License classes and testing scheduled for December 7-10

wfd_2015_9Classes will be given for amateur radio licenses on December 7, 8 and 9, from 6PM to 10PM with testing on December 10 at 9:00 AM. The location is 1041 George Rogers Blvd., Columbia, SC. There is no cost for training but $10 cash is needed for testing on Saturday. Walk-ins are welcomed for testing.

Questions? E-mail Stan, N3LU, at, or call 803-467-4731.

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W4FSV: From CQ Magazine, “A Field Day 40 years in the making”

W4FSV operating Field Day in 1976 in Schenectady, NY.

W4FSV operating Field Day in 1976 in Schenectady, NY.

The Columbia Amateur Radio Club’s own Bill, W4FSV, was featured in the most recent issue of CQ Magazine in a story of “two QRP Field Day operations separated by four decades.”

We also want to send Bill some well-wishes after a recent surgery. Please keep him in your thoughts!

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SKYWARN Recognition Day Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

skywarnThe public is invited to attend SKYWARN Recognition Day on Dec. 3 at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in West Columbia from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Please RSVP to Doug Anderson, W4WNS at, or call (803) 822-8133.

Events include:

  • Special Event Radio Station WX4CAE – operational the entire day.
  • Basic SKYWARN Spotter Class – 10 a.m. until noon
  • Introductory SKYWARN Net Control Orientation – 1-2 p.m.
  • Food provided.

SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission protecting life and property. Amateur radio operators form a large percentage of the SKYWARN volunteers across the country. They provide vital communication between NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative.

During the SKYWARN Special Event ham operators and other SKYWARN spotters are invited to NWS offices for food, learning and fellowship, and to contact other radio operators across the world. Awards can be earned for contacting other NWS offices! You DO NOT need to be a ham radio operator to attend!

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Former CARC president, John Crockett, W3KH, SK at age 69



John Crockett, W3KH

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of John Crockett, W3KH. After a long bout with cancer, John passed peacefully the morning of Oct. 12, surrounded by his beloved family and wife, Karen. John and Karen had their 40th wedding anniversary days before.

Amateur radio and emergency communications had no greater advocate in South Carolina than John Crockett. His tireless devotion to service led to the establishment of the SCHEART network, the SC DMR network and countless other innovations of immeasurable service to the people of South Carolina.

A memorial service for John will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with burial in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.

Memorial gifts may be made to Palmetto Health Foundation, designated for Palmetto Health Cancers and mailed to: Palmetto Health Foundation, Wells Fargo Processing Center P.O. Box 602575, Charlotte, NC 28260-2575; or ETV Endowment, 401 East Kennedy St., Suite B-1, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

Cards may be sent to his family: 1409 Marina Road, Irmo, SC 29068

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