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New International DMR Net on Saturdays!

NEW on Saturdays:

A new net is the “World Wide” Net on Talk Group 91 (Brandmeister World Wide), Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) local time, on our new N4GAS DMR Repeater. This is run by net control in different countries, like England or Germany. We hope you will make some time and check into this international net.

If you don’t have a DMR radio yet, but would like to listen in on the fun, go here for an in-browser listening experience:

Art Gillespie, K4TP, SK, 1-7-2017

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of long-time member, Art Gillespie, Jr.,  K4TP, on January 7, 2017. Art was an incredible guy, noted for his sharp mind and love of DX CW work. Please keep his spouse, Faye, K4FAY, and his family, in your prayers.

Arrangements are as follows: The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 2 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Gastonia, 2650 Union Road, Gastonia, North Carolina 28054. Thereafter will be a memorial service at the same church at 2 p.m. and interment will follow at Gaston Memorial Park.


KF4TLL, sk 11/3/2016

We send our most sincere condolences to George, NC0G and Scott, N2JSP in their loss. We will greatly miss Sherland, KF4TLL, now a silent key.

Sherland was a wonderful wife, mother, sister,  friend and more. She encouraged me to become a ham.  We got into “trouble” talking too loudly near the CW station during field day two summers ago. It was so much fun being hushed by the CWer’s!! She always had a smile on her face and encouragement to share regardless of what was happening.  Life will not be the same without her.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Poteat family.

73,  Chantel, KM4LWL 🙁

Spencer Mountain 10 mile Race this weekend!

GCARS has been invited to do the emergency communications for the Run Around Spencer Mountain event again this year. As always, there will be 2 races – a 10 mile and a 5k race. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!! This is always a fun event with operators stationed at each mile marker. We may meetup for lunch afterwards.?

Date: Saturday, November 5th

Time: 7:00 am (The race actually begins at 8 am)

Place: Warlick Academy, 1316 Spencer Mtn. Road, Ranlo, NC 28054

Contact: Cy Rowe (K1CY) for more information about the event…/…/spencer-mountain-10-mile-5k/

GCARS October Meeting is tomorrow, 10/3/16 @ 7 pm! Be there or be square!

Gaston County Amateur Radio Society (GCARS) has its October monthly meeting on the Monday the 3rd at 7 p.m., at 190 S. Oakland St. Gastonia, NC upstairs in the Red Cross Building.

AJ4JZ, Bill Stevenson, will be presenting on DMR (digital mobile radio).

We welcome all those who have any interest in ham radio and electronics. You do not have to be a licensed ham to attend!!

NPOTA this weekend, 9/24/16 at Kings Mountain National Military Park!!

ARRL National Park Service on the Air logo

**September 24th – GCARS will be at Kings Mountain National Military Park (MP06) for NPOTA (National Parks On The Air)!

We hope to be transmitting between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.

For those interested in joining us on the air:

**We will be operating on the HF bands as conditions permit: tentatively anywhere from 40 to 15 meters. Please watch for spots on the packet and internet spotting networks. Time on air should begin near 14:00 UTC and conclude around 20:00 UTC. QSL via LOTW.

Thank you for the QSO!!!

For those interested in joining us at the park:

We will be setting up at 9 am and breaking down at 4 pm.  All help is greatly appreciated!

Kings Mountain National Military Park is located on South Carolina Highway 216. From Greenville, SC travel on I-85 North to NC Exit #2. From Charlotte, NC travel on I- 85 South to NC Exit #2.

Thanks! We hope to see you there or talk to you on the air!

73, Chantel, KM4LWL

Pixies, pizza & fun!!! GCARS September Meeting!

Our GCARS September Meeting is tomorrow, Monday 4th at 7 pm! We will be building a Pixie 40 meter CW transceiver!! If you signed up last month, we have your Pixie! If you missed the meeting and want to build, please come to the meeting because we have a few extras! The Pixies are only $4!! If you have side cutters, soldering irons, solder, “helping hands” devices, or other tools helpful for assembling electronics, please consider bringing them. If you don’t want to build, please consider being an elmer and helping others build and learn!

We will have pizza and cookies! We hope to see you tomorrow night for the fun radio building and fellowship!


If you have questions, please leave a comment and I will respond asap!


Chantel, KM4LWL