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Sat. 7pm AIKEN update Hurricane Florence

KENT HUFFORD
 

Aiken County EOC is currently manned with AIKEN ARES Ham volunteers. The Aiken County EOC will shut down at 2400L tonight.

SCHEART repeaters are currently linked state wide. K4EMD is the state NCS. PLEASE do not do radio check, etc on any of the SCHEART repeater while the emergency is in progress. Do not “checkin” unless you are a  agency or have an emergency. Do not provide WX reports to this net.

Aiken Regional Medical Centers Radio Room is not currently activated, since all normal comms are operational.

The Columbia National WX Service is monitoring the CSRA SKYWARN repeater 145.49. Currently the CSRA SKYWARN net has NOT been activated.

Kent, KQ4KK

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FROM K4EMD-

After the storm has passed SCEMD and ARES will be looking for hams that can deploy to areas that are trying to recover from this storm. Deployment will be probably for up to 72 hours until we can get the South Carolina State Guard in to take over comms. We are really looking for folks who have taken the Auxcomm training (ICS training from FEMA) but we can put you to work if you haven't had that training. If you are interested AND YOU CAN DEPLOY please contact me...KK4F.   PLEASE DO NOT SELF DEPLOY.

 

 

From: nabrc@groups.io <nabrc@groups.io> On Behalf Of KENT HUFFORD
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2018 10:24 AM

 

The South Carolina ARES and RACES Auxiliary Communication Tactical Communications Guide is available for download on the http://ares-sc.org/  website.

 

 

September 13, 2018 @ 5:30 AM  FROM  https://scheart.us/

24 Hour Operational Response Plan for SC ARES, RACES and AUXCOMM

Twenty-four coverage at the SC  EOC radio room began at 0800 on Thursday September 13, 2018.

the SCHEART VHF/UHF will remain linked for the duration of the storm.   Periodic nets to brief field staff and/or confirm stations will happen at four-hour intervals.  The first net will be at 10:00AM Thursday.

SCHEART Analog VHF/UHF Scheduled Net Times are:

02:00 AM, 06:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 02:00 PM, 06:00 PM, 10:00 PM

SCHEART DMR system is in emergency mode which restricts PRN talk group to South Carolina and terminates all dynamic talk groups.  ARES and AUXCOMM members are requested to monitor the PRN talk group for coordination information and instructions and keep the analog system open for tactical and emergency traffic.

Statewide Simplex Channel is 146.595 with PL of 156.7 Hz and can be used for relaying traffic to the SEOC.

HF operations will begin at noon on Thursday.  HF is a back-up to the statewide VHF/UHF network. The published frequencies for SC ARES nets are 3.990 or 3.995 +/- for nights and 7.232 +/- days bands permitting.

State EOC will monitor the SCHEART repeater networks, Simplex and HF  frequencies.  Field operators should follow guidance and frequencies listed in the South Carolina ARES and RACES Auxiliary Communication Tactical Communications Guide which is available for download on the http://ares-sc.org/ website.

Tactical Call Signs will be used during this response effort.  Operators are responsible for following FCC regulation on proper station identification.  Stations should call “State EOC” when calling the radio room.   The State EOC will call County EOC’s by the county and healthcare facilities by name.  Stations not associated with with a partner agency will use their normal call sign. All operators are encourage to 1) Keep transmissions short, 2) Pass essential information as clearly as possible, 3) Follow Net Control Station directions  4) When you check into a net indicating you are staffing a partner facility, or offering to assist in the response,  do not leave the frequency without obtaining a release from Net Control Station.  The only except is at an agency location where there’s multiple operators and the frequency is being monitor by another operator if you step away from the radio.

Field operators who observe a potential life-threatening situation, should immediately  contact 911. If you are unable to reach 911, use your county tactical frequency (reference ARES/RACES Tactical Guide link above) to contact the county EOC.  If you are unable to make local contact, the emergency may be reported to the State EOC radio room.  Information they will need: Complete and specific information on situation location, name of the person making the request, your call sign, and facts about the emergency condition.  The State EOC radio room will attempt to assist but the process to get back to local emergency management take longer than making local contact.

