Section Reports

Greetings to all Amateur Radio Operators.  This is Marc, N4UFP with the August 2017 South Carolina Section Manager’s Report.  Please remember that the SC Section website can be found at: www.arrlsc.org/ where my full SM report will be listed as well as up-to-the-date information on Amateur Radio in South Carolina.
First, I would like to share information from ARRL HQ staff member Dan Henderson, N1ND, regarding volunteering to help in Florida:

“Any amateur wishing to volunteer to assist needs to go through the ARRL Northern Florida Manager Steve Szabo’s established processes, as that is the system Florida Emergency Management is utilizing to coordinate Amateur Radio activities.  Under no circumstances should individual Amateurs contact Florida Emergency Management.

We also remind ARRL / ARES volunteers who may be assisting in support of the ongoing relief and recovery efforts that the only persons who should be speaking on behalf of the ARRL or its field organization are the ARRL Section Manager or their Public Information Coordinator / Public Information Officer.  Unfortunately, we have had reports of false information being apparently shared via Amateur Radio channels.  This type of misinformation can negatively affect the hard work being done by various Emergency Management agencies involved, as well as the various agencies also providing assistance, and can be harmful to the efforts of the Amateur community trying to assist in the response and relief efforts. ARRL SMs, PICs, and PIOs only provide information publicly where it has been vetted by state officials, and only as directed.
Unauthorized false reports can seriously and negatively impact the work of relief and recovery officials as well as damage the good relationships that Amateurs have in those relief and recovery communities.  Let the trained PICs/PIOs do their jobs!

Thanks to the hundreds of Amateurs who are providing communications assistance as this story continues to unfold.  With everyone working in concert and through appropriate channels, your work is helping make a difference.”

Before leaving the subject of hurricane response, I would like to share a brief after-action report from the SC Section emergency Corridnator, Billy Irwin, K9OH:

“SC ARES was asked to staff SC Emergency Management’s radio room during Hurricane Irma. Initially it was thought that SC would have a direct landfall, but fortunately the storm went towards the western side of Florida. Since the storm was so large in size, South Carolina still braced for a significant impact. The end result was lots of trees down and some coastal flooding. The path of trees down stretched up and west of the I-26 corridor to the SC/GA state line. Some state agencies experienced some minor communications issues due to power loss. Most services continued to operate normally. While normal communications were not severely disrupted, SC ARES operators from all over the state still continued to provide communications to SC EMD and the NWS. SKYWARN reports assisted the NWS offices throughout the state especially in the Charleston Area where a Flash Flood Emergency was declared. “

Currently, SC ARES membership stands at 300 members and our recruiting processes is ongoing. Another project in the works is to develop leadership training, to help ARES leaders know what will be expected of them.  I would like to thank all the ARES and AUXCOMM volunteers who helped out during this event; your service is greatly appreciated.

Next, I would like to recognize SC amateur Gerard Jebaily WX4STM, who has won a Regional Emmy for his work as a broadcast meteorologist.
Gerard, a member of the Florence Amateur Radio Club, reached this milestone after just four years as a broadcast meteorologist. Please join me in congratulating him on his achievement.

Here are some reminders about upcoming summer and fall Hamfests:

SC Section Convention, sponsored by the York County Amateur Radio Society (YCARS)
Date: 10/07/2017
Location: New Kirk Baptist Church
175 Museum Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Hours of Operation: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Website: http://www.ycars.org
Talk-In: 147.030- (PL 88.5)
Public Contact: Andy Kunik , AE8J
1625 Restless One Lane, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Phone: 803-324-4024
Email: Akunik@bellsouth.net

The Rock Hill Hamfest, which has been held since 1953, turns 65 this year, and I hope that you can attend and help YCARS members celebrate this achievement.  This year’s Section Convention will feature Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, Assistant Manager for Field Service and Radiosport at ARRL HQ, as the keynote speaker at the forum. He will be talking about LOTW.
Norm will be joined by Dr. Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, the Roanoke Division Director, who will provide a board-level view of ongoing activities at ARRL.

