000) and Gregory Davis N3ZL received the Northern California DX Foundation Scholarship ($1500).  Congratulations to both!

            There have been a number of hams wanting to visit the Aiken County Communications Trailer.  Here is a unique opportunity offered by Bob K4NJN ASM6 and Coordinator for the Aiken County Communications Trailer: 

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Dear Friends,

The Communications Trailer Group from Aiken has had several requests to view the communications trailer since we have had the new up-grade completed. Because diesel has approached the $5 mark, we are unable to bring it around as freely as we have in the past. Therefore.....We are inviting hams from all over South Carolina and Georgia to join us for a breakfast in Aiken on Saturday, June 14, 2007. We will meet for breakfast and fellowship at 8am and then will walk across the street where we will have the trailer set up, and be in a position to provide you a little training on the operation and set-up of the vehicle. We will be on site for a couple of hours.

Public Viewing of Aiken County Communications Trailer

Saturday June 14th at 9 am O Dell Weeks Center (Across from Hardees)

Breakfast at Hardees, 1733 Whiskey Road in Aiken at 8am

Talk in on 147.285+

Breakfast and fellowship at 8am (Hardees), then we will all walk across the street and play with the trailer. We will be setting up antennas, deploying the satellite, and demonstrating all of our capabilities.

April 2008 National Traffic System Report for South Carolina by Mac Heaton N4MEH, STM

Net Reports
Net/Check Ins/Traffic/Sessions/Reported By
Anderson Radio Club 2M Net/981/46/30/N4MEH
Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Net /2460/43/30/K4SUG
Carolina's Net/304/162/60/W2EAG
Columbia ARC 2 Meter Net/262/0/9/KE4TLC
Grand Strand ARC 2M Net/173/13/13/KI4HEE
Greater Pee Dee 2 Meter Net/727/41/30/K4DTT
Greenwood ARC 2 Meter Net/121/4/4/W4DEW
Greenwood Friendly Net/370/49/30/W4JAK
Lancaster County 2 Meter Net/130/10/12/N4WMB
Oconee 2M Net/373/18/13/N9GSX
SC SSB Net/2351/100/30/W4DDK
York Co. ARS 2 Meter FM Net/734/1/49/KI4NBA

Station Activity Reports
Station/Sent/Received/Delivered/Originated/Total
KA4LRM/11/11/5/0/27
K4GLT/59/49/0/0/108
N4MEH/3/52/2/2/59
W4KLB/5/1/3/4/13
W4WVO/3/2/2/3/10

Public Service Honor Roll
Station/Cat1/Cat2/Cat3/Cat4/Cat5/Cat6/Total

KA4LRM/50/0/0/5/20/10/85
N4MEH/40/40/20/0/0/0/100

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That’s it for May!  See you next Month!       

Have a Great Month!! 

 ’73 de Dr. Jim N2ZZ
ARRL Section Manager
South Carolina Section
www.arrl-sc.org

 

June 2008

Greetings to all Amateur Radio Operators.  This is Dr. Jim, N2ZZ with the June 2008 South Carolina Section Manager’s Report!  Please remember that the SC Section website can be found at: www.arrl-sc.org/ where my full SM report will be listed as well as up-to-the-date information on Amateur Radio in South Carolina!

Field Day is almost upon us!  Field Day is always the fourth full weekend in June, and will fall on June 28th and 29th this year.  Full information on Field Day, including the downloadable Field Day Packet is available on the ARRL Website: http://www.arrl.org/contests/announcements/fd/ . Additionally, this year the ARRL has a Field Day Locator where you can input your Field Day Site location! Charlie AE4UX, SEC and I will be traveling around the state again this year, and would like to hear from groups that would like a visit from us!  We have a large state, so we must plan our trip out in advance to visit as many Field Day Sites as possible.  For those who would like us to visit, we ask the following from each site's Field Day Coordinator: 1) Please let us know the time you plan to set up/tear down, and whether you will be participating BOTH Saturday and Sunday, or just one day.  2) Please give us detailed driving directions as well as a street address and/or coordinates to input into a GPS. 3) Please register your site on the ARRL webpage 4) Please include contact information for your group, either a call and repeater/simplex talk-in or a Cell phone number. We hope to be taking a different route this year to visit sites we have not visited in the last few years.  We will need to start out early, so we may arrive just at the beginning of set-up at our first site! Charlie and I really enjoy our Field Day trip each year, and look forward with visiting with everyone! Please let us know as soon as possible.  Please send all information to n2zz@arrl.org AND ae4ux@arrl.net .  Charlie will be finalizing our route about a week before Field Day.

            We have heard from several groups already, so Charlie is currently working on our route.  Thanks to all who have replied to us so far!

            The public viewing of the Aiken County Communications Trailer was held this past Saturday.  Bob Besley K4NJN, ASM6 and Trailer Coordinator had this to say:

“The Aiken Communications Trailer made a public appearance at the O’Dell Weeks Park in Aiken on Saturday, June 14. The presentation, open to the public and to amateurs from South Carolina and Eastern Georgia drew a large crowd. The trailer group was able to demonstrate setting up the vehicle, and showing how the team operates as a significant part of the South Carolina Hurricane / Disaster Response Team. The morning started with a breakfast at Hardees, where there was a great deal of good food and fellowship. Following this casual meeting, everyone walked across the street and was given a tour and demonstration of the new Satellite, Telephone and VOIP upgrades to the trailer. Many in attendance had never been given the opportunity to see the trailer in operation, and to actually operate from this Homeland Security, Federally Funded Vehicle, The morning was a great success and will be followed with another demonstration next Saturday, June 21, as the group Operates ARRL Kids Day. The trailer will be set up again in the O Dell Weeks Recreation Center parking lot, 1700 Whiskey Road, and will be open for public viewing from 9am to 12 noon. Everyone is invited.”

I was unable to attend the June 14th event as I was on the other side of the state at a medical conference.   I plan to be participating on June 21st, so I hope to see all those interested in viewing the trailer this weekend!  For those interested in viewing the Trailer’s website, go to http://aikenradio.com/index.html

The Palmetto State Chapter #89 QCWA quarterly meeting will be held at Ryan’s, 1304 Bower Parkway [exit 104 off I-26], Columbia, SC on Saturday, June 21, at 11:00 AM. 

