Programming poll

Just wanted to run a quick poll of the membership to find out who knows which programming language, if any. Thank you!

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BRARS Field day June 26-28 2020

BRARS Field day June 26-28 2020

Location: 175 Riverbend Rd, Greenville SC 29617
Riverbend park

Site communications
Starting Friday night at net time until end of event 146.610 will be monitor for talk in to site and questions regarding the event

Cross band repeat to 146.610 will be set up on site (UHF frequency to be picked once on site)

147.610 will be the site simplex frequency

Sanitation
The Coronavirus outbreak has created an unusual set of problems this year, resulting in some interesting challenges, however we are going to go on with the event. Normally this event is open to the general public, and public participation is encouraged, to raise awareness of Ham Radio operations, however, this year, Coronavirus issues cause us to curtail public involvement somewhat.
You are welcome to come stay for the whole event, or for a portion of it. If you just want to swing by for a couple of hours and try communicating, or just sit and have a cup of coffee with us, you’re more than welcome to.

A handwashing station will be provided with the expectation that all  attending will make use of it

Gloves and masks will be the responsibility of individuals attending the event

Please take the time to observe social distancing and keep items that are common to the group disinfected

Rest rooms provided by the park service are available on site.

Camping
BRARS Field day Campout: 6:00 PM Friday until end of event Sunday
Water as well as power hookups may require extra long hose and power cords depending on where RV is parked

Power is available in the form of 20 amp 120, 30 amp 120 RV and 50 amp 120 / 240 connections

Tent camping as well as RV’s are welcome.

The event
This ARRL sponsored event is a National gathering that is sponsored by the ARRL and local grops such as The blue ridge amateur radio society other wise known as BRARS.

The  purpose is to set up radio equipment and communicate with others in the nation doing the same.

Set up will begin at 10 AM Saturday morning 06-26 with the contest beginning at 2:00 PM Saturday (1800 UTC) lasting until 2:00PM Sunday (1800 UTC.

ARRL Field Day

Field Day rules

refreshments / Saturday  evening dinner
Sandwiches, soft drinks, bottled water and coffee will be provided for individuals participating in field day activities such as transport,  infrastructure, setup, tear down and operating.

Participation in Saturday evening dinner is encouraged however due to the Coronavirus Individuals wanting to eat on site are encouraged to bring your own food
A grill will be provided for those that would like to use it

For those that prefer Travelers Rest is about 10 mins away where a number of restaurants can be found

Equipment
The club will provide and set up 2 Kenwood TS-2000 rigs, power supplies in the form of generators, logging equipment / software and antenna system needed to operate as a 2A event

See link below for information regarding radios listed above
Support – English Instruction Manual

Laminated TS-2000 ‘cheat sheets’ will keep by the radios.

You are welcome to bring your personal equipment – radios, antennas, etc.

This event is, as much as anything, a way to get out and test remote setups, and to practice emergency communications in an ‘away from home’ setting.
The real advantage of doing a coordinated event like this, is that there will be others to communicate with. Tens of thousands will be on the air during the event.

Note:
you may also need to bring poles, cables, rope, etc. to get your antennas in the air.

GOTA
A go to station in the form of at lest one 2 meter rig for those wanting to  experience operating a radio without interrupting the contesters will be set up

Schedule
(still slightly tentative)
June 26, 2020  5:00 PM Friday – Collect the club’s gear at the storage site in northern Greenville County and load it onto the trailer
June 26, 2020  6:00 PM Friday – We will arrive at Riverbend park, begin unloading
June 27, 2020  10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Saturday – Equipment setup & testing
June 27, 2020  12:00 PM Saturday – Sandwich lunch, Review of equipment, procedures, schedule.
June 27-28 2020  2:00PM Saturday to 2:00 PM Sunday – Ongoing ‘event’ communications.
June 27-28 2020  6:00 PM Saturday – Dinner
June 28 2020 8:00 AM Sunday Morning  – Coffee, doughnuts
June 28 2020 12:00 PM Sunday – Sandwich Lunch
June 28 2020 2:00 PM Sunday – Wrap-up meeting (5 min)
June 28 2020 2:05 PM Sunday – Take down equipment, pack
June 28 2020 after take down Sunday – Unload trailer at club building

If you are unable to make it to the event, please plan on communicating from home

Due to the coronavirus the ARRL has rules set up for individual operators that allow for operators to log communications from off site locations

See link below
Field Day rules

Weather
It’s likely going to be hot and humid, so plan accordingly.
Even if it’s generally rainy, we can still operate, as the facility buildings are large.
In the case of thunderstorms, we will disconnect the antennas and wait out the storm

General rules
RiverBend is a small commercial park.
Please be courtious and respectful, keep the grounds clear of litter.
In particular, there may be horses in the area or passing through.
Please be calm and avoid loud noises or sudden movement if there are horses present.
In case you’ve never been around horses, DO NOT go close behind them.

Things to bring
A place to sleep
Your medicines
Any snacks and drinks you want
Water container
Lawn chair
Fans (Plug-in, or the 12V or battery types)
Umbrella
Rain jacket & a hat
Sunglasses
Radios, antennas & gear
Gloves and facemasks, at your discretion

Things we will need
A trailer to get club equipment to the site.
Pat K4OSH helped with this last year.
One particular item we do not have, which would be very useful is closed-cup studio type headphones.
The noise cancelling type is excellent but expensive.
The drone of the generators is very difficult to listen to in long sessions.
If any BRARS members have these and would be willing to bring them for use in the event,
they would be much appreciated.

