April 4 general meeting notes

The Columbia Amateur Radio Club held their April general meeting on April 4. The following are documents, links and information relevant to the topics discussed.roger_mull

Main presentation

Roger Mull, KD4JQJ, of SCETV Engineering, delivered a comprehensive introduction to the world of “Digital Mobile Radio” or DMR. Check out his presentation for a look at the technology, some suggested radios and how to get started with this fascinating mode.

Volunteers needed

Tammy, N4TAL, is searching for volunteers to assist with the MS Walk on Saturday, April 9, Please e-mail her at n4tal@att.net if you would like to help out. This is an easy event and can be worked with a handheld radio.

April Workshop: CW Class

Tom Francis, W1TEF, will be conducting a multi-day Morse Code class April 20-23. Time and location is still to be determined. We will update here once we get details finalized, but save the dates if you are interested in learning the code.

Contesting 101 Class

The Swamp Fox Contest Group will present a “Contest Basics” class in Columbia, SC on Saturday April 30th at the ETV building near downtown Columbia (1041 George Rogers Blvd, Columbia, SC 29201).

The course is geared toward any amateur who is interested in contesting, but doesn’t know much about how to actually do it. It will be focused heavily, but not exclusively, on HF contesting. Although equipment and antenna use specific to contesting will be discussed, it is expected that students will be licensed amateurs with a working knowledge of radio communications.

If you’d like to participate, please RSVP to:

Dave Fuseler, NJ4F
President, Swamp Fox Contest Group

More details on the class can be found here: www.swampfoxcontestgroup.com/education


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Gallery: Balun/Antenna Workshop

march-workshop-6Bill, W4FSV, hosted the Columbia Amateur Radio Club at the Calhoun County Auxiliary EOC Saturday, March 19, for a balun and antenna-building workshop.

The EOC was packed with more than 15 participants. We constructed a simple balun which could be used to create an off-center fed dipole or delta loop antenna.

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March 7 general meeting notes

The Columbia Amateur Radio Club held their March general meeting on March 7. The following are documents, links and information relevant to the topics discussed.


Main presentation

Gordie Neff, N9FF, delivered a fantastic introduction to the world of software defined radio and discussed his ideal SDR project.

Photo galleries from February events

Join the club/pay dues online

We can now take dues payments via our website. Also, both our president and treasurer can process credit cards at meetings and club events with a mobile card reader. The club is using PayPal connected directly to CARC’s Wells Fargo account to handle these transactions.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact Andy, kk4dsd@arrl.net.

Club ID badges

If you still need a CARC photo ID badge, please e-mail Dave, W4DMC, at david@calhounems.org. Be sure to indicate your name and callsign and attach a photo of yourself (a headshot in front of a neutral background).

Statewide emergency exercise

From 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM starting Monday March 14 and concluding on Tuesday March 15, the state will be conducting its annual full scale exercise involving communications. This year exercise centers on an earthquake with an epicenter near Summerville. ARES, RACES and AUXCOMM members are highly encouraged to check into nets, conducted local training and exercise local response plans. This Full Scale Exercise is open to all Amateur Radio Stations around the state and please consider checking into one of the nets to check out your equipment and try your simplex coverage. Local Counties ARES/RACES groups may be conducting local exercises so please check with your ARES Emergency Coordinator to see what is planned for your county.

March 19 workshop: Antenna/Balun build

Our March workshop will be an antenna build hosted by Bill, W4FSV, at the Calhoun County EOC. Participants will build a ferrite core 4:1 current balun, which can then be used to create an off-center fed dipole, OR a loop antenna. The cost to build the balun is $10. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Upcoming Events

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Gallery: CARC at DFARG for the S.C. QSO Party

scqso-dfarg-11The Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group hosted members of the Columbia Amateur Radio Club in Little Mountain Saturday during the South Carolina QSO Party effort.

W4CAE handed out approximately 400 bonus point contacts during 7.5 hours of operation on multiple bands and modes.

CARC thanks DFARG for hosting our club during the first-ever joint operation between our groups!


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