Welcome to the new blog for Spartanburg Amateur Radio Club. While working on the newsletter for the club we realized that it would be nice to have a way to communicate with club members in a more consistent way that would allow us to get important events and news out to members quickly. Getting information from the blog is easy, sign up to follow the blog and you will receive an email notifying you that something has been posted or just check the blog periodically to see the latest new


Sunday, November 29, 2015

December is Here!

December is here and this month's business meeting falls on December 1st, which is this coming Tuesday. So, make sure and join us at Golden Corral, 1492 W.O. Ezell Boulevard in Spartanburg for our annual Christmas Party.  The fun will begin at 6:00 pm and as usual, all are invited to attend! Club members please check in with Lisa, N4BOO when you arrive so the club can pay for your meal and all non-members will pay as they enter the restaurant.  Santa has sent his gifts for our drawing (hope he sent black tape and a snow globe) so don't miss out on the time of fun and fellowship.

Remember, the business meeting for December falls on December 1st and will be held at the Golden Coral starting at 6 pm!  Can't wait to see you there!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Calling all hounds!  Calling all hounds!  The 2015 fox hunt will take place on November 14.  This year you will start your hunt for the fox at the location of your choosing.  Check in with the Fox between 9:30 am and 10:00 am on 147.315 so the fox will know how many people are participating. The fox will start transmitting at 10:05 on 146.565 Mhz.  Each transmission will last for 3 minutes and the the fox will be off the air for 5 minutes.  The process will repeat until the all hounds have found the fox.  The first hound that finds the fox and talks to the fox in person wins.  The fox will not be on any private property.  If anyone has to drop out notify the fox on 147.315.  The hunt will end at 12 noon and clues will be given if needed.  Happy Hunting!

Monday, September 21, 2015


The map above indicates our spot for Community Emergency Preparedness Day on September 26, 2015.  Our location is marked as Ham R in the photo and is located across from 51 N. Main Street, Inman, SC.  The business located at this address is Inman Health and Rehabilitation.  We will meet at 8 AM and parking will be in the Inman First Parking lot seen across from our location in this photo.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SPARC September Events

Please be aware that the SPARC will be participating in two community events in September 2015. 

These are in addition to the regular Tuesday night meetings. 

The Spartanburg County Library is holding their Fall HobbyCon on September 12th from 12 PM to 4 PM.  We will plan to meet at the back parking lot of the downtown library at 11 AM for communication set-up.  The purpose is to promote amateur radio as a hobby at this County Library sponsored event.

On September 26th 2015 the Spartanburg County Emergency Management Office is hosting an Emergency Management Expo in conjunction with the Inman Harvest Day Festival.  This event typically draws several thousand people so it is an excellent chance for SPARC to promote amateur radio as a hobby and as an emergency communication tool.  This is an "all day affair" being scheduled from 9 AM until 5 PM.  We will plan to be setting up around 8 AM that morning.  Our exact location has not been assigned yet but will be announced / published ASAP (that is, when we know it!)

Please plan some time to come out and support our efforts!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Funeral Arrangements - Ann Thompson

Ann Oliver Thompson, 73, of Roebuck, SC, died Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Regency Hospital of Greenville. Born June 15, 1942, in Oconee County, SC, she was the daughter of the late George Cline and Ethel Bryant Oliver. She was also predeceased by her husband, Calvin Michael Thompson. 
Mrs. Thompson was retired as Office Manager at Smith Barney Co., and was a member of Walnut Grove United Methodist Church. She was very active in many organizations, including being a member and Treasurer of Spartanburg Amateur Radio Club KI4MEE; a former Red Cross Volunteer, Worthy Matron Roebuck OES216; past President, post Matron, and past Matron Club; past District Deputy - D4; and Eastern Star Service by Roebuck Chapter 216.  Survivors include a daughter, Michelle T. McKelvey; brothers and sisters, Louise Allison, Linda Phillips, Frances & James Martin, Betty and Frank Black, Robert and Susan Oliver, Curtis and Faye Oliver; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Donna Thompson; along with numerous nephews and nieces. 