All Operators are reminded to be polite and respectful as this situation is very stressful. Please be professional as possible. Field Operators do not self deploy and put yourself in harms- way.  ARES/RACES operators should follow direction provide by their field management and local emergency officials.

This plan will adapt as conditions change.  All amateur radio operators are encouraged to monitor the SCHEART network for updated information from the State EOC and listen to their county designated repeater for local information and reports .

 

Sat. 11am AIKEN update Hurricane Florence

KENT HUFFORD
 

Aiken County EOC is currently manned with AIKEN ARES Ham volunteers, 24 hour operation.

SCHEART repeaters are currently lined state wide. K4EMD is the state NCS. PLEASE do not do radio check, etc on any of the SCHEART repeater while the emergency is in progress. Do not “checkin” unless you are a  agency or have an emergency. Do not provide WX reports to this net.

Aiken Regional Medical Centers Radio Room is not currently activated, since all normal comms are operational.

The Columbia National WX Service is monitoring the CSRA SKYWARN repeater 145.49. Currently the CSRA SKYWARN net has NOT been activated.

Kent, KQ4KK

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FROM K4EMD-

After the storm has passed SCEMD and ARES will be looking for hams that can deploy to areas that are trying to recover from this storm. Deployment will be probably for up to 72 hours until we can get the South Carolina State Guard in to take over comms. We are really looking for folks who have taken the Auxcomm training (ICS training from FEMA) but we can put you to work if you haven't had that training. If you are interested AND YOU CAN DEPLOY please contact me...KK4F.   PLEASE DO NOT SELF DEPLOY.

 

 

From: nabrc@groups.io <nabrc@groups.io> On Behalf Of KENT HUFFORD
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2018 10:24 AM

 

The South Carolina ARES and RACES Auxiliary Communication Tactical Communications Guide is available for download on the http://ares-sc.org/  website.

 

 

September 13, 2018 @ 5:30 AM  FROM  https://scheart.us/

24 Hour Operational Response Plan for SC ARES, RACES and AUXCOMM

Twenty-four coverage at the SC  EOC radio room began at 0800 on Thursday September 13, 2018.

the SCHEART VHF/UHF will remain linked for the duration of the storm.   Periodic nets to brief field staff and/or confirm stations will happen at four-hour intervals.  The first net will be at 10:00AM Thursday.

SCHEART Analog VHF/UHF Scheduled Net Times are:

02:00 AM, 06:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 02:00 PM, 06:00 PM, 10:00 PM

SCHEART DMR system is in emergency mode which restricts PRN talk group to South Carolina and terminates all dynamic talk groups.  ARES and AUXCOMM members are requested to monitor the PRN talk group for coordination information and instructions and keep the analog system open for tactical and emergency traffic.

Statewide Simplex Channel is 146.595 with PL of 156.7 Hz and can be used for relaying traffic to the SEOC.

HF operations will begin at noon on Thursday.  HF is a back-up to the statewide VHF/UHF network. The published frequencies for SC ARES nets are 3.990 or 3.995 +/- for nights and 7.232 +/- days bands permitting.

State EOC will monitor the SCHEART repeater networks, Simplex and HF  frequencies.  Field operators should follow guidance and frequencies listed in the South Carolina ARES and RACES Auxiliary Communication Tactical Communications Guide which is available for download on the http://ares-sc.org/ website.

Tactical Call Signs will be used during this response effort.  Operators are responsible for following FCC regulation on proper station identification.  Stations should call “State EOC” when calling the radio room.   The State EOC will call County EOC’s by the county and healthcare facilities by name.  Stations not associated with with a partner agency will use their normal call sign. All operators are encourage to 1) Keep transmissions short, 2) Pass essential information as clearly as possible, 3) Follow Net Control Station directions  4) When you check into a net indicating you are staffing a partner facility, or offering to assist in the response,  do not leave the frequency without obtaining a release from Net Control Station.  The only except is at an agency location where there’s multiple operators and the frequency is being monitor by another operator if you step away from the radio.

