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WW4SF Rules for use of the club call by members:


Club Call sign use, per ARRL interpretation of the FCC rules follows:


The call sign Trustee may authorize use of the Club call sign. Therefore I, Dave Fuseler – NJ4F, as license trustee, authorize use for operation only for events cleared by the license trustee or the designated control operators, including emergencies as documented below.


-ID per FCC rules part 97.119, ID at least every 10 minutes per communication.


-Only authorized personnel may use the call sign as long as they identify themselves using their call sign only at the beginning of the first use of the station and end of the last transmission using the club call sign.


Example: When opening and closing a net:

This is/has been Dave, NJ4F for WW4SF.


Offsite events: Use WW4SF and only the privileges assigned to your own call sign. There are no restrictions and no rules concerning the location when using a club call sign. The club call however must be used for some kind of club activity.  We can use the club call at various locations at the same time and on different bands, but you must identify with your own home call at least once an hour...  (verified with ARRL)


*When using the club call, be sure to include the operator's name and call in the log. If you have multiple operators running the station, please remember to change the operator's name and call when you switch operators so that it will be included in the log. 


**PLEASE NOTE:  When using the club call, please remember that any infractions are directed to the trustee, NJ4F from the FCC.


OPERATING PRIVILEGES:

Each operator authorized by the Trustee or authorized Control operator may use the call WW4SF, OR their own call sign, when operating SFCG events.


When authorized, you will be the defacto control operator of station WW4SF when using either call.

As the control operator you may use the privileges assigned to your callsign and still use WW4SF as the call sign.


ESCALATION OF PRIVILEGES, SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:


IF a higher privilege license is present, if authorized, they may assume control operator responsibilities and this would elevate privileges to the station when using the club stations call, WW4SF.


Example: You are a tech, BUT an extra is present and accepts control operator duties of station WW4SF. The tech now may operate under the station/control operator’s privileges. This ceases when the extra/higher class license leaves the control room or elects to cease control operator duties.

Information for new and all members: 


Here are some helpful tips from Dave, NJ4F:


To all members


We do all of our ragchewing and corresponding with each other and the group as a whole thru a restricted Yahoo group. It is a closed group, and you can only join by invitation or approval.  Of course, you will be approved now.  If I fail to send you an invite shortly, please go there and request to join. This is our “official” method of information dissemination for the time being.  And yes, I had to look that word up, hihi. 

We also encourage all members to post scores on the 3830scores website.  Real easy, you just go there and post! 

We are also listed on Clublog as a club.  To join, Go to Clublog, Settings, Clubs.  Also, please let Frank KG4IGC know of any contests you participate in, we like to put that info on the website.

Another resource is having your score posted in real time on the web.  If you use N1MM+ for your logging, go to CQCONTEST.NET it works with N1MM+.  Go to the website, register, and go to N1MM+ and 2 clicks and you’re set.  For more info, contact me.  Not that any of us would admit it, but it keeps us from not telling the others what our REAL score is.

We are acquiring a very diverse group of contesters.  The club was organized as a contest club, consequently we don’t delve into matters not related to contesting.  There are other fine general purpose clubs around.  We have members whose primary interest is HF contesting, some RTTY, some SSB, and others a mixture of everything.  Some of us like to run, a few of us, like myself, are avid S&Per’s.  A few are really into state QPs.  Most of us like to get into the ARRL and CQ contests where each individual’s score is part of an aggregate club score.

Regardless your level of contesting, the purpose of the club is to help any member the best we can.

We have a club call, WW4SF.  Three guesses as to what the “SF” stands for, the first two don’t count, hihi.  Any member is authorized to use the call in a contest, first ask, first get.  Please refer to the pinned post at the top of this page for use of the club call.

Presently, we have one official meeting a year, quarterly, starting in January.  We have been meeting at a Lizard's Thicket in Lexington (4616 Augusta Road, Lexington, SC), as it is about the most central place for all members to meet.

Let Frank (KG4IGC), our webmaster, know if it is OK to put your email address by your name in the roster on the website.  He also puts a link to your 3830 page and please send him a pix of your station or yourself for the website.

Please remember one last item: membership is based on contest activity and communication in club activities. 

Please read the Constitution and Bylaws, we strive to operate by those standards. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We will be more than happy to help you in any way we can.
 

