SCHH ARC “This & That” – April 30, 2024

Membership Meeting Thursday, May 2nd, with Two Presentations!

For the second consecutive month, SCHH ARC members will be treated to two presentations to kick off our monthly gathering in the Bayside Room at the Lakehouse.

The first presentation of the evening begins at 6:45 PM. Lon Seward, WB4KSG, will show us how he and his wife, Judy, found both hidden transmitters during our recent Fox Hunt.

Following Lon’s “Elmer Presentation”, Rob Sherwood, NC0B, will be “Zooming In” most likely from his QTH in Ault, CO. Rob runs Sherwood Engineering. Since 1976, he had been testing ham radio transceivers and evaluating them. Some of his work can be found at He’ll tell us more about what he has been doing and hopefully give us the lowdown on the more popular transceivers that are now available. Rob is a serious ham radio operator. If you don’t believe that, take a look at his antenna farm! Not quite what we see in SCHH!

Following Rob’s program, we will hold our monthly membership meeting.

Please note that the first presentation will begin at 6:45 PM.

SCHH ARC Well-Represented at Last Saturday’s CARS Swap Meet Near SAV

Saturday’s weather cooperated well for the conductance of the Coastal Amateur Radio group’s annual Swap Meet near the Savannah airport.

Several club members made the trip down I-95 to sell some used equipment for their or the Okatie Repeater Association’s benefit. ORA picked up a few bucks and at least one of our members brought home a used ICOM 7300 to get back on the HF bands.

As the saying goes: It was all good!

Some photos from Saturday near SAV are included below. In addition to the members shown in the photos. Dan Mclaughlin, K4DNY, was also as the Swap Meet.

Chip Miller, KQ4JKI; Bob Officer, WA6WAY; Jack Frisch, K2ITZ; and Stan Grabiec, KD8VL
Ken Finke, KN8F, and SCHH ARC VP Ed Stratton, W1ZZ
Club Secretary Lon Seward, WB4KSG, and President Harve Hnatiuk, KB3FW.

National Thrust for HOA Ham Radio Antennas

This from the CWOps email forum:

ARRL has bills before Congress (HR 4006 and S. 3690) to help hams who live in HOA situations. Do you know anyone at NAB, Red Cross, Salvation Army, MARS, NCTA, WIA, etc., who might be helpful (we need letters of support on stationery).

[Apologies to non-USA readers.]

Fred Hopengarten, Esq.   K1VR  

Six Willarch Road                             

Lincoln, MA 01773                                     781.259.0088

Interested in Learning About Antennas?

Speaking of antennas…Ken Finke, KN8F, found an interesting series of articles about antennas. You can find it here.

Upcoming Club Events and Meetings

May 2nd — Monthly Membership Meeting: 6:45 PM in the Bayside Room at the Lakehouse. Elmer presentation by Lon Seward on his Fox Hunt set-up followed by presentation on rating ham radio equipment by Rob (NC0B) via Zoom. Meeting to follow the presentations. See above for more info.

June 6th — Monthly Membership Meeting: 7 PM in the Bayside Room at the Lakehouse. Field Day Planning Meeting preceded by Elmer on POTA by Jack Frisch, K2ITZ. More details in an upcoming “This &That”.

June 22nd — ARRL Field Day: Lake Somerset. KE4HAM on the air at 2 PM Eastern. Set up begins around Noon. More details at the June 6th Meeting.

August 3rd — Hunting Island POTA Activation and Lighthouses on the Air: More info to follow.

Club Website

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SCHH ARC Nets Going Strong!

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.

Russ Treadwell, N1ZK, is taking a sabbatical from our net for a bit. Frank Pollino, K2OS, will help to fill the net control slots that Russ had been handling. We wish Russ all the best and hope to have him back with us on the nets soon!

We thank Frank for agreeing to help.

The nets have had some EchoLink issues lately but it is hoped that these will be ironed out for this week’s activity and beyond. Please be patient if issues arise and know that they are being tackled as quickly and as well as can be done.

Please 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. NOTE: May 5th’s net will be on the KE4HAM repeater!

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; Frank Pollino, K2OS; Russ Treadwell, N1ZK; and Harve Hnatiuk, KB3FW.

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

Net Control Schedule:

— Wednesday, May 1 @ 8 PM ET:  Harve Hnatiuk, KB3FW (JASPER COUNTY REPEATER)

— Sunday, May 5th @ 8 PM ET: Bob Officer, WA6WAY (KE4HAM REPEATER)

If you are interested in being a Net Control, please let 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, April 24 : KE4HAM/K2OS, AI4HH, K2ITZ, KQ4JKI, KJ4BSM, KQ4KOO, WA2LWO, WA6WAY, W1ZZ, KB3FW, WB4KSG, AA4KK. QNI=12, QTC=0.

— Sunday, April 28: KE4HAM/WA6WAY, AI4HH, WA2LWO, KJ4BSM, K2ITZ, KB3FW, WA8NLX, K2OS, KQ4JKI. QNI=9, 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.

Harve Hnatiuk, KB3FWEdit