Annual CARC picnic set for August 15

foxhuntIt’s summer and that means it’s time for the Columbia Amateur Radio Club’s annual picnic!

Join us at Sesquicentennial Park, Shelter 3, on August 15th, for hot dogs, hamburgers, and whatever else. Just bring yourself and your family, maybe a side dish and drink, and be ready to have fun!

Besides the eating, there will be a foxhunt in the morning and perhaps in the afternoon as well.

Come join us! The fun starts at 10 a.m.

We encourage those who plan to attend to register below so we can get an accurate headcount for food:


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Field Day QSO totals and scores (estimated)


The following results are unofficial and may change after they are submitted to the ARRL. Note, ARRL Field Day bonus points have not been factored in the below scores.

Band	Mode	QSOs	Pts
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3.5	LSB	141	141
3.5	CW	24	48
7	LSB	417	417
7	CW	87	174
14	CW	1	2
14	RTTY	43      86
14	USB	184	184
21	CW	19	38
21	USB	31	31
28	USB	8	7
28	CW	26	52
50	USB	15	15

Total QSOs: 996
Raw score (no multipliers or bonuses): 1195

CARC had a strong finish this year, logging more QSOs than the previous two years. Although we posted big numbers, we had less digital and CW QSOs this year than the previous two. Digital and CW contacts are two points each, while voice contacts are a single point.

While activity was decent across all bands, 40 meters provided nearly 600 QSOs on both CW and voice — far more contacts than any other band.

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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.

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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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