--
Dave NJ4F


Dues & Club funding 

 

Minutes from our meetings:

Swamp Fox Contest Group

Minutes of Meeting, January 28, 2017



Executive Committee Members attending:

NJ4F Dave                    

K7OM Ted                                    

N4IQ Bill                      

KG4IGC Frank 


Members Attending:

W4SLT Steve                 

KG6MC Bob                     

KS4YX Gil 

N4CO Lewis

N4VZ Ron

W4STR Russ 

WB5NHL David

AJ4UQ Tom

N4TAL Tammy


Guests/XYL's:

Marie McDonald 

KJ4RGN Dee

KG4IGC Sarah



1. The annual meeting was held at the Lizard’s Thicket in Lexington and was opened at 3:00 PM by President Dave, NJ4F.


2. Election of 2017 officers resulted in:  President - W1TEF Tom , Vice President – WN4AFP Dave, Treasurer – NJ4F Dave and Secretary – N4IQ Bill


3. Annual SFCG dues should be paid by March 1.  The dues cover expenses such as website fees, QSLs and postage, and sponsorships.  Members must pay the dues to remain in SFCG.


4. New Treasurer NJ4F stated the club currently has approximately $300 in our bank account.  Dave said that there was a Tax ID issue during the past year due to the account being a commercial one.  Depending on a decision by the new president, W1TEF Tom, funds may be transferred to a private account to avoid this in the future.  Tax queries by the IRS in 2016 have been resolved.


5. Frank KG4IGC inquired as to the status of the SCQP – South Carolina QSO Party.  SCQP is part of the Carolina’s Weekend in which SCQP is held on Saturday ,February 25th, and the NCQP is held the next day, Sunday, February 26th.  Bill N4Iq responded that everything is set and ready.  All the details and new rules are on the website:  www.scqso.com .  If any of the club members want to operate as a bonus station, you need to contact WN4AFP  Dave asap.


6. Frank KG4IGC brought a “Show and Tell” – a “for real” Heath Kit digital clock which is in current production.  Contact Frank for details if you are interested in building this clock.


Minutes Respectfully Submitted:


Bill Chartier, N4iQ


 

Swamp Fox Contest Group

Minutes of Meeting, January 31, 2016 at Lizard’s Thicket, Lexington, SC


Executive Committee Members attending:


Dave Fuseler NJ4F                          

Ted McDonald K7OM                     

Frank Baranek KG4IGC                    

Alan Fitzsimmons W4ANT              

David Edmonds WN4AFP                

Bill Chartier N4iQ  


Members attending:                        

Kris Harrison NK4K

Tom Francis W1TEF

Kevan Nason N4XL

Robert Wilhite AJ5E

Bob Boroughs KG6MC

Tom Glaab AJ4UQ

Marc Tarplee N4UFP


Guests/XYL's


Marie McDonald

Delores Fuseler KJ4RGN

Sarah Baranek KG4NKG                  

Ann Boroughs


1. The meeting was opened at 3:00 PM by President Dave Fuseler, NJ4F.


2. Election of new officers was discussed with the unanimous decision to retain the existing group of officers. The existing officers agreed to serve another term. President – Dave, NJ4F; V. President, Alan W4ANT; Treasurer – Ted K7OM; Secretary – Bill, N4iQ; PIO – Dave, WN4AFP; and Web Master - Frank, KG4IGC.


3. Dave NJ4F entertained the motion to establish annual $10 SFCG dues which will be incurred on January 1 of each year and payable until March 1. To maintain membership, dues must be paid to the treasurer by that date. Tom W1TEF made the motion which was seconded by Ted K7OM. The dues will be used to help pay for Web site fees, QSL cards, and other club costs. For convenience, Dave NJ4F, has setup a PayPal account for this purpose: [email protected]


4. Based on previous Yahoo conversations, Dave NJ4F reiterated we will have one annual SFCG meeting which will take place on the last Sunday of January. Other meetings, social gathering or operating events will happen as needed.


5. Alan W4ANT presented the idea that we have a SHORT program relating to contesting at our annual meetings. All members were in agreement.


6. Alan W4ANT was recognized for his excellent presentation about Contesting. Alan has presented this at several clubs. Alan, how about making a video presentation? Alan will be showing his presentation at both the Upstate (Spartanburg) Hamfest and the Charleston Hamfest.


