CARC logs nearly 300 QSOs in S.C. QSO Party effort

The Columbia Amateur Radio Club logged nearly 300 QSOs and contacted 33 states, and 18 South Carolina counties during the 2015 S.C. QSO Party.

The club’s results have been posted online. View the full breakdown here.

Logs will be accepted for the 2015 SCQP until Nov. 21. At this moment, preliminary results show that participating SCQP stations contacted the 48 contiguous states and 42 of South Carolina’s 46 counties.

For more information about the SCQP, visit their website,

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Gallery: Go-Kit competition, Nov. 7, 2015

go_kit_2The Columbia Amateur Radio Club held its first go-kit competition on Nov. 7, 2015, at the ETV building near downtown Columbia.

The judges had a difficult time deciding, but they made their choices and we had 3 lucky winners AND an honorable mention!

  • 1st place – Jason Phelps
  • 2nd place – Jay Leeper
  • 3rd place – Gary Phillips
  • Honorable Mention – Ralph Overstreet

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1st Annual Go-Kit Competition and Exhibition

Tunnamedhe Columbia Amateur Radio Club is excited to announce their First Annual Go-Kit Competition and Exhibition:

When: Saturday, November 7th
Where: Rear parking lot of SCETV
Set-up: 8am – 9am
Demo and exhibition: 9am – until, judging will begin at 9am sharp,
Location: 1101 George Rogers Blvd, Columbia, SC
Talk-in: 147.330+ 156.7hz (W4CAE repeater)
Event frequency: 146.400 simplex

Competitors and exhibitors: Please register using the form here.


1. Required:

  • A power source
  • A transceiver
  • An antenna system

2. Optional:

  • Microphone
  • Personal safety/survival items
  • Personal comfort items

3. Each contestant will have three minutes to explain/demonstrate their go-kit.

4. Points will be awarded based on:

  • Communications capability
  • Emergency preparedness/survival capability
  • Fun factor

5. Judges scores/decisions are final, no exceptions

6. Prizes

  • First place: Prize pack from the Columbia Amateur Radio Club
  • Second place: Prize pack from Universal Survival Innovations
  • Third place: Consolation prize pack

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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
----	----	----	----
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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