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

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Division:
Roanoke
Description:
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

South Carolina Officials