Pete Emmel

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John Gendron, NJ4Z, Appointed South Carolina Section Manager (State Manager)

ARRL has named John Gendron, NJ4Z, as the South Carolina Section Manager. He will complete the term of Marc Tarplee, N4UFP, who passed away after a brief illness. John Gendron, NJ4Z, Section Manager of the ARRL South Carolina Section. Gendron, an Amateur Extra-class operator, is President of the York County Amateur Radio Society (YCARS) and …

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When to self ID

Riley Hollingsworth is the ARRL guy managing the Volunteer Monitor program and he has cleared up a few things about when you must self ID.  This applies to operating on amateur radio frequencies ONLY.  If you are operating on a frequency outside of the amateur radio bands you will follow the direction given by the …

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What is required to join ARES ?

The Amateur Radio Emergency Services team is always looking for new members. People excited about providing communications in an emergency situation.  So how do you join ARES and what is the difference between level 1 and level 2? ARES level 1 is the entry level, join the team come on in and look around. Talk …

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Difference between ARES, RACES and Auxcomm, in South Carolina

ARES: FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operators who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with the local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. ARRL/ARES provides basic training curriculum and exercise opportunities. The list of agencies a volunteer might end up serving is long but could include a County EOC/CERT, Hospital …

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Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs) in South Carolina

In a typical disaster situation a county EOC might ask you to deploy to a VOAD site and establish emergency comms to the county EOC and state EOC. Your go box, portable antenna’s and your knowledge of all the possible methods to establish those comms links are essential. Here is a list of every VOAD …

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On May 3 2023 the FCC RF Exposure rules are in effect

Effective 5/3/2023 the FCC RF exposure rules are in effect. Under the new rules, every radio amateur is responsible for determining that their station does not cause exposure that exceeds the FCC MPE limits to any person, either in their homes or outside of them. This is required for handheld, portable and mobile operations. The …

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Helpful tip from Dan WD4NG

Dipole Radiation Pattern. youtube

Many of us use a dipole as part of our Emcom go kits. A dipole antenna is very popular. Click to see a short 6 minute youtube video that shows us the radiation pattern of a dipole antenna and shows the actual location the antenna is transmitting at.  This is very interesting and it might …

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SC Emergency Management Division AUXCOMM program for Amateur Radio Operator volunteers

View Video: https://vimeo.com/590153252 Download Video: https://vimeo.com/user107547861/download/590153252/f697f7a109 Documents: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5y3ibk6b1zquux9/AAAq5sKztpxikh1pIDgxlMkAa?dl=0 “There is a lot to like in this talk.  Most of it is role model/best practice” Erik Westgard NY9D   The insurance question is at time stamp 53:40   South Carolina is a home rule state: Home rule in the United States generally signifies a shift of governing power from the state …

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Integrating Amateur Radio DMR into a State Communications Plan

  View Video: https://vimeo.com/586961385 Download Video: https://vimeo.com/user107547861/download/586961385/f71194f2a6 Documents: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xpk08dm5nw69a0l/AACiHHyaaMqr0ANPy2BcasKma?dl=0 —> Provided by RATPAC…Radio Amateur Training Planning and Activities Committee 8/12/2021