SCHH ARC “This & That” – July 2 , 2024

SCHH ARC KE4HAM Field Day Tally Is Truly Impressive

Efforts to complete and to check KE4HAM’s Field Day logs continue. It is hoped that our entry will be sent to the ARRL by rhe end of the week. The club’s five stations logged 148 contacts on Saturday, June 22nd at Lake Somerset.

Our club’s Field Day efforts tallied more bonus points that points for QSOs. This result is consistent with our recent efforts. Field Day scoring is different than many contests in that there are no multipliers for working the many sections of ARRL or RAC. Using 100 Watts or less is good for a 2X multiplier. A station receives one point for a SSB QSO and two points for a CW or digital QSO.

KE4HAM had 148 QSOs, 74 on SSB and 74 on CW/FT8! Contacts were made with stations in 47 different ARRL or RAC sections and in 7 different countries on four continents…not bad for under three hours of operating!

Our event was covered by Sun City TV. You can see their story here. The club’s new banner certainly looked great! And, we even managed to get a little Morse Code into the coverage!

The club will submit for bonus points for such things as operating with “off the grid” power, using battery power, publicity, and safety strategy.

Here is what our summary looks like on

A check of over this past weekend showed KE4HAM did better than another 4A station that operated for twice the amount of time that we did.

Reading some feedback from other club stations, our cross-mode and cross-band interference is prevalent at other sites. Bandpass filters have worked to some degree for cross-band issues and more separation of the SSB and CW stations can certainly help. It was noted that when an FT8 station is on the same band as an SSB or CW station, FT8 really impacts the other stations.

In summary, our results were good and we have some things to work on between now and Winter Field Day 2025 in January.

Thanks again to all club members who came to Lake Somerset for Field Day!

CARS Field Day Video

The Coastal Amateur Radio group in Savannah created a nice video about their Field Day, which can be found here.

Thirteen Colonies Event Off to a Great Start

How many of the Thirteen Colonies can you work by July 7th? You can find Thirteen Colonies stations on all bands (including the WARC bands!) and all modes.

KB3FW will be operating as K2L for 2-3 hours every day on CW and/or FT8. Last year, Harve was part of the SC team that made the most contacts of any Thirteen Colonies station. SC is hoping to garner the honor for most QSOs again but the competition will surely intensify.

More info on the event can be found here.

Upcoming Club Events and Meetings

August 3rd — Hunting Island POTA and NLLW Activation: Thanks to Jack Frisch, K2ITZ, for setting this up. More info to follow.

Aerial view of the Hunting Island Lighthouse and surrounding area.

Note that there are no membership meetings in July and August. Our next membership meeting will be held on Thursday, September 5th. More details to follow.

Club Website

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

SCHH ARC Nets – Check In If You Can

Have you checked in to one of the SCHH ARC nets lately?

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

Please keep our nets alive and well by checking in when you can.

Weekly SCHH ARC Nets


Sunday’s Net (8 PM) operates on 147.550 MHz simplex and EchoLink node: KE4HAM – L  on the last two Sundays of every month. Otherwise, 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. 

For July, the Sunday net will be on the KE4HAM repeater on July 7 and July 14. The Sunday net will use SIMPLEX mode on July 21 and July 28. All nets will be available on EchoLink as noted above.

Wednesday‘s Net (8 PM) operates through the 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; and Harve Hnatiuk, KB3FW.

Thanks to Ron Frick, AI4HH, for continually working to keep our SCHH ARC nets on EchoLink.

Net Control Schedule:

— Wednesday, July 3 @ 8 PM ET:  Harve Hnatiuk, KB3FW (JASPER COUNTY REPEATER)

— Sunday, July 7 @ 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, June 26 : KE4HAM/KB3FW, AI4HH, KJ4BSM, K3WPA, K2OS, K2ITZ, WA6WAY, WA8NLX, KO4AQI. QNI=9. QTC+0.

— Sunday, June 30: KE4HAM/WA6WAY, AI4HH,.K2ITZ, KB3FW, K2OS, KQ4JKI, K3WPA, KJ4BSM. QNI=8, 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, KB3FW