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With Thanks to Bill Lemmon. This info taken from “Ham Stuff” Newsletter!


*Event:   Jul 1st Florence ARC regular monthly meeting
                       1st Tuesday, Shoneys 7:30pm
*Event:  Jul 5th BLYTHEWOOD AREA HAM BREAKFAST! 
                       1st Saturday Southern Pig Blythewood 
*Event   Jul 14th Charleston Amateur Radio Soc
                         2nd Mon 7pm Ryan's Steakhouse, West Ashley
*Event:  Jul  8th No Meeting July MMJARC
                         Meeting  Park Street Baptist Church
                       2nd Tuesday  
*Event    Jul 10th Kershaw County Amateur Radio Club
                          2nd Thur 6:30 pm  Camden Red Cross
*Event:   Jul 21st Palmetto Amateur Radio Club Meeting
                          3rd Mon  7:30 
*Event:   Jul 21st Greenwood Amateur Radio Club Meeting
                         3rd Mon
*Event:   Jul 21st Sumter Amateur Radio Club Meeting
                          3rd Mon
*Event:   Jul 21st Trident Amateur Radio Club (TARC)
                           3rd Mon 7:00 PM Red Cross Rivers Avenue
*Event:   Jul 15th Ridge ARC Meeting
                           3rd Tue
*Event:  Jul 19th Rogers Workshop  10AM
                          3rd Sat Topic:What is it?? Why did I buy it?
*Event:   Jul 30th Newberry ARC meeting,
                          Last Wed 7PM Wilson Road Fire Firehouse.
*Event:   Aug 12 MMJARC Chicken dinner / Meeting
2nd Tuesday
Meeting  Park Street Baptist Church
*Event:   Aug 27-29 Shelby Hamfest (its moved, see below for details)

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Local VE Sessions

* Event:   Jul 12th VE Exam Session   Newberry, SC
                           2nd SATURDAY ODD MONTHS
*Event:   Aug 5th GARS ARRL VE Exam Session
                           1st Tue Evn Mo 7:00pm  Red Cross  Greenwood
*Event:   Aug 9th VE Exam Session 9AM ETV Build 2nd Sat  Even Mo
                           DETAILS: http://carc.ham-radio-op.net/ve/ve.shtml
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QCWA Chapt 89
Quarter Century Wireless Association  Chapter 89
Next meeting September 27, 2008.

QCWA Chapter 89 meets on the 4th Saturday of Feb & Sept
and in June on 3rd Saturday to not conflict with Field Day

Ryan's 1304 Bower Parkway (Exit 104 off I-26 Columbia SC)
Members gather around 11:00 AM with the meeting starting at 11:30.

QCWA Chapter 89 Net 3.930  Saturdays  9:00 AM

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The Straight Key Century Club - a/k/a SKCC is the fastest growing group of straight key, morse code operators in the world. First organized in January of 2006 our membership has rapidly grown to include thousands of members from all corners of the globe. Here's how it works:

  a.. SKCC is open to any interested licensed radio amateur
  b.. Membership is free
  c.. SKCC numbers are issued for life. Once you get it, it's yours.
  d.. Exchange SKCC numbers using a Straight Key, Bug or Side Swiper.

For more information activities and how to join visit
http://www.skccgroup.com/

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Lets Discuss Eating:
Eating is a very important side function that all Hams do. 
We enjoy this aspect of the hobby as much as any other
group.  So in the Columbia area, we have a few places we
like to go. 

**********Before Ham Club Meetings*************

CARC members like to eat before we meet at the:
Wild Wing Cafe
729 Lady St, Columbia, SC

Come join us at 5:00 PM for some informal conversation
and good food.  Directions: 
http://carc.ham-radio-op.net/directions/wildwing.shtml
********

Plametto Club members like to eat before we meet at
The Kingsman in the Parklane Shopping Center on
Knox Abbott Dr. in Cayce.

