SC QSO Party 2018

 The QSO party is coming up folks.

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Backpack GO-BAG Competition 2018

The Columbia Amateur Radio Club will be conducting a Backpack Go-Bag competition in May 2018.

Can you accomplish a hypothetical scenario in 3 days with only the items on your back.

More information will be posted here when we finalize the scenarios and criteria.

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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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