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FCC Amateur Radio Application Fee: Good, Bad, and Ugly

The FCC application fee for amateur radio licenses takes effect on Tuesday, April 19, 2022

KB8VBR has a great video that highlights the new FCC fees and tips to be aware of…

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Cyber Attacks, Are You Ready?

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Cyber security is becoming more essential than ever with the growth of threats increasing each day. Prevention of a cyberattack is important, so make sure to follow these steps:

1-Use Strong Passwords

Passwords that are unique, long, and feature multiple characteristics and combinations are the most secure. Make sure you use a different password for each account.

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Moving Amateur Radio Stations, Are You on the RaDAR?


Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio, often referred to by its acronym RaDAR, is a concept for operating an amateur radio station anywhere, anytime, and even in adverse environmental conditions. This concept supports the amateur radio service’s emergency communications mandate.

Where the concept originated

Radio amateurs from South Africa came up with a concept to build a comfortable portable radio station capable of operating for extended periods while walking or stationary after walking to a specified site.

The idea was discussed in an open forum and ideas gleaned from many of the local hams, some prototyping was done and the “Shack in a Sack” (SiaS) concept was born.

In August 2009 RaDAR – Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio, was launched – a more professional version of the SiaS concept.

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SC Midlands ARES Training Net for Thursday, 3/24

The SC Midlands ARES Training Net for Thursday, March 24 will be a Zoom meeting from 8 – 9 PM. (Note the start time is 8 PM, not the normal 8:30 PM). The agenda topic will be “Sharing COMMEX Experience” from March 15, 16, and 19 as described here:  2022 State FSE- March 15, 16, 19 | SCHEART

We’ll start the call with Tuesday and Wednesday COMMEX participants. They’ll share with us the type of tasks they were involved in and what they learned. 

We’ll continue the call with Saturday COMMEX participants. (Same deal) – They’ll share with us the type of tasks they were involved in and what they learned.

Hopefully, we have some time for discussion and Q and A.

For more information contact Mark KN4KRZ

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April CARC Meeting: Shack / Go-Box Show & Tell

The April meeting topics:

Let’s see those Go-Kits/Boxes, Mobile Gear, Antennas, or what you want to share with the club.


Topic: Columbia Amateur Radio Club April Meeting
Time: Apr 4, 2022, 06:45 PM Eastern Time (the US and Canada)

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  • Club Business
  • Jimmy Doolittle Day
  • Spring outing at Potter Park in Elgin: Swap Meet, Meet and Greet, Training, Fox Hunt Example, Mesh Networking Example, Winlink VaraFM, Antenna tunning, and others
  • Other events
  • Summer Field Day
  • Member Spotlight
  • Shack / Go-Kit Show and Tell
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Check Calendar for Next Class

WHAT: Columbia Amateur Radio Club Get Radio Active class is targeted at new and old licensed Amateur Radio Operators. This is a 3-hour session with volunteer club members who will discuss and demonstrate some topics for Radio Activity to help get you started (in no particular order):

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40AH Li-ion Battery Project Update

Update! Completed the battery build, this is a good bit of kit and I give it 2/5 stars for build difficulty and 4/5 stars for quality. In this build, I used 21 2400 mah 18650 batteries that will produce a max of 40ah with the battery management board. The cost of the total project not including tools less than $100.

I will have this battery and the spot welder used during the build at Ham and Eggs Breakfast on 3/19.

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