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South Carolina

Contact Information

Section Name:
South Carolina
Contact:
Marc Tarplee N4UFP
Daytime Phone:
(803) 327-8015
Evening Phone:
(803) 327-4978
Email:
n4ufp@arrl.org

Basic Information

Division:
Roanoke
Description:

October 2014

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 kq4kk@aikenradio.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
Kq4kk@aikenradio.org

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 Reports

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
www.arrlsc.org


 

 

 

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