Field operators who observe a potential life-threatening situation, should immediately  contact 911. If you are unable to reach 911, use your county tactical frequency (reference ARES/RACES Tactical Guide link above) to contact the county EOC.  If you are unable to make local contact, the emergency may be reported to the State EOC radio room.  Information they will need: Complete and specific information on situation location, name of the person making the request, your call sign, and facts about the emergency condition.  The State EOC radio room will attempt to assist but the process to get back to local emergency management take longer than making local contact.

All Operators are reminded to be polite and respectful as this situation is very stressful. Please be professional as possible. Field Operators do not self deploy and put yourself in harms- way.  ARES/RACES operators should follow direction provide by their field management and local emergency officials.

This plan will adapt as conditions change.  All amateur radio operators are encouraged to monitor the SCHEART network for updated information from the State EOC and listen to their county designated repeater for local information and reports .

 

_._,_._,_

HAM Operations in SC for Hurricane Florence

KENT HUFFORD
 

The South Carolina ARES and RACES Auxiliary Communication Tactical Communications Guide is available for download on the http://ares-sc.org/  website.

 

 

September 13, 2018 @ 5:30 AM  FROM  https://scheart.us/

24 Hour Operational Response Plan for SC ARES, RACES and AUXCOMM

Twenty-four coverage at the SC  EOC radio room began at 0800 on Thursday September 13, 2018.

At 0900 SCHEART conducts weekly communications check with healthcare facilities.  After the healthcare net, the SCHEART VHF/UHF will remain linked for the duration of the storm.   Periodic nets to brief field staff and/or confirm stations will happen at four-hour intervals.  The first net will be at 10:00AM Thursday.

SCHEART Analog VHF/UHF Scheduled Net Times are:

02:00 AM, 06:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 02:00 PM, 06:00 PM, 10:00 PM

SCHEART DMR system is in emergency mode which restricts PRN talk group to South Carolina and terminates all dynamic talk groups.  ARES and AUXCOMM members are requested to monitor the PRN talk group for coordination information and instructions and keep the analog system open for tactical and emergency traffic.

Statewide Simplex Channel is 146.595 with PL of 156.7 Hz and can be used for relaying traffic to the SEOC.

HF operations will begin at noon on Thursday.  HF is a back-up to the statewide VHF/UHF network. The published frequencies for SC ARES nets are 3.990 or 3.995 +/- for nights and 7.232 +/- days bands permitting.

State EOC will monitor the SCHEART repeater networks, Simplex and HF  frequencies.  Field operators should follow guidance and frequencies listed in the South Carolina ARES and RACES Auxiliary Communication Tactical Communications Guide which is available for download on the http://ares-sc.org/ website.

Tactical Call Signs will be used during this response effort.  Operators are responsible for following FCC regulation on proper station identification.  Stations should call “State EOC” when calling the radio room.   The State EOC will call County EOC’s by the county and healthcare facilities by name.  Stations not associated with with a partner agency will use their normal call sign. All operators are encourage to 1) Keep transmissions short, 2) Pass essential information as clearly as possible, 3) Follow Net Control Station directions  4) When you check into a net indicating you are staffing a partner facility, or offering to assist in the response,  do not leave the frequency without obtaining a release from Net Control Station.  The only except is at an agency location where there’s multiple operators and the frequency is being monitor by another operator if you step away from the radio.

Field operators who observe a potential life-threatening situation, should immediately  contact 911. If you are unable to reach 911, use your county tactical frequency (reference ARES/RACES Tactical Guide link above) to contact the county EOC.  If you are unable to make local contact, the emergency may be reported to the State EOC radio room.  Information they will need: Complete and specific information on situation location, name of the person making the request, your call sign, and facts about the emergency condition.  The State EOC radio room will attempt to assist but the process to get back to local emergency management take longer than making local contact.

All Operators are reminded to be polite and respectful as this situation is very stressful. Please be professional as possible. Field Operators do not self deploy and put yourself in harms- way.  ARES/RACES operators should follow direction provide by their field management and local emergency officials.

