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Important update
Greetings,

SC Call talk group now available.
SCHEART has implemented a new talk group for affiliated DMR repeaters located in South Carolina. It is available during the normal operational mode and is called SC CALL This new talk group brings up all South Carolina repeaters with the exception of Aiken and allows you to make an initial contact across the state without using the multi-state PRN talk group. Once you make your contact, move your conversation to an available Chat channel. SC Call talk group code is 27510 and uses Time Slot 1. It shares time with Local and the other dynamic talk groups. Repeaters that are in use by either local traffic or a dynamic talk group (TAC1, TAC310, DCI, Chat, etc.) will not be affected by a state wide call. Five minutes after local or dynamic traffic clears a repeater, SC Call becomes enabled on the repeater.

SC Call allows operators to contact in State DMR users who may not monitor the PRN talk group. Users need to program their radio with the new talk group code and add the group to each repeater they plan to use in the state. The talk group will not work on repeaters located outside of South Carolina. Also remember to add the talk group to your monitor group or scan list so you can hear calls on the talk group.

Remember: SC CALL talk group is not for having conversations. It for making contact and moving your conversation to a Chat talk group or if you can hit the same repeater, the local talk group.

Based on user requests, new functionality has been added to the PRN network and is now available on the SCHEART DMR system. There’s currently 60+ repeaters on the PRN talk group.

Two new talk groups have been added: PRN Chat 1 (TG 27501) and PRN Chat 2 (TG 27502). These groups work inside the PRN system and allow users to chat without bringing up the entire system or in SC, not an entire DHEC region. So if you hear someone and want to have an extended conversation, both stations can go to Chat and they will only use two repeaters. Both talk groups operated on Time Slot 1. To aid the transition, the old Southeast talk group will be temporarily mapped to Chat 1.

The other new feature is connection of of Tac1 and DCI Bridge 2 talk groups to the Brandmeister Bridge. This bridge acts as an universal translator allowing people on the D-STAR network or Fusion network to talk to DMR. If go to either of these talk groups, you may reach hams using different digital modes.

Thanks, about it for now.

73
Roger, KD4JQJ

DMR COVERAGE MAP

Status: All DMR repeaters are operational.  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 - Thanks to the Sumter Amateur Radio Club and George KK4F – These code plugs have  the latest PRN UHF DMR repeaters and analog UHF SC HEART repeaters. New code plugs with SC Call will be added as George completes them.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/yltmh7x8usl4a54/hipower-5550sccall.ctb?dl=0 5550  High Power

https://www.dropbox.com/s/51zgrzicz8sh85v/lowpower5550sccall.ctb?dl=0 5550 Low Power

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ad409e90rvxtstl/anyham-7550sccall.ctb?dl=0 7550

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2hygfq9yh3kxby2/highpower4550sccall.ctb?dl=0 4550 High Power


George is updating all code plugs for current radios.

NCPRN has a list of code plugs also

http://ncprn.net/?page_id=36

SC STATEWIDE ARES NET 8PM SUNDAY NIGHT

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  www.ares-sc.org

www.scserv.gov 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  http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp 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 (ae4ux@arrl.net) 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, June 16, 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 w3kh@arrl.net
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.
LOW COUNTRY REGION
Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper, Orangeburg
MIDLANDS REGION
Aiken, Barnwell, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Saluda, York
PEE DEE REGION
Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, Williamsburg
UPSTATE REGION
Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, Union
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For more information on the Communications Rodeo contact Karen Hutto  huttokg@dhec.sc.gov or Scott Phillips phillist@dhec.sc.gov

SC Regional Skywarn net every Tuesday night at 9 PM- Sponsored by NWS Charleston

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