Volunteers needed for 2015 Tour de Cure, May 30

Tour de CureThe biggest event we support all year in the Midlands is finally here. In 2 weeks, we’ll be providing communications for the Tour de Cure. Here is some basic information you should know. The club is seeking volunteers for this event.

  1. Tour de Cure: Saturday, May 30th
  2. Start/Finish: Robert Mills House in Downtown Columbia
  3. Pre-event meeting at 6:30 a.m. for all hams and motorcycle marshals
  4. First route starts at 7:30 a.m., additional routes have staggered start times
  5. Route closes at 4 p.m.
  6. Lunch is provided for some volunteers. If you’re a SAG, sweep, or a late rest stop, you need to be prepared to grab your own lunch.
  7. T-shirts will be provided by the organization

What you need to tell us if you intend to volunteer (use form below):

  1. Your available equipment, including your vehicle. Can you carry passengers, do you have a bike rack, etc.
  2. Your name, callsign, t-shirt size, and cell number (this information must be provided to net control and the event directors)
  3. Your preferred position (there is no guarantee that you’ll be assigned your preferred position, but we do try to assign folks so that we all enjoy the day)

At this moment, we’re sitting at about 20 volunteers. This event typically requires around 40 hams to provide proper support. Please complete the form below to begin the process.

Route surveys will be conducted soon. Let us know if you’d like to be involved in the route surveys. The routes DID change slightly this year so we’ll need to run through them and check radio coverage. Ronnie, W4RWL will be coordinating the surveys.

Sign up to volunteer

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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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S.C. QSO Party: Update on proposed rule changes

SCCOUNTIESThe Columbia Amateur Radio Club discussed proposed changes to the rules for the South Carolina QSO Party for 2015 during the club’s regular meeting in April.

If you would like to examine these proposed changes, please follow the link below to download a PDF:

UPDATE, 5/5/2015: The new rules for the QSO party were voted on and approved at the club’s May meeting.

Permanent link to this article: http://w4cae.com/s-c-qso-party-proposed-rule-changes/

Revised Net Control script

Attention net control stations:

The script for the Columbia Amateur Radio Club Sunday/Wednesday night net has been updated.

If you have any questions about the script or other net control station operations, please contact our net manager, Steve, W4SJD.

Remember, the net control schedule is always available on our website.

Permanent link to this article: http://w4cae.com/revised-net-control-script/

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