This plan will adapt as conditions change.  All amateur radio operators are encouraged to monitor the SCHEART network for updated information from the State EOC and listen to their county designated repeater for local information and reports .

 

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By North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club

Friendly reminder! PLEASE do not use these frequencies since they are declared for use:

Hurricane NET: 14.325 and 7.268.00 MHz.

SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Network)
National: 14.265MHz
Southern Territory: 7.262MHz

Georgia ARES Emergency Plan
Primary Voice: 3.975MHz
Alternate: 3.982.5MHz, 3.995MHz, 5.330.5MHz, 7.287.5MHz
Special modes: 3.583MHz (PSK), 3.549MHz (CW)

North Carolina ARES Emergency Plan
Primary Voice: 3.923MHz
Alternate: 7.232MHz
CW: 3.573MHz

South Carolina ARES Emergency Plan
Primary Voice: 3.990MHz
Alternate: 3.993.5MHz, 7.232MHz

SC ARES Information System - Florence Update

KENT HUFFORD
 

From: On Behalf Of SC ARES Information System
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2018 11:37 AM

Twenty-four coverage at the State EOC radio room begins at 0800 on Thursday September 13, 2018.
At 0900 SCHEART conducts weekly communications check with healthcare facilities. After the healthcare net, the SCHEART VHF/UHF will remain linked for the duration of the storm. Periodic nets to brief field staff and/or confirm stations will happen at four-hour intervals. The first net will be at 10:00AM Thursday.
SCHEART Analog VHF/UHF Scheduled Net Times are:
02:00 AM, 06:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 02:00 PM, 06:00 PM, 10:00 PM
SCHEART DMR system is in emergency mode which restricts PRN talk group to South Carolina and terminates all dynamic talk groups. ARES and AUXCOMM members are requested to monitor the PRN talk group for coordination information and instructions and keep the analog system open for tactical and emergency traffic.
Statewide Simplex Channel is 146.595 with PL of 156.7 Hz and can be used for relaying traffic to the SEOC.
HF operations will begin at noon on Thursday. HF is a back-up to the statewide VHF/UHF network. The published frequencies for SC ARES nets are 3.990 or 3.995 +/- for nights and 7.232 +/- days bands permitting.
State EOC will monitor the SCHEART repeater networks, Simplex and HF frequencies. Field operators should follow guidance and frequencies listed in the South Carolina ARES and RACES Auxiliary Communication Tactical Communications Guide which is available for download on the http://ares-sc.org/ website.
Tactical Call Signs will be used during this response effort. Operators are responsible for following FCC regulation on proper station identification. Stations should call “State EOC” when calling the radio room. The State EOC will call County EOC’s by the county and healthcare facilities by name. Stations not associated with with a partner agency will use their normal call sign. All operators are encourage to 1) Keep transmissions short, 2) Pass essential information as clearly as possible, 3) Follow Net Control Station directions 4) When you check into a net indicating you are staffing a partner facility, or offering to assist in the response, do not leave the frequency without obtaining a release from Net Control Station. The only except is at an agency location where there’s multiple operators and the frequency is being monitor by another operator if you step away from the radio.
Field operators who observe a potential life-threatening situation, should immediately immediately contact 911. If you are unable to reach 911, use your county tactical frequency (reference ARES/RACES Tactical Guide link above) to contact the county EOC. If you are unable to make local contact, the emergency may be reported to the State EOC radio room. Information they will need: Complete and specific information on situation location, name of the person making the request, your call sign, and facts about the emergency condition. The State EOC radio room will attempt to assist but the process to get back to local emergency management take longer than making local contact.
All Operators are reminded to be polite and respectful as this situation is very stressful. Please be professional as possible. Field Operators do not self deploy and put yourself in harms- way. ARES/RACES operators should follow direction provide by their field management and local emergency officials.
This plan will adapt as conditions change. All amateur radio operators are encouraged to monitor the SCHEART network for updated information from the State EOC and listen to their county designated repeater for local information and reports .


