Gallery: A look back at Field Day 2015

fd_2015_1The Columbia Amateur Radio Club held its annual Field Day exercise on June 27-28 at the Sandy Run emergency operations center in Calhoun County.

An estimated 50 or more amateurs and club members attended the event and operators stayed up during the 24-hour period making voice, digital and Morse code contacts with amateurs across the nation.

Final QSO totals are being tallied and we will update the site with more information later.

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ARRL Field Day operation set for June 27-28

2015 Field Day Logo Red Design 1The Columbia Amateur Radio Club will hold its annual “Field Day” operation at the Calhoun County Emergency Operations Center on June 27-28.

The public is invited to attend this nationwide event, in which radio amateurs across the country will test and show off their emergency communication capabilities. The event begins at 2 p.m. and runs 24 hours. Club members are encouraged to come early to help set up and receive instruction on the radios and logging prior to the 2 p.m. launch. Dinner will be served around 6 p.m.

The Calhoun EOC is located at 1736 Old State Road, Gaston, S.C.

The club, along with thousands of radio amateurs across the nation, will attempt to make contacts with other operators, or “hams,” using a variety of emergency communication technology, including Morse code, voice and data transmissions.

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Gallery: Mini Maker Faire 2015

mmf_kk4dsd_35The Columbia Amateur Radio Club was out in force at the 2015 Mini Maker Faire at EdVenture.

More than 20 volunteers staffed the club’s popular booth, where children and adults could participate in activities related to ham radio, including learning Morse code, making code bracelets, designing QSL cards and speaking with club members about operating, kit-building and homebrew gear.

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Net contest: Win a free radio!

VX-230The Columbia Amateur Radio Club is having a NET CONTEST during the months of June and July!

The contest will award points for net participation for the nets that take place on 147.330 at 8:30 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays!

Each point earned will result in a chance to win in a drawing that will award a new, hand- held UHF/VHF transceiver!

The rules are easy:

  • Each time a ham checks into a net, they earn one point.
  • If you check into the net and are not short-time (i.e., stay for comments), you get an additional point.
  • If you are a new ham and check in for the FIRST TIME and stay for comments, you get three points!
  • Net controllers will be automatically awarded 2 points for running the nets
  • Each point earns a ticket to be put into a bowl for a random drawing which will take place at the August 3 meeting of the club.
  • The more points you accumulate, the better your chances of winning are!

So tune into, check into, and hang around for discussion on the Columbia Amateur Radio Club’s Sunday and Wednesday 8:30 p.m. nets.

W4RWL and W4SJD are ineligible for this contest.

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