2019 ARES/RACES Tactical Communications Plan


******UPDATE 3/8/2019******

Please make a pen and ink change to the 2019 edition of the ARES/RACES Tactical Communications Plan dated February 9, 2019.  In Appendix A, Page 17, SCHEART Node number 48 Union Repeater.  The PL code is 156.7 Hz not 123.0 Hz.  Engineering changed the PL after release of this document.


The 2019 edition of the ARES/RACES Tactical Communications Plan is ready for download.  The plan has updated information on new repeaters added to the SCHEART network in 2018, corrected frequency error on DMR table, changed Kershaw Simplex frequency and made a few edits based on feedback.

Thanks to all the people who have submitted input this document and those who allow their repeaters to be used by ARES.  Most of all, thanks to the many amateur operators who routinely train and exercise ensuring they are ready to support emergency communications for South Carolina.


Roger KD4JQJ

SC ARES Tactical plan V4.5a

Severe Weather Possible on March 3, 2019


Severe Weather Briefing for March 3rd, 2019 as of 3/2/2019 11:51 PM

Possible IMPACTS:

  • Tornadoes
  • Damaging Wind Gusts
  • Hail
  • Heavy Rain and Flash Flooding



An area of low pressure will move across the region Sunday providing a good chance of showers and thunderstorms, some possibly severe in the late afternoon and evening.

All SKYWARN Operators need to monitor the weather closely and activate if necessary. Please monitor your local NWS for watches and warnings.

Sumter County Ham Theory Class


The Sumter Amateur Radio Association has agreed to hold a ham radio theory class for the Technician Class license starting in January. Classes will be on Thursday nights from
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the private dining room at Palmetto Health Tuomey Hospital. The course will run from January 24th to March 28th with testing on the final night of class. There will be some cost involved; approximately  $30 for study material and $10 for the exam. If you already have your license but want to learn more you are welcome too.

For more info or to register please contact George   KK4F@arrl.net