SCHH ARC “This & That” – June 18 , 2024

SCHH ARC Ready for ARRL Field Day

Annual Off-the-Grid Operation Set for Saturday, June 22nd, at Lake Somerset

ARRL Field Day is this coming weekend! Our ARC will be operating five or more stations using the club call sign KE4HAM on Saturday afternoon at Lake Somerset.

2023 Field Day at Lake Somerset – We’ll have our new banner at the site this year!

Set-up begins around 11 AM. Note that this is earlier than previously published. The set-up time has been moved up to ensure that we can get all antennas and stations ready to operate when Field Day officially kicks off at 2 PM Eastern Time. The club will provide lunch for the “set-up crew” around 1 PM. We will most likely begin to shutdown operations around 5 PM, earlier if the band conditions are not good. Clean-up of the site should be done no later than 6 PM or so.

On Wednesday, June 12th, eleven members came to the Field Day site to set up and test antennas. Many thanks to all who pitched in: WA6WAY, AI4HH, K2OS, WA8NLX, WB4KSG, AB2LT, K3WPA, KD8VL, K2ITZ, KQ4AKI, and KB3FW. For a club of 60 members, it was truly impressive to see so many members come out for up to 3 hours on a Wednesday morning to prepare for Field Day.

We’ll be looking to operate stations on 15M SSB, 20M SSB, 40M SSB, 6M FT8, and 15-20M CW on Saturday afternoon. Note that the SCHH community has been informed of our plans in a Bluffton Sun article in May and a blurb in the Sun City Club News Email last week, which is shown below.

All KE4HAM stations, most particularly the SSB stations, will look to get members who have not operated a lot or recently and visitors to our site “on the air”. Hopefully, we will have a lot of SCHH residents who stop by our site and are curious about our hobby and our club.

SCHH ARC members who join us on Field Day can bring snacks for all to enjoy. The club will provide a good supply of water but members should feel free to also bring other non-alcohol drinks. Lemonade seems to be popular at Field Days!

New to ARRL Field Day? Check out this link.

Hope to see many club members at Lake Somerset on Saturday. Keep fingers crossed for good weather!

How to Improve DXing during the Solar Max – A Program via You Tube

Thanks to Sherwin Tames, W4QNW, for providing this link to a program on propagation.

The program from Frank, W3LPL, can be found here.

QSL Card of the Week

Lots of special events stations out there these days! KB3FW worked this one last weekend.


Thanks to Eric Kullberg, KN4MIY, for this one!

Upcoming Club Events and Meetings

June 22nd — ARRL Field Day: See lead item in this week’s edition for additional details. Thanks to Bob Officer, WA6WAY, and Ron Frick, AI4HH, for leading our Field Day efforts.

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

Club Website

Click here to get to the Club’s website:

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

SCHH ARC Nets Going Strong

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 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 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; Russ Treadwell, N1ZK; and Harve Hnatiuk, KB3FW.

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

Net Control Schedule:

— Wednesday, June 19 @ 8 PM ET:  Frank Pollino, K2OS(JASPER COUNTY REPEATER)

— Sunday, June 23 @ 8 PM ET: Bob Officer, WA6WAY (SIMPLEX)

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 12 : KE4HAM/KB3FW, K2OS, AI4HH, KQ4JKI, KN4VWQ, WB4KSG, WA2LWO, KJ4BSM, KD8VL, N0VQE. QNI=10. QTC+0.

— Sunday, June 16: KE4HAM/WA6WAY, AI4HH,.K2ITZ, KB3FW, K2OS, K3WPA. QNI=6, 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