September Meeting

WHEN: Monday, September 11, 2017.
             6:30 PM - Ragchew
             7:00 PM – Business Meeting

WHERE: Public Safety #2
               Five Notch Road
               North Augusta, SC 29841

TALK-IN: 146.73 Mhz (-)

PROGRAM: This month's program will be hands on! We will be building a power pole power distribution pc board.  

If you have them, please bring the following to the meeting:
soldering iron with stand, solder, and extension cord
power pole crimping tool
wire cutter that can cut 12 gauge wire
needle nose pliers

Please note that there is no charge for parts to NABRC "PAID UP" members, as the club has bought the power poles. So if you have not paid yet, please pay your yearly dues.

I have 25 "kits", so it's first come first served to club members.
All others there is a $5.00 charge.
If I have any kits left over, you can buy one for $5.00 if you want another.

Solar Eclipse event was a rousing success!

The Solar Eclipse event sponsored by the NABRC, Augusta Amateur Radio Club and the Columbia County Amateur Radio Club was a success. They worked 81 contacts on 40m alone. They made around 100 contacts during the event. Soldiers from Fort Gordon were brought in as operators and they loved it! A number of them want to get their licenses.

Thanks to all the those who support this event. Also a special thanks to all the representatives from the various clubs who worked so hard to make this a great event. Thanks to our own Mike Newland, NC8N, for his hard work on our club's behalf. 

Aiken-to-Ride Event

The annual Aiken-to-Ride event that benefits the Aiken County Special Olympics will be held on September 10, 2017 starting at 7:00 AM. The bike run starts at the Odell Weeks Activity Center in Aiken. There are various water stops along the way that benefit greatly from our communications assistance. 

If you would like to volunteer to help, you can do so by contacting Dave, WB5NHL, at dave@kjellquist.com.

Science Education Enrichment Day

The annual Science Education Enrichment Day is fast approaching. This year's SEED event will be held on October 7, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Ruth Patrick Science Center on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Aiken. The deadline to sign up for a lunch and t-shirt has passed, but you can still come out and help educate the over 3,000 kids who will pass by our booth about the merits of Amateur Radio. 

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kent, KQ4KK, at KQ4KK@arrl.net

69th Annual Augusta Hamfest 2017

The 69th Annual Augusta Hamfest will be held on September 16, 2017 at the Liberty Park Community Center located at 1040 Newmantown Road in Grovetown, GA. Admission to the hamfest will be $5.00. The doors open at 7:00 AM. 

This year's hamfest features the following door prizes: a Yaesu FT2900; a $100 Cash prize, Several ARRL Gift Certificates, and a RF Adapter Guy Gift Certificate. 

For more information, please visit http://w4dv.club/events/hamfest/.

Amateur Radio Volunteers Assisting Where Needed in Harvey Response

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers have been pitching in to support communication at some Red Cross shelters in south Texas in the ongoing aftermath of catastrophic and unprecedented flooding resulting from Hurricane Harvey, now a Tropical Depression. ARES members also have been serving as net control liaisons to the Harris County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). At mid-week, some 3 dozen volunteers were assisting at shelters. Another dozen were on tap to serve as OEM liaisons. ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, said the Red Cross is in need of Red Cross-trained shelter managers and volunteer management specialists. Anyone interested should contact him.

A variety of emergency, health-and-welfare, traffic, and tactical nets in south Texas have been active on HF at various times of the day as well as on a wide array of VHF and UHF repeaters, which remain available as needed. The Salvation Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) has been convening on 14.265 MHz, while the Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) has been using the 5.330.5 (USB) MHz interoperability channel on 60 meters.

On August 31, the National Hurricane Center reported that flooding rains were continuing across far eastern Texas and western Louisiana, with heavy rainfall expected to spread northeastward through the lower Mississippi Valley and into the Tennessee Valley over the next day or two. ARES volunteers are on standby in Louisiana.

"During the storm response, all Amateur Radio operators -- and perhaps especially those involved in contest activity -- are advised to listen first and respect any frequencies in use for emergency response communication," Corey said. He cited the SATERN Net on 14.265 MHz and the South Texas Traffic Emergency and Health and Welfare nets on 7.285, 7.290, 3.873, and 3.935 MHz. Digital emergency and health and welfare frequencies are 3.5925 and 7.095 MHz.

Earlier this week, ARES team members were advised that the impact to the region's communications infrastructure had been relatively minimal, considering the strength of the storm and the magnitude of the flooding. The storm did ravage cellular service in some Texas counties, however, especially Aransas (84%) and Refugio (73%) counties, the FCC reported. Overall, however, the FCC deemed the cellular system 95% functional.

ARRL South Texas Public Information Officer Mike Urich, KA5CVH, told ARRL on August 30 that "hardening" of the telecommunications infrastructure to make it more immune to storm damage has diminished the need for Amateur Radio communication support and altered hams' traditional role there. Urich pointed out, however, that the Amateur Radio telecommunications infrastructure in South Texas has remained analog, as "the lowest common denominator" of technology -- VHF/UHF FM, and HF -- and has the highest degree of interoperability. "That's what we train to, that's what we teach, that's what we practice," he said.

Urich spent more than 40 hours alternating shifts at the Harris County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Urich said the area's extensive system of repeaters makes it possible for local radio amateurs to serve as "another set of eyes and ears" in spotting and reporting problems that may require official attention.

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) suspended operations for Hurricane Harvey on August 26 after 51.5 continuous hours of activation. The VoIP Hurricane Net, and WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the NHC in Miami, also activated as Harvey approached landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane. The VoIP Hurricane Net has been informally monitoring EchoLink 7203, IRLP 9219, and AllStar *33007203 for requests from the affected area at the request of Humanity Road, said Lloyd Colston, KC5FM.

He said a station checked in via EchoLink to request the rescue of a grandmother and children. "That request was relayed to the United States Coast Guard Houston," Colston told ARRL. He said hams in the affected region needing to relay rescue needs should first call 911, then their local emergency operations center, and, if those aren't available, then the US Coast Guard -- in that order. He also said individuals in the flood zone are reporting cellular telephone degradation.

ARRL South Texas Section Manager Lee Cooper, W5LHC, told ARRL on Monday that the disaster would remain in the response phase for several days, although needs may change later in the response phase or when it transitions to the recovery phase. ARRL South Texas SEC Jeff Walter, KE5FGA, said ARES members could participate in any nets related to the storm response from home.

"Harris County and the City of Houston have issued a shelter-in-place order," Walter pointed out over the past weekend. "The local region is paralyzed. Resources are stretched to accommodate all calls for assistance. Take care of your family first, then if you are able to help in the recovery phase, contact your local Emergency Coordinator or District Emergency Coordinator for instruction on what to do. Do not show up without approval from your local EC."

As of August 31, some 195,000 customers were without power in Texas. American Red Cross shelters were reporting more than 34,000 occupants in Texas; more than 980,000 people have been ordered to evacuate. The Texas Emergency Operations Center is at full activation, and Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster for 50 Texas counties, while evacuation orders and advisories are in effect for eight counties and several independent communities in Louisiana, where the state EOC is fully activated. A state of emergency also exists for all Louisiana parishes in preparation for widespread flooding. Read more.

From The ARRL Letter for August 31, 2017.

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