 May 2008 National Traffic System Report for South Carolina by Mac Heaton N4MEH, STM:

Net Reports
Net/Check Ins/Traffic/Sessions/Reported By:
Anderson Radio Club 2M
Net/861/42/30/N4MEH Beaufort VHF ARES Net/190/6/4/KE4RVF Blue Ridge Amateur
Radio Net /2290/40/30/K4SUG Carolina's Net/289/146/59/W2EAG Carolina Slow
Net/133/24/31/N0SU Columbia ARC 2 Meter Net/202/0/8/KE4TLC Grand Strand ARC
2M Net/137/13/12/KI4HEE Greater Pee Dee 2 Meter Net/844/51/31/K4DTT
Greenwood ARC 2 Meter Net/149/8/5/W4DEW Greenwood Friendly
Net/341/52/30/W4JAK Lancaster County 2 Meter Net/127/10/13/N4WMB Oconee 2M
Net/316/13/13/N9GSX PALS Net (February 08)/721/43/29/KG4KOE PALS Net (March
08)/794/48/31/KG4KOE PALS Net (April 08)/759/42/30/KG4KOE SC SSB
Net/2074/70/31/W4DDK York Co. ARS 2 Meter FM Net/819/2/56/KI4NBA

Station Activity Reports
Station/Sent/Received/Delivered/Originated/Total

KA4LRM/0/17/16/0/33
KA4UIV/21/18/12/0/51
K4GLT/62/53/0/0/115
N4MEH/8/67/5/2/80
W4DDK/3/34/1/3/41
W4KLB/0/50/4/4/18

Public Service Honor Roll
Station/Cat1/Cat2/Cat3/Cat4/Cat5/Cat6/Total

KA4LRM/35/33/20/0/0/0/86
N4MEH/40/40/20/0/0/0/100

That’s it for June!  See you next Month!

Have a Great Month!!   

’73 de Dr. Jim N2ZZ
ARRL Section Manager
South Carolina Section
www.arrl-sc.org

 

July 2008

Greetings to all Amateur Radio Operators.  This is Dr. Jim, N2ZZ with the July 2008 South Carolina Section Manager’s Report!  Please remember that the SC Section website can be found at: www.arrl-sc.org/ where my full SM report will be listed as well as up-to-the-date information on Amateur Radio in South Carolina!

            Field Day was fantastic this year!  Charlie AE4UX, SEC and I had our annual trip around South Carolina visiting Field Day sites, something we look forward to each year!  We took a new route this year, covering 690 miles and 11 Field day sites!  As I mention and remind myself each year, South Carolina is a large state.  We focused on visiting a number of sites in the upstate, but found that the non-interstate roads took quite a while to navigate.  Additionally, timing was a big factor.  Twenty Four hours is not much time for travel.  For those who responded to my initial request for a visit and did not see us, please respond again next year!  The sites we did visit were: Greenwood, Anderson, Pickens, Greer, Blue Ridge, Columbia, Coastal, Beaufort, MUSC, Charleston and Trident ARC.  All sites had an interesting story.  Greenwood was fortunate to have a yard sale going on within sight of the operating positions, so there were a number of onlookers and some visitors who otherwise would have not had the opportunity to experience Amateur Radio.  Our next site, Anderson, was one that was a bit difficult for us to find, but a call to Brian KR4SP, ACC directed us to their location.  A surprise to me was to see Rev. Les K4NK, our immediate past Vice Director.  I noticed a fresh scar visible through his buttoned shirt.  Les was three weeks out from a triple coronary bypass operation!  He is doing well, and just came to visit.  He is undergoing cardiac rehabilitation now, but was ready to preach his sermons the following day!  Our best to Les!  I was also pleased to see Miss Emmie, KA4LRM, and really appreciate her taking all Field Day messages for me on the SC SSB net that night.  I was able to listen to the net that evening, and conditions were certainly not optimal.  Our next site was Pickens, and I was very impressed with the wealth of digital modes that were being used.  I had the opportunity to meet their State Representative on our visit as well!  Greer had a wonderful location on Lake Robinson, with a great antenna system.  Blue Ridge had a great location, with perhaps the farthest spacing between the CW station and the Phone station we had seen on our travels!  We appreciated the dinner, and allowing us to be the first in line!  Columbia had their first year in their new site, the VERY public Sandhills shopping center!  That parking lot was filled, and cars were buzzing by on the main road.  From a human interest side, I noticed an area that was roped off and found that the Columbia group found a bird nest on the ground!  Other than Mama bird not liking the activity going on, the nest and eggs were safe throughout the weekend!  Charlie and I then made the long drive to Point South, where we spent the evening.  The following morning, we visited Costal at the Point South KOA.  How they ever got that crank up tower through those trees, I’ll never know!  Our next stop was Beaufort, with a great setup adjacent to the fire station in Port Royal.  The ham with the most Q’s was to win their Field Day mascot.  I forgot its name, but when you hit the right button, it does the chicken dance!  Congrats to the ham that won that trophy!  MUSC was the next on the list.  They were set up in a Mass Casualty Tent.  Yes, complete with an air conditioning unit!  Also notable was the biggest power generator I have ever seen, that was larger than I am tall!  The Charleston ARS was surprised to see us, since we usually visit on Saturday evening.  It was good to be on the USS Yorktown again, although I don’t think I will ever be able to navigate through that ship on my own to get to their radio room.  After a quick lunch, we hit the road to visit our last site.  We were nearing 2pm. When we visited the Trident ARC in North Charleston, a thunderstorm was on the way, and they were just packing up.  We were unable to visit the Grand Strand or Pee Dee, but Greg Davis N3ZL posted the following TV coverage of their activities on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30QtbCOnKS8 .  Thanks to Lloyd KO4L for that information!

            Thanks to everyone for their hospitality during our visit, and we will plan on a different route next year to hopefully catch those sites we missed this year.  Thanks again to Miss Emmie for taking the Field Day traffic for me, and assisting all the Field Day sites with their NTS message bonus points!

            Tom WA4VYS reports that the SC SSB net made the August QST issue (p.61) for their 50 years of service.  Again, congratulations to the SC SSB net!

            Dennis KG4RUL, PIC reports that the Second Annual TARC tailgate party will be held on August 16th, 2008 in Moncks Corner.  Further information is available on their website: http://tarc.ai4mt.com/Tailgate_Party.htm

            That’s it for July!  See you next Month!

