February 27, 2024 Weekly This & That Newsletter

Bob Kennedy, N0DQD, to Present at March 7th Membership Meeting

Please plan to join your fellow club members at our March Membership Meeting in the Bayside Room at the Lakehouse. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 7th beginning with a program at 7 PM.

This month’s program will be provided by ARC member Bob Kennedy, N0DQD. Bob’s presentation, which may include a demo or two, will focus on Digital Radio. Bob plans to discuss DMR, D-STAR, and Fusion. It looks to be a very interesting session.

The monthly membership meeting will follow Bob’s presentation. We will most likely discuss the spring’s hidden transmitter hunt and the summer’s ousting to Hunting Island among other items.

New Badges Can Still Be Ordered!

If you want a new badge, there is still time to order one.

As of February 22nd, orders and payments for new badges have been received from Ron Frick (AI4HH), Stan Grabiec (KD8VL), Harve Hnatiuk (KB3FW), Bob Kennedy (N0DQD), Chip Miller (KQ4JKI), Larry Ross (W4YR), Lon Seward (WB4KSG), Jim Shaner (NH6EI), Jim Short (KQ4KOO), Russ Treadwell (N1ZK), Ted Kunzog (KQ4LCK), and Terry Ward (N8HZV).

Chip Miller, KQ4JKI, will accept orders until March 16th. If this is the first badge that you have ordered, the club will contribute $5 to the $15 cost for your badge. If you are ordering your second badge, the cost is $15.

Contact Chip for further details (bmiller1310@nc.rr.com) or if you need him to send you another order form.

Congratulations to Lon, WB4KSG: 50 Years as a Member of the ARRL!!

SC QSO Party Results

Harve Hnatiuk, KB3FW, submitted his log and entry for last weekend’s contest. Harve totaled 278 CW contacts and had 89 multipliers (US states, SC counties, and Canadian provinces) in 6.5 hours of operation. Multipliers counted for each band so you could really pile them up if you worked multiple bands. KB3FW’s contacts included Frank Pollino, K2OS, who provided multipliers for SC and Jasper Connty!

Harve concentrated on 20m and 40m but had 24 contacts on 15 and one on 10. His total score was just under 50,000 points.

Send your contest scores/results or news about an interesting contact or ham radio experience to hnat463@gmail.com for inclusion in an upcoming This & That.

QSL Card of the Week

Another good one from Sherwin Tames, W4QNW. Some of the best cards are those with a photo of the operator and the station.

An interesting note on this card: Look at the signal report! If you were on the air decades ago, you probably received fairly accurate signal reports. Lots of hams today send 599 for CW and 59 for phone signal reports more and more.

There are some exceptions. KB3FW reports getting a 519 RST from a station in Wyoming earlier this month on 40m and a 339 from another station in January. Both of the other stations were part of the SKCC (Straight Key Century Club). The truth hurts some times!


Send what you can to Harve at hnat463@gmail.com to avoid more of Vince’s handiwork!

Club Website

Click here to get to the Club’s website: https://www.ke4ham.org

If you notice any errors or have site-related questions, please email the webmaster;  email: webmaster@ke4ham.org.

Net Activity Ramping Up!

It was great to have 10 check-ins on both nets this past week!

The nets will be as good as we all want to make them.

And, based on hearing a lot of members on the nets lately, the nets have been VERY GOOD.

Thanks to all who participate.

These are our nets. Enjoy them. They are very special.

Weekly Nets

Sunday NET (8 PM) operates on 147.550 MHz simplex and EchoLink node: KE4HAM – L

Wednesday Nets (8 PM) operates from KK4ONF/Jasper repeater, 147.060+ and EchoLink node: KE4HAM-R

Net Control Stations and EchoLink Coordinator

Thanks to our regular Net Controls: Bob Officer, WA6WAY; Russ Treadwell, N1ZK; and Harve Hnatiuk, KB3FW.

Thanks to Ron Frick, AI4HH, for keeping the nets on EchoLink.

Net Control Schedule:

— Wednesday, February 28 @ 8 PM ET: Russ Treadwell, N1ZK.

— Sunday, February March 3 @ 8 PM ET: Bob Officer, WA6WAY.

If you are interested in being a Net Control, please let Ron or Harve know.

SCHH ARC Net Reports:

Thanks to ALL who checked in to our SCHH ARC nets last week.
If you have the time, please check into our club’s nets on a regular basis.

Last week’s check-ins and traffic:

— Wednesday, February 21 : KE4HAM/KB3FW, AI4HH, KJ4BSM, K2ITZ, N0DQD, K2OS, WB4KSG, KB3FW, WA6WAY, KQ4KOO, WB1DXN.. QNI=10, QTC=0.

— Sunday, February 25: KE4HAM/WA6WAY, AI4HH, KJ4BSM, WA2LWO, KN4VWQ, K4DNY, W1ZZ, KB3FW, WB1DXN, KQ4KOO. QNI=10, QTC=0.

Note – QNI = Number of Check-ins to the net, including Net Control; QTC = Traffic handled (Radiograms).

Other Operating:

Daily —  DX spotting and open chat 24/7 on 147.550 MHz simplex and the Jasper Repeater, 147.060+ (no Echolink).

KB3FW – SCHH ARC President