SC Midlands ARES Training Net

The South Carolina Midlands ARES Training Net meets each Thursday at 8:30 pm local time on the Little Mountain on frequency 147.210 MHz with a positive offset and a PL tone of 156.7 Hz. All amateur radio operators are welcome and encouraged to check in. You need not be a member of ARES.

ARES/CERT related business – posted 5.17.22

ARES related business

FYI – I checked in on the Little Mountain net last night, May 16. 147.210 is still not 100%. Dan, WD4NG, will be following up with technical support resources.
Until further notice, we’ll stay on 147.330 for our Thursday evening 8:30 PM “SC Midlands ARES Training Net.” 
Thursday, May 26 there will be no SC Midlands ARES Training Net.
In place of the net, Doug Anderson has agreed to conduct Skywarn basic spotter training that’s specifically geared for amatuer radio from 7-9 PM, Thursday, May 26.
This training is not restricted to ARES members; any amatuer radio operator can attend. 
Even if you’ve been through this training before, a refresher can certainly be helpful. 
Here’s a link to register: PowerPoint Presentation (
ARRL Field Day is coming up June 25 and 26 at Sesquicentennial State Park
While we’re still in early planning, I’ve spoken to Jim Lathan and CARC board members about setting up a display of some sort to promote ARES and CERT membership. We’ll be located near the State EMD trailer which Gabe Turner plans to bring. 
I’ve also asked David Bagwell about possibly joining us and perhaps bringing a communications trailer from Richland County. 
If you are interested in helping with planning for this or manning the display station during some portion (an hour or two or so) of Field Day, please contact me.

Richland Communication Emergency Response Team (CERT) related business

Please notice! We have room for more members in the CERT group. 
If you are interested in joining this excellent group, here’s a link to a CERT application: CERT Application
Once a sufficient number of applications have been received, training for a second group will be scheduled.
Additional information about the CERT group is available here: (scroll to the bottom of this page) SC Midlands ARES Training Net – South Carolina Amateur Radio Emergency Services (
Richland County EOC radio room update 
Richland County Emergency Services Manager, David Bagwell, has ordered a good variety of radios and ancillary equipment (power supplies and antennas). As this equipment is received and installed, we’ll schedule training to learn and become proficient on operating these radios. 
This will be a substantial enhancement for Richland emergency communication capabilities. Big Thanks to David for making this investment happen!
DATE TO SAVE! – Friday, May 27 CERT Team opportunity

Please notice! This has been cancelled for this month. The next “hands-on” training opportunity will be Friday, June 24, the day before Field Day. 

Richland County Emergency Services Manager, David Bagwell has invited Richland CERT group members to help with setting up and testing radio equipment we might be expected to use during an event or an exercise. Details on time and location will be forthcoming.

Thanks, David, for sharing this link to SC Interoperable Communications Public Safety Training: South Carolina Interoperable Communications (



Hurricane Season 

June 1 – November 30 – Links to follow for information

NOAA – National Hurricane Center (

Hurricane Watch Net – The Hurricane Watch Net (  When activated, you will find us on 14.325 MHz (USB) by day and 7.268 MHz (LSB) by night. If propagation dictates, daytime operations will be conducted on both frequencies simultaneously.

Basics – Good for new or seasoned radio operators

This is an excellent (and short, 35 minutes) presentation for anyone interested in Amateur Radio, and especially Emergency Communications (ARES, RACES, AUXCOMM)


Linked here:

Comm Academy, April 9, 2022

This is happened Saturday, April 9. The topics (listed above) certainly relate to the hobby and emergency communications. Here’s a link to learn more: Comm Academy

The presentations from the 2022 Comm Academy are accessible by following this link: Comm Academy 2022


Richland ARES CERT 

Congratulations to the first group of Richland ARES members to join the Richland County Communications Emergency Response Team (CERT). An important role for ARES is to help with emergency communications of “served agencies.” Richland County Emergency Services is certainly a served agency that we want to be able to help when the need arises.

With guidance from David E. Bagwell Jr., W4DZF, this group has completed established prerequisite requirements to work in the Richland EOC and assist with emergency communications. We look forward to learning to operate communication systems in the Richland EOC and we are exploring other opportunities to collaborate with Richland County Emergency Services. If you are interested in joining this group, there will be additional opportunities. Please contact Mark, KN4KRZ, at

Pictured (Left to right): W1GTT, W4GWH, KN4KRZ, KK4HTR, W1MRC, KM4RCN, K4AJJ

Archived notes from previous nets

SC Midlands ARES Training Net notes for 5.19.2022

SC Midlands ARES Training Net notes for 4.21.2022

The recording from the March 24th Commex recap Zoom call is linked here:      Passcode: #eEENBC4