June 2008 National Traffic System Report for South Carolina by Mac Heaton N4MEH, STM:

Net Reports
Net/Check Ins/Traffic/Sessions/Reported By
Anderson Radio Club 2M Net/818/34/30/N4MEH
Beaufort VHF ARES Net/36/4/4/W4KLB
Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Net /2187/45/30/K4SUG
Carolina's Net/242/116/57/W2EAG
Columbia ARC 2 Meter Net/245/0/9/KE4TLC
Grand Strand ARC 2M Net/167/14/13/KI4HEE
Greater Pee Dee 2 Meter Net/778/39/30/K4DTT
Greenwood ARC 2 Meter Net/118/4/4/W4DEW
Greenwood Friendly Net/578/46/30/W4JAK
Lancaster County 2 Meter Net/100/13/12/N4WMB
Oconee 2M Net/347/19/13/N9GSX
SC SSB Net/1660/68/30/W4DDK
SC Hearts ARES Net/219/5/6/KE4RVF
York Co. ARS 2 Meter FM Net/840/5/47/KI4NBA

Station Activity Reports
Station/Sent/Received/Delivered/Originated/Total

KA4LRM/0/17/16/0/33
KA4UIV/9/9/7/0/25
K4GLT/55/44/1/0/100
N4MEH/9/52/4/3/68
W4DDK/5/33/2/5/45
W4KLB/14/8/5/6/33

Public Service Honor Roll
Station/Cat1/Cat2/Cat3/Cat4/Cat5/Cat6/Total

KA4LRM/40/40/20/0/0/0/100
N4MEH/40/40/20/0/0/0/100        

Have a Great Month!! 

’73 de Dr. Jim N2ZZ
ARRL Section Manager
South Carolina Section
www.arrl-sc.org

 

August 2008

Greetings to all Amateur Radio Operators.  This is Dr. Jim, N2ZZ with the August 2008 South Carolina Section Manager’s Report!  Please remember that the SC Section website can be found at: www.arrl-sc.org/ where my full SM report will be listed as well as up-to-the-date information on Amateur Radio in South Carolina!

            Summer is almost over, and I’m sure we will all appreciate cooler weather, especially after the 100+ degree days we have been having in South Carolina.  I did escape the hot weather for a week, as my family and I took a cruise through the inner passage of Alaska in late July.  I went from short sleeves to a heavy sweatshirt and thick jacket.  Needless to say, after a week of freezing in the Alaska Summer, it was good to return to the sweltering heat of South Carolina!

            I would like to thank Brian KR4SP, ACC for all of his hard work keeping us up-to-date with club activities via his monthly club activity summaries for the last several years.  Information gathering has been difficult for Brian due to his dial-up internet connection, and there has been very little feedback on his summaries.  Due to these reasons, Brian and I jointly decided to discontinue the summaries.  For club information, please visit each club’s individual website, found on the www.arrl-sc.org website.

            Tim Slay, N4IB, NC Section Manager passed on information to me about a class offered by the National Weather Service in conjunction with the Foothills Weather Net.  The presentation will be “Tropical Weather in the Carolinas”.  The class will be held on August 28th at 7pm at Harvestworks, 891 N. Post Road, Shelby, NC.  Contact information: Foothills Weather Net, POB 864, Shelby, NC   28151 (704) 974-1844 www.foothillswx.net .  If you decide to head to Shelby early, this should be an interesting program!

            This coming weekend will herald the 2008 Shelby Hamfest at its new location in Dallas, NC!  The event will be held on August 30th and 31st, and gates open at 7am.  The hamfest committee requests that when you get near the site, please follow hamfest signs and uniformed officers to guide you into the proper parking lot.  Full information and driving directions can be found on their hamfest website: http://www.shelbyhamfest.com/hamfest.htm .  I hope to see a great turnout from SC!

            The Second Annual TARC tailgate party was held on August 16th, 2008 in Moncks Corner.  I was unable to attend, but a report is forthcoming from Dennis KG4RUL, PIC.  When available, I will post it on the www.arrl-sc.org website!

            Dennis, by the way, was published in September 2008 QST on page 83, last paragraph.  Unfortunately, QST misprinted his call as KG4RUI.  Congratulations to Dennis on his submission to the JOTA article!  WE know who you are!

            D-STAR has come to South Carolina!  Rob K4RKC, President of the Columbia Amateur Radio Club relayed the following information to me: “The Malfunction Junction Amateur Radio Club is proud to announce that there are now three D-Star repeaters located in the Columbia area.  The first is located on the Northeast side of Columbia and provides excellent coverage of the local area.  The repeater is VHF and UHF with Gateway, and frequencies are listed below.  The second repeater is located in the Gilbert area and should give coverage from Aiken to Columbia.  The third repeater is located east of Columbia and is designed to give wide area coverage.
Columbia:
145.400 Downtown Columbia KJ4BWK C with Gateway
442.300 Downtown Columbia KJ4BWK B with Gateway
Gilbert:
443.325 I-20 coverage K5ZOE B with Gateway
Wide area Coverage repeater:
442.775 Wide Coverage repeater KJ4FCS B Gateway is coming soon.
These are the First D-Star repeaters in South Carolina and we are proud to have them.”

            In addition, I was talking with Brian K6NWS, DEC5 who reports that a D-STAR Stack (1.2G/UHF/VHF) is soon to be installed at the Ashley River tower at MUSC.  We also expect to have a VHF and UHF D-STAR repeater in Aiken fairly soon.

            I found a few excellent videos on how to program the new D-STAR transceivers, by Gary KN4AQ:  http://www.youtube.com/user/KN4AQ .  After doing some reading and watching videos on D-STAR, I realize that there is a lot to learn, and “hands-on” use through a D-STAR repeater will be very helpful in that learning process!

            The South Carolina QSO party, sponsored by the Columbia Amateur Radio Club will be held on September 20th and 21st this year.  Full information is available on the CARC website: http://www.kf4ghc.net/scqp.shtml

            I would like to extend my thanks to Mac Heaton N4MEH, STM for his work each month in compiling the NTS reports!         

That’s it for August!  See you next Month!

July 2008 National Traffic System Report for South Carolina by Mac Heaton N4MEH, STM:

Net Reports
Net/Check Ins/Traffic/Sessions/Reported By

Anderson Radio Club 2M Net/829/36/31/N4MEH
Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Net /2244/40/31/K4SUG
Carolina Slow Net/119/15/31/N0SU
Columbia ARC 2 Meter Net/245/0/9/KE4TLC
Grand Strand ARC 2M Net/158/17/13/KI4HEE
Greater Pee Dee 2 Meter Net/804/32/31/K4DTT
Greenwood ARC 2 Meter Net/132/5/4/W4DEW
Greenwood Friendly Net/562/38/31/W4JAK
Lancaster County 2 Meter Net/145/10/13/N4WMB
SC SSB Net/1799/61/31/W4DDK
SC State ARES Net/202/5/4/KE4RVF

Station Activity Reports
Station/Sent/Received/Delivered/Originated/Total

KA4UIV/11/20/12/0/43
N4MEH/8/64/3/3/78
W4DDK/2/31/0/2/35

Public Service Honor Roll
Station/Cat1/Cat2/Cat3/Cat4/Cat5/Cat6/Total
KA4LRM/40/40/20/0/0/0/100
N4MEH/40/40/20/0/0/0/100

Have a Great Month!! 

