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HAM CLASSES IN JUNE

KENT HUFFORD
 

SCHEART will be offering Ham (Amateur) Radio classes in JUNE. This is for Technician, General and Extra. All classes will be running from June 14th to 18th from 6pm to 9pm. Some classes will not take the whole week, but will finish when all the material is covered. These classes run concurrently. You can only choose one of the classes.

Due to the Corona virus, we’re presenting the classes by video conference using Zoom videoconferencing (
http://zoom.us ) If you didn’t have the time to attend in person before, now is your chance. Email me at midlandsve@.... I’ll forward your email to your instructor and they will send you an invitation to the video conference.

Here’s a tutorial on how to use zoom: 
https://tinyurl.com/y8hbdlvr

If you’ve never used videoconferencing before, Here’s a couple of tips:

Use a headset or headphones. Any headphones that plug into your computer will do. Even the wired ones that came with your cell phone, if it’s using the 1/8” plug. This eliminates feedback when you un mute your microphone.
Mute your microphone when not speaking to the instructor. Otherwise the class will hear any background noise from your computer.
Find the text/ chat function and use it.
New hams will have to start out with the Technician course.

All classes are free. If you wish to attend, RSVP to 
MidlandsVE@.... Be sure to tell me which class you want to take and include you cell number.

Testing will be offered on JUNE 19th at 08:30 am  SCETV headquarters, 1041 George Rogers Blvd in Columbia.  We’ll take care of the administrative work first and start the testing at when the admin work is done. Bring a photo ID, an original and copy of any Ham Radio license, your FRN and $10.00 cash. If a child is testing and has no photo I.D., bring a copy of a birth certificate.

If you are testing for the first time, you must bring your FCC Registration Number (FRN), which you can get here: 
https://tinyurl.com/yayymn28

If you’re coming for testing only, email us so we can plan accordingly.

Please refer any questions to 
MidlandsVE@....


Membership

Mark Wilson
 

I have tried to apply for membership but have not heard anything. Applied thru website. If it didn’t go through I will apply again. Thanks for any help Mark Wilson. KO4OQL

Sent from Mark's iPhone


Re: Over 10K Hams in SC

d66paynter
 

Cool



Thanks 
R.David Paynter


-------- Original message --------
From: KENT HUFFORD <khufford@...>
Date: 5/25/21 2:24 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: nabrc@groups.io
Subject: [nabrc] Over 10K Hams in SC

 

                                                                        TECH     GENERAL  ADV         EXTRA              TOTAL  

 

South Carolina

75

4787

2566

517

2236

10181

 

 

From QRZ, 529 call signs in Aiken County. Yes, some are clubs, and some are SK.

 

As of May 24, 2021 779,501 total FCC Ham Licenses.

 

Kent

KQ4KK


Over 10K Hams in SC

KENT HUFFORD
 

 

                                                                        TECH     GENERAL  ADV         EXTRA              TOTAL  

 

South Carolina

75

4787

2566

517

2236

10181

 

 

From QRZ, 529 call signs in Aiken County. Yes, some are clubs, and some are SK.

 

As of May 24, 2021 779,501 total FCC Ham Licenses.

 

Kent

KQ4KK


Re: Tracking

d66paynter
 

Greg,
I requested to join the Facebook group months ago also. Never got a replay



Thanks 
R.David Paynter


-------- Original message --------
From: "Robert Beltran via groups.io" <etsuave1@...>
Date: 5/20/21 1:36 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: nabrc@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nabrc] Tracking

Greg you are mistaken about my email address, I asked that Rodney to remove my email from his personal file, not from the club 
  Every time Rodney sends an email to others, I kept getting those emails. I don't want to receive his emails. 
  I just want to continue receiving club news. When will the club have in person meetings? Since the pandemic, I haven't heard as yet. 




Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Bishop Gregory Godsey <godseygreg@...>
Date: 5/11/21 2:32 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: nabrc@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nabrc] Tracking

Ok Bob. Happy to remove you from the club mailing list and Facebook. 

