March 26, 2024 Weekly This & That Newsletter

SCHH ARC Presents “Ham Radio” to Civil Air Patrol’s Hilton Head Squadron

A full room of cadets and senior members of the Hilton Head Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol and several SCHH ARC members were on hand for a presentation of “An Introduction to Amateur Radio” by our club. Following the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by all, the cadets had a breakout meeting and some training early in the evening while the senior CAP members, led by SCHH resident Lt. Colonel Mike Akey, provided ARC members with an excellent presentation on the local, state, and national operations of the Civil Air Patrol.

Our club’s PowerPoint presentation was put together and delivered by club president Harve Hnatiuk, KB3FW. The presentation used some of the material developed by Ken Finke, KN8F, for the club’s presentation to the SCHH Computer Club in January.

Toward the end of the presentation, Harve introduced Bob Officer, WA6WAY, who gave a passionate talk about the importance of emergency preparedness and how ham radio operators provide invaluable assistance during emergencies such as hurricanes. Bob related a personal story about his work during a major hurricane along the Gulf Coast of Florida. He then offered a “prize” (an item donated to the club, photo below) to the first CAP cadet who passed an examination to become a ham. The three license manuals brought to the presentation were all taken by the cadets! A great sign of interest in our hobby!!!

The club received a letter of appreciation from the CAP (shown below). Thanks to Frank Pollino, K2OS, who brought a portable station to show the cadets and to Chip Miller, KQ4JKI, and Stan Grabiec, KD8VL, for being at the meeting to provide support.


Roanoke Division Service Award Goes to ODU’s KO4GLN

SCHH ARC’s Ron Frick Was Nominated by Harve Hnatiuk

Congratulations to Ms. McKenzie Denton, KO4GLN, on her winning the award and to Ron Frick, AI4HH, for being a well-deserved nominee.

“I submitted a 3-page nomination. I plan to re-nominate Ron next year with additional elaboration as his contributions to our club, our hobby, and our community have spanned many years and are replete with many success stories”, said SCHH ARC president Harve Hnatiuk.

Upcoming Meeting and Events

April 4th – Next Membership Meeting: Beginning with Elmer Presentation by Ken Finke, KN8F, at 6:45 PM in the Lakehouse Bayside Room.7 PM presentation by Bob Officer, WA6WAY, on his solar-panel charged golf cart battery and inverter power system. Monthly “business and updates meeting” will follow Bob’s presentation.

April 20th – Hidden Transmitter Hunt: Meet up at 8:45 AM in the Courtyard rear of Pinckney Hall. Hunt begins at 9 AM. Russ Treadwell, N1ZK, notes that there are three YouTube videos on typical fox hunting practices on the homepage of the Club website,  This will provide some ideas about how you might prepare for the hunt. And, the videos demonstrate some techniques for finding the fox.  Knowledge is power, right?

April 20th – Lunch at Jameson’s: 12 Noon at Jameson’s at Hidden Cypress. All are invited to come to the lunch…not just participants in the Transmitter Hunt that morning! Spouses and guests are welcome too!

More details will be provided in upcoming editions of “This & That”.

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Net Check-ins Continue to Be Impressive

Great to hear so many stations checking into our nets.

Thanks to all who participate.

These are our nets. Enjoy them. They are very special and give us the opportunity to connect with each other while testing our equipment’s connectivity capabilities.

Let’s keep our nets alive and well by checking in when we can.

Weekly SCHH ARC Nets

Sunday’s Net (8 PM) operates on 147.550 MHz simplex and EchoLink node: KE4HAM – L except on the Sunday after our club’s membership meeting. On the Sunday after our club membership meeting, the Sunday Net will be on the KE4HAM repeater (147.135 + with a tone of 91.5 on both the input and the output). The KE4HAM Repeater Net can also be accessed via EchoLink at KE4HAM-R.

Wednesday ‘s Net (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, March 27 @ 8 PM ET: Russ Treadwell (JASPER COUNTY REPEATER)

— Sunday, March 31 @ 8 PM ET: Bob Officer, WA6WAY (147.55 SIMPLEX)

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. We have topped 10 check-ins for many of our recent nets, which is awesome!
If you have the time, please check into our club’s nets on a regular basis.

Last week’s check-ins and traffic:

— Wednesday, March 20 : KE4HAM/KB3FW, AI4HH, K2ITZ, WA8NLX, W8TPW, WB4KSG, WB1DXN, N1ZK, K2OS, KQ4JKI, WA6WAY, KQ4KOO. QNI=12, QTC=0.

— Sunday, March 24: KE4HAM/WA6WAY, AI4HH, WA2LWO, KJ4BSM, KD8VL, N4YV, K2ITZ, KB3FW, K2OS, KQ4JKI, KQ4KOO, W1ZZ. QNI=12, QTC=0.

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

Other Operating:

Daily —  Monitor the new KE4HAM Repeater: 147.135 MHz + with a tone of 91.5. You may get some good DX spots from time to time and other members may be there if you want to connect/chat.