D-Star University, Aiken, SC — Great Meeting —

If you missed the meeting on Saturday, January 17th, it was very well attended with nearly 150 participants from all over the southeast. Kent, KQ4KK and his crew did a bang up job.

Here is a link to the slide presentation   http://www.dstarinfo.com/Data/Sites/1/media/aiken-2015-final.pdf

D-STAR U Graduates

SC HEART Linked Repeater System Status – Also see below for information on Training,Testing and Video – Testing on February 14th for Amateur Radio Licenses

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.

Training – Interoperability – http://interoperability.sc.gov 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.

Amateur Radio License Testing at SC ETV, 1041 George Rogers Blvd. , Columbia, SC 29201. Time 9:00 AM February 14th. Bring picture ID, $10 Cash for test and FCC License if upgrading to General or Extra.  Questions? tthomas@scetv.org

Good video on Ham Radio, 25 minutes – http://youtu.be/ivUMIADFSDw

Congradulations to the States newest Amateur Radio Operators – SC ETV/ SC HEART Class of  January, 2015

1 KM4HIX DAVIS, LAURA S
2 KM4HIY GOLDIE, TRAVIS
3 KM4HIZ GREENLEY JR, JOHN W
4 KM4HJA JOHNSON, BETH ANEE
5 KM4HJB PHELPS, WILLIAM J
6 KM4HJC RHODES, RANDY N
7 KM4HJD WHITE, VICKIE E
8 KM4HJE STROUD, CHARLES R
9 KM4HJF THOMPSON JR, JESSE U
10 KM4HJG WILLIAMS, JOHN

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 AUXCOMM 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, January 29, 2015 at 9AM. Midlands Area Communications Rodeo with training exercise. February 6th 8 AM to 12 PM at the SC Fire Academy.

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

DHEC Midlands Region
Second Annual Regional Communications Exercise
Friday – February 6, 2015
Location:  SC Fire Academy
141 Monticello Trail, Columbia, SC 29203

Vehicle and Participant Set Up/Registration:  8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Participant Briefing: 09:00 a.m.
Event Hours:  9:30 a.m.  to 11:30 a.m
Hotwash: 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Purpose: Under simulated emergency conditions, communication vehicles, trailers, mobile command vehicles, and other portable set-ups of any shape, style or configuration will meet up in an open parking lot. Participants will be given at the briefing a sealed package with instructions to open them at specific times and attempt to complete an assigned challenge.
A variety of challenges including typical situations experienced in multi agency response will be spread out over the two hours of the event. This is not a competition but a fun and exciting way for coalition partners to experience real life challenges that are routinely experienced in large scale events. Each participant will evaluate their ability to assist the coalition in the exercise, with DHEC completing an after action report on what went right, what went wrong and identifying our opportunities for improvement.
Please join our coalition for a Friday morning full of fun and learning opportunities. This event is open to anyone in our region, including state agencies, hospitals, fire service, law enforcement, amateur radio operators and emergency management.
Your questions can be directed to Bob Besley (event coordinator)
@ 803-292-3323 or Karen Hutto (Midlands Region OPHP Director)
@ 803-667-1127.
We hope to see you there!

SC Regional Skywarn First and Third Tuesday night at 9 PM- Sponsored by NWS Charleston

Join the SC Regional Skywarn Net on the First and Third Tuesday night,  9 PM.The net orginates from Charleston and is sponsored by the National Weather Service in Charleston. Keep your  go kit packed. Hurricane season is gone and winter is here.