Holiday Linking on VHF from 12/19 to 1/4/2015

SC HEART Linked Repeater System Status – Also see below for information on Training,Testing and Video – License Classes on January 15, 16 with testing on 17th – Technician General and Extra Classes

Status: All repeaters are operational and available for linking during the week. The Caesars Head VHF 145.13 – pl 123 repeater is operating stand alone until the microwave link between Paris Mt. and Caesars Head is installed. Edgefield VHF 146.85- pl 123 repeater is operating stand alone until the link interface is installed.


Amateur Radio License classes will be given at SC ETV. 1041 George Rogers Blvd., Columbia SC 29201. Please register for the Technician, General or Extra Class with Tara Thomas . The classes will be from 6PM to 10PM on January 15 and 16. The testing will be on January 17th at 9 AM and bring picture id, current license and $10 for test.  Questions or 803 530 0837.

Training – Interoperability – get a better understanding of Interoperability, Public Safety Radio, 911 Dispatching, and AUXCOM. These five to ten minute courses are free. The courses were done with a grant from Homeland Security and produced by SC ETV.

Good video on Ham Radio, 25 minutes –

D-STAR University, January 17, 2015

CSRA (GA-SC) D-STAR University, January 17, 2015

University of South Carolina, Aiken

451 University Parkway, Aiken South

Saturday, 12 noon to 5PM Eastern, Penland Center Rooms 106 and 110

The Aiken SC D-STAR Club will hold a one day D-STAR workshop that
will provide information and training
on all levels of D-STAR, the Digital Smart Technology for Amateur Radio.
Classes will be organized to allow participants on all levels from new users to repeater system administrators gain knowledge about
D-STAR’s digital voice and data technology.

The class will feature
will cover topics of interest to beginning D-STAR users including:

  • D-STAR basics
  • D-STAR user registration process
  • Getting started with your D-STAR radio
  • Programming your D-STAR radio
  • Using DR mode for easy D-STAR operation
  • Updating your memories
  • Linking to repeaters and reflectors

More experienced users
will enjoy:

  • Using the DV Dongle and DV Access Point (DVAP)
  • Making and using a Hotspot with a Raspberry Pi
  • D-STAR Nets and Reflectors
  • Using D-STAR data capabilities including D-RATS and the ICOM
    ANDROID free application
  • Where to find D-STAR Resources
  • History and
    Competitive Analysis between, DSTAR, DMR, FUSION, and P25
  • A look at operating DSTAR Voice on the HF bands.

Class will be given by experienced instructors of the
Georgia D-STAR group and who have presented dozens of
seminars and training across the country, John Davis, WB4QDX, Ed Woodrick, WA4YIH, and Robin Cutshaw,
AA4RC who developed the DVDongle and DVAP, and others will present high speed
data and other advancements in communication using D-STAR systems. The target
audience for this session is those new to DSTAR, emergency management, hospital
administrators and the more advanced D-STAR users.


No matter what your D-STAR
experience, if any, there will be a wealth of information provided so that the
beginner can go home and put his/her equipment on the air and the more advanced
operator can explore the new data transfer methods which will have Emergency
Management application. The cost for the D-STAR University is free, light
refreshments will be served. You may register for this course by sending an email to
More detailed information about class schedule and instructors will be


Door prize at
the DSTAR University will be an ICOM DSTAR HT with RTS programming kit, you
must be present to win. Additional RTS programming kits, and other prizes
during the day.

We encourage amateur radio clubs to
make this information available to their members and include it in their newsletters.

Kent Hufford, KQ4KK


Join the VHF – UHF Statewide South Carolina ARES Net at 8PM Sunday Night. All amateurs are welcome to check into the net. To allow time for announcements, check-ins and training topic please check in using – Call Sign, Name, Location, and if you have Announcements or Traffic

For additional information on SC AUXCOMM go to check out the web site and register as a volunteer . As a licensed amateur radio operator your profession is listed as amateur radio.  Thanks for taking the time to register.

Remember to continue to review of Bart’s Basics from N3GQ, Senior Emergency and Continuity Manager, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC. Ten Tips to Make You a Better Communicator.

Reminder: Is your generator fueled and ready to run? Does the 12v backup battery in the shack still have acid in it? Are the batteries charged for your handheld radio? Do you have a lighter plug for the handheld with dead batteries?  Or do you have a  AA pack with fresh AA batteries to use ?

ICS 100. The course is available at This is the introduction to the Incident Command System. To be fully trained take ICS 100 and 700 then 200 and 800 on line. ICS 300 and ICS 400 are taught in a classroom setting as is Communications Leadership. Brian Fletcher with MUSC is now certified to teach ICS 300, 400 and ComL. Send requests for class information to Charlie Miller, AE4UX ( Remember, we respond to an emergency only as well as we have been trained. Part of the training is to know how the system works.

