Reminder: Holiday Party, December 4

Our holiday party and annual awards banquet will be at the Flight Deck restaurant in Lexington on December 4 at 7 p.m.

Traffic is often very heavy heading into Lexington, so it’s advised you leave early if possible.

Spouses and guests are welcome. You do not have to be a member of the club to attend.

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Column: HAM? HAM radio? ham radio? Amateur Radio? amateur radio!

Dan, KB6NU

On the ARRL PR mailing list, we’ve been discussing the proper way to refer to amateur radio. What brought this up was an email from one list subscriber, Richard, WB6NAH, who was (rightfully) proud of the work that his club—the Skagit Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Club—was doing. He noted that they were even featured in the police department’s emergency preparedness brochure:

The brochure refers to “HAM radio” and “HAM radio operators.”

Referring to amateur radio in this way just drives me crazy. “Ham radio” is just a nickname for amateur radio, and “HAM” is certainly not an acronym for anything. I congratulated Richard on getting his club included in the brochure, but noted, “…it’s not HAM radio! It’s either ‘amateur radio’ or ‘ham radio’ (ham is not an acronym). I hate to be nitpicky about this, but as a professional writer, this usage just drives me crazy.”

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Gallery: Field Day 2017

The Columbia Amateur Radio Club held Field Day on Lake Murray this year.

Photos by Jim Donelan, W4KNI.

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Gallery: Winter Field Day 2017

The Columbia Amateur Radio Club participated in Winter Field Day on Saturday, Jan. 28.

More than 30 amateurs joined in the fun at the home of W4THA, where we operated in moderate temperatures outdoors with at least nine transmitters.

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