7. Frank, KG4IGC, was recognized for his excellent effort creating and maintaining the SFCG web site.


8. W4LVH, William Van Horn of Mt. Pleasant applied for membership. After discussion, Tom, W1TEF, moved we approve him for membership; Frank KG4IGC seconded the motion. Membership voted unanimously “yes”.


9. Dave WN4AFP and Tom W1TEF gave a detailed discussion about the upcoming South Carolina QSO Party which will be conduction Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 9 AM until 8 PM. In the past the SCQP has taken place during the summer. The main reason for the date change was to have the SCQP and NCQP occur on the same weekend; the SCQP on Saturday and the NCQP on Sunday. The SC and NC QP boards are coordinating closely to promote both QPs. This year’s SCQP will have many new features to encourage activity, including more bonus stations, the “Hunley Challenge” award, additional entry categories and a coordinated “edibles” award valued at $160 (with the assistance of NC). QP cooperation between the two Carolina groups will hopefully lead to cooperation between SC and NC in other areas and events. See www.scqso.com for all the details.


10. SFCG apparel is being displayed on the SFCG web site. Dave NJ4F mentioned he bought a polo shirt to his liking and then had the SFCG logo embroidered on it using the JPEG logo obtained from the web site. Roger’s (K4RW) xyl has digitized our SFCG logo and can embroider your custom shirts and hats. If interested, here is the contact information: [email protected] 843 801-5833


11. Dave NJ4F is still interested in the commercial radiotelegraphy license – so are some of the other members. Apparently, any VE team can administer the examination for this license. Dave and Tom W1TEF will look further into this.


12. Dave NJ4F put forth the idea of a “starter” class for contesting. Part of the mission of the group is for education, so this would be a great way of generating interest in contesting and our club. Alan W4ANT suggested the class could also include an actual, low key contest event. Membership reaction was positive. Alan W4ANT will follow up.


13. Marc N4UFP concluded the meeting with a far ranging half-hour discussion concerning ARRL related topics. The subjects are too numerous to list, but some topics concerned the ARRL contesting department staffing turn-over, the new ARRL president (Kay Craigie N3KN is retiring), use of W1AW special event call signs, allocation of VLF frequencies to amateurs (137 kHz, 472-479 kHz), and the proposed 60 M 15 kHz allocation. We appreciate the time Marc spent with us and hope he will come back.


Minutes Respectfully Submitted:

Bill Chartier, N4iQ

Swamp Fox Contest Group

August 16th, 2015

Quarterly Meeting




Executive Committee Members attending:

Dave Fuseler President – NJ4F

Alan Fitzsimmons Vice President – W4ANT

Frank Baranek Webmaster– KG4IGC

Dave Edmonds SCQP Representative - WN4AFP

Tom Francis – W1TEF/4 Acting Secretary



Members attending:

Dave Fuseler President – NJ4F

Alan Fitzsimmons Vice President – W4ANT

Ted McDonald Treasurer– K7OM

Tom Francis – W1TEF/4 Acting Secretary

Frank Baranek Webmaster– KG4IGC

Dave Edmonds SCQP Representative - WN4AFP

Andrew Chaloupka – KB9WHV

Russ Warmath – W4STR

Ron Novak – N4VZ

David Kjellquist – WB5NHL

Kevin Nason – N4XL

Gil Huggins - KS4VX


Guests/XYLs:

Dee Fuseler KJ4RGN

Sarah Baranek KG4NKG

Kate Novak K4VZT

Marie McDonald

Liz Francis

Tom Weir – KK4CEW

Ronnie Livingston- W4RWR Columbia ARC President

Tammy Livingston- N4TAL SC ARRL Public Relations Coordinator




Executive Committee meeting was held prior to the regular club meeting to discuss several issues. Creating a Board of Directors was discussed – decision delayed for now.

Dave, NJ4F handed out out new QSL cards.

Expenses detailed:

Starting Balance: $251.00

QSL Cards: -$96.00

Web site: -$86.00

Balance: $71.12


1. Dues and member participation was discussed. It was noted that there is a core group of members who participate in both contesting and finances. An alternative was discussed by moving those members who have not participated in contests or small financial contributions to “Associate” status. Full membership would allow for use of the club call sign in contests or special events, club awards if approved, etc. Associate Members can maintain their association with the SFCG with no voting or other privileges. Other general issues were discussed. No decisions were made that directly affected the SFCG.