Visitation will be at 10:00 - 11:30 AM Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 East Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29307. Funeral services will follow at 12:00 noon in the Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Kirkley, followed by The Order of the Eastern Star Rites. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Road, Spartanburg, SC 29307.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, 131 East Main St., Ste. 108, Spartanburg, SC 29306 or online at www.redcross.org/donate.  An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sad News

It is with great sadness that we notify you of the passing of Ann Thompson, KI4MEE, who lost her battle with an extended illness today, 7/25/15.  No arrangements are available at this time.  We will post more information when it is available.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Lets Eat & Celebrate!

The summer supper will be at the Grapevine Restaurant located at 1926 Boiling Springs Road (Hwy 9), Boiling Springs, SC, on July 18, 2015, this Saturday.  The fun will begin at 6 pm.  It is dutch treat and you can order your favorite food off their regular menu.  Don't miss this evening of fun and fellowship!
Grapevine Restaurant 1926 Boiling Springs Road,  Boiling Springs, SC

Sunday, July 5, 2015

June Ends July Begins

Another great Field Day is complete and a great time was had by all.  We would like to say thanks to all who put in the time and work to make it happen.  A special thanks to the Drayton Fire Department for the use of there fire house.  It was a great location for a great event!

And now July begins, the business meeting will be on July 7, at 7:00 pm. On July 18th, we will meet at the Grapevine Restaurant located at 1926 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs, SC, for the summer supper and for a special someones 96th birthday.  The fun will begin at 6 pm.  And finally, on July 21st we will have the monthly SPARC Board meeting beginning at 7 pm.  And don't forget, join the rag chews and nets for the latest club information!

Friday, June 19, 2015

CQ CQ CQ Field Day Update

This year we will have Field Day at the Drayton Fire Department, 50 Carney Street, Drayton, SC. Carney Street is located across from Houston Elementary School.  You must turn down Carney Street to see the fire station.  Antenna setup starts at 8 am on Friday, June 26th.  Please note this is a time change; a suggestion was made that this time be moved earlier due to the current heat wave we are experiencing.  Field Day starts at 2 pm on Saturday, June 27th and runs for 24 hours, ending at 2 pm, Sunday, June 28th.  We can't wait to see everybody again this year at this awesome event. Come join the fun as the club works to earn points while enjoying their favorite hobby and time with their friends.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

June Events

Welcome to June!  This month we have Ham Exams on June 9, at the Spartanburg Herald Journal Building located at 189 W. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC.  Please arrive at 6:30 pm to complete your paperwork; testing will begin at 7:00 pm.  The Fee is $15.00.  Please make sure to bring a copy of (or your original) current amateur license if you are testing to upgrade to a higher class and a picture ID.

On June 16th, the monthly board meeting and weekly rag chew will be held at the Spartanburg Herald Journal Building beginning at 7 pm.    
2015 Field Day activities will be held on June 27 and June 28.  We have a new location this year, the Drayton Fire Department located at 50 Carney Street, Drayton, SC.  Directions to Carney Street:  Take Skylyn Drive from town and turn left on Carney Street which is in front of Houston Elementary School.  The Fire Department will be on the left.  More information on field day will be shared over the coming weeks.
Map of Drayton Fire Department
Drayton Fire Department
50 Carney Street
Drayton SC, 29333

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Kenwood Coupon Codes!

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Here's a link to my latest Episode-Ham Radio Heaven, Dayton Hamvention 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Assault on Mt. Mitchell

Don't forget that Mike Bonner, K4BON has asked those working the Assault on Mt. Mitchell to attend this weeks rag chew for a brief meeting and the distribution of t-shirts and signs for vehicles.  The rag chew begins at 7 pm at the Herald Journal Building in downtown Spartanburg.  See you there!  

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Fritz, W4NTO, featured in the latest episode of The Other Ham Radio Podcast!

Hey Folks,

Just a quick note that my latest podcast episode, #25, will post online this evening around 1900 Eastern (During the Board Meeting/Rag Chew at the SHJ Bldg.).  