’73 de Dr. Jim N2ZZ
ARRL Section Manager
South Carolina Section
www.arrl-sc.org

 

September 2008

Greetings to all Amateur Radio Operators.  This is Dr. Jim, N2ZZ with the September 2008 South Carolina Section Manager’s Report!  Please remember that the SC Section website can be found at: www.arrl-sc.org/ where my full SM report will be listed as well as up-to-the-date information on Amateur Radio in South Carolina!

            I hope that everyone is enjoying the Fall weather.  The Summer heat has left us, and time is ripe for those foxhunts and antenna mounting projects that have been set aside for a cooler day!  I have received several e-mails regarding gasoline availability, and there are only a few stations in Aiken that have gasoline this weekend.  This has definitely curtailed several of my planned trips.  I hope everyone has been able to at least keep their tank half full during this time.  We are still in hurricane season, so be safe!

            I received the following information from ARRL headquarters:

As no other valid nominating petition was received in this office on September 5, 2008, nominating any other candidate for the office of South Carolina section, you are hereby re-elected as Section Manager of the section.  Your new term begins January 1, 2009.  Congratulations!!

73,

Leona G. Adams, W1LGA
Membership and Volunteer Programs Assistant

I thank everyone for their support of me and for the ARRL field services in South Carolina.  This is truly a labor of love, and I am proud to see our progress as a Section during my tenure as Section Manager.  Again, thanks to all-YOU have made it happen!

The Shelby hamfest was held at its new location in Dallas, NC on August 30th and 31st.  I had the opportunity to attend both days this year and had personal experience with the new camper hookups that were installed by the county primarily for support of the hamfest.  There was an excellent turnout for the event, owing to the Shelby Hamfest’s loyal following.  I spoke with a few members of the hamfest committee who will be speaking with County officials regarding the hamfest and plans for following years.  The ARRL forum was held on Saturday, with North Carolina SM Tim Slay W4IB and me representing the ARRL.  We had an unsuspected surprise with the attendance of Dan Henderson N1ND from ARRL HQ who just happened to be in the area and stopped by to be a part of the hamfest.  A number of issues were discussed at the forum, such as the national amateur radio volunteer database, the American Red Cross background checks status and the SCHEART system.   Dan offered a very sobering thought during the forum, something that he calls the “Post Katrina Syndrome”.  It appears that there is a huge swing towards Emergency Communications in Amateur Radio.  Dan offered that we must realize that although EMCOMM is a valuable and a very publically visible part of Amateur Radio, it does not define us.  As well as a service, Amateur Radio is a hobby, dedicated to the advancement of the radio art.  This includes technical endeavors, contesting, DXing, DF’ing and other venues.  We must never forget the roots of amateur radio, and all that has happened to date to make our service/hobby what it is today.

The 56th annual Rock Hill Hamfest will be held at the Rock Hill American Legion Post 34, 199 South Cherry Road, Rock Hill, SC on Saturday, October 4th.  Regular admission is $7 per person, and tailgating $9 per spot (includes one admission). For full information, please visit their website: http://www.rockhillhamfest.com .  Please make plans to attend!

The Sixth annual South Carolina QSO party, sponsored by the Columbia Amateur Radio Club, is now history.  I hope that all those who participated had a good time!  Propagation was extremely long this year, and all of my South Carolina contacts were on 75 meters.  My 20 meter contacts included most of the West Coast and Hawaii!  I remember the Washington Salmon Run to be on this weekend in the past, but this weekend the Colorado QSO party was in full swing!  My thanks to everyone who participated, and would like to remind everyone that logs must be submitted to CARC by October 18th, 2008.  Full information is available on the SCQP website: http://carc.ham-radio-op.net/scqp/scqsoweb2008.shtml .

A South Carolina Ham (a YL!) made the pages of the October issue of QST.  Katie Besley KI4LSZ was featured on page 21 for her promotion of emergency communication to children during Kids Day!  Katie is interested in becoming a Communications major when she enters college, and Amateur Radio communication is becoming second nature to her.  She recently performed the duties of Net Control Station for the SCHEART state-wide ARES net, with over 60 check-ins.   Katie has shown an interest in writing articles on the youth perspective of Amateur Radio, so we might be seeing these in the near future!  Katie will be taking her General Exam soon, and then will be challenging her dad Bob K4NJN, ASM6 for the race to Extra Class!

Nominations are currently being solicited for the Roanoke Division Service Award for the year 2008.  The Roanoke Division ARRL Service Award was instituted in 1968 by Roanoke Division Director, Vic Clark, W4KFC. Vic intended the award to be recognition for a long history of significant and consistent contribution to Amateur Radio. The amateur selected would have, over the years, dedicated much of his or her time to Amateur Radio and the ARRL. Nominees and resumes are encouraged and accepted from the Roanoke Division amateur population. Winners of the Roanoke Division Service Award become members of the selection committee and vote on which nominee should be honored the next year. An individual can receive the award only once. The administration of the award is done by the Roanoke Division Director.  A copy of the Nomination form can be found on the www.arrl-sc.org webpage.  All nominations go to our Division Director Dennis Bodson W4PWF w4pwf@arrl.org .

I had the honor of attending an SCHEART steering committee meeting at the USC Center for Public Health Preparedness this past Thursday.  In addition to the Amateur Radio community Representatives Charlie AE4UX, SEC, John Crockett KC4YI (SCHEART Project Director), Brian K6NWS DEC5, and John N4SJW, agencies represented included SLED, DHEC, SC Budget and Control Board (Tom Fletcher KI4BXN) and the South Carolina Hospital Association.  USCCPHP was represented by its director Jane Richter KJ4ABC and Bill Dease KI4PKO.  This committee will meet quarterly and address the direction of the SCHEART project.  Information on SCHEART is available on the www.scheart.us website.  Additionally, real time repeater linking status and streaming audio is available as well!

As I mentioned previously, my travel has been curtailed somewhat by the gasoline situation.  I was able to attend the quarterly QCWA meeting in Columbia on September 27th, but unable to travel to the PALSNET picnic in Santee State Park on September 28th.  I hope everyone had fun, and it looks like the weather was perfect for the event!

           

That’s it for September!  See you next Month!