73,

Greg

Pax et Bonum,
Bishop Gregory W. Godsey, OSFoc

Presiding Bishop of the Old Catholic Churches International 
Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of Saint Maximilian Kolbe
Pastor of Saint Francis Parish, Augusta, Georgia​ 
Founder and Managing Editor of Convergent Streams Magazine 

Pax et Bonum is a typical Franciscan greeting which means peace and all good things. By closing my emails in this inclusive and affirming way, I am wish you peace and all good things in your life!
On May 11, 2021, 2:15 PM -0400, jay rogers <rubberlegs37@...>, wrote:
rodney remove my email address from a;ll your files asap

VBob Beltran

On Tue, May 11, 2021 at 2:07 PM Rodney Tanner <wm4rt.hamradio@...> wrote:
I have been tracking a package that is being delivered by UPS tracking map through MyChoice.
I have watch this truck come to my neighborhood twice already.  I have watch him go to
several neighborhoods 2, 3 times or more.  It would seem your would make all delivers for that
neighborhood he is in.  Then got to the next.  There must some reason I do not understand.


Re: Tracking

Robert Beltran
 

Greg you are mistaken about my email address, I asked that Rodney to remove my email from his personal file, not from the club 
  Every time Rodney sends an email to others, I kept getting those emails. I don't want to receive his emails. 
  I just want to continue receiving club news. When will the club have in person meetings? Since the pandemic, I haven't heard as yet. 




Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Bishop Gregory Godsey <godseygreg@...>
Date: 5/11/21 2:32 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: nabrc@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nabrc] Tracking

Ok Bob. Happy to remove you from the club mailing list and Facebook. 

73,

Greg

Pax et Bonum,
Bishop Gregory W. Godsey, OSFoc

Presiding Bishop of the Old Catholic Churches International 
Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of Saint Maximilian Kolbe
Pastor of Saint Francis Parish, Augusta, Georgia​ 
Founder and Managing Editor of Convergent Streams Magazine 

Pax et Bonum is a typical Franciscan greeting which means peace and all good things. By closing my emails in this inclusive and affirming way, I am wish you peace and all good things in your life!
On May 11, 2021, 2:15 PM -0400, jay rogers <rubberlegs37@...>, wrote:
rodney remove my email address from a;ll your files asap

VBob Beltran

On Tue, May 11, 2021 at 2:07 PM Rodney Tanner <wm4rt.hamradio@...> wrote:
I have been tracking a package that is being delivered by UPS tracking map through MyChoice.
I have watch this truck come to my neighborhood twice already.  I have watch him go to
several neighborhoods 2, 3 times or more.  It would seem your would make all delivers for that
neighborhood he is in.  Then got to the next.  There must some reason I do not understand.


Re: CONTEST U ONLINE NOW

d66paynter
 

Thanks for the info.



Thanks 
R.David Paynter


-------- Original message --------
From: KENT HUFFORD <khufford@...>
Date: 5/20/21 10:11 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: nabrc@groups.io
Subject: [nabrc] CONTEST U ONLINE NOW


CONTEST U ONLINE NOW

KENT HUFFORD
 


Re: Tracking

Bishop Gregory Godsey
 

Ok Bob. Happy to remove you from the club mailing list and Facebook. 

73,

Greg

Pax et Bonum,
Bishop Gregory W. Godsey, OSFoc

Presiding Bishop of the Old Catholic Churches International 
Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of Saint Maximilian Kolbe
Pastor of Saint Francis Parish, Augusta, Georgia​ 
Founder and Managing Editor of Convergent Streams Magazine 

Pax et Bonum is a typical Franciscan greeting which means peace and all good things. By closing my emails in this inclusive and affirming way, I am wish you peace and all good things in your life!

On May 11, 2021, 2:15 PM -0400, jay rogers <rubberlegs37@...>, wrote:
rodney remove my email address from a;ll your files asap

VBob Beltran

On Tue, May 11, 2021 at 2:07 PM Rodney Tanner <wm4rt.hamradio@...> wrote:
I have been tracking a package that is being delivered by UPS tracking map through MyChoice.
I have watch this truck come to my neighborhood twice already.  I have watch him go to
several neighborhoods 2, 3 times or more.  It would seem your would make all delivers for that
neighborhood he is in.  Then got to the next.  There must some reason I do not understand.