In this program, I sit down with our very own Fritz (W4NTO) and chat about his 'Hams Life'.  The show can be listened to from the site itself; Just scroll down and press play on the player bar.  A link to the RSS feed can be found on the site as well-see left sidebar.

The file will become active at 1900, until then there are 24 other shows I invite you give a listen to while chasing DX!

here is a link to the Site: http://amateurradio15.com/


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Don't Miss the Fun!

Don't forget, the Upstate Hamfest is this Saturday, May 5th.  Gates will open at 8:00 am and tickets are $8.00.  Children under 12 are free.  The hamfest will again be held at the Spartanburg Fair Grounds located at 575 Fairground Road, Spartanburg, SC 29303.  For more information, 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Important Odds & Ends

Thanks to all the SPARC Members who came out Saturday for Hobbycon 2015.  It was a great success and the trailer worked well.  Ginny Reid, KC2ZBY needs four more people to purchase jackets so those purchasing can get the special pricing.  If you would like to buy a club jacket please let her know as soon as possible.   We would also like to welcome Cale Nelson, K4CDN as an author to the blog,  Cale is the creator and star of the podcast Fotime and it is a great way for new Hams to learn about this awesome hobby.  The March of  Dimes walk will take place this Saturday, April 25. Club members planning to help will meet at the District 7 Operations Center side parking lot located at the corner of Union and Virginia Streets at 8:00 am.  The address is 717 Union Street.

May will be another busy month for the club with lots of special events going on.  The Upstate Hamfest will be held on May 2nd at the Spartanburg Fair Grounds.  The business meeting program (May 5th) will be on the Assaults on Marion and Mt. Mitchell.  Mike Bonner, K4BON requests those participating in the assaults please attend the rag chew on May 12th so that he can distribute t-shirts for the Assaults and go over final assignments. For those of you who are Twitter users, SPARC is now on Twitter @K4II_sparc.  Follow us and keep up to date with club happenings.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


SPARC will have our new trailer at the Spartanburg County Pubic Library Main Branch for HobbyCon on April 18, 2015.  The event is from 11 am - 3 pm.  We will start setting up about 9:30 am.  If you would like to help come out and help us staff this great event.  Stay for the entire time or just awhile, all are welcome. This is a great way for our club to demonstrate the magic of radio to the citizens of Spartanburg.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Business Meeting, April 7, 2015

The speaker for April will be Mr. Bill Minikiewiz, W4FSV of Breadboard Radio (www.breadboardradio.com).  Mr. Minikiewiz will have a show and tell of his QRP kits and what you can do with less than a watt.  He will have his kits for sell as well.  Looks like a great meeting! Thanks to Bret Phillips, N9LPT for his hard work.  

Thursday, February 5, 2015


The radios from the estate of Mr. Daryl Faircloth will be auctioned on Saturday, February 7, 2015.  The auction will be held at Del Krause's business which is located at 4478 Parris Bridge Road, Boiling Springs, SC.  The items will be set up and ready for preview at noon and the auction will begin at 1:00 pm.  This is a cash only auction with all the money raised going to Mr. Faircloth's wife.  Please make plans and arrangements to take all items purchased at the auction home on Saturday.  The auction will be open to current club members only which is an awesome opportunity for our members to build their stations.  

Sunday, February 1, 2015


The radios from the estate of Mr. Daryl Faircloth, N4WGR will be auctioned on Saturday, February 7, 2015.  The auction is open to current club members only.  Below are pictures and a list of some of the items that are available.  All items will be sold as is and some of the descriptions and items listed may not be completely accurate.  Those wishing to bid on items will have an opportunity to preview the items on Saturday prior to the beginning of the auction.  Time and location for the auction as well as more detailed information about the items available will be provided at the business meeting on February 3, 2015.

