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May Meeting

WHEN: Monday, May 14, 2018
6:30 PM - Fellowship
7:00 PM - Meeting

WHERE: North Augusta Public Service Station #2
Five Notch Road
North Augusta, SC

TALK-IN: 145.350 Mhz (-) (PL tone: 156.7)

Program: Greg, K5CVD, will be doing a presentation on NTS and message handling. We will practice sending messages in NTS format as well, so please bring some pencils and/or pens.

Dave, WB5NHL, will discuss the recent Windows 10 update and its effect of SDR's. He will also share ways to stop the update or to repair the issues caused by the update.
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School Clubs


Our school clubs are always looking for Elmers to help out. Schofield Middle School in Aiken meets on Thursdays after school. North Augusta High School meets on Wednesdays after school.

The North Augusta High School ARC now has permanent antennas installed on top of the Auditorium! We will be testing them out and using them this afternoon.

Please come out and support these great clubs!
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Collegiate Radio Amateur Wins Radio Club of America's "Young Achiever Award"

ARRL member Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, a 19-year-old student at Michigan's Kettering University, has received the Radio Club of America's "Young Achiever Award." The RCA Young Achiever Award is presented to students of high school age or younger who have demonstrated excellence and creativity in wireless communications, and who have delivered a presentation at the annual RCA Technical Symposium. Receiving the award allowed her to attend the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) held in Orlando in early March.

"I was shocked to have received this award. I never dreamed I would be able to attend such a prestigious wireless event," Willet said in an article for Kettering University News. "It was an honor be recognized by the Radio Club of America and to be presented with this award. It was an eye-opening experience for me to be exposed to the field of wireless communications and to be introduced to the discussions taking place among first responders and the government regarding emergency situation preparedness."

Willet, who is from Lawrenceville, Georgia, is the recipient of the ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Scholarship. At Kettering, she is pursuing a double major in mechanical engineering and engineering physics. She is president of her school's recently revived Amateur Radio club, GMTE Amateur Radio & Electronics Club, K8HPS.

"As an Amateur Radio operator, I've mostly only experienced the hobby side of radio," Willet said. "This conference allowed me to see a broad range of applications for radio and technology.... It was very energizing to attend all sorts of workshops and seminars, and learn how much our daily lives are touched by the field of wireless communications." Read more.

From the ARRL Letter for May 3, 2018.
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AMATEUR RADIO TECHNICIAN CLASS TRAINING AND TESTING IN EDGEFIELD

Please pass information to those that want training or a testing opportunity.

The Edgefield County Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring license training and testing. We are fortunate to have the best trainer in the state, AE4UX, Charlie.

TECHNICIAN TRAINING class will be three days: There is no fee for class.

DATES: JUNE 13 (Wednesday), JUNE 14 (Thursday) and June 15 (Friday), 2018

TIME: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

TESTING: All operator privilege levels. Testing cost is $10.00 and bring two forms of ID.

DATE: JUNE 16, 2018 (Saturday)

TIME: 12:30 PM registration, 1:00 PM testing

LOCATION: Edgefield EMA, 304 Gray St., Edgefield, SC 29841

CLASS REGISTRATION: Send name, email to WR4EC@...

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June Meeting

WHEN: Monday, June 11, 2018
6:30 PM - Fellowship
7:00 PM - Meeting

WHERE: Aiken Regional Medical Center
6th Floor, Classrooms A and B
University Parkway
Aiken, SC

TALK-IN: 145.350 Mhz (-) (PL tone: 156.7)

Program: ALL THINGS FIELD DAY! Kevan Nason, N4XL, will be giving a special presentation on Field Day operating. And of course we will be discussing FD plans for June 23 & 24th.
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Field Day - June 23-24, 2018

The Annual National ARRL Field Day for the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club and the Aiken County ARES will be held on June 23 starting at 2:00 PM until June 24 at 2:00 PM. The location for Field Day is the Aiken County Government Complex located at 1930 University Parkway in Aiken, South Carolina.

Setup times will be sent out by a separate message closer to the date.

We will be operating 5A again and will be using multiple Flex Radios and will be operating SSB, CW, PSK-31 and much more. In 2017, we made 8,878 points and 2,336 contacts. We were 1st in South Carolina in 2017 and 6th in 5A!

We will have a low country boil for those who help out at Field Day.

You can sign up at the June meeting or online at https://k4nab.org/sign-up/.

Everyone is welcome to attend and get on the air, even if you are not licensed!

