- Section Name:
- South Carolina
- Marc Tarplee N4UFP
- Daytime Phone:
- (803) 327-8015
- Evening Phone:
- (803) 327-4978
Greetings to all Amateur Radio Operators. This is Marc, N4UFP with the October 2014 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.
There are three SC hamfests that occur in October: Rock Hill, Lake Hartwell (Anderson) and Sumter. I was fortunate to be able to attend all three and attendance was up across the board this year. Although some have predicted that the Internet would be the death of the hamfest, that prediction has yet to be borne out. Certainly hamfests have changed over the years, but like Mark Twain, rumors of their death have been greatly exaggerated. Certainly the turnout at this October’s events are a strong indicator that the hamfest will be with us for a while yet.
Kent, KQ4KK, an avid D-STAR user, has organized a half day “D-STAR University” that will take place on the afternoon of 17 January 2015 at USC-Aiken. Additional details appear below. I would like to thank Kent for making the effort to organize this - my hope is that it will lead to wider acceptance and use of D-STAR.
CSRA (GA-SC) D-STAR University, January 17, 2015
University of South Carolina, Aiken campus, Aiken South Carolina
Saturday, 12 noon to 5PM Eastern
The Aiken SC D-STAR Club will hold a one day D-STAR workshop that will provide information and training on all levels of D-STAR, the Digital Smart Technology for Amateur Radio. Classes will be organized to allow participants on all levels from new users to repeater system administrators gain knowledge about D-STAR’s digital voice and data technology.
The class will feature will cover topics of interest to beginning D-STAR users including:
• D-STAR basics
• D-STAR user registration process
• Getting started with your D-STAR radio
• Programming your D-STAR radio
• Using DR mode for easy D-STAR operation
• Updating your memories
• Linking to repeaters and reflectors
More experienced users will enjoy:
• Using the DV Dongle and DV Access Point (DVAP)
• Making and using a Hotspot with a Raspberry Pi
• D-STAR Nets and Reflectors
• Using D-STAR data capabilities including D-RATS and the ICOM ANDROID free application
• Where to find D-STAR Resources
• History and Competitive Analysis between, DSTAR, DMR, FUSION, and P25
• A look at operating DSTAR Voice on the HF bands.
Class will be given by experienced instructors of the Georgia D-STAR group and DSTARinfo.com who have presented dozens of seminars and training across the country, John Davis, WB4QDX, Ed Woodrick, WA4YIH, and Robin Cutshaw, AA4RC who developed the DVDongle and DVAP, and others will present high speed data and other advancements in communication using D-STAR systems. The target audience for this session is those new to DSTAR, emergency management, hospital administrators and the more advanced D-STAR users.
No matter what your D-STAR experience, if any, there will be a wealth of information provided so that the beginner can go home and put his / her equipment on the air and the more advanced operator can explore the new data transfer methods which will have Emergency Management application. The cost for the D-STAR University is free, light refreshments will be served. You may register for this course by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. More detailed information about class schedule and instructors will be forthcoming.
Door prize at the DSTAR University will be an ICOM DSTAR HT, you must be present to win. Addional prizes during the day.
We encourage amateur radio clubs to make this information available to their members and include it in their newsletters.
Kent Hufford, KQ4KK
Many of you have probably met or had an opportunity to work with Charlie Miller, AE4UX, our Section Emergency Coordinator. After 12 years of dedicated service to the amateurs of SC, Charlie has decided to step down at year-end. He has worked tirelessly to improve our EmComm/AuxComm infrastructure and has earned the respect of all those whom he has worked with at served agencies. He has served our section in other capacities as well, such as his participation in the ARRL’s Emergency Communications Advisory Committee. I have enjoyed working with him and though we will find another person to serve as SEC, we will never replace him. Thank you Charlie, on behalf of the section membership.
I have been asked if there will be an opportunity for W1AW/4 to be on the air from SC again, before the end of 2014. I checked with ARRL HQ and unfortunately, that will not be possible. W1AW/X operations are already scheduled for the remainder of the year.
That’s probably enough for one month – Happy Holidays to all and now let’s do the numbers …
October 2014 National Traffic System Report for South Carolina
Complied by Rusty, WU2T, STM
Net / Check Ins / Traffic / Sessions / Reported By
Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Net / 1811 / 53 / 31 / K4SUG
Carolina’s Net / 218 / 62 / 62 / N0SU
Columbia ARC 2M Net / 278 / 0 / 14 / W4RWL
CSN / 133 / 30 / 31 / WS4P
Grand Strand ARC 2M Net / 156 / 24 / 14 / KI4HEE
Greater Pee Dee 2 Meter Net / 710 / 38 / 31 / KE4GV
Greenwood ARC 2 Meter Net / 129 / 5 / 5 / AI4WN
Florence ARC 2 Meter Net / 28 / 3 / 4 / AK4BH
Kershaw ARC 2 Meter Net / 56 / 15 / 3 / KF4UKC
Kershaw / Richland ARES Net / 47 / 4 / 5 / KF4UKC
Midland Emergency Response Net / 50 / 10 / 4 / KF4UKC
PALS Net / 908 / 57 / 31 / WD4HEM
SC SSB Net / 1481 / 81 / 31 / WU2T
Upstate Carolina ARS 2M / 440 Net / 214 / 14 / 13 / ND2Z
4RN Cycle 2 Rpt. Chk-ins 545 Traff-in 311 Traff-out 270 Relays 45
AJ4TH Digital Relay Station Rec - 23 For - 28 Total - 51
N4RNM Digital Relay Station Rec - 4 For - 3 Total - 7
Station Activity Reports
Station/Sent/ Received / Delivered / Originated / Total
WU2T / 8 / 42 / 5 / 0 / 55
AJ4TH / 40 / 38 / 0 / 0 / 78
WS4P / 27 / 28 / 0 / 0 / 55
N4RNM / 17 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 35
Public Service Honor Roll
Station / Cat1 / Cat2 / Cat3 / Cat4 / Cat5 / Cat6 / Total
AJ4TH / 40 / 40 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 100
WS4P / 40 / 40 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 110
N4RNM / 40 / 35 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 85
73 de Marc Tarplee N4UFP
ARRL Section Manager, South Carolina Section
South Carolina Officials
Section ManagerMarc C. Tarplee N4UFP
State Government LiaisonMichael L M Jordan K3ZMD
Assistant Section ManagerRobert Bacharach WA2EMF
Technical CoordinatorBrad Humphries AE4VJ
Technical CoordinatorLeslie J. Shattuck K4NK
Section Emergency CoordinatorCharles W. Miller AE4UX
Section Traffic ManagerJohn R. Kirkpatrick WU2T
Affiliated Club CoordinatorCarl E. Bosard AJ4AU
Public Info CoordinatorTammy Livingston N4TAL
Assistant Section ManagerKevin S. Kingery KJ4IVJ
Assistant Section ManagerKenneth P. Kasper N2IXX
Official Observer CoordinatorGregory W. Godsey K5CVD
Assistant Section ManagerCraig P. England KF2X