Columbia Area Hams also meet on Saturday Mornings around
8:00 for Breakfast at the legendary Southern Pig Bar-B-Que on
Blythewood Road. Take the Blythewood Road Exit off I-77
(McDonalds). Breakfast buffet!  Southern Pig is located in
Downtown Blythewood next to the IGA Grocery Store.
All Hams in surrounding towns are welcome to join us
especially if we are having a special event or activety later
in the morning.  This is usually a weekly event even without a special event.

Come join us at 8:00 AM for some informal conversation and good food.
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1st Saturday, BLYTHEWOOD AREA HAM BREAKFAST!
 
The Blythewood Ham Breakfast is held on the FIRST SATURDAY
of every month at 8:30 A.M. at the legendary Southern Pig Bar-B-Que
on Blythewood Road. Take the Blythewood Road Exit off I-77.
Breakfast buffet! Dutch of course! Southern Pig is located in
Downtown Blythewood next to the IGA Grocery Store. All Hams
in surrounding towns are welcome to visit with us hams who live in
the deep woods around Blythewood.  Beards and 'Ovah-hauls'
welcome. Pick-up truck parking available. Come see what we
look like! Dave - K4MJN

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1st Monday, CARC Club Meeting
New Meeting Time 7:00
New Location:  ETV Site beside the USC Stadium

Note the CARC Meeting will begin at 7:00 PM a 1/2 hour earlier. 
The Board voted to start the meeting earlier so we all can end it earlier. 

Check out the Columbia Amateur Radio Clubs new web site:
http://carc.ham-radio-op.net/

CARC Newsletter: 
http://carc.ham-radio-op.net/feedline/feedline.shtml
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1st Tuesday:
Florence ARC Meeting

The Florence ARC meet the first Tuesday of January through
November at Shoney's at the Magnolia Mall in Florence.
Business meeting starts at 7:30pm. Come early to eat and fellowship.
The December meeting is our annual Christmas Dinner and meeting.
It's on the first Tuesday as well. For the past 15 years, it's been held
at my home.

N4JJ  Jack Jackson 
n4jj@arrl.net
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2nd Monday
The Charleston Amateur Radio Society (CARS) meets the 2nd
Monday of each month at Ryan's Steakhouse, West Ashley, at 7:00pm. 
 
The Low Country Emergency Services Net is on Sunday nights
at 8:00pm and  Low Country  SKYWARN Net the 1st and
3rd Tuesday nights at 9:00pm.  These nets run on the combined
linked systems of the Charleston Amateur Radio Society and the
Trident Amateur Radio Club.  Currently, to gain some experience
with the SCHEARTS ETV System, the two system are being
linked in through the Awendaw UHF Hub and the SCHEART
ETV IRLP Reflector.  All are encouraged to check in to exercise
the linked system.  Any feedback on system performance would
be appreciated.

Awendaw - 146.760 Tone: 123.0, W4HRS, Charleston - Awendaw 
Awendaw - 441.725 Tone: 91.5, W4HRS, Charleston – Awendaw Hub

Go to the Charleston Amateur Radio Society (CARS)  Web page for
additional information

WWW.WA4USN.ORG
 
73, Mike, WA4HVP
wellsrm@knology.net
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2nd Thursday
The Kershaw County Amateur Radio Club (KCARC) currently meets the
second Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm.  Anyone interest Ham Radio
is welcome to join us

Camden Red Cross
625 W Dekalb St
Camden, SC


Kirk Morrison" <ka4pxk@hotmail.com
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3rd Saturday
Roger's Workshop meeting.  10 AM  Field Day Setup Details 
http://carc.ham-radio-op.net/training/hamtrainingschedule.shtml

Mystery Meat

So Bill & Bob have stopped to look at the wares offered by a hamfest tailgater.
Bill: “Man, would you look at that.”
Bob: “Yeah, that’s pretty nice.”
Bill: “I been lookin’ for one of those for years.”
Bob: “Well, you can’t go wrong.”
Bill: “I’ve never seen one in better condition.”
Bob: “Shoot, man, buy it.”
Bill: “Reckon what it is?”
Bob: “I dunno.”
Have you acquired a mystery piece of radio equipment that you just can’t
place? You bought it just because it looked cool? Bring it in and have
other local hams take a guess. Gem or junk, maybe you’ll know or at
least have an idea. Or maybe more confused than when you arrived.