Roger Mulle - DEC SEOC
Billy Irwin - SEC

SCETV segment on amateur radio includes Schofield Middle School Club N4SMS

KENT HUFFORD
 

 

 

From: Aimee Crouch <acrouch@...>
Good timing on this….stay safe everyone. Segment will air next Thursday, 9/20, at 7:30.

Thanks for everyone’s help = Aimee

 

 

https://www.scetv.org/stories/palmetto-scene/2018/importance-ham-radio-during-storm

 

Airs Thursday, Sept. 20th. Thanks for everyone’s help – Aimee

 

or

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=295&v=dTHIDeDnVWE

AIKEN VE TEST SESSION

KENT HUFFORD
 

 

 

From: Bill <pear6680@...>
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2018 10:45 AM

 

To All- we are having test session tonight as planned. Hope to see everybody there.

Thanks

Bill NQ3P

 

 

 

This Thursday is our next VE testing session at the new location, Aiken SDA Church, 1714 Columbia Hwy N. 29801. Its on the corner of US-1 and Gun Range Rd on the north side of town. 

Re: NA HIGH HAM CLUB MEETINGs START SEP 19

KENT HUFFORD
 

North Augusta High School Amateur Radio Club.

 

The North Augusta-Belvedere Radio Club has been sponsoring this for about 1 year.

 

Greg and his son lead the club.

 

They normally meet after school on WED afternoons.

 

Kent

 

From: nabrc@groups.io <nabrc@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jerry Crawford via Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 11:52 AM
To: nabrc@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nabrc] NA HIGH HAM CLUB MEETINGs START SEP 19

 

What is this?

Jerry


On Sep 12, 2018, at 10:34 AM, KENT HUFFORD <khufford@...> wrote:

 

We start on the 19th

 

Greg





Re: NA HIGH HAM CLUB MEETINGs START SEP 19

Jerry Crawford
 

What is this?

Jerry

On Sep 12, 2018, at 10:34 AM, KENT HUFFORD <khufford@...> wrote:

 

We start on the 19th

 

Greg




NA HIGH HAM CLUB MEETINGs START SEP 19

KENT HUFFORD
 

 

We start on the 19th

 

Greg




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By North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club

ARES update regarding TS Florence...

Icom 7100 HF/vhf/uhf mobile multimode touchscreen DSTAR transceiver for sale

Carl Juvrud
 

Club Members,

I thought I would offer this radio to our members first. I am the original owner.  Comes with all that a new one would, manual, box , 12vdc cable, & hand mic .  Plus the home brew stand, the RT systems programming cable and software, 32 gb sd card, and a set of mounting brackets.  Very good condition, never mobile, non smoker. $700.00  pickup.  If you need a 12vdc power supply or antenna tuner I have extra one I can add to the deal and the price. Come see it work.
My contact info below.   tnx  Carl KP2L




--
Carl Juvrud 
Amateur Radio Station KP2L
6680 Hiwassee Run
Aiken, S.C. 29803-0530
Home 803.643.9972
Cell 803.443.8304
cjuvrud@...

MY FAVORITE WIFI DEVICE:

Let's Got to Shelby Hamfest

George Franklin
 

Let’s Go to Shelby!

Shelby Hamfest, Friday, 31 August thru Sunday, 2 September 2018.  I am looking for a way to get there.  I banged up a knee and shoulder recently and cannot drive myself.  If I can ride with someone, I’ll pay for the Gas.  Alternately, I will provide a vehicle (2013 Ford F150, fully insured through USAA) and gas if someone would like to go and is willing to do the driving.

Ideally, I would like to travel Thursday (30 August), stay overnight and return Friday afternoon, or Saturday.  I will pay for half of your accommodations for either one or two nights.  A third night and return Sunday afternoon is a possibility, if you need to stay that long.  Over and back on Saturday is also a possibility.  I am flexible, other arrangements are possible.  My Truck is very comfortable for 5, if a group wants to go.

 

George Franklin, KA4GEH

1040 Winchester Ln.

Aiken, SC   29803

eMail: shaidorsai21@...

Land-line: (803) 644-1040

Cell: (407) 310-2920

 

 

Rogue operator update

KENT HUFFORD
 

Update.