Amount Model # Brand Item Description
1 AEA ISO Pole antenna with mast
1 AL80B Ameritron Amplifier
1 Bencher Paddle key with Chrome Base
1 Box Lot Storage Container that contains Drayton Motor Controller and other miscellaneous items
1 Box Lot Contains W9INN Balun box and other miscellaneous items
1 Box Lot Contains Hy-Gain SWR Meter, Auto Ranging Capacitor Meter and other miscellaneous items.
1 Box Lot White Liter Can containing miscellaneous items.
1 Box Lot Green folding top box containing tubes, high current general purpose amplifier, and other miscellaneous items
1 Box Lot Contains Alliance rotator box and rotator with other miscellaneous items
1 Box Lot Containing Simpson 1227 multimeter, cable wires and other miscellaneous items
1 CDE Antenna Rotator control box with motor
1 Cushcraft? HF 4 element beam
1 Cushcraft? 2m beam, 12 element?
1 SX-400 Diamond  140 - 525 MHz SWR/Power meter
1 Heathkit Cantenna
1 1B101 Heathkit Frequency Counter
1 MC60 Kenwood Desk Mike
1 TS520SE Kenwood Transceiver
1 SP23 Kenwood External Speaker
1 SP31 Kenwood External Speaker*
1 TS790A Kenwood VHF/UHF Multimode Transceiver
1 TS690S Kenwood HF Transceiver 160 - 10m plus 6m
1 TS700A Kenwood 2m All Mode Transceiver no Tone (this belongs to Dale Kraus and is not part of the estate sale but will be sold at the auction.)
1 989C MFJ Versa turner V , 3 kilowatt series roller inductor
1 MFJ Morse Keyboard Keyer
1 MFJ-407B MFJ Deluxe Electronic Keyer
1 811A NOS Transmitting Tube
1 500 Palomar SWR Meter
1 Proview Computer monitor, 15 inch?
2 Realistic Speakers
1 BAH-100 Regency Power Amplifier (commercial)
1 Rohn? 40 foot Tower with CDE Control Box & Rotor
4 5150A  Sylvania ECG Diodes 
14 105 Sylvania ECG Diodes 
18 3048 Sylvania ECG Diodes 
10 5966 Sylvania ECG Diodes 
10 5967 Sylvania ECG Diodes 
1 PR40A DC Power Supply 40 amp
1 Anodized Heat sink color - gold
1 Tachometer (industrial version)
1 Partial set of Precision Screw Drivers
1 Power SWR Meter
1 High voltage Plate Transformer, 3250 volts
1 Drawer Caddy containing miscellaneous parts.
1 Side grinder with 7" wheel
Miscellaneous coax and cables
Partial Dipole
Several miscellaneous whip antennas

Sunday, January 11, 2015

South Carolina Section Managers Report from N4UFP

Greetings to all Amateur Radio Operators.  This is Marc, N4UFP with the
November 2014 South Carolina Section Manager’s Report.  Please
remember that the SC Section website can be found at: www.arrlsc.org/
where my full SM report will be listed as well as up-to-the-date
information on Amateur Radio in South Carolina.

I would like to begin by congratulating Kent V. Hufford KQ4KK of
Graniteville, South Carolina who will share the 2014 Roanoke Division
ARRL Service Award with David W. Anderson K4SV of Tryon, North
Carolina.  The Roanoke Division ARRL Service Award was instituted in
1968 by then Roanoke Division Director Vic Clark, W4KFC. Vic intended
the award to be recognition for a long history of significant and
consistent contributions to Amateur Radio. The amateur selected would
have, over the years, dedicated much of his or her time to Amateur
Radio and the ARRL.  Those of you who know Ken know that anything he
decides to do is done well and is seen through to the finish; he is
certainly deserving of this honor and I am thrilled that his
accomplishments have been recognized.

 The award presentation is currently planned at the 2015 Charlotte
Hamfest on Saturday, March 14, 2015 during the ARRL forum:

Please join me in congratulating Kent, our 2014 Roanoke Division ARRL
Service Award winner!

One of the things that Kent has been involved in is D-STAR operation.
To help spread the word about D-STAR, he has organized a half day
“D-STAR University” that will take place on the afternoon of 17
January 2015 at USC-Aiken.  Additional details appear below. This is
one example of Kent’s service to our amateur community, for which I
am thankful and I hope is that it will lead to wider acceptance and use
of D-STAR.

