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When to self ID

Riley Hollingsworth is the ARRL guy managing the Volunteer Monitor program and he has cleared up a few things about when you must self ID.

You must self ID once every 10 minutes if:

  1. You are using your own callsign
  2. You are using a club callsign, like W4CAE or K4EMD
  3. You are using a special event tactical callsign, like the ones we use for Harbison 50K or Tour De Cure
  4. You are using an ARES/Auxcomm tactical callsign, Like LEX EOC or State EOC

Of course you will self ID sooner if the event coordinator directs you to. In some events you might be asked to self ID on every transmission you make. An example would be “Net Control LEX EOC message body goes here K4LLE

You must self ID every 60 minutes if:

1 You are using an FCC issued 1×1 special event callsign. An Example is K2L. It is also suggested that you instead of every 60 minutes you self ID every 30 minutes just to be on the safe side. You should always follow the direction of the event coordinator.

FCC article on FCC issued 1×1 callsign, CLICK

There is no need to say “for ID” just say your callsign


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New FCC RF safety rules for ham radio – May 3 2021

N2RJ does a great job of explaining this for us.


  1. Before May 3 2021 anything transmitting less then 100 watts was exempt from doing an RF Exposure checklist.
  2. After May 3 2021 everything, even QRP transmitters needs to have an RF Exposure checklist done and kept on file at your QTH.
  3. RF exposure is about safety more then RF interference (RFI). If you are running an amplifier and the antenna is on a tripod next to your chair, you really need to think about what all that RF energy is doing to your eyeballs… No kidding.
  4. For stations already in place, that evaluation must be completed by May 3, 2023. After May  3 of this year, any new station, or any existing station modified in a way that’s likely to change its RFE profile — such as different antenna or placement or greater power — will need to conduct an evaluation by the date of activation or change.
  5. The CARC has operators with plenty of experience on doing an RF Exposure checklist so don’t get concerned if some of this looks difficult. Attend our Sunday night net at 8:30p and ask net control for help, someone will contact you and take you through it. All you really need is a tape measure.
  6. ARRL RF safety page, just click here.

Click on the video for the full story.

ARRL video on RF Exposure Rules..

Some other good links that might help you
Shows compliance at a given distance

Lake Washington Ham Club and Wayne N6NB
Shows distance to compliance

Ham Radio School Excel Sheet (save XLS file)
Show MPE and compliance for a given distance

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AREDN-MESH Networking by Wayne N1CLV

New presentation added from our April 2021 club meeting.

Located on the presentation menu tab or click the pic

This video is on Google Drive and as such will NOT play if you have cookies blocked on your web browser. You can download it or allow all cookies and play the video, just remember to block cookies again if that is what you want to do.

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Bomb Island Special Event, Huge Success

CLICK the patch for the slide show.

Majority of the pictures are from Amanda K4ASM

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Our QSO Party Team @ EmComm Trailer

Picture by Jim Lathan W4JLP

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FCC crackdown on Baofeng HT ?

Watch this youtube video and learn about why this is an issue in the first place and what the FCC is doing about it.

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South Carolina A.R.E.S. Statewide HF Net

New time and frequency has been announced 3.990 at 6pm Tuesdays for the A.R.E.S. HF net originating out of South Carolina. All are welcome.

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