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3rd Monday:
Palmetto Amateur Radio Club Meeting

We are still eating before the meeting at The Kingsman in Parklane
Shopping Center
on Knox Abbott Dr. in Cayce.
 
Palmetto Amateur Radio Club meets on the third Monday night
of each month, 7:30 PM local time. The meeting is held at the
Pioneer Career Center, Rm. # 1800 on the Second floor of the
‘new’ AT&T building. The ‘new’ AT&T building is located just
south of the ‘old’ AT&T building on the south side of the parking
garage. Confused yet?  It is actually on the corner of Taylor and
Williams Sts. It is easy to get there by turning right from Taylor St.
(in front of the old CCI site) onto Williams St. The entrance to
the parking garage is on Williams St. Drive up to the the 2nd
level where the walk bridge to the building is and park in comfort.
Enter through the door after being ‘buzzed in’ by the security guard.
Walk thru another set of doors, straight ahead, and check in at
the guard’s booth. The guard will be able to direct you to the
meeting room if there aren't any PARC members in sight. The meeting
date is the third Monday of the month at 7:30 PM local time.

    Joe
    KF4TEN@aol.com
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3rd Monday:
Greenwood Amateur Radio Society Meeting  G.A.R.S. will meet
every third Monday of each month at The Turner House on Bailey
Circle in Greenwood at 7:00 pm for light refreshments and 7:30 for
the monthly meeting.  Anyone who is interseted in Amateur Radio is
encouraged to attend.  The GARS Web page is up go to
www.w4gwd.org
and take a look. You can find this newsletter on the web sight each
month too.

Every Friday at 11:30am to 1pm at George’s Family Steak House,
713 Bypass 25NE, Greenwood, 223-2707, a group meets to have
lunch or sip your favorite beverage and chat for a while, (Dutch treat).
Everyone is welcome to join.
********

3rd Monday:
Sumter Amateur Radio Club meets the 3rd Monday of every month
at 6 pm in the Red Cross office in Sumter.  SARA meets at 7:30 PM
the third Monday of each month at the Red Cross office at 1155 N.
Guignard
(across from Time Warner Cable).  New and prospctive
hams are welcome.  SARA will hold Amateur Exams based on demand.
 
Sumter hams also have an informal luncheon at 11:30 AM on Thursday
at  Stellato's on Route 441 near the entrance to Shaw AFB Housing. 
Meet every Thursday at this new location.  All are welcome.
 
Ed Bills
WE9B
President, SARA
*********

3rd Monday:
The Trident Amateur Radio Club (TARC) meets the 3rd Monday of
each month at the Red Cross Headquarter, Rivers Avenue and Greenridge
Road, at 7:00pm.
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4th Tuesday:
Ridge ARC Meeting

Just a reminder of the Ridge ARC regular monthly meeting (4th Tuesday) at 7PM at the new fire station on Church st. (Hy 23) on the West side of Batesburg just past where 178 turns off to Sauda. It's on the right. See www.w4rrc.org  for a map.

As usual a few of us meet for dinner at 6PM +/- at Sheay's on Hy 1. Anyone/visitors, friends, family - is welcome to join us at Shealy's and any club meeting / function. You don't have to be a member to just stop by and participate. We also extend a special invitation to anyone new to HF that has a few questions to join us - either at Shealy's or the meeting. There will be a some experienced ears available willing to give you a some tips.
 The RARC conducts a monthly net on the first Saturday at 9:00pm on
3.959 MHz +/- QRM.  All Generals, Advanced and Extras are invited.

C. W. w4cwg@w4cwg.com
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Last Wednesday:  Newberry ARC Meeting and Training:

Members and Associates,
This is to remind y'all that there will be a W4NBY meeting at
7PM at the Wilson Road FireHouse, Newberry SC. If directions
are needed, please contact me by email or by phone @ 803-606-0037.

Please let me remind y'all that we have a website at:     http://www.w4nby.com
Please contact Mike / KQ4PW about what you would like to see online at the website. I will be posting the monthly meeting highlights there as well as sending an email. Please join some of us at Mig's after the meeting for food and drink. We would enjoy your company.
 
