March 14-15, 2016- South Carolina Full Scale Exercise-Communications


March 14-15, 2016- South Carolina Full Scale Exercise-Communications


From 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM starting Monday March 14 and concluding
on Tuesday March 15, the state will be conducting it’s annual full scale
exercise involving communications.  This year exercise centers on an
earthquake with an epicenter near Summerville.   ARES, RACES and AUXCOMM
members are highly encouraged to check into nets, conducted training, support
local agencies, and exercise your local emergency response plans.  This
Full Scale Communications Exercise is open to all Amateur Radio Stations!
Please consider checking into one of the scheduled nets. It is a great time to
check out your equipment and to test simplex coverage from your home station.


County ARES/RACES groups may be conducting local exercises during these
two days, so please check with your ARES Emergency Coordinator to see what is
planned for your county.   Monitor your county tactical frequency for


Statewide Activities:

Statewide nets will be conducted on two hour intervals starting at
0900 Monday and running through Tuesday.  General Net Schedules will be
0900, 1100, 1300 and 1500.  The State Emergency Operations Center will act
as Net Control for the statewide nets.  Priority will be given to traffic
from County EOC’s or Incident Command locations but all amateur stations are
encourage to check in and provide information from your location.  Follow
Net Control instructions for format of your traffic.




Statewide communications will be following the ARES/RACES Tactical


146.595 PL tone 156.7
- Stations in the Local
Columbia Area may be asked to relay traffic to stations located out on coverage
range.  If possible, we’d like to have some coastal stations send traffic
on this frequency and it be relayed across various counties to the SEOC.
This will simulate loss of repeater coverage and demonstrate Amateur Radio
Operator’s ability to move messages without infrastructure.


3.990 MHz – 3.9935 MHz  LSB and/or 7.323 MHz LSB

HF stations are welcome to check in and relay messages from other
stations.  There will be opportunity for a station remote from the State
EOC to act as net control depending on conditions.


analog network

The VHF network will be linked statewide during the nets.  It
will be unlinked outside of the nets and available for stations to practice
linking using their DTMF or to pass routine traffic


The UHF network will be used by health care organizations at
various periods during the two days but may not follow the same times as the
statewide HF and VHF nets.  During periods that hospitals are not
participating in the exercise, users are free to practice DTMF linking and pass
routine traffic.


DMR Network-

The DMR network will be in Emergency Operations Mode for verification
of communication talk group functions, message routing ,and operator training
from 8:45 to approximately 4:00 on Monday and Tuesday. There may be periods
during the day where the network is re-linked to NCPRN network and then
de-linked as training is conducted.  During the time period, users should
expect the PRN talk group will only link to repeaters within South
Carolina.  Out of state talk groups (Tac 1, Tac 310, DCI and Southeast)
will not be operational.  The DMR Local talk group traffic coverage should
remain normal.  After the exercise period each day, the DMR system will
return to normal operational mode.



This is a once a year opportunity to participate with State,
County, Local Government and Non Government Organizations.  It is an
opportunity to show how ham radio can be vital to a community during an
emergency and helps ensure spectrum remains available for our hobby.


Deviations to this plan such as exact net times or statewide
coverage of the SCHEART network may occur depending on failures injected during
the exercise.  Just like a real world event we need to be flexible and
adapt to a changing environment. So check-in, have fun and demonstrate the
power of Amateur Radio.



Roger B. Mull, KD4JQJ

Emergency Coordinator for the

South Carolina Emergency Operations Center




SC HEART Analog VHF and UHF Linked Repeater System Status-Wallace UHF operational but can not be linked. Get newest DMR Code Plugs below. Use SC HEART DMR Link for latest DMR System information.

Status: All repeaters are operational except Spartanburg DMR.  Wallace UHF can not be linked all others are  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 91.5 repeater is operating stand alone until the link interface is installed.

DMR Code Plugs - Curiosity Sumter Amateur Radio Club and George KK4F – These code plugs have  the latest PRN UHF DMR repeaters and analog UHF SC HEART repeaters.    MD380   CS700 CS750 XPR5550 HP XPR5550 LP   XPR7550   SL7550       SL 300  XPR4550HP XPR4550LP

George is in the process of updating code plugs for other radios. They will be posted when he has them done.

Go to NCPRN for the most compete list of code plugs


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 ARES  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, February 11, 2016 at 9 AM.

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
For more information on the Communications Rodeo contact Karen Hutto or Scott Phillips

SC Regional Skywarn 1st and 3rd Tuesday night at 9 PM- Sponsored by NWS Charleston – winter schedule

Join the SC Regional Skywarn Winter Net on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday night,  9 PM.The net originates from Charleston and is sponsored by the National Weather Service in Charleston. Keep your  go kit packed.