SC Midlands ARES Training Net notes for 3.10.2022 Rev. 1

SC Midlands ARES Training Net notes for 3.3.2022



SC Winlink Tuesday 2 PM – 10 PM (or any part of that, even 2 or 3 hours) This will continue, and the weekly Google spreadsheet will remain available. Learn and practice Winlink. A number of stations are available to contact and use as relays in digipeater mode. Scroll down for additional information about Winlink related resources. For help, please contact Mark, KN4KRZ @

SC Statewide ARES HF Net – Tuesday at 6:00 PM on frequency 3.990 (+/-) LSB SC Statewide ARES HF Net

Statewide ARES VHF Net: Sunday night at 8:00 PM Columbia 146.715 Tone 91.5

SCHEART ESF-8 Training Net: Thursday morning at 9:00 AM Columbia 146.715 Tone 91.5

Standardized Task Books Please devote some time to work on your training and get your standardized task books signed off. Many of the items can be done online. Some of the items ECs/AECs can help with. Task book linked here: Microsoft Word – ARRL ARES STANDARDIZED TRAINING TASK BOOK V1.2.1.docx

Links worth knowing about

National Weather Service – 7-Day Forecast 34N 81.05W (

Skywarn – Skywarn Storm Spotter Program (

Space weather – From

RATPAC Radio Amateur Training Planning and Activities Committee available online here: RATPAC (


Winlink Global Radio Email

We continue to focus on Winlink as a key skill for emergency communications. At this time, we anticipate our next interim exercise, tentatively scheduled for March 5, will include passing traffic using multiple Winlink modes.

Why Winlink? Voice is not always the optimal communication option.  Consider: you’re on a noisy HF band requiring repeats and/or relays, or you have a long list of supplies needed for an evacuation shelter, or you want to send a photograph from a disaster scene to emergency management. Winlink is a practical and reliable option in these instances.

 Winlink learning resources 

There are many online resources available to help users learn Winlink.

Two of the better resources are linked here:

Winlink-Workshop-WK1-WK11- Zoom-Series – RATPAC              WaveTalkers Guide: Winlink

Winlink practice opportunities

a) Send messages to yourself, or another operator’s station. Practice attaching forms (from Select Template) or photographs. Note, the total size of a Winlink message after compression including all file attachments may not exceed 120 kb.

b) On any day of the week, you can send messages to the group in Florida W4AKH Winlink Net.

c) On Wednesdays, you can send messages to the Winlink Wednesday group Winlink Wednesday.

d) On Thursdays, you can send messages to the Winlink Thursday group Winlink Thursdays

SC Winlink Tuesday – SC locals

We have a number of station operators who are fairly new to Winlink and who want to develop or practice their VARA FM skills and determine who can reach whom and via which relay stations.

How you can participate … 

For anyone interested in this effort, any of you/us can leave your station set up as a digipeater on Tuesdays, not for the entire day, but sometime between 2:00 PM and 10:00 PM, or any portion of that – even if it’s only 2 or 3 hours. This is also an opportunity for stations to practice Winlink VARA P2P, but that would require some coordination between participating stations. 

We have developed a sharable Google spreadsheet where users can post the days and specific hours they plan to operate using Winlink VARA FM. See the .pdf “SC Winlink Tuesday.” Some stations operate 24/7. Others operate “Ad hoc” – less than 24/7. The” SC Winlink Tuesday” spreadsheet is a handy tool to know who is operating as a digipeater and who you can connect with for testing and practice purposes.  

Link to .pdf SC Winlink Tuesday

If you would like to have access to the “SC Winlink Tuesday” spreadsheet please send a note to Mark, KN4KRZ, at so I will share the file with you.  

 VARA FM Stations

Located in Chapin, W1GTT-10 and W1GTT-5 (digipeater) are available 24/7 on frequency 145.530 MHz. 

Located in E. Columbia, W1GTT-11 and W1GTT-6 (digipeater) are also available 24/7 on frequency 145.530 MHz.

Other stations are listed here: Vara FM Stations – South Carolina Amateur Radio Emergency Services ( For additions or corrections to this list, please notify Pete, K4LLE at 


How to join the Richland County Communication CERT:

1) Complete and submit the application (CERT Application linked below) Forward the completed application to:

2) Attend the FEMA online class IS 317.a, linked below / Provide a copy of a completion document.

3) Pass the background check.

4) Attend the RC CERT /EOC Training at the RCEOC (3) hours. Feel free to share. We will set a class date as soon as we get some applications back.

D.E. Bagwell Jr.                                                                                                                                                                                                Division Captain, Richland County Emergency Services Department

Link to CERT application: CERT Application