Regular membership meeting:


2. President Dave Fuseler, NJ4F opened the meeting at 1500 hrs. Executive Committee discussions were presented with no action taken by general membership in attendance.

Guests attending were welcomed and recognized – Ronnie Livingston, W4RWL and Tammy Livingston, N4TAL. Ronnie and Tammy were representing the Columbia Amateur Radio Club which is a co-sponsor of the South Carolina QSO Party.


3. SCQP was once again discussed – Tom Francis, W1TEF/4 presented some SCQP enhancements like the OM/XYL for this year and Team concept for next year. Award sponsorship was discussed as there are 76 possible awards – Ronnie wanted to know where we were at with award sponsors. Tom, W1TEF/4 discussed potential awards looking forward – cannot see more than 20 plaques at most with other sponsorship for coffee mugs, etc. being determined at awards time.

Also noted was the 10 member two Team competition in the NAQP SSB contest which went very well for all participants.


4. Tom, W1TEF/4 discussed emailing award winners post SCQP and allowing them to make a choice between a wall plaque or a presentation coffee mug. Depending on which a category winner chooses will determine what a sponsor actually will need to pay for. At this time, it is unknown.

Dave, NJ4F detailed the “core” membership issue without any decisions. A general club membership decision will be made at a future time.


5. Dues were discussed with a general consensus being $10/yr sufficient to provide for club expenses. Also, if any member wishes to contribute beyond the $10/yr dues, that will be welcomed.

Official meeting ended when lunch arrived with fellowship to follow.



Respectfully submitted,


Tom Francis, W1TEF/4 

Acting Secretary

Swamp Fox Contest Group

Luncheon Meeting – Saturday, May 9, 2015

Lizard’s Thicket Restaurant, Lexington, SC


Member Attendees:
Frank Baranek KG4IGC
Gil Huggins KS4YX
Bill Chartier N4iQ
Steve Terry W4SLT

Russ Warmath W4STR

Alan Fitzsimmons W4ANT

Ted McDonald K7OM

Tom Francis W1TEF

Dave Fuseler NJ4F

Ron Novak N4VZ

Ariel Jacala NY4G

Don Crain W4OC


Guests/XYLs:

Dee Fuseler KJ4RGN

Sarah Baranek KG4NKG

Marie McDonald

Liz Francis


1. President Dave Fuseler NJ4F opened the meeting by commenting how SFCG has grown beyond his wildest expectation with new members joining every week. Dave made three requests: (1) all members put their name and call in e-mails to the Yahoo web site, (2) for those who have not, please submit pictures of their stations for placement on the SFCG web site, and (3) please setup and use the 3830 score reporting site. Dave mentioned he was also using the CQContest.net site for real time scoring from N1MM+ during a contest.


2. Radiotelegraph FCC Commercial License: A number of members are interested in obtaining this license. Tom W1TEF has been obtaining information on the testing requirements and the credits (both technical and code) that individuals may be able to receive for amateur radio licenses and commercial licenses, either current and/or expired. Apparently, it will be possible to have the testing held in SC using VEs and other resources. Tom will report back at a later date with full details. Dave NJ4F has already distributed some exam study material as PDF files.


3. A lively discussion ensued concerning the SCQP. Tom presented a brief history of the event and reviewed some of the rule changes for this year’s events. The changes will be extensive and have been approved by the contest board members and the sponsoring Columbia club. In-state stations will be able to work other in-state stations for QSO points and counties for multipliers. In addition to W4CAE being a bonus station, the SFCG club call, WW4SF, will be a bonus multiplier. Dave NJ4F is putting together a team for this purpose. N1MM contest logger will incorporate the new rules – N3FJP logger is still a question.


4. Tom W1TEF presented the new plaque design for this year’s SCQP awards. The intention is to have a new and unique plaque design every year. Also coffee mugs will be given as alternate category awards. A possibility exists for 75 awards being awarded this year. Sponsor donations will be accepted later - $17 for plaques and $5 for coffee mugs. Exact numbers of each type of award is still to be determined. The role of SFCG as a sponsor will also be finalized later.


5. Alan W4ANT began a discussion about seeking out “newbie” contesters as members of SFCG - as a way of “elmering” emerging contesters. The consensus was that the club is not just for experienced contesters but anyone who has an active interest in radio sport, experienced or not. Alan is making a particular effort to reach out to these potential members and is seeking help in doing so.