If you would like to help or for more information, please contact Greg, K5CVD, at godseygreg@... or Kevin, KJ4IVJ, at kevink92057@....
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Eagles Guitarist Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, Promotes Amateur Radio in Media Announcements

Legendary rock guitarist Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, of the Eagles is featured in a just-released set of ARRL audio and video public service announcements promoting Amateur Radio. ARRL will provide the 30- and 60-second PSAs to Public Information Officers (PIOs) to share with their Section's television and radio stations. The ARRL Media and Public Relations Department also will provide these announcements files directly to interested television and radio outlets, and the announcements are available for downloading from the ARRL website for members to use in promoting Amateur Radio at club meetings and public presentations, such as ARRL Field Day on June 23-24 (PSAs specifically for ARRL Field Day also are available). Those PSAs will also be available for download from the ARRL website, so that members can present them at club meetings and other public gatherings.

Walsh, who visited ARRL Headquarters last year for taping, wanted to deliver two main messages in his PSAs: Get involved in Amateur Radio, and become a member of ARRL. The messages highlight the tremendous service that radio amateurs provide to communities, and convey how ARRL advocates on behalf of Amateur Radio on a wide range of legal and political issues.
An ARRL Life Member and longtime radio amateur, Walsh personally has been a strong supporter and advocate of ARRL and Amateur Radio, and his ham shack is just as impressive as his home recording studio. "I want to give back to the hobby that has given me so much enjoyment," he said.

The setting for the PSAs was W1AW, which Walsh was especially eager to revisit. The occasion also offered him an opportunity to see equipment he'd donated to W1AW years earlier. Walsh's past on-the-air forays on W1AW have always attracted enthusiastic pileups. While at W1AW, he spent some chatting with station manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, about the station's operations. Walsh is a well-known collector of vintage Amateur Radio equipment.

Creating the videos were Media and Public Relations Assistant Michelle Patnode, KC1JTA; freelance videographer/photographer Chris Zajac, and former Media and Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, who also recorded a tag line for ARRL Audio News with Walsh.

Tips for getting audio PSAs on the air are available on the PSA for promotions web page.

From the February 1, 2018 ARRL Letter.
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AMATEUR RADIO TECHNICIAN CLASS TRAINING AND TESTING IN EDGEFIELD

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The Edgefield County Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring license training and testing. We are fortunate to have the best trainer in the state, AE4UX, Charlie.

TECHNICIAN TRAINING class will be three days: There is no fee for class.

DATES: JUNE 13 (Wednesday), JUNE 14 (Thursday) and June 15 (Friday), 2018

TIME: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

TESTING: All operator privilege levels. Testing cost is $10.00 and bring two forms of ID.

DATE: JUNE 16, 2018 (Saturday)

TIME: 12:30 PM registration, 1:00 PM testing

LOCATION: Edgefield EMA, 304 Gray St., Edgefield, SC 29841

CLASS REGISTRATION: Send name, email to WR4EC@...

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K4L - Special Event - April 7, 2018 10:00 AM EST to 5:30 PM EST

National Library Week 60th Anniversary

The National Library Week 2018 celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958.

To celebrate NLW, K4L, an amateur station will be on the air from the historic Aiken South Carolina Public Library on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 10am E to 5:30pm E. The station will be on 20m SSB between 14.230-14.245Mhz. And on DSTAR Reflector 30C. The station is sponsored by the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club.

Additional information can be obtained from dave@....

QSL Information

QSL’s can be obtained by sending an SASE to the following address:

Aiken County Library Week 2018
118 Frances Dr.
North Augusta, SC 29841
USA

No QSL’s will be returned unless an SASE is included.

International QSL’s will be sent via the ARRL Bureau.

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Next North Augusta High School Amateur Radio Club meeting will be held on November 15 at 3:45 PM in the Auditorium. We will begin looking at what it takes to get your License and have some time to talk on the radio!

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Hi Gregory,

The time has come for the Annual Nationwide ARRL Field Day! This year's Field Day will be held on June 23 starting at 2:00 PM and ending on June 24 at 2:00 PM. It will be located at the Aiken County Government Complex located at 1930 University Pkwy in Aiken, SC.

We need your help! Whether it is setting up and tearing down, operating, logging, site tour guide, or other Public Relations work, we need you to help. There are plenty of opportunities to assist during Field Day.

You can sign up to operate at https://k4nab.org/sign-up/ or by contacting Kevin Kingery at kevink92057@....

Don't forget that we will have Low Country Boil on Saturday evening for those that come and help at Field Day.