John / K4WIC
Trustee of W4NBY
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1st Tuesday, Even Months
VE Exam Session 7:00pm  Red Cross  Greenwood

GARS ARRL Volunteer Examiners (VE) Team will have an exam session
7:00pm Tuesday at The American Red Cross Building, 520 Epting Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29646.

Buddy Willis W4DEW, is the GARS Volunteer Examiner Team Liaison for Greenwood, SC

Licensed Amateurs Please bring:
1) Two forms of ID, one a Photo ID, the other can be your license.
2) A copy of your current license and the original (will be returned).
3) A copy of any CSCEs that you want credit for and the original CSCE (will be returned).
4) A copy of your FRN, if it doesn't appear on your license.  See the FCC
ULS website (http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/index.html) and check out your
callsign administrative section, you may have a FRN assigned, but not have it printed on your license.  If the FCC ULS website doesn't have a FRN listed, we will need your Social Security Number to get a
FRN issued to you at the same time the upgrade paperwork goes in.
5) Testing fee: $14บบ - Cash Only - Exact Amount, Please

For persons taking the test for the first time, we will need:
1) Two forms of ID, one a Photo ID, the other can be anything with your name and current address.
2) We will need your Social Security Number, unless you have had a FRN
issued to you for another radio service, then we will need your FRN.
3) Testing fee: $14บบ - Cash Only - Exact Amount, Please

The reason for all the emphasis on the FRN is that the FCC recently changed their software so that your SSN can only be used once to obtain a FRN, thereafter only the FRN is accepted.  Many folks may have gotten their licenses before FRN's were issued, so they may need to get an FRN assigned, or they may have a FRN assigned, but not have it printed on their license or they may have a FRN issued from another service, but not associated with their Amateur License.  The FCC's change of software was supposed to protect your SSN, but it has had a number of unexpected side effects.  So to speed your application/upgrade process, please check to see if you have a FRN and if not we'll get you one.

GARS ARRL Amateur Radio Exam Session
VE Schedule for the First Tuesday of the even months
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2nd Saturday Even Months
VE Exam Session 9AM  Columbia. ETV Building next to Fairgrounds Columbia.
DETAILS: http://carc.ham-radio-op.net/ve/ve.shtml

Midlands VE Team will have an exam session 9:00 AM Saturday.  Contact Kirk Morrison, He is The Midlands Volunteer Examiner Team Liason for Columbia, SC

Licensed Amateurs Please bring:
1) Two forms of ID, one a Photo ID, the other can be your license.
2) A copy of your current license and the original (will be returned).
3) A copy of any CSCEs that you want credit for and the original CSCE (will be returned).
4) A copy of your FRN, if it doesn't appear on your license.  See the FCC
ULS website (http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/index.html) and check out your
callsign administrative section, you may have a FRN assigned, but not have it printed on your license.  If the FCC ULS website doesn't have a FRN listed, we will need your Social Security Number to get a
FRN issued to you at the same time the upgrade paperwork goes in.
5) Testing fee: $14บบ (no change from 2007)- Cash Only - Exact Amount, Please. For persons taking the test for the first time, we will need:
1) Two forms of ID, one a Photo ID, the other can be anything with your name and current address.
2) We will need your Social Security Number, unless you have had a FRN
issued to you for another radio service, then we will need your FRN.
3) Testing fee: $14บบ - Cash Only - Exact Amount, Please 

The reason for all the emphasis on the FRN is that the FCC recently changed their software so that your SSN can only be used once to obtain a FRN, thereafter only the FRN is accepted.  Many folks may have gotten their licenses before FRN's were issued, so they may need to get an FRN assigned, or they may have a FRN assigned, but not have it printed on their license or they may have a FRN issued from another service, but not associated with their Amateur License.  The FCC's change of software was supposed to protect your SSN, but it has had a number of unexpected side effects.  So to speed your application/upgrade process, please check to see if you have a FRN and if not we'll get you one.