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to check into the net!!! 73,  John, W3KH, Net Manager

SCHEART ESF-8 Statewide Training Net will meet on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 9AM. No net on December 25, 2014 and January 1, 2015

All SC HEART ESF-8 Nets will meet on Thursday mornings at 9AM. Check into the net using UHF repeaters were possible. During roll call, notify Net Control which repeater location you are using and if it is UHF or VHF. In an emergency the VHF repeaters may be used for ARES communications and not always available. It is very important that you can use the UHF side of the System as a RRT member. Email check-ins at
IMPORTANT INFORMATION -  Check into the net – even if you are working. If you are working do a normal check – in call sign, name, location, (hospital or agency ), VHF or UHF. Continue to check in by e-mail if you are not able to connect to the SC Heart system. Net operates under FCC § 97.113 Prohibited transmissions (a) (3) (i). Preamble revised March 1, 2013 to reflect the new DHEC regions.
Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper, Orangeburg
Aiken, Barnwell, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Saluda, York
Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, Williamsburg
Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, Union
Why test the antenna and radio?
Emergency exercises are frequently held to test the emergency preparedness plans of agencies. It is essential that the antennas and radios are in complete readiness during these drills. When routine tests are performed, problems are sometimes found with the antennas, coaxial cable runs, or the radios. Lightning strikes have damaged antennas, antenna connectors have become corroded, and problems can occur with the radios. Routine testing finds these problems and repairs then can be made to restore the system to full functionality.
So why is it so important to test the equipment and antennas? In the event of emergency involving injuries, amateur radio operators may be dispatched to some or all of the hospitals and agencies. The antenna drops are typically located in or near to the emergency room or the incident commander, so amateurs stationed at these locations are in an ideal position to communicate, using a net control operator, with amateurs who are located at the incident scene and/or with amateurs who are accompanying the squads transporting the victims. This provides an important back-up communications system in the event that normal communications by telephone is compromised.
When a SCHEART ham goes to a hospital or agency to test the antenna, the hospital radios are used instead of the ham’s personal equipment. So the complete system, both hospital antenna and hospital radio, is now tested to ensure that everything is working properly and ready to perform in case of an emergency.
Conducting the hospital antenna & radio test
In order to ensure that the antennas and amateur radio equipment are always available and fully operable when needed in an emergency, it is necessary to test the system on a regular basis.
SCHEART members should test each location’s antenna and radio once at least every six months, and report the findings to the hospital EM or SCHEART coordinator. If any problems are detected, they can be immediately addressed.
When an amateur goes to the hospital to perform a periodic check, he or she should have a pencil 3 or pen to fill in the test information in the hospital log book. If the amateur owns a VHF SWR meter, it should be taken along to check the antenna SWR. The SWR measurements over time can provide an indication of antenna degradation. The checks should ideally be performed during the first full week of the month.
The general procedures for hospital checks are as follows:
1. Use your hospital approved procedure to gain access and or SCHEART or SC ARES ID.
2. Go to the hospital ham radio station.
3. Connect to the hospital antenna drop and activate the equipment.
4. Visual inspection of the antenna from ground level.
5. Visual inspection of the power wiring and feed line at the radio.
6. Visual inspection of all accessories (microphone, headphones, etc.).
7. Check for station supplies and report any deficiencies.
8. Turn power supply on (assuming that it is not already on).  Check meters/gauges for proper readings.
9. Turn radio on.  Check for expected operation..
10. Test the antenna by keying the radio on a local SCHEART repeater. If someone is listening, request a signal report. If no one is listening, confirm that the repeater is activated. Then try to make a contact on a more distant SCHEART repeater.
11. Check the radio site for the presence of white loose leaf notebook (Log Book). Fill in log sheet in this book with the results of your test.
12. Check the SWR if a meter is available.
13. Check for, and note in the log book, if the following are available: Log Book, writing surface to work on, chair or stool for operator to use at writing surface, and emergency power outlet (colored red) within reach of ham radios. Include any positive comments regarding hospital personnel, and mention the weather conditions (helpful in analyzing SWR changes).
14. Report any needed repairs to the station owner. If you find issues with the SCHEART repeater send a report to W3KH@ARRL.NET
15. Return radio to the standard configuration (If the radio is used as a digipeater, leave one side on in digipeater mode).
16. Secure the room.
Be a better communicator! Read the Ten Tips from “Bart’s Basics” to be a better communicator under the “About” section, including: Do you  have a minimal “Go Kit” in your car for emergencies? Time is critical in an emergency. To be effective you must be able to be on your way at short notice.
Check this posting each week prior to net for information on training or training topics. The net needs additional net control operators contact John, W3KH. The net preamble is posted on the web site in the ”About”  section. This will give you the information you need to be a net control operator or an alternate net control operator. Thanks, John, W3KH.
All amateur radio operators are welcome to check into the net. If you are interested in becoming a RRT (radio response team) member contact John, W3KH.