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Amateur Radio Club welcomes Gene Faulkenberry

Posted: November 21, 2014 2:25 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2014 6:00 a.m.

Faulkenberry and Griggs

Gene Faulkenberry, director of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), visited the Kershaw County Amateur Radio Club’s November meeting.  Director Faulkenberry gave a brief history on the large scale emergencies that he has seen during his time with Kershaw County. He highlighted Hurricane Hugo in 1989, the train derailment in 1990 and the flooding that occurred when many ponds were breached after heavy rains in 1991.

His visit to the club was coordinated by President Lee Griggs.  As the club continues to evolve, Griggs wants the members to know of the types of events they could be called on to support in the event of a communications failure.  Faulkenberrry presented a map generated by using geographic information systems that used surveyed elevations, man-made features and a computer program to determine areas that would be affected by a catastrophic dam failure at Lake Wateree.  This type of event is one the club has practiced for.  

During a simulated evacuation of Kershaw County, members of the club set up monitoring stations that reported traffic flow counts and forwarded them through the use of amateur radio to emergency managers who used the information to track the progress of the evacuation.  The club will be testing its emergency communications plans in another simulated event in the near future.

At the October meeting, President Griggs, Vice President Joe Lauricella and Treasurer Larry Slade were re-elected for a second term.  They have worked hard in the past year, and the growth of the club is reflected in their efforts.  For anyone interested in amateur radio and has a curiosity for what it takes to become a ham, the club holds its monthly meetings the second Thursday in the band room at Camden Military Academy. The club welcomes people of all ages. Current members range from 10 to 80+ and the hobby embraces all ages.

The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 at Hall’s Restaurant in Lugoff. The club will hold their Christmas/holiday gathering to celebrate their successful year and enjoy each other’s company.  It is not a host event.  As the year comes to a close, the club wishes to thank the Camden Chronicle-Independent and WPUB in Lugoff for their support and coverage of club events.


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