Re: Tracking

jay rogers <rubberlegs37@...>
 

rodney remove my email address from a;ll your files asap

VBob Beltran

On Tue, May 11, 2021 at 2:07 PM Rodney Tanner <wm4rt.hamradio@...> wrote:
I have been tracking a package that is being delivered by UPS tracking map through MyChoice.
I have watch this truck come to my neighborhood twice already.  I have watch him go to
several neighborhoods 2, 3 times or more.  It would seem your would make all delivers for that
neighborhood he is in.  Then got to the next.  There must some reason I do not understand.


Tracking

Rodney Tanner
 

I have been tracking a package that is being delivered by UPS tracking map through MyChoice.
I have watch this truck come to my neighborhood twice already.  I have watch him go to
several neighborhoods 2, 3 times or more.  It would seem your would make all delivers for that
neighborhood he is in.  Then got to the next.  There must some reason I do not understand.


Meeting

Bishop Gregory Godsey
 

For some reason the newsletter did not send last week. We are having a meeting at 7pm today. The presentation will be about the last ARES exercise. Please send this email to as many hams as you can. 

Here is the link:

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: May 10, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: NABRC Monthly Meeting

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85945097692?pwd=cVFod04zY3RzZnd5WmRraWkzS01VUT09
Passcode: 993646
Or One tap mobile : 
 US: +16468769923,,85945097692#,,,,*993646# or +13017158592,,85945097692#,,,,*993646# 
Or Telephone:
 Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
 US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 669 900 6833 
Webinar ID: 859 4509 7692
Passcode: 993646
 International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kAqn3SqTn


Pax et Bonum,
Bishop Gregory W. Godsey, OSFoc

Presiding Bishop of the Old Catholic Churches International 
Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of Saint Maximilian Kolbe
Pastor of Saint Francis Parish, Augusta, Georgia​ 
Founder and Managing Editor of Convergent Streams Magazine 

Pax et Bonum is a typical Franciscan greeting which means peace and all good things. By closing my emails in this inclusive and affirming way, I am wish you peace and all good things in your life!


Re: Weather Station

Clint Bradford
 


Weather Station

Rodney Tanner
 


Hitchcock Parkway

Rodney Tanner
 

It looks like they started work on Hitchcock Parkway between
US 1 and Silver Bluff Road today.
I wonder how long it will take to complete the project.


Old documentaries about lasers, fiber and the transistor

James F. Boehner, MD
 

This from the CDXA List.

 

Great walk down memory lane!

 

’73 de JIM N2ZZ

 

From: CDXAmembers@groups.io <CDXAmembers@groups.io> On Behalf Of Art Tolda VE3UTT / W1AJT
Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2021 7:14 AM
To: Cdxa Members <cdxamembers@groups.io>
Subject: [CDXAmembers] Old documentaries about lasers, fiber and the transistor

 

From AT&T archives here are two interesting videos.  The first is a demonstration of lasers, and fiber technology.

 

 

The second is a 1953 documentary about the progression from the development of the vacuum tube to the transistor and predictions for the future.

 

 

 

Great for a rainy day between contests.

 

Art - W1AJT / VE3UTT


Re: SC ARES, AIKEN COUNTY EM HAM EXERCISE APRIL 24, 2021 OPEN INVITATION

d66paynter
 

Ok thanks 



Thanks 
R.David Paynter


-------- Original message --------
From: KENT HUFFORD <khufford@...>
Date: 4/22/21 1:15 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: nabrc@groups.io
Subject: [nabrc] SC ARES, AIKEN COUNTY EM HAM EXERCISE APRIL 24, 2021 OPEN INVITATION

SC is having a state wide communications exercise that includes HAM radio on Saturday morning, APR 24, starting about 0900. The SCHEART statewide repeaters will be linked across the state during this exercise.

 

AIKEN County ARES Hams will be supporting Aiken County Emergency Management in this exercise by deploying the county EM communications trailer to the empty parking lot on the corner of Laurens and Park in downtown Aiken that morning.

 

Hams will be demonstrating to county personnel such technologies as APRS, which is real time situational awareness of mobile personnel that will be deployed in Hitchcock Woods. Also new state of the art DRONE technology will be operating near the trailer with the DRONE over Hitchcock Woods.

 

The county EM trailer includes 2 A/C units, 10kw generator, 2 Kenwood 480 HF Transceivers, 2 Kenwood Dual Band FM/APRS Transceivers, 1 ICOM 2820 DSTAR transceiver, DMR repeater, 256kb Satellite Uplink, 2 WiFi networks, WINLINK PACTOR HF system, VHF Packet, and much more.