Kirk Morrison
ka4pxk@hotmail.com
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Daily 7:00 PM

You are invited to check into the South Carolina Single Sideband Net each evening at 7:00 PM Local time. Frequency is 3.915.  It is a Traffic Net for any traffic coming in and out of South Carolina via the Carolinas Net. You are welcome any evening. Give it a try. 
South Carolina SSB Net:      http://www.w4jf.com/sc_ssb_net.htm
*******

Russ KD4HDR has started a new HF SSB net on the
first Saturday of the month at 9PM on 3959KHz for testing
and experimentation. Mark it on your calendar and join in!
*******

Lexington AREA 2M simplex net is still going strong on 146.55
every Sunday evening at 9PM followed by the Net Connection
on the repeater (147.255 +600, 123Hz tone) at about 9:15 PM.
*******

The Greenwood ARS club has a informal rag chew type net on Tuesdays 
at 8:00 PM on 443.900 +. All amateur operators are welcome to come
join the net every Tuesday at 8:00 PM feel free to check in at any time
you do not have to stay for rag chew but you will enjoy it.
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Six Meter and Two Meter Dxpedition July 19 & 20
The Carolina DX Association is proud to announce that N4BX will be activating Fox Mike 13 for the upcoming CQ WW VHF Contest, July 19th and 20th.  Fox Mike 13 is on the list of rare grid squares, and is one of the rarest grid squares on the east coast.

The CQ Worldwide Contest is a twenty seven hour, two band contest,
featuring Six Meters and Two Meters.   It begins on Saturday July 19th
at 1800 UTC (2PM EDST) and runs through Sunday July 20th at
2100 UTC (5PM EDST).

N4BX will be active on Six Meter SSB, Six Meter WSJT, Two Meter SSB,
Two Meter FM simplex and for the first time ever from FM13, Two Meter
WSJT EME (Moon Bounce) & MS (Meteor Scatter), and Six Meter WSJT
MS (Meteor Scatter).

We need your help, you can work N4BX on both Six Meters and Two
Meters on the following frequencies :

    * Six Meter SSB             USB  Upper Side Band                   50.137 + -
    * Six Meter WSJT          JT6M  Meteor Scatter                   
    * Two Meter SSB          USB  Upper Side Band                  144.212 + -
    * Two Meter WSJT        FSK441 Meteor Scatter                 
    * Two Meter WSJT        JT65B EME Moon Bounce     
    * Two Meter FM            FM Simplex                                      146.550 simplex

Over the years, there have been many operations to FM 13,  BUT,  to break the record for the most contacts made from FM 13, we need your help.

Point your antennas towards Wilmington, NC  and put N4BX in your logs.
N4BX will QSL 100 %

    * For more information about our N4BX operation please visit our website
    * To learn more about WSJT, a free program, please visit this website
    * To learn how to setup and use the WSJT program, please visit this website   
    * To contact the N4BX Team email us at nfourbx@gmail.com

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VE Team Testing   Newberry, SC
2nd SATURDAY ODD MONTHS
July 12th, 2008

http://www.w4nby.com/vesession_info.htm

W4NBY VE Session Wilson Road Fire Station  10:00 AM
Walk-Ins Welcome, Pre-Registration Not Required

ALL candidates MUST provide the following information and or documents:
    1)    Original and copy of "OFFICIAL" Photo ID. (ex: Driver's license,
          State issued Photo ID, Passport etc)  ALL ID's MUST have a valid
          and verifiable US mailing address.
    2)    Original and copy of any Amateur license currently held.
    3)    Original and copy of of any CSCE's
    4)    Proof and copy of any element credit. (Expired licenses, etc)
    5)    Testing fee.  This may be CASH or check made payable to         WCARS/VEC in the amount of $10.00 U.S.
          NOTE:  All original  documents will be returned after
          verification of copies is completed.