CSRA (GA-SC) D-STAR University, January 17, 2015
University of South Carolina, Aiken campus, Aiken South Carolina
Saturday, 12 noon to 5PM Eastern

The Aiken SC D-STAR Club will hold a one day D-STAR workshop that will
provide information and training on all levels of D-STAR, the Digital
Smart Technology for Amateur Radio.  Classes will be organized to allow
participants on all levels from new users to repeater system
administrators gain knowledge about D-STAR’s digital voice and data

The class will feature will cover topics of interest to beginning
D-STAR users including:
• D-STAR basics
• D-STAR user registration process
• Getting started with your D-STAR radio
• Programming your D-STAR radio
• Using DR mode for easy D-STAR operation
• Updating your memories
• Linking to repeaters and reflectors

More experienced users will enjoy:
• Using the DV Dongle and DV Access Point (DVAP)
• Making and using a Hotspot with a Raspberry Pi
• D-STAR Nets and Reflectors
• Using D-STAR data capabilities including D-RATS and the ICOM
ANDROID free application
• Where to find D-STAR Resources
• History and Competitive Analysis between, DSTAR, DMR, FUSION, and
• A look at operating DSTAR Voice on the HF bands.

Class will be given by experienced instructors of the Georgia D-STAR
group and DSTARinfo.com who have presented dozens of seminars and
training across the country, John Davis, WB4QDX, Ed Woodrick, WA4YIH,
and Robin Cutshaw, AA4RC who developed the DVDongle and DVAP, and
others will present high speed data and other advancements in
communication using D-STAR systems. The target audience for this
session is those new to DSTAR, emergency management, hospital
administrators and the more advanced D-STAR users.

No matter what your D-STAR experience, if any, there will be a wealth
of information provided so that the beginner can go home and put his /
her equipment on the air and the more advanced operator can explore the
new data transfer methods which will have Emergency Management
application. The cost for the D-STAR University is free, light
refreshments will be served. You may register for this course by
sending an email to kq4kk@aikenradio.org.   More detailed information
about class schedule and instructors will be forthcoming.

Door prize at the DSTAR University will be an ICOM DSTAR HT, you must
be present to win. Additional  prizes during the day.

We encourage amateur radio clubs to make this information available to
their members and include it in their newsletters. you can contact Kent
at kq4kk@aikenradio.org.

Tom Lufkin, W4DAX, has asked me to pass along information on the H L
Hunley special event operation, N4H, which will occur on 17 February
2015. This marks the 151st anniversary of the sinking of the U.S.S.
Housatonic by the submarine H. L. Hunley in Charleston SC, the first
successful sinking of a warship by a submarine.

The Trident Amateur Radio Club will be operating a special event
station, N4H, on February 17th from the site of the launch at Breeches
Inlet, on Sullivans Island, SC.
Proposed frequencies are 7.262 14.262, 28.562 MHz.
To request a certificate send contact information to PO Box 60732 N
Charleston, SC 29419  A certificate will be sent upon receipt of a
self-addressed envelope and one dollar ($1) cash. Complete information
is available at www.tridenthams.org/hunley.htm

We have two hamfests coming up in the next few weeks. The first is the
Greenwood Hamfest, which will take place this Saturday, 10 January 2015
at Piedmont Technical College’s James Medford Family Event Center, 620
North Emerald Road Greenwood, SC 29646. For more details, visit:

Second is the Charleston Hamfest, which will be held  7 February 2015
at the Armory Park Community Center (32.885 N - 79.993 W) 5000
Lackawanna Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29405. For more details, visit

Before I leave the subject of hamfests, I would like to thank the Grand
Strand Amateur Club for their efforts in putting on Beachfest in Conway,
SC in early November. Family obligations out west prevented me from
attending, but the feedback I got was that attendance was good and that
the event is growing. I look forward to getting over to Conway this
coming November for Beachfest 2015 and I hope that you’ll be able to
make it too.

That’s all for this month