 

August 2008 National Traffic System Report for South Carolina by Mac Heaton N4MEH, STM:

Net Reports/Net/Check Ins/Traffic/Sessions/Reported By

Anderson Radio Club 2M Net/888/27/29/KI4CCZ
Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Net /2215/45/31/K4SUG
Carolina's Net/324/109/58/W2EAG
Carolina Slow Net/129/15/31/N0SU
Columbia ARC 2 Meter Net/221/0/9/KE4TLC
Grand Strand ARC 2M Net/123/14/11/KI4HEE
Greater Pee Dee 2 Meter Net/856/35/31/K4DTT
Greenwood Friendly Net/442/46/31/W4JAK
Lancaster County 2 Meter Net/142/12/13/N4WMB
Oconee 2M Net/369/18/13/N9GSX SC SSB Net/1830/73/31/W4DDK
SC State ARES Net/233/5/5/KE4RVF
W4BFT ARES Net/34/3/4/W4BFT
York Co ARS 2M FM Net/847/1/52/KI4NBA

Station Activity Reports
Station/Sent/Received/Delivered/Originated/Total

KA4UIV/17/12/3/0/32
K4GLT/65/51/3/0/119
N4MEH/4/54/4/3/65
W4DDK/1/32/0/1/34
W4KLB/10/12/2/0/24
W2EAG/72/86/2/2/162

Public Service Honor Roll
Station/Cat1/Cat2/Cat3/Cat4/Cat5/Cat6/Total

N4MEH/40/40/20/0/0/0/100
W2EAG/40/40/30/0/0/0/110

Have a Great Month!! 

 ’73 de Dr. Jim N2ZZ
ARRL Section Manager
South Carolina Section
www.arrl-sc.org

 

October 2008

Greetings to all Amateur Radio Operators.  This is Dr. Jim, N2ZZ with the October 2008 South Carolina Section Manager’s Report!  Please remember that the SC Section website can be found at: www.arrl-sc.org/ where my full SM report will be listed as well as up-to-the-date information on Amateur Radio in South Carolina!

            The Fall weather has definitely hit South Carolina!  The jackets are out of storage, and heating has replaced air conditioning this month.  Still, although temperatures are in the 50’s at night, they still are in the 70’s during the day!  I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler weather!

            Every month I send out a section report detailing activities of the ARRL SC section as well as some ARRL national news.  This report is e-mailed to all ARRL members who have elected to receive e-mail from the Section Manager/Director via the ARRL.  I have been told that the e-mails are difficult to read.  Although I do spend time formatting my section reports, most of that formatting is stripped off by the ARRL e-mail server, many times leaving a jumble of sentences that are difficult to follow.  I have most control over the formatting on the http://www.arrl-sc.org/arrl_sc_section_news.htm web page.  I would recommend going to that page when you receive the section news e-mail, and it will hopefully be much easier to read! 

            Via my ability to send e-mails to all the ARRL Members in my section, I endeavor to send an e-mail out the day prior to each hamfest.   Each time I do so, I receive e-mails requesting why I am sending the information out so late, and a suggestion is given that I send it out at least a week ahead of time.  I consider hamfests very important events, and I have a three-tiered notification system.  Whenever a hamfest is approved by ARRL HQ or I receive hamfest information from a group, I add it to the home page of the www.arrl-sc.org website.  Second, I add reminders in my section reports about hamfest that are planned in the following month.  Third, I send out an e-mail notice about hamfests the day prior to be a final “memory jog” for the hamfest.  I encourage everyone to look over the upcoming hamfests on the www.arrl-sc website, and mark your calendars, even if they are not in your area.  I see many caravans from distant areas of the state attend hamfests across the state! 

            Speaking of hamfests, the Rock Hill Hamfest was held on October 4th at the Rock Hill American Legion.  I was unable to attend due to hospital call coverage, but Bob Bacharach WA2EMF, ASM2 provided this report: 

The Rock Hill Hamfest was held on Saturday October 4, 2008 at the American Legion Hall on Cherry Road in Rock Hill, SC.

The Hamfest, chaired by Cole Ruck, KC4UIG hosted commercial vendors including Lakeview Antennas, the Wireman, AC-DC Electronics,  Cedar City Sales,  DB&J Radio & Electronics.

Weather was beautiful and the Tailgate sales area was the scene of a good selection of used equipment and accessories.  Many sellers reported "selling out" their treasures.

Attendance was down somewhat, a result of the nervous economic climate as well as concerns many had about the ability to purchase gasoline for the trip to the hamfest.

YCARS VE Coordinator, Jason Starnes reported 7 applicants tested, with 4 receiving new Technician class licenses, one Extra and 1 General Class upgrade,  none other than Cole Ruck, KC4UIG, our Hamfest Chairman.  Congratulations Cole!

Hamfest attendees once again enjoyed fellowship with old friends and meeting new ones!

The York County Amateur Radio Society thanks ARRL for Hamfest sponsorship and is grateful to those who attended. 

We remind everyone to look for the next Rock Hill Hamfest on Saturday October 3, 2009.

73, Bob Bacharach WA2EMF
      York County Amateur Radio Society 

My thanks to Bob for representing the ARRL-SC team at the Rock Hill Hamfest!           

            The Lake Hartwell Hamfest, sponsored by the Anderson Radio Club, was held on Saturday, October 18th.  I was pleased to attend, and had a great time with the many eyeball QSO’s!  Vendors included the Wireman and Lakeview, as well as a number of tailgaters.  The weather cooperated, but by mid morning I had to pull out my heavier jacket!  My thanks to the Anderson Radio Club for their sponsorship of the event! 

            The Sumter “Open Air” Hamfest will be held Saturday October 25th at the Sumter Jaycee Hut, 314 Pine Street in Sumter, SC.  This hamfest is sponsored by the Sumter Amateur Radio Association.  Talk-in will be on 147.015+, pl 156.7.  I hope to see everyone there! 

            I received a report that the Myrtle Beach Beachfest that was to be held on November 15th and sponsored by the Grand Strand ARC, is officially cancelled.  According to Bob Gagliardi N4XML, VP Grand Strand ARC, the decision to cancel the hamfest was based on the current state of the economy which was jeopardizing the decision of ham vendors and the ham community to attend their event.  Their plans are to re-evaluate the economy next year and plan accordingly.  The tentative date for Beachfest 2009 will be November 14, 2009.          

I am sad to report the passing of Emmie Patience, KA4LRM, a long time member and Secretary/Treasurer of the South Carolina Sideband net.  Miss Emmie became a Silent Key on September 29th at the AnMed Health Medical Center.  She was a nightly check-in on the South Carolina Sideband Net, and was named Sidebander of the Year in 1987.  I know she was pleased to see the net through its 50th anniversary on April 7th, 2008.  We will miss Miss Emmie, but will remember that her love, service and devotion to amateur radio has been an inspiration to us all!           

