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Happy New Year from the Columbia Amateur Radio Club

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Merry Christmas !!!

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January 2024 CARC Monthly Club Meeting

Important reminder, The January 2024 Meeting date is January 8th, 2024.

This month’s meeting topics: Big and Exciting News, Winter Field, and SCQSO Party. More details will be updated here by January 1st.

Happy New Year everyone! Join us for some exciting news! We will highlight the Harbison 50k event, discuss Winter Field Day 2024, and much more!!!

Zoom Details

The Columbia Amateur Radio Club is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 852 0288 9364
Passcode: 140560

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Winter Field Day 2024

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Happy Thanksgiving to all! 73

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24th Annual SKYWARN Recognition Day Saturday 12/2/2023

SKYWARN Storm Spotters are critically important to the National Weather Service’s primary mission: “Protection of life and property, and enhancement of the national economy.”

We want to thank our volunteers for the priceless work you do with an exclusive open house event! This event is not for the public; it’s only for current SKYWARN Spotters and Ham Radio Operators involved with or interested in SKYWARN.

You MUST pre-register.

Where & When:
Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, from 8:00 AM to 5 PM EST.
NWS Forecast Office Columbia, SC – 2909 Aviation Way, W. Columbia, SC 29170

ALL seminars will be in the Carolina Room in the CAE Airport Terminal – lower level
past baggage claim)


Special Event Amateur Radio Station WX4CAE – operational the entire day.
Want to operate your portable station? Bring it out!

  • 8 AM – Welcome & Orientation Seminar (Carolina Room – CAE Airport Terminal)
  • 8:30 AM – Ask-A-Meteorologist and Office Tours
  • 10 AM – SKYWARN Special Service Awards (Carolina Room)
  • 10:30 AM – SC State Climatology Office Presentation (Carolina Room)
  • 11:30 AM – Lunch Break
  • 12:30 PM – Community Emergency Response Team/Amateur Radio Emergency
    Service (CERT/ARES) – (Carolina Room)
  • 1:30 PM – Advanced SKYWARN Training – Visual Cues (Carolina Room)
  • 2:30 PM – Next Generation GOES Satellite Products – Cool Tools for Spotters
    (Carolina Room)
  • 3:30 PM – Winter Weather Storm Spotting (Carolina Room)
    Planning to Attend? Please let us know!
  • Register online at:
  • If you can’t register online, RSVP to Doug Anderson, W4NWS:
    [email protected].

    Let us know if you are planning to operate the station.

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Richland County ARES Simplex EmComm Exercise

Richland County ARES, with participation from the other EMA-3 counties, will be conducting an exercise to test their Simplex Emergency Communications plan and are asking for your help.

Date: Friday, 10/27/23

Time: 4:00

Frequency: 147.585 MHz


  • There has been a major event with significant destruction. All outside services are out, cell, power, etc., and roads are impassable.
  • You try your base station but find it is inoperable. You turn on your Mobile or HT and find that your repeaters are down.  
  • You desperately need help and tune to the Richland County simplex frequency 147.585. That is where this test exercise begins.

Exercise: (Your Part)

  • On Friday, 10/27, at 4:00, tune in to the Richland County simplex coordinating frequency 147.585 MHz using HT or mobile at a maximum of 10 watts.
  • A test emergency net will be established, and you will check in when your county is called.
  • Check-ins will be by county: Newberry, Fairfield, North Richland (those north of I-20), Kershaw, Calhoun, South Richland (those south of I-20), Lexington, and Saluda.


Verify that any ham operator in Richland County can reach help in times of emergency, from the general vicinity of their home and using basic ham gear.

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