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1/2in Type M Copper Tubing Slim Jim VHF/UHF Antenna

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Message from ARRL, South Carolina, Public Information Coordinator

South Carolina Amateur Radio Volunteers Assist with Emergency Communication


Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers from several South Carolina counties are pitching in to help support emergency communication, as the state deals with the aftereffects of Hurricane Florence. The storm, now a tropical depression, continues to generate heavy rainfall in the Carolinas.

“Amateur Radio operators are far from ‘amateurs’ when it comes to providing communication in an emergency,” ARES Richland County Emergency Coordinator Ronnie Livingston, W4RWL, said. “Our volunteers here in Richland County have been staffing stations at the Richland County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), as well as at the Red Cross, since the requests were first received.”

ARES District Emergency Coordinator EMEA Area 3 Earl Dean, W4ESD, said operators at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) have been keeping in contact with field volunteers in Marion and Dillon counties, after conventional telecommunications failed there. “We were able to deploy assets and personnel, thanks to our volunteers who managed communications between these areas and coordinated with the appropriate agencies,” Dean said.

“South Carolina ARES is fully activated,” ARRL South Carolina Section Emergency Coordinator Billy Irwin, K9OH, told ARRL in advance of the storm, adding that he’s been coordinating regularly with the SC Emergency Management Division.”

ARRL South Carolina ARES needs additional Amateur Radio volunteers to assist with the response effort and is in discussion with the ARRL Alabama Section to fulfill this need through a mutual aid agreement.

Gordon Mooneyhan, W4EGM, Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club (GSARC), said radio amateurs set up and managed organized communication networks to assist local government and emergency agencies, as well as non-commercial health-and-welfare messaging for residents affected by the disaster, to let family members outside the affected area know they are okay.

On-air operations for National Hurricane Center station WX4NHC, the Hurricane Watch Net, the VoIP Hurricane Net, and SATERN have concluded. — Thanks to ARRL South Carolina Section PIC Tammy A. Livingston, N4TAL

If you are interested in joining South Carolina ARES click here.

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Mike Michaelski KK4AIF shows us his personal “roll up bag”

Mike Michaelski KK4AIF shows us his personal “roll up bag” he uses when he is deployed with the SCBC Disaster Relief Mass Feeding team.

Mike has used this bag for Hurricane Matthew and Florence, he suggests we build this just to be prepared should we find ourselves in a bad situation.


You start with the empty roll up bag and number the compartments.

Then you take this list and collect all of the items

Bucket Boss Tool Roll (stock #70004)  Emergency/BOB/GHB
Top Row               
1  Four, Size Large, 7 Mil.  Nitrile Gloves ->Hardy Item 68505 :Harbor Freight
2  Strike Anywhere Matches in Waterproof Case ->UCO  MT-SM-CONT, UPC 54269-00035
3  CAT Tourniquet ->various vendors :Amazon
4  Sawyer Mini Water Filter and Tube ->: Amazon
5  SOL Emergency Blanket (1 person) ->: Amazon, Sportsmens Warehouse, Target, Wal-Mart
6  Fatlighter Stick ->: local or e-Bay
7  Gerber EVO-Jr Folding Pocket Knife ->: Amazon, Sportsmens Warehouse
8  Eight #2 Pencils (for writing and as tinder) ->: school supplies
9  Yellow Light Stick ->UST See-me light stick 2-pack: Wal Mart
10 Gerber or Ozark Trail Multi Tool ->Gerber:Amazon, Ozark Trail:Wal-Mart
11  Whistle w/ Compass, Magnifier & Thermometer, Two Pencil Sharpeners ->Coghlans No 0044: WalMart
Middle Row
1  Cotton Balls w/Vaseline (tinder) in Film Canister->: pharmacy almost anywhere
2  Sharpie Marker ->: office supplies, almost anywhere
3  Two Pens->: office supplies, almost anywhere
4  Fifteen 8″ Zip Ties, white or black – black resists UV better->Hyper Tough 43-308WMN: Wal-Mart; Lowes; Home Depot
5  BIC Lighter->BIC Classic: most any checkout counter
6  BIC Lighter ->    Ditto
7  Firestarter Steel, Swedish Firesteel 2.0 Army 5 kit ->Light My Fire brand:Amazon
8  Firestarter Rod ->part of above
10  Lip Balm ->: pharmacy almost anywhere
11  Griffin Pocket Multi-Tool ->: Amazon
12  Four 2″ Safety Pins, ->Walmart Sewing Dept, Dritz #AJM14376
13  Four 2″ Safety Pins, ->Ditto
14  Bottom of Pencils ->N/A
15  Paratinder Zipper Pull w/Signal Mirror wrapped in Duct Tape->UST Paratinder Zipper Pull, Starflash Micro: Amazon
16  Tube of Advil->: pharmacy almost anywhere
17  Toenail Clippers ->: Publix, standard stainless steel clippers
18  (Females) – Go Girl FUD, (Males) – 2 AA Batteries in Case->: Wal Mart; Backpacking Supply; Amazon
Bottom Row
1  Mini Swiss Army Knife (7 function)->Victorinox: Sportsmens Warehouse; Amazon
2  Four Q-tips in plastic bag->: pharmacy almost anywhere
3  Dental Flosser and Picks->: pharmacy almost anywhere
4  Mini Beam Focus Flashlight (1 AA battery), bottom of 8″ Zip Ties->: Lowes checkout
5  4″ Zip Ties (black resists UV rays longer)->Hyper Tough 46-404WMN: Wal-Mart; Lowes; Home Depot
6  Spare Batteries (2 AA batteries) in Case->: Wal Mart checkout item;Lowes, etc.
7  Flashlight (2 AA batteries)->Nitecore MT20A: Amazon
8  Mora Knive (4″ fixed blade) in Sheath->: Amazon; Sportsmens Warehouse
9  Sawyer Water Filter Plunger->: Amazon
10  Ozark Trail Folding Saw->: Wal Mart, similar available elsewhere
11  Quik Clot Compress Sponge 25g->: Amazon
12  Adventure Medical Kit .3->: Amazon
13  Gauze roll->    Out of AMK .3
  1. Survival Bandana,->UST brand, #20-PGR0001-08
  2. Rite-in-the-Rain notebook #935T->: Amazon
  3. Sawyer 16 oz Squeeze Bladder ->part of top row #4
  4. Clear Emergency Poncho->: Wal Mart, $.97 item in sporting goods


This is what you have when finished, just roll it up and you are ready to go.

Thanks Mike for another really cool idea.

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Contest Radio Review 2018

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Rodgers Workshop Feb 17 2018…End Feed Antenna

We had 10 folks there today, one pot of coffee, and two dozen donuts. 

Instructor Bill Minikiewicz contacted 17 countries recently over 5 days with his end fed antenna using CW.

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Nature Conservancy 2018

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