Amateur Radio License Training, June 8,9 and 10 with testing on June 11 at SC ETV Telecommications Center, Columbia, SC

Classes will be given for amateur radio licenses on June 8,9, and 10 from 6PM to 10PM with testing on June 11 at 9:00 AM. The location is 1041 George Rogers Blvd., Columbia, SC. There is no cost for training but $10 cash is needed for testing on Saturday. Walk-ins are welcomed for testing. Please register for the classes with Tara Thomas, for Technician, General or Extra. Questions call Tara at 803-737-3500 or John Crockett, W3KH at 803-530-0837 or

SC HEART Analog VHF and UHF & DMR Status – Get newest DMR Code Plugs. Use SC HEART DMR Link for latest DMR info.

Important update
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.

Roger, KD4JQJ


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. MD380 CS700 CS750 CS800 XPR5550 HP XPR5550 LP XPR7550 SL7550 SL 300 XPR4550HP XPR4550LP

George has updated all code plugs for current radios. The newest is the CS 800

NCPRN has a list of code plugs also


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, June 2, 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 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.