Anderson Hamfest
Date: 10/21/2017
Location: Darwin Wright Park
106 Anderson Beach Blvd, Anderson, SC 29621 Hours of Operation: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Website: http://www.andersonradioclub.com
Talk-In: 146.790
Public Contact: James Littleton , WB4LZT
217 Hayes Road Pickens, SC 29671
Phone: 864-884-3507
Email: wb4lzt@arrl.net

Beachfest 2017, sponsored by the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club
Date: 11/11/17
Location: Academy of Hope (formerly Old Pee Dee School)
3521 Juniper Bay Road
Conway S.C. 29527L
Latitude N33 50.302 (+33° 50′ 18.46″)
Longitude W079 07.655 (-79° 7′ 40.17″)
Hours of Operation: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Website: http://w4gs.org/A/
If you have an upcoming Hamfest or swap meet that I didn’t mention, please let me know at n4ufp@arrl.org so that I can get the word out.

And now, a couple of miscellaneous items before we do the numbers.
I was asked recently if it is necessary to request a new plate from the SC DMV after the FCC grants a current amateur plate holder a new call sign, either resulting from an upgrade, or a vanity call application.
The answer is yes. The SC DMV regulations state that “if you no longer meet the requirements for the special plate, you must return it to your local DMV office.”  In this case, the requirement is that you hold the call sign that appears on the plate.

Elaine, N4EHT, our new Emergency Coordinator for Lexington County, has started a vhf net on Tuesday nights at 8:30 PM local time on the K1TCB
repeater,147.000 MHz, + offset, tone = 123.0 Hz. She will be looking for checkins, so if you have a chance, stop by for a moment and add your call sign to the list.
That’s all for this month. Now for the numbers …

August 2017 Net Reports from STM Rusty WU2T Net Reports Net / Check Ins / Traffic / Sessions / Reported By 4RN Cycle 2 Rpt. / 535 / 244 / 62 / WA1STU Anderson Radio Club 2M Net  / 548 / 33 / 31 / W3SUE Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Net  / 1210 / 33 / 31 / WR8RW Carolina’s Net  / 304 / 91 / 62 / N0SU CSN / 174 / 33 / 31 / WS4P Florence ARC 2 Meter Net  / 37 / 5 / 4 / K4AVR Grand Strand ARC 2M Net  / 316 / 25 / 19 / KJ4DE Greater Pee Dee 2 Meter Net / 782 / 29 / 31 / KK4KSZ Greenwood ARC 2 Meter Net  / 113 / 5 / 5 / AI4WN Greenwood ARC 70CM Net / 37 / 4 / 4 / AI4WN Kershaw ARC 2 Meter Net  / 29 / 7 / 4 / K4VAX PALS Net  / 799 / 47 / 31 / KB4ERT SC SSB Net / 1439 / 122 / 31 / N4RNM York Co. ARS 2M Nets / 738 / 5 / 49 / K4BSC
N4RNM Digital Relay Station Rec  – 65 Sent  – 8 Total  – 73
WS4P Digital Relay Station               Rec – 0          Sent – 10
Total – 10

Station Activity Reports
Station / Sent / Received / Delivered / Originated / Total WU2T / 5 / 41 / 1 / 1 / 48 WS4P / 55 / 53 / 1 / 0 / 109 N4RNM / 22 / 86 / 2 / 2 / 112

Public Service Honor Roll
Station / Cat1 / Cat2 / Cat3 / Cat4 / Cat5 / Cat6 / Total KK4F / 6 / 0 / 10 / 125 / 10 / 0 / 151 WS4P / 40 / 40 / 30 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 120 N4RNM / 40 / 40 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 100

This month’s traffic report is shorter than usual. A number of nets did not submit reports for August 2017.