I had mentioned last month that Katie Besley KI4LSZ was featured in October QST for her promotion of emergency communication to children during Kids Day!  Katie will be our new youth contributor for the ARRL-SC website!  Look for her articles with links on the left sidebar of the www.arrl-sc.org website!           

Congratulations to the Columbia ARC on changing their club callsign from KF4GHC to W4CAE!  Thanks go to their Trustee Ronnie W4RWL on expediting the paperwork to make this change possible!

            I was contacted by Rosalie White K1STO from ARRL HQ regarding the participation of the ARRL SC section in an ARISS session to be held in Columbia, SC.  Tammy Livingston KI4PTJ, PIO Columbia ARC, stepped up to coordinate the event! The following report was submitted by David Huddleston, KI4LKG and Moses Rabb, KG4VOV:


On Thursday, October 16, 2008, two Columbia, SC hams KG4VOV Moses Rabb
and KI4LKG David Huddleston joined several parents and observers at the
Challenger Center in Columbia to watch five Richland One middle school
students make a phone patch connection with the International Space Station.

The five students were part of four teams from Challenger Centers in
Lanham, Maryland; Columbia, South Carolina; Tampa, Florida; and
Brownsburg, Indiana.  The students used a phone patch through the ground
station W6SRJ at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, California. 
Astronaut and game-developer Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, chatted with the
students and answered their questions about space flight and the ISS for
about ten minutes while the ISS was within range of the radio.

The observers arrived at 11:30 AM and were greeted by Challenger Center
Lead Flight Director Thelma Clavon and her five-member staff.  The
professional staff were dressed in NASA style jump suits and presented a
lively and interesting program about the background and history of the
space station. The focus of the program was the development and purpose
of the ISS, the international cooperation necessary for its completion,
and its future uses in space exploration.

Fifteen minutes before the contact, the staff conducted IRLP, Echolink,
and downlink coordination.  They used squelch noises and student voices
for sound level checks to assure all the equipment was functioning
correctly.

At 12:40 PM contact began with the clear and steady voice of Richard
Garriott from the ISS greeting the group and calling for questions. 
Student voices varied depending on location, but they were copied by Mr.
Garriott well enough that he could respond.  Students asked questions on
a one-from-each-school rotation until the ISS orbited out of range.

At 12:53 Richard Garriot's father, former astronaut Owen K. Garriott,
W5LFL, spoke with the students for a few minutes over the phone patch. 
He told them that his greatest experience as an astronaut was looking
out of the window at the Earth while he was in orbit.

Archived webcasts of the downlinks are here:

http://www.challenger.org/programs/garriottwebcasts.cfm

More information about the Challenger Learning Center can be found on
their website:

http://www.thechallengercenter.com

The following information is quoted from the website:

"The Challenger Learning Center was established as a living memorial to
the heroes of the Challenger 51-L crew. A stand-alone facility, the
Richland School District One's Challenger Learning Center opened in 1996."

"The Challenger Learning Center is an exciting, hands-on, simulated
space science environment where students and educators work in teams to
solve real-life math, science and technology problems during a space
flight simulation."
           

My sincere thanks and appreciation for all those involved in this landmark event! 

            Dennis Zabawa KG4RUL, PIC reported on Amateur Radio Support of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure held on October 18th.  This event’s purpose was to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research by presenting an annual 5K walk/run.  Thanks go to Linda KJ4EVV (Linda ran the race also), Greg WA7TSP, Dennis KG4RUL (NCS), Kraig AA4SD and Don KG6HJR who participated in the event!

            I would like to issue a plea to all amateur radio operators in South Carolina.  I received an ARRL bulletin on October 9th that proclaimed that Pennsylvania is the 27th state with a PRB-1 law on their books.  The bill requires local municipalities to 

"reasonably accommodate amateur radio service communications, and to impose only the minimum regulations necessary to accomplish the legitimate purpose of the municipality" and says that "no ordinance, regulation, plan or any other action shall restrict amateur radio antenna height to less than 65 feet above ground level, but a municipality may impose necessary regulations to ensure the safety of amateur radio antenna structures, but must reasonably accommodate amateur service communications."

Greater than one half of the states in the USA have a PRB-1 law, and South Carolina is not one of them.  I had someone who had an initial interest in spearheading an effort to establish a PRB-1 law in South Carolina, but the interest apparently dwindled.  I need someone to pick up this effort, and to keep up with legislative issues within South Carolina.  Ideally, this individual would be in the law profession with close contacts within the legislature.  Please contact me n2zz@arrl.org if either you or someone you know would have an interest in this project.

            If you have a amateur radio news item that you feel would be of interest to hams state-wide, please send it to me at n2zz@arrl.org .  I request that it be in a format where I can cut-and-paste the item without having to do significant editing.  In this format, I can easily add the information to the www.arrl-sc.org webpage as well!                       

That’s it for October!  See you next Month!

September 2008 National Traffic System Report for South Carolina by Mac Heaton N4MEH, STM:

Net Reports
Net/Check Ins/Traffic/Sessions/Reported By:

Anderson Radio Club 2M Net/930/30//KI4CCZ
Beaufort VHF ARES Net/43/5/4/KB1CTC
Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Net /2152/44/30/K4SUG
Carolina's Net/293/140/58/W2EAG
Carolina Slow Net/108/17/30/N0SU
Columbia ARC 2 Meter Net/215//8/KE4TLC
Grand Strand ARC 2M Net/124/23/13/KI4HEE
Greater Pee Dee 2 Meter Net/718/43/30/K4DTT
Greenwood ARC 2 Meter Net/94/4/4/W4DEW
Greenwood ARC 2 Meter Net (August)/80/4/3/W4DEW
Lancaster County 2 Meter Net/116/15/13/N4WMB
Oconee 2M Net/349/14/13/N9GSX
SC SSB Net/2119/87/30/W4DDK
SC State ARES Net/203/4/4/KE4RVF
Trident/43/11/5/W4KSD
York Co. ARS 2 Meter FM Net/868/2/55/KI4NBA

Station Activity Reports
Station/Sent/Received/Delivered/Originated/Total:

KA4UIV/7/10/3/0/20
K4GLT/41/30/2/1/74
N4MEH/22/47/3/2/74
W4DDK/2/30/0/2/34
W4KLB/23/19/3/0/45

Public Service Honor Roll
Station/Cat1/Cat2/Cat3/Cat4/Cat5/Cat6/Total

N4MEH/40/40/10/0/0/0/90
K4BSC/0/0/0/40/0/0/40

Have a Great Month!!   

’73 de Dr. Jim N2ZZ
ARRL Section Manager
South Carolina Section
www.arrl-sc.org

 

November 2008

Greetings to all Amateur Radio Operators.  This is Dr. Jim, N2ZZ with the November 2008 South Carolina Section Manager’s Report!  Please remember that the SC Section website can be found at: www.arrl-sc.org/ where my full SM report will be listed as well as up-to-the-date information on Amateur Radio in South Carolina!