Testing Location:   All  "scheduled" VE sessions will at the Fire Station
located at the following address.  1041 Wilson Rd, ewberry, SC 29108
     (864) 321-1030        

2008  Testing Schedule
START TIME  10:00 AM: JUL  12th, SEP 13th & NOV  8th

2009  Testing Schedule
JAN   10th, MAR 14th, MAY  9th, JUL  11th, SEP  12th, NOV 14th  
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VHF/UHF Weekly *****SSB Nets*****

6 Meter Nets
Day Frequency   NCS         Time   Grid Location
Mon     50.145     NI4I         9pm    FM07   Roanoke Va

Tues    50.250     K4IRT     8pm    EM94   Lexington SC

Wed     50.130     KI4OCN     8pm    EM95   Lake Norman, NC
Wed     50.150                9pm    EN90   Wheeling W Va 
Wed     50.400(AM) W4KCS     9pm    FM07   Lynchburg VA

Thurs   53.030     AC4UD   8pm    FM05   Raleigh NC
Thurs   50.200     KJ4RB     8pm    FM14   Pink Hill NC

Sat(am) 50.200     KD4MYE    8am    FM05 Wake Forest NC
Sat     50.213     KF4GLE      8pm    EM92   Charleston SC 
Sat     50.160     KI4AYZ  8pm    EM86   Bristol TN
Sat     50.266             9pm       Tidewater VA
Sat     53.01  (FM)            9pm    FM07   Lexington VA

Sun     50.135    K4RKO   7pm    FM17   Richmond VA
Sun     50.14      K4KXY 8pm    EM84 Lawrenceville, GA
  

2 Meter SSB Nets 
Day Frequency   NCS          Time     Grid     Location_
 
Sun     144.220     N1GMV     8:30pm  FM05    Zebulon NC

Mon     144.190     NO4FR 8:30pm  FM17    Richmond VA
Mon     144.230               9:00pm          Tidewater, VA

Tues    144.225     K4HC      8:00pm  FM06 Greensboro, NC
  
Wed     144.230     K4CON    9:15pm  EM95      Rock Hill, SC

440 MHZ SSB Nets
Day Frequency      NCS Time   Grid Location_
                         
Wed        432.090     W4DEX   9pm    EM95  Locust NC
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Amateur Radio Classes/Testing Information copied off the
ARRL South Carolina Section Web site: 

http://www.arrl-sc.org/
 
ARRL National Search Site:       http://www.arrl.org/hamradio.html
Use this link to learn a bit about Amateur Radio, and Locate a club in your area!

Remember that most of the VE teams require that Applicants bring:
Original and photocopy of picture ID (Drivers License, School ID, etc)
Original and copy of any Amateur license currently held Original and
copy of any CSCEs Proof, with a copy, of any other element credit (expired licenses,etc.) . Testing fee: (ARRL $14บบ The same in 2008)  - Cash Only - Exact Amount, Please

State Classes/Testing
Aiken: Aiken VE Sessions are held on the second Thursday of odd number months at
Aiken Prep, 619 Barnwell Ave. NW Aiken, SC, at 7:00pm.  Walk-ins are welcome. 
Information is also available on the North Augusta - Belvedere Radio Club K4NAB
website, http://mywebpages.comcast.net/rwilliams309/K4NAB.html
or for more Information contact: Glenn (W4FPE) email: gmmfpe@bellsouth.net 
(Added 6/20/06 per W4FPE)

Barnwell:
Charleston Area VE testing, sponsored by the Trident Amateur Radio Club (TARC) is available on the third Wednesday evening of every month at 7:00 pm at the Goose Creek Masonic Lodge, Rte 176, across from the BiLo. Contact Robert Johnson at  ae4rj@amsat.org .  Walk-ins welcome.

