The Kershaw County Amateur Radio Cub (KCARC) will celebrate a year of renewed growth and accomplishments at its annual Christmas Party, Dec. 10th in the club’s facility, 1020 York St. in Camden. During the past year, the club has continued to demonstrate its commitment to Kershaw County and the surrounding communities. The party will be a pot luck and will recognize members who aided in the success of the club during the past year.
This year, the members supported the Tour de Camden, Tour de Cure and Lexington Medical Center’s Colon Cancer Cure bicycle rides, providing position reporting and directing support personnel to assist stranded riders. Also, volunteers provided demonstrations of amateur radio, antenna construction, and information regarding the hobby to visitors of the Kershaw County Farmers Market on four occasions.
KCARC is an American Radio Relay League Special Services Club. This designation means the club goes the extra effort to support education opportunities for the community it serves. Those interested in becoming a licensed amateur radio operator can take advantage of the club’s conducting technician, general and extra class training during 2016. To sign up, the club will publish training dates based on requests sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The club hosts FCC licensing test sessions the second Saturday of all odd numbered months at 10 am. It will try its best to schedule all future classes to culminate with a test session date.
If a group or organization could benefit from the addition of amateur radio coverage of an event you are planning, please contact the club at the above email address and see if it is able to support the event. Long range or short notice, both, add to the club’s experience base for providing communications on a routine or urgent basis. During October’s flood event, the club provided information throughout the county regarding roads and bridges to the Kershaw County Emergency Operations Center and to local media keeping our residents informed.
On Monday evenings at 8:30 p.m., the club has a scheduled radio net to practice radio techniques, provide training topics and offer reminders for seasonal preparedness. The net has been operating on the Fort Jackson VHF repeater system. However, on Monday, the net moved to a new repeater located in Lugoff, provided to the club and the public by a club member, offering increased VHF repeater coverage for Kershaw County. The frequency used will be 146.82, with a negative offset and a PL tone of 91.5 on send and receive. Any group or individual desiring to host nets or other special activities must gain approval of the repeater owner.
For more information visit the club’s website www.kc4rc.com or come to a meeting on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. It is open to the public and all ages.