            The Sumter “Open Air” Hamfest, sponsored by the Sumter Amateur Radio Association, was held Saturday October 25th at the Sumter Jaycee Hut.  A number of tailgaters were present, as well as an inside dealer or two.  Weather was excellent, and the numerous eyeball QSO’s really made the event! My thanks to the Sumter ARA for their work in putting together their hamfest! 

            This was the last SC hamfest of the year, as the Myrtle Beach Beachfest was cancelled due to the current state of the economy which was jeopardizing the decision of ham vendors and the ham community to attend their event.  As I was free that weekend, I did take a trip to Myrtle Beach to visit with a few members of the Grand Strand ARC at their Saturday breakfast, and discussed the upcoming Myrtle Beach Can-Am days in March 2009 with Matt AF4UZ, EC. 

               SKYWARN Recognition Day is December 6.  The 10th annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) special event will take place Saturday, December 6, 2008.  SRD is co-sponsored by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League.  SKYWARN Recognition Day is a way to recognize the commitment made by Amateur Radio operators in helping keep their communities safe.  During the 24-hour special event, amateur radio operators visit their local National Weather Service (NWS) office and work as a team to contact other hams across the world.  The on-air event will be held from 0000 UTC to 2400 UTC December 6.  If you haven’t joined in the fun, 2008 is your year!  To learn more, check out this web site:  http://hamradio.noaa.gov. 

            A message from Marie Somma, AB1FM, ARRL HQ VEC Manager: On November 6, The ARRL VEC announced that as of January 1, 2009, the fee to take an ARRL Volunteer Examiner ( VE )-administered Amateur Radio license exam will increase by $1, from $14 to $15. This is the first time since in four years that the examination fee has been adjusted.  Every examinee at each ARRL coordinated examination session is charged the same fee in accordance with the annually-established fee schedule.  Any person sitting for an exam, or having a new license or upgrade processed at a test sessions, must pay the exam fee applicable for the calendar year. The ARRL VE C's exam fee for calendar year 2009 is $15. Each time a candidate pays one exam fee, they are entitled to take tests for Elements 2, 3 and 4 as needed, up to all three elements under the single exam fee. Each time an examinee retakes an exam element (assuming the VE Team has different exam design available), another exam fee is charged.
 

        Nominations are open for the 2008 ARRL International Humanitarian Award <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/awards/humanitarian.html>. The award is conferred upon an amateur or amateurs who demonstrate devotion to human welfare, peace and international understanding through Amateur Radio. The League established the annual prize to recognize Amateur Radio operators who have used ham radio to provide extraordinary service to others in times of crisis or disaster.  All nominations and supporting materials for the 2008 ARRL International Humanitarian Award must be submitted in writing in English to ARRL International Humanitarian Award, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111 USA.  Nomination submissions are due by December 31, 2008. In the event that no nominations are received, the committee itself may determine a recipient or decide to make no award.   

            If you have a amateur radio news item that you feel would be of interest to hams state-wide, please send it to me at n2zz@arrl.org .  I request that it be in a format where I can cut-and-paste the item without having to do significant editing.  In this format, I can easily add the information to the www.arrl-sc.org webpage as well!

            I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

That’s it for November!  See you next Month!

 October 2008 National Traffic System Report for South Carolina by Mac Heaton N4MEH, STM:
 

Net Reports
Net/Check Ins/Traffic/Sessions/Reported By:

Anderson Radio Club 2M Net/972/28/31/KI4CCZ
Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Net /2210/61/31/K4SUG
Carolina's Net/286/141/58/W2EAG
Carolina Slow Net/98/19/31/N0SU
Columbia ARC 2 Meter Net/250/0/9/KE4TLC
Grand Strand ARC 2M Net/117/12/11/KI4HEE
Greater Pee Dee 2 Meter Net/874/40/31/K4DTT
Greenwood ARC 2 Meter Net/110/5/5/W4DEW
Greenwood Friendly Net (September)/548/71/30/W4JAK
Greenwood Friendly Net (October)/424/48/31/W4JAK
Lancaster County 2 Meter Net/113/11/13/N4WMB
SC SSB Net/2176/97/31/W4DDK
SC State ARES Net/186/6/4/KE4RVF

Station Activity Reports
Station/Sent/Received/Delivered/Originated/Total

KA4UIV/18/31/18/0/67
K4GLT/54/37/1/0/92
N4MEH/18/55/4/2/79
W4DDK/3/34/2/3/42
W4KLB/89/80/8/0/169

Public Service Honor Roll
Station/Cat1/Cat2/Cat3/Cat4/Cat5/Cat6/Total

N4MEH/40/40/10/0/0/0/90

Have a Great Month!!   

’73 de Dr. Jim N2ZZ
ARRL Section Manager
South Carolina Section
www.arrl-sc.org

 

December 2008

Greetings to all Amateur Radio Operators.  This is Dr. Jim, N2ZZ with the December 2008 South Carolina Section Manager’s Report!  Please remember that the SC Section website can be found at: www.arrl-sc.org/ where my full SM report will be listed as well as up-to-the-date information on Amateur Radio in South Carolina!

            While I have received weather reports from Section Managers in the Northern States suffering sub-zero temperatures, South Carolina temperatures have been holding steady in the 60’s to 70’s!  Our thoughts of a white Christmas did not come true, but there is still hope for some snow in the New Year!

            The Greenwood hamfest is the first SC hamfest of the year, and will be held January 10th at the Greenwood Civic Center, 1610 HWY 72 / 221E beginning at 9am.  Talk-in will be on 147.165+ , 443.900+ alt.  For a copy of the hamfest flyer, visit www.arrl-sc.org or http://w4gwd.org/hamfest2007/hamfest.html .

            The Charleston Hamfest and Computer show will be held on February 7th, and is the 2009 South Carolina State Convention!  The event will be held at the Exchange Park Fairground, 9850 Hwy 78, Ladson, SC.  For information on the event, visit the www.arrl-sc.org webpage, or the CARS website http://www.wa4usn.org/hamfestm.htm .

            An interesting observation was forwarded to me by Glenn Little WB4UIV, TS.  He is going through the painstaking effort to develop a mailing list for the 2009 Charleston Hamfest from the ticket stubs from the 2008 Charleston Hamfest.  He notes that a number of the addresses do not match up with addresses on the FCC database.  I would encourage all to check their FCC mailing address, and if you have had a change of address, please submit the proper paperwork to update the FCC files!