Over a few weeks in early summer, the SCHEART network along with other amateur repeaters in the state had 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 worked to isolate the transmission source and identify the individual involved. The task force was successful in early July.

The suspect was 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.

SCHEART thanks 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.

UPDATE- The documentation for this stations operations was turned over to the FCC for action.

 

Kent

KQ4KK

 

Let's Got to Shelby Hamfest

George Franklin
 

Let’s Go to Shelby!

Shelby Hamfest, Friday 31 August thru Sunday 2 September 2018.  I am looking for a way to get there.  I banged up a knee and shoulder recently and cannot drive myself.  If I can ride with someone, I’ll pay for the Gas.  Alternately, I will provide a vehicle (2013 Ford F150, fully insured through USAA) and gas if someone would like to go and is willing to do the driving.

Ideally, I would like to travel Thursday (30 August), stay overnight and return Friday afternoon, or Saturday.  I will pay for half of your accommodations for either one or two nights.  A third night and return Sunday afternoon is a possibility, if you need to stay that long.  Over and back on Saturday is also a possibility.  I am flexible, other arrangements are possible.  My Truck is very comfortable for 5, if a group wants to go.

 

George Franklin, KA4GEH

1040 Winchester Ln.

Aiken, SC   29803

eMail: shaidorsai21@...

Land_line: (803) 644-1040

Cell: (407) 310-2920

 

August 2018 NABRC Monthly Newsletter #email

K4NAB <club@...>
 

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August Meeting

WHEN: Monday, August 13, 2018
6:30 PM - Fellowship
7:00 PM - Meeting

WHERE: Aiken Regional Medical Center (6th Floor Classroom A & B)
University Parkway
Aiken, SC

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

Program: The program for this meeting will be a Youtube video about the Bouvet Dxpedition - Presentation 3Y0Z by K4UEE - Narrated PowerPoint presentation recently presented at the DX Forum at Dayton Hamvention and W5DXCC/HamCom. Includes a summary of the 3Y0Z DXpedition with stunning pictures, our Vessel vetting process, what we learned, planned refund of remaining funds, another attempt, and some personal observations of K4UEE.

I will also be collecting $20.00 cash from each member that desires to participate in the kit build for the September meeting. Here is a link that describes the 12 vdc PowerPole distribution kit we will build: https://www.hamradioworkbench.com/store/p3/12V_DC_Power_Strip_Printed_Circuit_Board.html
ladderln

Upcoming Events

September 16, 2018 - Bike run that benefits the Aiken Special Olympics. See Dave, WB5NHL (dave@...) to sign up. T-Shirt and lunch provided.


October 6, 2018 - 10 AM to 3 PM - Science Education Enrichment Day at USC Aiken. If you have not signed up to help, please see Kent, KQ4KK (kq4kk@...) to do so. You get a great shirt and boxed lunch for participating. Over 4,000 kids and parents come by and learn a little about Amateur Radio. This is a great chance to spread the word about our hobby and to demonstrate our craft.
ladderln

Checking into a net (or calling another station!)


Contrary to intuition and some practices, there is NO requirement to identify the station that you are CALLING. Let’s think about this for a moment. If you are SPECIFICALLY calling a station while you are NOT on a net, then identifying the station to whom you are directing your transmission not only makes sense, but is necessary for that station to know that you are calling them.

However, when checking into a directed net, such as the SCHEART Thursday morning nets, or the Sunday evening ARES nets, it is NOT necessary to state that you are calling the Net Control Station, or NCS. The reason is that the NCS has stated in his opening statement that “THIS IS A DIRECTED NET, AND ALL TRAFFIC MUST BE DIRECTED TO THE NET CONTROL STATION”. So, when checking into a directed net, it makes no sense to call “Net Control…..Net Control”, since ALL transmissions are implied to be directed to the Net Control Station. Calling “Net Control” unnecessarily takes up net time. What you WANT to do is to identify yourself in the manner prescribed by the NCS.