 

All HAMs and non-HAMs are invited to visit and take a look at the support that HAMS provide to Aiken County.

 

For further info, contact Carl,KP2L@...    

 


SC ARES, AIKEN COUNTY EM HAM EXERCISE APRIL 24, 2021 OPEN INVITATION

KENT HUFFORD
 

SC is having a state wide communications exercise that includes HAM radio on Saturday morning, APR 24, starting about 0900. The SCHEART statewide repeaters will be linked across the state during this exercise.

 

AIKEN County ARES Hams will be supporting Aiken County Emergency Management in this exercise by deploying the county EM communications trailer to the empty parking lot on the corner of Laurens and Park in downtown Aiken that morning.

 

Hams will be demonstrating to county personnel such technologies as APRS, which is real time situational awareness of mobile personnel that will be deployed in Hitchcock Woods. Also new state of the art DRONE technology will be operating near the trailer with the DRONE over Hitchcock Woods.

 

The county EM trailer includes 2 A/C units, 10kw generator, 2 Kenwood 480 HF Transceivers, 2 Kenwood Dual Band FM/APRS Transceivers, 1 ICOM 2820 DSTAR transceiver, DMR repeater, 256kb Satellite Uplink, 2 WiFi networks, WINLINK PACTOR HF system, VHF Packet, and much more.

 

All HAMs and non-HAMs are invited to visit and take a look at the support that HAMS provide to Aiken County.

 

For further info, contact Carl,KP2L@...    

 


N2ZZ DMR Repeater

James F. Boehner, MD
 

To the CSRA Amateur Radio Community

Re: N2ZZ DMR Aiken Repeater 443.4625 /448.4625 MHz

 

To all,

The N2ZZ DMR repeater is a Motorola SLR-5700 with a high gain antenna at the 400-foot elevation on a tower a few blocks from downtown Aiken.  There have been recent changes and should allow more widespread use of DMR in our community.

First, this repeater is not connected with the SCHEART Digital/NCPRN system.  Second, this is not meant to take the place of D-Star or any other digital mode.  This is simply another way to communicate via Amateur Radio.

DMR has undergone many changes over the last few years.  Historically, a repeater had to connect to what was called a C-Bridge via the internet to become part of the system.  The C-Bridge owner assigned TalkGroups (communication paths) to that repeater, and the repeater users were limited to those TalkGroups.  This is the model of the NCPRN/SCHEART digital system as well as multiple other DMR systems in the world.

The N2ZZ DMR repeater was first associated with DMR-MARC, and then later DCI.  The latter system moved from a national/global perspective to primarily serving the Pacific Northwest.  As this would no longer serve our needs, my decision was made to move to the Brandmeister system as of 3/28/21.  My thanks to Kevin Kingery KJ4IVJ on his help with the repeater shack router.

I must thank Kent Hufford KQ4KK for introducing me to the term “Phenomenologist”.  I am currently learning the Brandmeister system but doubt I will ever be an expert.  I can be a phenomenologist. I want to share what I know so far.

I have been in DMR for some time.  What originally attracted me was the technical knowledge and the great “Elmering” that I saw for what was relatively a new mode.  However, whenever there is an infrastructure, there are politics.  Things became increasingly more political, and my interest in DMR dropped significantly.

However, my observations on the Brandmeister system have been incredibly positive.  Connecting to a C-Bridge is not required.  The N2ZZ repeater directly connects to the Brandmeister server.  The advantage to this is that ALL talkgroups are available to each user.  It just depends on what is programmed in their radio.  For example, I am originally from Upstate New York.  If I want to talk with that area, I program in the corresponding talkgroup, key up, and I am connected.  Each state has its own statewide talkgroup, and each region (0-9) has a talkgroup.  Similarly, many countries have their own talkgroups as well.  Brandmeister also has WorldWide (TG 9) and USA Nationwide (TG 3100)

There is a bit of a learning curve with DMR, and I will be providing some reference material in my dropbox to teach the basics.  A DMR repeater can carry on two independent conversations at one time, as there are two timeslots that are available.  There is a good introduction on DMR by John W2XAB which is a bit dated, but the basics of DMR are clearly illustrated.  There is a newer DMR reference by Bridgecom, and I will provide the link as well.