Columbia: AMATEUR RADIO TESTING SESSIONS are sponsored by
The Midlands Volunteer Examiner Team. Second Saturday on Even Months at 9:00 AM.  Check out  website: http://www.kf4ghc.net/ve/ve.shtml

Hilton Head:  The Hilton Head Island VE Team will conduct a testing session during the Field Day weekend.  This will be located at 40 Confederate Avenue, Bluffton, SC and will begin at noon on Saturday June 24, 2006.  For further details, contact Jim Yoder - K3GEV at 843-671-2302. (added 6/18/06 per K3GEV)
 
Myrtle Beach: VE Testing 4th Saturday of every odd month (Except November) 9am in the American Red Cross building, 2795 Pampus Drive, Myrtle Beach at the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.  The test session in November is typically the second Saturday of the month to coincide with the Myrtle Beach Hamfest. Walk-ins are welcome!  Please contact our VEC Clayton Brantley, W3ZD for further information.  This information is also available on our W4GS Website.
(Added 6/18/06 per N4XML)

Rock Hill:    VE Testing is sponsored by the York County Amateur Radio
Society at the Clubhouse located approximately 0.4 miles east of the
intersection of Falls Road and Squire Road.   Test sessions are conducted
during the months of January, March, May, July, September and November, on the third Saturday of the month and  begin at 9:00 AM.
Contact Wes Keenan KF4BSB or see www.ycars.org for further details.  
Important things to bring to the test session:  Original and copies of your existing amateur license and any valid CSCE's you may hold ,Your FRN (the 10 digit number by which the FCC identifies you), Photo ID, The fee (presently $12.00)

Salkehatchie: The Salkehatchie Amateur Radio Society sponsors VE
testing as follows:Third Saturday of every odd month at 10 AM at
Barnwell 1st Baptist Church.  Call WA4BHK at 803 259-1865 for
an appointment.   (Added 7/21/06 by WA4BHK)

The SPARTANBURG AMATEUR RADIO CLUB will be testing
at the American Red Cross located 104 Garner Rd. Just off N.Pine
street
. Tests will given by the ARRL VE team.  The Spartanburg A.R.C.
test on the second Tuesday of all even months at 7:00 PM.
Use the side door.
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The Ridge Radio Club Web site is now on line again thanks to my son
KG4UAL (Tripp)  The link is www.W4RRC.org.  Check it out!  He was
required to build a web site for one of his IT classes at Midlands Tech
so he "killed two birds with one stone".  Thanks for the newsletter.

73,
Rodger
N4NRW
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Roger Mull (roger_mull@yahoo.com) will be organizing volunteers to
help the Richland County EOC during weather and other emergencies
(such as the tornado watches and warnings we seem to be going through
on a regular basis) as well as routine checks on the equipment.

The EOC will require that you submit a RACES application form. There
is no requirement for the ISC or IC courses at the county level. You
*are* encouraged to take IS-100, 200,700 and 800, which are available
free, online via FEMA at http://www.learningservices.us/FEMA/LMS/

No one will be turned away if they haven't taken the courses. 
IS 300 and 400, which are classroom only, are not required at all.

The RACES form is available in .doc format in our files section (see
"ARES_RACES_Registration.doc"). Fill it out (all three pages... page 1
is the same as what you sent in for ARES) and send it to Roger Mull
(Roger... would you post your address please?).

Roger mentions the following advice for people who want to work in the
EOC: "They should be able to work under pressure and willing to adjust
their hours to cover the emergency.  What we've found in the past, a
lot of people want to work administrative hours but once the EOC is
activated, you need to cover 24 hour shifts.  That can be extremely
difficult especially at the State EOC.  They may work for weeks.  Also
you really need people with a positive can do attitude who can work
with others.  It can become very difficult and stressful."

I suspect that we may have to cover in shifts, so send your potential
hours along with your application.

73 de Carl AJ4DW

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"Antenna Expert L. B. Cebik, W4RNL (SK)"

"L. B. Cebik, W4RNL, ARRL Technical Adviser and antenna authority,
passed away last week. He was 68. An ARRL Life Member, Cebik was known to many hams for the numerous articles he wrote on antennas and antenna modeling"....

...."Cebik lived in Knoxville, Tennessee and wrote more than a dozen
books on antennas for both the beginner and the advanced student. Among his books are a basic tutorial in the use of NEC antenna modeling
software and compilations of his many shorter pieces. A teacher for more
than 30 years, Cebik was retired, but served as Professor Emeritus of
philosophy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville."....

http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/04/22/10059/?nc=1
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KO4L Lloyd

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources' State Climatology
Office and the National Weather Service are looking for more than 1,000
volunteers scattered across the state to measure and report the rain, snow, sleet or hail that falls on their homes, farms, or businesses.