6. Dave NJ4F discussed the SFCG WW4SF QSL card design, which was approved. Dave will send out an e-mail for contributions. Also Frank KG4IGC said the maximum capacity for the free SFCG web site has been reached. To increase the capacity, there is a $60-$70 yearly upgrade fee. Upgrade benefits are that the site will have its own domain name and better support. This was approved. Due to the money involved for the QSL cards, web site upgrade and other reoccurring costs, Alan W4ANT suggested SFCG open up a free checking account. Dave NJ4F said he would setup the account locally. Russ W4STR related his experience with the Clemson Photography Club concerning club money management and checking accounts. A checking account will provide a way to place funds in a safe location and a means for distribution.


7. Dues were discussed – none to be collected at this time but dues will probably be needed at a later date for reoccurring costs. This may be a topic for the next meeting.


8. Because some members cannot make Saturday meetings, the next meeting will be on a Sunday. Exact date is to be determined – late July to the end of August.


9. Ariel NY4G, Frank KG4NKG and Kevin N4XL will be participating in the 13 Colony event this year - June 30-July 5. Bill N4iQ and Ariel NY4G will be operating from VY2 Prince Edward Island during the IARU HF Championship July 11-12. Ariel will also be solo operating FP/NY4G July 15 -21.


10. Alan W4ANT said TARC will be operating a Hunley special event soon and is looking for operators for the effort.


Submitted by:

Bill Chartier N4iQ
Secretary SFCG


Swamp Fox Contest Group

Luncheon Meeting/Annual Election Results - January 31, 2015
Lizard’s Thicket Restaurant. Lexington, SC

Member Attendees:
Steve Terry W4SLT
Gil Huggins KS4YX
Alan Fitzsimmons W4ANT
Ted McDonald K7OM
Frank Baranek KG4IGC
Ron Novak N4VZ
Dave Fuseler NJ4F
Bill Chartier N4IQ


Guests / XYLs:

Sarah Baranek KG4NKG

Dee Fuseler KJ4RGN

Kate Novak K4VZT

Elaine Chartier XYL

Marie McDonald



1. President Dave Fuseler NJ4F conducted officer elections for the year 2015. Elected Officers are:


President: Dave Fuseler NJ4F


V. President: Alan Fitzsimmons W4ANT


Secretary: Bill Chartier N4IQ


Treasurer: Ted McDonald K7OM


2. Frank Baranek KG4IGC will remain as our Webmaster. The group recognized Frank for his efforts and excellent design for the SFCG website. Frank continues to update and improve the web page.


3. A discussion was held concerning the need for a Public Information Officer. The PIO will coordinate and develop materials for recruiting new members. All members concurred that Dave Edmonds WN4AFP would be an excellent choice. Since Dave could not attend the meeting, President Dave Fuseler NJ4F requested Alan Fitzsimmon W4ANT and/or Bill Chartier N4iQ contact Dave about the position. Dave has been contacted and has agreed to work in this capacity. Additionally, Alan said he is willing to visit clubs in the state to help the recruitment effort. All members are encouraged to become recruiters in finding new members who will be active contesters. Hamfests and on-the-air discussions are two excellent opportunities to do this.


4. We discussed contacting the SCM to give him an update about the group with the idea that he may be willing to promote the SFCG in his e-mailings to the state ARRL membership.


5. The group discussed the possibility of using our SFCG station call sign WW4SF during the next SC QSO Party. Dave Fuseler NJ4F volunteered to make his station available for this purpose. In my discussions with Dave Edmonds WN4AP, Dave indicated a possibility of having the club call identified as a multiplier in the QSO Party. At this point, it is only an idea and there may be other possibilities. Dave is a member of the SC QSO Party board of directors. More discussions concerning this topic will take place as the SC QSOP date approaches.


6. The attendees generally concurred that the Lizard’s Thicket restaurant is a good choice for our next meeting which will be in April or May. The restaurant is centrally located to all members in the state and most agreed that the food and service was more than satisfactory. Dave Fuseler NJ4F will set the exact date at a later time.


7. All members are encouraged to join the SFCG Yahoo groups and to check the SFCG website regularly. Since we are spread out throughout the state, this is the best way to stay in contact with each other. The web site has contact information for each member and links to sites of interest to the membership. In addition, Frank Baranek KG4IGC updates the Contest Calendar frequently. Let’s all stay in touch.


Submitted by:

Bill Chartier N4iQ

Secretary