South Carolina Section Manager’s Report for February 2020

Please read the section regarding Field Day this year. – KJ4CTD

Greetings to all Amateur Radio Operators. This is Marc, N4UFP with the
South Carolina Section Manager’s Report for February 2020. Please
remember that the SC Section website can be found at: www.arrlsc.org/ where my full report will be listed as well as up-to-the-date information on Amateur Radio in South Carolina.

First, some reminders about upcoming Hamfests in our area:

Waynesville Hamfest
Date: 25 July 2020
Location: Haywood County Fairgrounds 758 Crabtree Road, Waynesville, NC
Hours: Gates open at 6:00 am, buildings at 8:00 am
Sponsor: Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society
Admission: $7.00 at gate, $5.00 in advance
VE Testing: Yes – 2:00 pm at the Junaluska Fire Department
For more information go to
http://wcars.org/hamfest-annual/html/hamfest-flyer.html

Shelby Hamfest
Date: 4 – 6 September 2020
Location: Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 1751 E. Marion Street, Shelby,
NC 28152
Hours of Operation:
Friday 4 September: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Buildings & Flea Market)
Saturday 5 September: Gates open 7:00 am-5:00 pm, buildings open 8:00 am
– 5:00 pm
Sunday 6 September: Gates and buildings open 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sponsor: Shelby Amateur Radio Club
Admission: $10.00 at gate
VE testing: Yes
Talk-In: 146.880 (-), No Tone – W4NYR Repeater
For more information contact chairman@shelbyhamfest.org or call (980)
295-5151

Upstate Hamfest
Date: 12 September 2020
Location: Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds, 575 Fairgrounds Rd,
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Hours: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society
Talk-In: 146.610 (primary), 146.820 (back up)

If anyone has a Hamfest coming up in our region that I missed, or
updated information for any Hamfest listed above, please let me know and I will include it in my next report or send out a correction, as the
case may be.

Before moving onto other topics, I would also like to mention a couple
of hamfest cancellations: the first is the Ridge Radio Club Tailgate
Party, originally scheduled for 4 April in Batesburg-Leesville; the
second, is the 2020 Dayton Hamvention, originally scheduled for 15 –
17 May 2020.

Last month, I mentioned Field Day 2020 and planning Field Day site
visits. The ARRL posted the following statement on its web site about
Field Day 2020:

“With 2020 ARRL Field Day – one of the biggest events on the Amateur Radio calendar – just about 15 weeks away, ARRL officials are
monitoring this situation with the coronavirus very closely and paying
close attention to all of the information and guidance being offered by
the CDC’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html).”

“At its core, Field Day is a local event and an opportunity for local
amateur radio clubs to showcase the skills, science and technologies
that make radio communication such a wonderful hobby and a valuable
public service. Since the impact of the coronavirus outbreak has been
very different in different parts of the country, we recommend that all
amateur radio clubs participating in Field Day be in regular contact
with their local or state public health officials for their advice and
guidance on hosting Field Day activities. This also offers an
opportunity for amateur radio clubs to bolster or re-establish their
relationships with local and state public health and emergency
management officials.”

“Because of the unique circumstances presented this year, this can be
an opportunity for you, your club and/or group to try something new.
Field Day isn’t about doing things the same way year after year – use
this year to develop and employ a new approach that is in line with our
current circumstances.”

“Local club officials are the most appropriate people to be making
decisions about their specific Field Day programs. We are all concerned
about protecting the health and safety of those participating in or
attending Field Day activities, and so we trust local club officials to
take the appropriate steps to monitor local conditions and make
decisions in the best interest of their communities.”

“ARRL officials strongly believe that following the guidelines of
local, state and national health care professionals will help ensure
everyone’s safety in the coming weeks and months.”

I don’t know yet if the SC Field Organization will be able to make
Field Day visits, but as your club’s plans come together, please list
your Field Day operation on the Field Day Locator app on the ARRL
website, or e-mail me at n4ufp@arrl.org.

OK, that’s all for this month. Everyone be safe …

Now, let’s do the numbers … Here is the February 2020 SC Section
Traffic Report from Rusty, WU2T our STM:

February 2020 National Traffic System Report for South Carolina

Net Reports
Net / Check Ins / Traffic / Sessions / Reported By
Anderson Radio Club 2M Net / 487 / 21 / 26 / KN4PZB
Atlantic Traffic Net / 76 / 12 / 8 / WF2Y
Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Net / 1180 / 32 / 29 / W4DJW
Carolina’s Net / 275 / 70 / 58 / KC4PGN
Columbia ARC 2M Net / 134 / 20 / 4 / KU5N
CSN / 151 / 24 / 29 / KV4WN
Florence ARC 2 Meter Net / 31 / 7 / 4 / N4AAK
Grand Strand ARC 2M Net / 295 / 31 / 27 / N4AJK
Greater Pee Dee 2 Meter Net / 606 / 44 / 29 / KK4KSZ
Greenwood ARC 2 Meter Net / 94 / 4 / 4 / AI4WN
Greenwood ARC 70CM Net / 53 / 4 / 4 / AI4WN
Kershaw ARC 2 Meter Net / 74 / 4 / 4 / KK4RUI
Lancaster County 2M Net / 19 / 1 / 4 / N4WMB
PALS Net / 804 / 47 / 29 / KN4AGJ
SC SSB Net / 1725 / 63 / 29 / WF2Y
Sumter County EC Net / 40 / 9 / 4 / KF4ARD

NO DIGITAL REPORTS THIS MONTH

Station Activity Reports
Station / Sent / Received / Delivered / Originated / Total
WU2T / 3 / 28 / 0 / 0 / 31
WS4P / 6 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 7
WF2Y / 37 / 28 / 0 / 0 / 65

Public Service Honor Roll
Station / Cat1 / Cat2 / Cat3 / Cat4 / Cat5 / Cat6 / Total
WF2Y / 25 / 7 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 62
WS4P / 40 / 35 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 15 / 101

Until next month, 73…
Marc N4UFP
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ARRL South Carolina Section
Section Manager: Dr. Marc C Tarplee, N4UFP n4ufp@arrl.org
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BRARS April Meeting

Hello All:

Below you will find information regarding the BRARS April meeting.

