Repeater Info, DMR, Training, and Fox News Video – September 19th, 25 years since Hurricane Hugo !!!

Beech Island VHF and UHF repeaters have a bad transmission line which is limiting their coverage, Spartanburg UHF is down for transmission line combiner repair. Caesar’s Head 443.125 is off the air. The VHF Caesar’s Head repeater is back on the air on a new frequency of 145.13 pl code 123.

A Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) system  is being added to the SC HEART network. DMR or Mototrbo (Motorola Trade Mark) will operate in parallel with the analog SC HEART VHF and UHF system, using the ETV intranet for connectivity. The UHF Digital network will add two additional talk paths, one talk path and data or two data paths. The features are simular to a trunked communications system. Visit the following web site for information of the world wide network:

DMR Alert from Roger – KD4JQJ

In case you haven’t heard, there have been additional DMR repeaters added in South Carolina. John, W3KH, installed a new repeater last night at the SCETV transmitter site located near White Hall, SC. If you need to find a map to locate the location, it is south of Walterboro at the SCHEART 715 and the 91 repeater site. The repeater antenna is at the 900 foot level and last night John was able to hit the repeater using a HT with external antenna just south of St. George on I-95. That’s approximately 32 miles and he was still hearing the repeater fine. The White Hall repeater is listed on the site as Charleston- South with a frequency of 442.3875+, color code 1 and the local talk group is 27506. Other PRN standard talk groups can also be programmed for the repeater.
Phil, N7GZT has installed the SC HEART DMR repeater at the TV tower near Dillon. The repeater will be at the 1500 foot level. Information for Dillon: 443.1625+, color code 1 and the local talk group is 27508. It too will have standard PRN talk groups. The Caesar’s Head DMR repeater is on the air but not connected to the internet. The frequency is 443.1125 + , color code 1.
In the next few weeks, additional DMR repeaters will be coming on the air at Downtown Charleston and Conway/Aynor. will provide the normal code plug guides if you want to us them or you can create you own custom plug for your radio. If know people who are on DMR and not on the email, please let them know.
We’re planning to expand the SCHEART web site to provide information about the DMR sites in the near future.

Stay tuned for more information on SC HEART/DMR. Questions?? Contact John, W3KH, at

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.

This was on the national news Monday – May 19th. Good PR

Good video on Ham Radio, 25 minutes –


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.

January Total Check-ins 208 4 Nets February 2013 Total Check-ins 229 4 Nets

March  Total Check-ins 300 5 Nets April 2013 Total Check-ins 252 4 Nets

May Total Check-ins 235 4 Nets June Total Check-ins 277 5 Nets

July Total Check-ins 247 4 Nets August Total Check-ins 232 4 Nets

September Total Check-ins 304 5 Nets October Total Check-ins 233 4 Nets

November Total Check-ins 243 4 Nets December Total Check-ins 288 5 Nets

January Total Check-ins 222 4 Nets February Total Check-ins 223 4 Nets

March Total Check-ins 267 5 Nets April Total Check-ins 191 4 Nets

May Total Check-ins 239 4 Nets June Total Check-ins       Nets

July Total Check-ins      Nets August Total Check-ins    Nets

September 7 Total Check-ins

September 14 Total Check-ins

September 21 Total Check-ins

September 28 Total Check-ins

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

SC Regional Skywarn every Tuesday night at 9 PM starting May 6th – Sponsored by NWS Charleston

Join the SC Regional Skywarn Net every Tuesday night,  9 PM local starting May 6th.The net orginates from Charleston and is sponsored by the National Weather Service in Charleston. Keep your  go kit packed. Hurricane season is almost here!

SCHEART ESF-8 Statewide Training Net will meet on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 9AM

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.

QCWA – Quarter Century Wireless Association – Saturday Morning Net 9:30 AM

Welcome to the QCWA Saturday Morning 9:30  AM net.  The net meets on the VHF – UHF Linked Repeaters of the SC HEART system. This is a rag chew net and open to all amateurs. You don’t have to be a member to check-in. The net averages 25 check-ins. For more info e-mail John, W3KH at Net sponsored by the Palmetto Chapter 89 of the QCWA.