            My congratulations to Tammy Livingston KI4PTJ who was named as “Amateur Radio Operator of the Year” by the Columbia Amateur Radio Club!  Tammy serves as PIO of the Columbia club, and was recognized for her outstanding service.  Additionally, Tammy was honored by the ARRL SC section for her organization of the ARRL ARISS project held at the Challenger Center where students were given the opportunity to speak with the International Space Station.  Presentation of the ARRL Certificate of Merit was made to Tammy by Ken Kasper N2IXX, ASM3 on my behalf!

            Congratulations also go to John Crocket KC4YI for his election as South Eastern Repeater Association (SERA) Assistant Director for SC!  SERA is the Repeater Coordination Body for GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, VA and WV.  John is employed by SC Educational Television, and is a major player in the SCHEART initiative.

            As other states have enacted laws to prevent/restrict cell phone use in automobiles, there seem to be bills that are filed on an annual basis to do the same in South Carolina.  The most recent was filed by Jackson, S0024 General Bill.  This bill would allow municipalities to regulate/restrict the use of wireless devices in automobiles.  This bill was pre-filed On December 10th, and referred to the Committee on Transportation.  Further, I was forwarded a letter by Dennis KG4RUL, PIC sent by him to Representative Hart regarding the filing of H3083, another bill to regulate/restrict the use of wireless devices in automobiles.  Both of these bills attempt to restrict wireless use to hands-free devices.  Exceptions are made for emergency vehicles.  Although I am personally opposed to these bills, it is important that if these bills are passed, that there is a provision to provide an exception to amateur radio operators.  To be unable to use our mobile radios would seriously hamper our emergency preparedness efforts which would not serve the public’s best interest.  Please contact your local elected officials and let them know your thoughts on these bills.  Phone Calls, Mail, and Faxes work best!

            There is a desperate need for CW operators for the National Traffic System to cover the Carolinas Net (CN) as well as liaisons to the 4th Region net and the Eastern Area Net.  There has been an attrition of CW operators, leading to a number of concerned letters to me and resignations of net managers.  If you have an interest in CW, want to increase your CW proficiency and serve in the National Traffic System, please contact Mark W2EAG cwman@suddenlink.net .  Mark adds that the 10 pm CN net is conducted at a slower speed for those interested in “getting their feet wet”.  Additionally, I received a request from Kery W4KLB KERY@ISLC.NET for those interested in starting a cycle 2 SSB NTS net sometime between 7a-8:30a on 75 meters.  Please contact him if you have an interest, and then a request can be submitted to the STM’s of NC and SC.

            In what I feel was a very surprising move, the FCC has called on Amateur Radio Operators to assist the public in making the move to digital TV, which is scheduled to occur on February 17th, 2009.  Our involvement would be purely of a technical nature, and we would specifically not enter homes, sell equipment or perform installations.  The request is only to distribute technical information and their materials.  Materials are available here: http://www.dtv.gov/outreach.html .  The FCC will be contacting clubs and Section Managers in early January for interested groups, and provide these groups with news releases, audio clips and announcement templates for them to use with local media.  If the question “what does this have to do with Amateur Radio?” is on your mind, my only response is that this would be another way to serve the pubic, with our technical expertise.  I found a rather humorous clip on this conversion:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/36608/talkshow-with-spike-feresten-cable-psa

            I have had a number of individuals ask that I report new Yahoogroups that have been formed.   I have no direct knowledge of or responsibility for these sites, but they may be of some interest to individuals: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SCHAMSWAP/ is based out of Columbia but open to all hams.  It deals with buying and selling of ham related equipment, but also open to discussions related to Amateur Radio.  For those hams in the CSRA, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CSRA_RAG/ has been created.  I remind all about the Yahoogroup for the SC Section: arrl-sc@yahoogroups.com which has been around for several years, and open to all SC hams!

            Welcome to our new Official Observer Coordinator, Robert Pepper N4NUM.  Robert was recommended for the OOC position by our previous OOC, Tom Bailey WV6Z.  Tom had announced his retirement from Amateur Radio, but continues to function as an Official Observer and has agreed to assist Robert with his new appointment.

            Remember Broadband over Power Lines (BPL)?  Remember all the efforts put forth by the ARRL to combat this spectrum pollution?  Remember the statements the FCC had put out that appeared contradictory to all the available technical data?  Remember the lawsuit filed against the FCC by the ARRL to get the FCC to follow its own rules?  On Tuesday, December 9th, the House committee on Energy and Commerce released their report on the FCC entitled: “Deception and Distrust: The Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Kevin J. Martin”. This 110 page report lambasted Chairman Kevin J. Martin in his actions or inactions related to his position as FCC Chairman:  http://www.arrl.org/news/files/FCC_Report120908.pdf .  For a quick summary, please view the ARRL news story: http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/12/12/10505/     

            If you have a amateur radio news item that you feel would be of interest to hams state-wide, please send it to me at n2zz@arrl.org .  I request that it be in a format where I can cut-and-paste the item without having to do significant editing.  In this format, I can easily add the information to the www.arrl-sc.org webpage as well!

            I wish everyone a Happy New Year!          

That’s it for December!  See you next Month!

November 2008 National Traffic System Report for South Carolina by Mac Heaton N4MEH, STM:

Net Reports
Net/Check Ins/Traffic/Sessions/Reported By

Anderson Radio Club 2M Net/1000/32/30/KI4CCZ
Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Net /2155/56/30/K4SUG
Carolina's Net/267/109/59/W2EAG
Carolina Slow Net/86/18/30/N0SU
Columbia ARC 2 Meter Net/188/0/9/KE4TLC
Grand Strand ARC 2M Net/120/13/11/KI4HEE
Greater Pee Dee 2 Meter Net/738/38/30/K4DTT
Greenwood ARC 2 Meter Net/95/4/4/W4DEW
Greenwood Friendly Net /439/32/30/W4JAK
Kershaw ARC 2 Meter Net/35/4/4/KF4UKC
Lancaster County 2 Meter Net/110/9/11/N4WMB
SC SSB Net/1041/45/30/W4DDK
SC State ARES Net/246/5/5/KE4RVF

Station Activity Reports
Station/Sent/Received/Delivered/Originated/Total

KA4UIV/7/14/13/0/34
N4MEH/23/48/6/4/81
W4DDK/3/33/0/3/39
W4KLB/102/94/8/0/196

Public Service Honor Roll
Station/Cat1/Cat2/Cat3/Cat4/Cat5/Cat6/Total

N4MEH/40/40/10/0/0/0/90

 Have a Great Month!! 

’73 de Dr. Jim N2ZZ
ARRL Section Manager
South Carolina Section
www.arrl-sc.org