Gallery: The 2017 Harbison 50K

15941234_10209589537467919_5637191383217336034_nThe Columbia Amateur Radio Club supported the Harbison 50K ultra-marathon for the fourth straight year. A dedicated group of amateurs braved record cold temperatures, ice and snow, to keep runners safe during this all-day event.

Photos by Dallas Epperson, KM4JGC, and Tammy Livingston, N4TAL

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Column: Noise floor report does not inspire confidence

Dan, KB6NU

Dan, KB6NU

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

Last June, the FCC’s Technical Advisory Committee asked licensed and unlicensed users of the electromagnetic spectrum to answer some questions about the noise they were experiencing and whether or not it was affecting their services. Specifically, they asked:

  • Is there a noise floor problem?
  • Where does the problem exist? Spectrally? Spatially? Temporally?
  • Is there quantitative evidence of the overall increase in the total integrated noise floor across various segments of the radio frequency spectrum?
  • How should a noise study be performed?

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March classes and testing

There will be a set of classes scheduled in March at SCETV.

The Technician class will be running March 13th through 17th from 6-10 pm. General and Extra will be held on March 15th through 17th from 6-10 pm.

A testing session will be held on March 18th starting at 8:50. Bring a photo ID, an original and copy of your Ham license (if you’re upgrading) and $10 cash.

Please RSVP to MidlandsVE@gmail.com.

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Bugging Out: First-Aid Kits

By Jay Leeper, W4TFX

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Jay Leeper, W4TFX

One of the first items to be created for a go kit is a first-aid kit. However, putting one together is a task that needs to meet individual and situational demands. Again, make a list of the items required for the situation, then choose a case that will contain them.

When packing your go kit, the first-aid kit needs to be where it can be reached quickly, without fuss. Side pockets or back pockets, or even a molle bag attached to the pack, will serve in any emergency.

 

The primary concern is personal medications. Along with the medicines, a copy of prescriptions would be appropriate, especially if the meds are narcotic or barbiturate based. Conflict with authorities at the site of an emergency is not pleasant. Neither is having to do without meds due to confiscation. If the need should arise for refills, having prescriptions and contact numbers for doctors are handy things to have!

Over the counter meds, such as Aspirin, need to be labeled and placed in a different style of container, so finding them in the dark wont be difficult. A small light is also handy.

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