Many stations check into the SCHEART or SCARES net using the following statements:
“Net Control”……(pause for 3 seconds)……and once again call ”Net Control, this is KA4XX, etc etc”. Calling “Net Control” not only once, but twice during an attempted check in, is not necessary and wastes net time.

The “pause for 3 seconds” is an INSTRUCTION to each station by the Net Control based upon the PHYSICAL requirements and restraints of the SCHEART system. The pause is VERY IMPORTANT for any net using the SCHEART linked repeater system. The system consists of 16 VHF repeaters and 15 UHF repeaters, each of which must “link up” or “connect” to the main system. There are several different methods and equipment designs used depending on the location and vintage of each repeater in the system, each of which take varying amounts of time to link into the main system. The 3 second pause is not an arbitrary number, it was established to specifically allow each repeater time to link into the system. If you do NOT wait 3 seconds between keying your microphone (sending your signal to your local repeater and subsequently to the system), whatever you say BEFORE the 3 second delay may not be heard by other stations, INCLUDING the Net Control Station! 3 seconds does not mean 1 or 2 seconds. Get into the habit whenever using the linked SCHEART repeater system of keying your microphone, then counting to yourself “one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three” BEFORE any words travel from your vocal cords to the microphone.

It is very good practice to assure that you are not trying to check in at the EXACT time that another station is trying to do so. That is called “DOUBLING”. Here are two alternative methods to check into the net.

One method is to simply state “THIS IS” (then unkey and wait 3 seconds to see if any other station is doubling with your check in). Then rekey and say the required information to check into the net. You do NOT need to repeat the words “THIS IS”!!
Example: “This is”……pause 3 seconds……”WA4XXX…..(continue with check in information that is requested by NCS, Name, Location, Affiliations, etc)….No traffic, OVER.”

Another method is to simply state your call sign “AX4XX” (then unkey and wait 3 seconds to see if any other station is doubling with your check in). Then rekey and say the required information to check into the net. REMEMBER, there is NO REQUIREMENT, especially during net check-in, to identify the station you are calling if that station is the NCS.
Example: “AX4XX” (then unkey and wait 3 seconds to see if any other station is doubling with your check in”)…..Then rekey and say your call phonetically “Alpha Xray Four Xray Xray”, then state your name, location, and other information requested by NCS. Remember to add if you have traffic or information for the net before turning it back to the NCS with the procedural sign “OVER”.

For the SCHEART Thursday morning net, you should identify yourself with your Amateur Radio Call Sign, your first name (or nickname), your County where you are located, and if you are affiliated with a Hospital Radio Response Team, or a member of the Medical Reserve Corps. The SCHEART NCS does NOT ask for, nor record affiliations such as ARES, RACES, AUXCOMM qualifications, and so on, so there is no need to state them.

For the ARES Sunday evening net, you should identify yourself with your Amateur Radio Call Sign, your first name (or nickname) and the County where you are located. You do NOT need to identify any other affiliations such as AUXCOMM qualifications, hospital response teams, and so on, unless you want to, Your qualifications are (or should be) listed in the ARES database.

There is no such thing as “IN and OUT” in a directed net. That terminology is used for informal type nets and mean that you want to check in but also want to check out at the same time, because you have nothing for the net. This terminology has NO USE in a directed net. When checking into a directed net, you are expected to remain on frequency and ATTENTIVE to the NCS until you are excused either individually, or by invitation from the NCS. If you must leave the net, you are expected to call the NCS and request that you be granted permission to secure your station. The reason for this protocol is that the NCS may have a specific assignment for your station, or may have traffic or information for your location. Remember that when you check into the SCHEART or the SCARES nets, that they are TRAINING NETS held in order to prepare you for incidents or emergencies when your communications skills will be needed.

Lastly, it is NOT appropriate to check in for another station. Each station should and must check into the net separately using their own assigned call sign and identification. The reasoning is the same as stated previously, that the NCS may have assignments or information for any station that is checked into the net. Each station that checks in is expected to be available to listen to the instructions and/or assignments by the NCS.