We hope to see you all there!
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The time has come for the Annual Nationwide ARRL Field Day! This year's Field Day will be held on June 23 starting at 2:00 PM and ending on June 24 at 2:00 PM. It will be located at the Aiken County Government Complex located at 1930 University Pkwy in Aiken, SC.

We need your help! Whether it is setting up and tearing down, operating, logging, site tour guide, or other Public Relations work, we need you to help. There are plenty of opportunities to assist during Field Day.

You can sign up to operate at https://k4nab.org/sign-up/ or by contacting Kevin Kingery at kevink92057@....

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Competitive Contesting Class - August

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Competitive Contesting Class

 

The Swamp Fox Contest Group (SFCG) and South Carolina DX Association (SCDXA) are sponsoring a Competitive Contesting class Saturday August 18th in Gray Court, South Carolina. Its goal is simple. To help those already familiar with contesting improve their scores. To achieve that goal operating techniques, station design choices, and contest radio characteristics will be presented.

 

This is not a beginner’s class. People choosing to attend should have previously participated in contests or serious Field Day efforts. They will already be familiar with how a contest style contact is conducted and now want to figure out what they can do differently to help achieve competitive state, regional, and national scores. Skills discussed can be used for Field Day but will be focused on participating in contests happening throughout the year. Heavy emphasis is placed on HF SSB operations, however much of the information to be presented is common to all types and modes of contesting.

 

Kevan Nason, N4XL, will present topics which include methods to make contacts flow more efficiently, breaking through pile ups, HFTA and take off angles, improving your Search and Pounce technique, tips on Running stations, using N1MM+ contest logger tools to increase contact rate per hour, and internet sources to help with your self-improvement efforts. Most importantly, for those of you not yet in the know the “Big Secret” used by all the highest scoring contesters will be revealed! It is virtually impossible to be a top contester without incorporating this critical knowledge into your personal operating style.

 

SCDXA member K9JDP is graciously opening his large shack for the class. It’s located in Laurens County at 3056 Greenpond Rd, Gray Court, South Carolina 29645. Kickoff is at 8:30 AM. We'll discuss contesting for about 5 hours. There will be an additional 60-minute break in the middle for lunch meaning we should be done by 3:00. "GT’s Quick Stop" is just a few minutes away. They serve pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, wings, BLT's and BBQ sandwiches. If you would rather bring your own meal Jim has a full kitchen in the shack with a stove, refrigerator and microwave. Bottled water will be available.

 

It is recognized that a class on August 18th will conflict with the NAQP SSB contest which many like to participate in. After looking at facility scheduling requirements and other conflicts this proved to be the best date.

 

Seating is limited to 25 people. Contact Kevan Nason, N4XL, for registration or additional information. The class was first presented last spring and was well received. Attendees gave many positive comments. There are currently no plans for a third, so if interested you are encouraged to register now rather than waiting.

 

Kevan Nason, knason00@...

SFCG, http://www.swampfoxcontestgroup.com/

SCDXA http://www.scdxa.org/



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#ARRLFD is coming together!

In case you missed the excitement at K4NAB Field Day cw site

Carl Juvrud
 


Sorry for the lopsided picture. I was not able to fix it.

 A very strong thunderstorm gust of wind did this on Saturday afternoon.  It took our two canopies (Dave, WB5NHL and mine) and blew them onto the roof of the CW trailer and trashed them.  We even had 20 lb weights on all of the legs and they were bungeed to the trailer!!!  The weights ended up on the roof.
Fortunately no one was hurt.  Bob WA2AXD, was sitting under them when it happened. Scary stuff!!  de carl KP2L





SC Rogue station operator nabbed

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From SCHEART.US web site-

Over the past few weeks, the SCHEART network along with other amateur repeaters in the state have experienced frequent malicious interference from a rogue station.   This has resulted in adverse impacts to the weekly training nets and periods where authorized communications on the repeaters were interrupted by control operators attempting to restrict the rogue station’s range.

In the background, amateurs along with State and Federal agencies have been working to isolate the transmission source and identify the individual involved.  Late last night the task force was successful.

The suspect is not a licensed amateur operator.  However, he surrendered amateur radio equipment when confronted by law enforcement.  Due to further pending action, more information is not available at this time.

On behalf of SCHEART, we’d like to thank all the hams who participated in the effort to identify the rogue station and to all South Carolina Amateurs who acted professionally over the air when confronted by this operator.

 

Kent

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