Sign-up sheet
Please edit the sign-up sheet and indicate how many people you will be bringing.
Also, we will need help with things like loading and unloading equipment,
and setting up antenas.
Your willingness to help with the various tasks is much appreciated.
__________ Your name & callsign
__________ How many attending? Callsigns? _____________________________________
__________ How many for dinner Saturday?
__________ How long are you planning to stay?

Please put your callsign on the slots below.
I will send out updates as signups occur.

Note: K4OSH and Kevin (I think KN4UBG) are bringing trailers.
__________ I can bring a trailer (need 1)

Note: I have Johnny WD4DYH & Nathan, Pat K4OSH, Kevin KN4UBG and myself.
Jason Morris, KD2RKN will help with the barrels and radios.
Jason has a 6ft trailer for the barrels.
Scott Vey will be handling the generators.
__________ I can help with the loading  & unloading Friday night (need 4-6)

Note: We’ll start around 9:00 AM. Whoever’s there….
__________ I can help with setup Saturday morning (need 6-8)

Update: Saturday meal will be ;bring your own’ a grill will be provided,
but each group will bring their own food and cook it themselves.
__________ I can help with the Saturday meal

Note: Again, I have Johnny WD4DYH & Nathan, Pat K4OSH, Kevin KN4UBG and myself.
__________ I can help with the teardown & loading & unloading Sunday night (need 4-6)

Note: I didn’t get any response on this. Hopefully the older guys will help?
__________ I can help with ‘Elmering’ newbies

Update: We will have a whiteboard with a schedule and sign-up sheet.
__________ I would like to participate in the ‘Contest’ Event (enter preferred times below)


Please fill in the questionnaire and return the email to K4RHF.
Many thanks to all who have participated in the past and, in advance,
to all who will participate this year.
Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there.

I have heard from:
Johnny WD4DYH
Scott & Mary
Rich
Will
Dan
Jim KO4BDM
Kevin KN4UBG
Pat K4OSH
Randall KO4AYQ

Please direct questions to
Bob Finley K4RHF K4RHF@mail.com 864-436-5000

BRARS June 1 Meeting

Hello all,

Below you will find a go to meeting invitation. Courtesy of Scott Tobey for our club meeting , Monday 060120

Please make plans to attend.

Thank you and will be looking forward seeing you all.

      Johnny WD4DYH

Subject: GoToMeeting Invitation – BRARS June Meeting

BRARS June Meeting

Mon, Jun 1, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (EDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/353922229

You can also dial in using your phone.

(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: +1 (646) 749-3122

– One-touch: tel:+16467493122,,353922229#

Access Code: 353-922-229

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/353922229

May 4th Meeting

All 

Scott Tobey has again offered the use of his company’s go to meeting account to hold the BRARS club meeting over. 

This session will be used to carry out club business, cover announcements and answer questions.

As we move forward programs will resume. 

Please see instructions listed below.

Thank you all,

     Johnny WD4DYH

BRARS May General Meeting

‪Mon, May 4, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (EDT)‬

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

‪https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/873018837‬

You can also dial in using your phone.

(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: ‪+1 (872) 240-3212‬

– One-touch: ‪tel:+18722403212,,87301883Access Code: ‪873-018-837‬

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: ‪https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/873018837‬

Scott

KD9MKR

BRARS Monthly Meeting

GoToMeeting Invitation – BRARS Monthly Meeting

All

Scott Tobey has offered the use of his Company’s go to meeting account to hold the BRARS club meeting over.

‪Tomorrow night Monday 04-06-20 Scott will start the meeting at 6:30 PM to provide assistance to anyone needing it with the meeting starting at 7:00 pm ‬

This session will be used to get all that are interested set up and to carry out club Business.

As we move forward programs will resume.

Please see the e-mail from Scott listed below for instructions

Thank you all,
Johnny WD4DYH

From: “W. Scott Tobey”

BRARS Monthly Meeting
‪Mon, Apr 6, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (EDT)‬

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

‪https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/430173565‬

You can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: ‪+1 (669) 224-3412‬
– One-

GoToMeeting Invitation – BRARS Monthly Meeting

All

Scott Tobey has offered the use of his Company’s go to meeting account to hold the BRARS club meeting over.

‪Tomorrow night Monday 04-06-20 Scott will start the meeting at 6:30 PM to provide assistance to anyone needing it with the meeting starting at 7:00 pm ‬

This session will be used to get all that are interested set up and to carry out club Business.

As we move forward programs will resume.

Please see the e-mail from Scott listed below for instructions

Thank you all,
Johnny WD4DYH

From: “W. Scott Tobey”

BRARS Monthly Meeting
‪Mon, Apr 6, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (EDT)‬

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

‪https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/430173565‬

You can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: ‪+1 (669) 224-3412‬
– One-touch: ‪tel:+16692243412,,430173565#‬

Access Code: ‪430-173-565‬

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: ‪https://global.gotomeeting.com‬

Thank you

‪tel:+16692243412,,430173565#‬

Access Code: ‪430-173-565‬

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: ‪https://global.gotomeeting.com‬

Thank you

April 2020 club meeting

Due to the ongoing pandemic and social distancing requests, the April 6th, 2020 club meeting is cancelled.

We would like to invite all hams, and those with receivers who aren’t licensed, to join our nightly net at 9pm on the 146.61 (W4NYK) repeater.

 

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
——————————————————————–
ARRL South Carolina Section
Section Manager: Dr. Marc C Tarplee, N4UFP n4ufp@arrl.org
——————————————————————–

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