As a special note to operators using YAESU equipment: BE SURE THAT YOUR “WIRES” MODE IS NOT ENABLE BEFORE CHECKING INTO A SCHEART NET. The reason is that the WIRES mode places a series of tones on your signal, and your voice can not be heard at the same time these tones are being sent by your transmitter.

These guidelines are meant to assist you, the operator, in accepted procedures, and following them will help the nets to run smoother and more efficiently.

By Steve Czaikowski, W8SC.
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33rd Annual S.E.E.D. (Science Education Enrichment Day) - Invitation to Participate

KENT HUFFORD
 

WE have been invited to participate in the 2018 SEED day on Saturday Oct 6th. We will setup at 0900. The event goes from 10am to 3pm. If you cannot volunteer for the full time, but some of it , let me know.

 

This has been the biggest exposure of HAM radio in the CSRA each year. It takes a real commitment from a larger group of CSRA Hams than most normal “runs” or other events.

 

If you have not let me know if you want to support this with your time yet, please do. I need to get the order in for your T-shirt and box lunch very soon.

 

Thanks for all your support

Kent

KQ4KK

 

From: John Hutchens

 

The 33rd annual Science Education Enrichment Day (S.E.E.D.) will take place on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10:00am until 3:00pm on the campus of USC Aiken and will feature hands-on activities, interactive demonstrations, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) themed entertainment.  The CSRA’s largest STEM festival will provide opportunity for engagement and exchange between children, teens, families, and local STEM professionals.

 

Last year over 4500 Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) citizens attended S.E.E.D..  Your dedication to this event has made it grow year after year.   We certainly appreciate your participation in the past and we hope that you will join us again this year.

 

One of the goals of S.E.E.D. is to encourage organizations invested in STEM education, research and innovation to work together to excite our community about science!  

 

To get a better idea of what our event looks like, take a look at our photo album from last year: 2017 Photo Album

 

For more information and photos from previous SEED events, please visit our website at http://rpsec.usca.edu/SEED/.

 

Sincerely,

John M. Hutchens

Director of Special Programs

 

 

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FULL; General Class License ONE day Study class

KENT HUFFORD
 

Class is FULL. Thanks for reading and passing the word.

 

Kent

KQ4KK

 

From: Members <members-bounces@...> On Behalf Of KENT HUFFORD via Members
Sent: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 2:56 PM
To: NABRC Members <members@...>; nabrc@groups.io
Subject: [Members] General Class License ONE day Study class

 

One day concentrated GENERAL Class Ham radio license class. The class is taught along the same principles as the SCHEART Technician classes that have been so successful.

 

Monday, Aug 13, 2018  0800-1600+ in Graniteville SC. Pizza provided.

 

Taught by KQ4KK, WB5NHL

 

Limited openings. Please call 803-392-7339

 

Kent

KQ4KK

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FCC Rules against Baofeng Radio

KENT HUFFORD
 

A month ago, a local ham brought me his new BAOFENG that he got from BaofengUSA via Amazon, to program and I did, but it would not transmit below 145mhz.

 

Take the cover off the back and the radio said it could transmit 134-174 and 430-474 or about.

 

Tried RT Solutions software and CHIRP, could not get it to transmit below 145.

 

Used the BAOFENG software, which allows you to set the limits<sic>. And I put it at 144-174 and it works fine.

 

If you buy a Baofeng, be aware of the legal dynamics that is currently going on with this type of radio. It may work, or it may not. Spend your $50 wisely.

 

Kent

KQ4KK


FCC Rules Baofeng Radio's are an "unauthorized RF device". Orders immediate stop of sales.

http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-cites-baofeng-importer-for-illegally-marketing-unauthorized-rf-devices

 

General Class License ONE day Study class

KENT HUFFORD
 

One day concentrated GENERAL Class Ham radio license class. The class is taught along the same principles as the SCHEART Technician classes that have been so successful.

 

Monday, Aug 13, 2018  0800-1600+ in Graniteville SC. Pizza provided.

 

Taught by KQ4KK, WB5NHL

 

Limited openings. Please call 803-392-7339

 

Kent

KQ4KK

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