 

(From our contact at the Red Cross)

Our building is temporary closed to the public until further notice to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have cancelled all of our external group meetings that take place in this facility for the time being.

 Please stay tuned for further information. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Nicole Bonilla

Business Operations Specialist

American Red Cross I Palmetto SC Region

‪940 Grove Road‬

‪Greenville, SC 29605‬

 

‪We will cancel meetings until given the all clear. ‬

‪Work on the replacement repeater is continuing. ‬

‪Prep work on the Red Cross ready room is continuing outside of the building until we gain clearance for entry. ‬

‪Hamfest is still scheduled for ‬Sept 12, 2020.  Work will continue, with the expectation that it will be clear to hold the event by then.

Please feel free to reply with any questions.

Thank You

Johnny

      WD4DYH

BRARS March Meeting.

Hello all:

Please make plans to attend the BRARS club meeting Monday March 2, 2020.

Location:

American Red Cross

940 Grove Rd, Greenville, SC 29605

Start Time:

7:00 PM

Program:

Linda Lester from upstate preppers will put on a program describing what the coronavirus is, how to be prepared for outbreaks, how to treat for an outbreak and the importance of being able to maintain communications.

Audience participation encouraged and welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you,

         Johnny WD4DYH

Prepper Meeting

Prepper Meeting Thursday night.

Where : Golden Corral, Pleasantburg Dr.  Greenville 

Time:  6:00 pm till 9:00pm

Topic:  Coronavirus    Pandemic?

Hope to see you there.

Meeting Tonight

Reminder of the BRARS Meeting tonight at 7 o’clock.   Where ?  At the Red Cross building, 940 Grove Rd. Greenville SC 29605

The program will be on the history of amateur radio.

If all goes well Dave will have the latest Version of the 61 repeater replacement test system on hand for us to play with.  Please bring your WT’s and be prepared to participate.

We will also be discussing the radio room upgrades and progress. As well as field day and our upcoming ham fest.

Note: if all goes as planned the Blue Ridge 2 meter net will be called from the Red Cross.

See ya there!!

Upstate Prepper Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder of the Upstate Prepper meeting being held tonight 01-16-20 at the Golden Corral located on Pleasantburg Drive in Cherrydale.   Meeting will begin at 6 PM with Doc Hines and his wife speaking on the CERT program and end with a short planning meeting for the meet up to be held in March.  Please join us for a meal and fellowship.  Look forward to seeing you there.

Silent Auction at the January Meeting (Mon., Jan. 6th) [UPDATED]

As previously announced, at the January meeting we will have a silent auction of Amateur Radios and related equipment. This will be the last chance to bid on equipment from the Red Cross Ready Room before the remaining equipment is sold off. All proceeds from the auction and sale of the remaining equipment will go towards funding the rebuilding of the Ready Room with modern, working radios & equipment.

All of the equipment has been laid out with accompanying cables, manuals, and accessories wrapped up for easy viewing. We also did some additional equipment testing, and the test results will be included on a sheet for each item.

Please come to January’s meeting and bid on any equipment you would like to purchase! The meeting will be at the Red Cross (940 Grove Road) on Mon., Jan. 6th, 2020 @ 7pm.

Equipment for Auction

(Click on each picture to see a larger version)

Kenwood HF Transceiver, Remote VFO, & Tuner

[Powers on; untested beyond that]

Yaesu FT-60 handheld radios (dual band)

[There are 5 of these radios. All have a AA battery adapter (no rechargeable battery). One is missing the antenna. Untested.]

Can bid on one or multiple radios. The highest per-radio bid will win the # of radios they bid on, followed by the next highest per-radio bid, etc. The lowest per-radio bid will win the radio without an antenna.

2m VHF Amateur Transceivers

Radio Shack HTX242

iCom IC-28A (25 watts)

[Volume control knob not working. Transmit tested OK; couldn’t hear audio on receive]

Power Supplies

Belmorr 20A Power Supply

Motorola 5A Power Supply (Model # HPN3196A)

[Tested & Working]

Audiovox/NPC 4A Power Supplies (two of these)

[Tested & Working]

Packet Controllers

Advanced Electronics Applications PK-88

[Powers on; untested beyond that]

Packet Controller: PacComm Tiny-2 MK-2

Duplexer

CB Radios

Realistic TRC-492

Radio Shack TRC-481

 

APC UPS model BF250

[Power up; untested beyond that]

Motorola Battery Charger NTN5538C

[Untested]

Motorola MaxTrac 100

Maxon SP-5050D Handheld Radios – 5x

[All have charger, holster, and hand mic; unknown what these were used for or what their frequency range is. Untested.]

Realistic AM / FM Clock Radio Chronomatic 267

PC

[Has 3.5″ and 5.25″ floppy drives, two keyboards with old style large round connectors, and mouse. Untested.]

Reminder Prepper Meeting tonight.

Hey guys, this is a reminder of the Upstate Prepper Meeting tonight 6 PM at The Golden Corral in Cherrydale.  They will be celebrating Christmas with a White Elephant exchange if you would like to participate.  White Elephant gifts $10 or less. The meeting will also be covering next years events. Which will include planning for programs and the March camp out.   Hope to see ya there.