South Carolina will join 28 other states currently using a network
of community volunteers to measure precipitation. "This is a chance
for people who have an interest in weather to be part of a project that
collects valuable weather and climate data," said Hope Mizzell, South
Carolina
's State Climatologist. The project's official name is the
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network or
CoCoRaHS for short.    
   
There is a shortage of reliable rainfall data from across South Carolina,
she said. "Many counties have such sparse coverage that major storms
can pass by, but miss the few gauges in the area. Summer thunderstorms
can dump more than three inches of rain in some areas,
while areas just a few miles away receive little or no rainfall. If we want
to learn more about rain storms we need dozens of gauges in each county.    
   
DNR's State Climatology 0ffice would like for South Carolina to have
more than 1,000 committed, long-term volunteers with rain gauges in
every part of the state." Everyone can help - young and old and in between. Here are the basic requirements for being a CoCoRaHS weather observer...    (1) Have access to the internet and the ability to browse the CoCoRaHS web site, where you will enter your daily precipitation data.  (2) Have an official-type CoCoRaHS rain gauge. You can buy one inexpensively on our website.   (3) Have a good site on your property with good exposure, as free of trees and obstructions as possible, where you can place the rain gauge about ive feet off the ground.    (4) Take a training course offered by your local National Weather Service Office or take the online CoCoRaHS observer training course.  (5) Be willing to enter your precipitation data on a daily basis between 6 AM 9AM through the CoCoRaHS internet web site. 
 
What are the benefits of being a CoCoRaHS observer? 
 Well, we don't offer a paycheck, but by about participating in the
CoCoRaHS network you will make an important contribution that
helps others, especially during times of drought. By providing your
daily precipitation data, will assist in filling in a piece of the climate puzzle that affects all South Carolinians. CoCoRaHS also is a great way to learn
more about weather while collecting valuable rainfall data.
   
How does one become a CoCoRaHS observer?
    Go to the CoCoRaHS website (www.cocorahs.org) and click on the
"Join CoCoRaHS" emblem on the upper right side of the main website.
    After registering, all CoCoRaHS observers take a short on-line training course and may begin to report. Your rainfall observations will become part of the volunteer nation-wide record and be plotted on maps of your county and state. You may view these maps and see how
your observation compares with other CoCoRaHS observers across
South Carolina.
    
   
If you have any questions, contact the local coordinator for your region
or the SC State Climate Office.
    
    Northeast or Pee Dee
    Erik Heden, NWS, 910-763-8331

    Midlands
    Leonard Vaughan, NWS, 803-765-5501

    Southeast
    Joe Calderone, NWS, 843-744-0303 x422

    Upstate
    Terry Benthall or Blair Holloway, NWS, 864-848-3859

    SC State Climate Office
    Hope Mizzell, 803-734-9100

    "CoCoRaHS - Because Every Drop Counts!"

    I encourage you to join this effort.  Its easy and it does not take
much time.  Note they prefer you not use a automated rain guage,
but a manual 4 inch collection gauge.

    Lloyd KO4L
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Request for Amateur Radio Operators
From: Richland County ARES EC

Any Richland County amateur radio operator (any class) who is interested in joining up with the Richland County ARES group can easily do so by going to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RC_SC_ARES/ and request to join.
 
Mention your callsign and we'll admit you. There is an ARES registration
form available in the "Files" section... fill one out and mail it to me
(my address is on the form). We'll be starting a twice-a-month net soon,
and then plan exercises.

We're using Yahoo! Groups because it's a free way to exchange files and
information from a central location. It's free.

73 de Carl AJ4DW
chlopez@sc.rr.com
ARRL Emergency Coordinator, Richland County SC
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ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) Has vacancies in the following positions:


*Lexington County ARES EC
*Volunteer Hams

Contact AE4UX, Charlie Miller
ARRL SC Section Emergency Coordinator

email: ae4ux@bellsouth.net
Phone: (803) 663-9442

What is an ARES EC or DEC? 
http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/org/ec.html
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