Feb. 1 general meeting notes

The Columbia Amateur Radio Club held their February general meeting on Feb. 1. The following are documents, links and information relevant to the topics discussed.

Harbison 50K presentation

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David Nance, organizer/director of the Harbison 50K was on-hand Monday to present volunteers with medals of appreciation for their service during January’s event. This was the third straight year the club has supported the 50K.

CARC volunteers arrived before dawn and were deployed across several miles of the forest to keep an eye out for stray or injured runners, to assist at aid stations, direct runners and traffic, and provide runner position updates back to race staff at the finish line. At least 18 members of the club were on-hand to help.

S.C. QSO Party

Tom, W1TEF, spoke briefly on the upcoming event, scheduled for Feb. 27-28. The club’s callsign, W4CAE, will again be a bonus station. We will operate from the Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group’s clubhouse in Little Mountain.

Presentation: A re-purposed computer power supply

12654566_1221565927871509_215466195537387006_nSteve, KI4VGA, delivered a how-to presentation on converting old PC power supplies for use in amateur radio. Anyone wishing to perform these modifications should use the utmost care and safety when dealing with electricity.

Winter Field Day report

The club had an excellent performance at this year’s Winter Field Day event, logging 40 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, and some DX. Andy, KK4DSD, shared a map showing the areas of the U.S. the club contacted.

Upcoming events of interest to hams

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Gallery: Winter Field Day 2016

wfd-2The Columbia Amateur Radio Club gathered for Winter Field Day on Jan. 30 in Kershaw County at the QTH of club member W4THA. The club logged a record number of QSOs on multiple bands and modes under clear skies and temperatures in the mid-60s.

The club operated in the “multi-operator outdoor” class using vehicles and the club’s trailer. We recorded nearly 290 QSOs on phone, digital and CW modes, logging sections in 40 states, portions of Canada, Puerto Rico, and several DX entities.

In comparison, the club logged less than 60 QSOs during last year’s effort.

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NPOTA: John, N3EWW, manages a pile-up

Want to check out a National Parks on the Air pile-up? Club member John, N3EWW, operates from the historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. (Video by Tom, W1TEF)

Permanent link to this article: http://w4cae.com/npota-john-n3eww-manages-a-pile-up/

Gallery: CARC supports the Harbison 50K

50K-21Members of the Columbia Amateur Radio Club supported 200 runners during the Harbison 50K race event in Harbison State Forest Saturday, Jan. 9.

CARC volunteers arrived before dawn and were deployed across several miles of the forest to keep an eye out for stray or injured runners, to assist at aid stations, direct runners and traffic, and provide runner position updates back to race staff at the finish line. At least 18 members of the club were on-hand to help.

This year marks the third consecutive year CARC has supported the Harbison 50K.

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