SOUTH CAROLINA NETS

NET NAME    FREQ   TONE  DAYS   TIME
Anderson ARC 2M Net   146.790 –  Daily   8:30PM
Blue Ridge ARS 2M Net   146.610 –   Daily   9:00PM
Carolina State Line Net  146.730 –   Sun   9:00PM
Carolinas Net    3.573 CW   Daily   7:00PM
Carolinas Slow Net   3.571 CW   Daily   8:00PM
Charleston ARS      145.250 –   Thu   8:00PM
Coastal ARA 2M Net   146.910 –   Thu   9:00PM
Columbia ARC 2M Net   147.330 +  156.7  Sun/Wed  8:30PM
Coastal Carolina Emergency Net  3.907 LSB   Daily   7:00PM
Edisto ARS 2M Net   147.090 +  156.7  Thu   8:00PM
Florence ARC 2M Net   146.850 –   Mon   8:30PM
Grand Strand Net   145.110 –  85.4  Sun   8:00PM
Grand Strand Net   444.675 +  85.4  Tue   8:00PM
Grand Strand Net   146.805 –  85.4  Thu   8:00PM
Grand Strand Net  147.120 85.4 Sat  8:00PM
Greater PeeDee 2M Net   146.745 –  82.5  Daily   9:00PM
Greenwood ARS 2M Net   147.165 +  107.2  Thu   9:00PM
GSARC 2M Simplex Net  146540  Sat  10:30AM
GSARC 6M Net   51.800   1st Sat  2:30PM
GSARC 10M Net   28.450   2nd Sat  2:30PM
Horry County SKYWARN (Primary) 147.120 + 123.0  – When Needed
Horry County SKYWARN (Secondary)146.655 + 123.0  – When Needed
Kershaw County ARC   146.775 –  156.7  Mon   8:30PM
Kershaw/Richland Dist.3 ARES Net 147.000  123.0 Thu   8:00PM
Lancaster County 2M Net  146.700  123.0  Sun   8:00PM
Lexington CountyVHF Net  147.000, +  123. 0 Tue   8:30PM
Midland Emergency Response Net  146.775  156.7  Sun
Newcomers Net (Charleston Area)  146.940 – /147.790- 123.0  Thu
8:00PM
Oconee 2M Net    147.270 +   Mon/Wed/Fri  8:00PM
Oconee 2M Net    147.030 +   Tue/Thu  8:00PM
PALSNET———-Greeleyville 145.230 –  123.0  Daily   9:30PM
PALSNET—————-Mullins  145.470 –  123.0   Daily   9:30PM
PALSNET—————Cheraw  145.490 –  123.0   Daily   9:30PM
PALSNET————Pageland  146.895 –  123.0   Daily   9:30PM
PALSNET———-Bishopville  146.925 –  123.0  Daily   9:30PM
PALSNET————Florence  147.195 +  123.0   Daily   9:30PM
PALSNET————Florence   442.050 +  123.0   Daily   9:30PM
PALSNET———-Greeleyville  444.750 +  123.0   Daily   9:30PM
Pickens County ARES Net  146.700 –   107.2   Mon    8:00PM
QCWA Chapter 89 SSB net  3.930 LSB    Saturdays   9:00AM
QCWA Chapter 89 VHF net SC Heart Repeaters    Saturdays   9:00AM
SC Sandlapper 6M Net    50.250 USB    Tue    8:00PM
South Carolina HF ARES Net  3.9935 or 3.990LSB   1st, 3rd Mon   6:00PM
SC VHF/UHF ARES Net See www.SCHEART.us for Freq & Tone Sun 8:00PM Statewide SKYWARN See www.SCHEART.us for Freq. & Tone Tue 9:00PM
South Carolina SSB Net   3.915 LSB    Daily   7:00PM
Spartanburg 2M Net    147.315 +    Mon/Fri  8:30PM
Spartanburg 70cm Net   442.075 +      1st, 3rd, 5th Thu  8:30PM
Trident ARC 2M CW Net   147.270  123.0   Tue   7:30PM
Trident ARC 2M Phone Net  147.270  123.0   Tue   8:00PM
Upstate Carolina ARS Long Mt.   442.775  127.3 Mon/Wed/Fri  8:00PM
Upstate Carolina ARS Long Mt.   147.030  123.0 Mon/Wed/Fri  8:00PM
Upstate Carolina ARS Glassy Mt. 444.350   127.3 Mon/Wed/Fri  8:00PM
Upstate Carolina ARS Elberton, GA 444.700  118.8 Mon/Wed/Fri  8:00PM
Upstate Carolina ARS Elberton, GA 145,210  118.8 Mon/Wed/Fri  8:00PM
Upstate Carolina ARS Anderson   442.825  127.3 Mon/Wed/Fri  8:00PM
Upstate Carolina ARS Honea Path 443.775  127.3 Mon/Wed/Fri  8:00PM
Upstate Carolina ARS StumphouseMt 443.700  91.5   Mon/Wed/Fri  8:00PM
York County ARS 2M Net   147.030 –   Daily   8:30PM

Until next month …

73 de Marc N4UFP

 

 

 

 

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