 

Well, that was the history.  Now how to get started:

In order to use the system, you must first get a DMR ID from radioid.net:  https://www.radioid.net/#!

Second, you will need a DMR radio.  I have several, but my recommendation is the Anytone AT-878UV Plus.  In the dropbox, I have some vendor suggestions, but feel free to Google and find the best price.

Third, you will need a codeplug (programming file) and a windows computer to load the programming software.  The programming software (downloadable) and the cable are included with the AT-878UV.

Fourth, as soon as you have the codeplug loaded in your computer software, you will need to change the radio id to the number you received from radioid.net.  Digital>RadioID List> and change the default to your number and your call. 

You then upload the modified codeplug to your radio, and you are ready to go.

**** There might be one potential problem.  There are multiple firmware and software versions out there.  The most current is v. 1.23.  It may require updating firmware of your radio.  Instructions are included in the firmware/software ZIP file. ****

 

Or you could phone (e-mail/text) a friend to help!

 

If there are any errors in the file, please let me know.  I received the recent SCHEART Digital/NCPRN codeplug from a ham in Florence and added the N2ZZ repeater and CSRA conventional frequencies as well as updated other items.  If you travel to other areas of the state, please let me know your experiences.

 

Here is the Dropbox link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/e8pu9jfeacseb1n/AADsnWqKNL4p6TiSmkoQD_Cja?dl=0

 

A few things to remember.  When you transmit, what your radio sends with your voice is your DMR ID. The other station must have a contact list in their radio with your information.  If the other’s station codeplug is up to date with a contact list in their radio, it will display your name, call and location.  Otherwise, they only see your ID.  The codeplug that I will include in the dropbox has a contact list up to date as of 4/18/21.

This codeplug does not just have the N2ZZ Brandmeister system.  This is a codeplug that also has local conventional FM repeaters within the CSRA, and the SCHEART Digital/NCPRN system, including Beech Island.  I was also told that it covers repeaters up I-95 to DC.

Second, the repeater is dormant until you key the repeater on the talkgroup you wish to use.  If there is no further activity, the talkgroup “times out” in 5 minutes, and you will have to rekey the repeater if you desire to monitor.  I recommend going to BM Worldwide (91), key up and see if it is active. 

So, all this deals with the N2ZZ repeater.  Then, there is the HOTSPOT.  I do not want to cover that here, but I do have a folder within the Dropbox folder that deals with the OPEN SPOT 3 that I also use.  That is a topic for another time.

Enjoy, All!

 

’73 de JIM N2ZZ
n2zz@...

 

 

 

 


Re: SC ARES, AIKEN COUNTY EM HAM EXERCISE APRIL 24, 2021 OPEN INVITATION

d66paynter
 

Thank you



Thanks 
R.David Paynter


-------- Original message --------
From: KENT HUFFORD <khufford@...>
Date: 4/14/21 12:02 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: nabrc@groups.io
Subject: [nabrc] SC ARES, AIKEN COUNTY EM HAM EXERCISE APRIL 24, 2021 OPEN INVITATION

 

SC is having a state wide communications exercise that includes HAM radio on Saturday morning, APR 24, starting about 0900. The SCHEART statewide repeaters will be linked across the state during this exercise.

 

AIKEN County ARES Hams will be supporting Aiken County Emergency Management in this exercise by deploying the county EM communications trailer to the empty parking lot on the corner of Laurens and Park in downtown Aiken that morning.

 

Hams will be demonstrating to county personnel such technologies as APRS, which is real time situational awareness of mobile personnel that will be deployed in Hitchcock Woods. Also new state of the art DRONE technology will be operating near the trailer with the DRONE over Hitchcock Woods.

 

The county EM trailer includes 2 A/C units, 10kw generator, 2 Kenwood 480 HF Transceivers, 2 Kenwood Dual Band FM/APRS Transceivers, 1 ICOM 2820 DSTAR transceiver, DMR repeater, 256kb Satellite Uplink, 2 WiFi networks, WINLINK PACTOR HF system, VHF Packet, and much more.

 

All HAMs and non-HAMs are invited to visit and take a look at the support that HAMS provide to Aiken County.

 

For further info, contact Carl,KP2L@...    

 

 

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