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GCARS Meeting 7-3-17 and Antenna Build!

Greeting GCARS Members and Those Who Are Interested in Radio:

Just a reminder that our July meeting is this Monday, July 3, 2017, at 7 p.m., upstairs at 190 S. Oakland Street, Gastonia, NC.

This month, we plan on building a “Moxon” style antenna (gain of at least 5.5 db) for 70 cm (440 MHz). This will be a very useful antenna for anyone who has a “440” rig, a DMR rig, or who plans on participating in the “440” fox hunt later in the month.

Everything is ready as far as materials and this is FREE build (no cost to you, but any $ help is appreciated).  This build will be available to the first 15 interested people who attend the meeting or send me an email before hand ( if you don’t have it, my email is on lead page of GCARS website: callsign- AJ4JZ).

I would ask that a couple of people bring soldering irons (very minimal soldering involved) and maybe some pliers to bend coat hangers (yes, they will work for elements!).

73,

Bill, AJ4JZ

Here’s what it looks like:

70 cm Moxon antenna

Regular Meeting: Monday 5/1/2017 @ 7 p.m.

Come on down! If you are interested in electronics or amateur radio, come on down! The regular meeting is Monday, May 1 at 7 p.m. upstairs in the Red Cross building at 190 S. Oakland Street, Gastonia, NC. We will be discussing our pending DMR repeater installation and learning about digital storage oscilloscopes. Hope to see you there!

GCARS February Meeting Tonight!!

GCARS February meeting is tonight, Monday, February 6th at 7 pm.

We meet in the Red Cross Building (upstairs) at 190 S. Oakland St. Gastonia, NC.  Tonights program is about digital modes.

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

GCARS November Meeting is tomorrow!

Gaston County Amateur Radio Society (GCARS) will have its November monthly meeting tomorrow, November 7th at 7 p.m., at 190 S. Oakland St. Gastonia, NC upstairs in the Red Cross Building.

Bill Stevenson, AJ4JZ, will be teaching us about Arduino technology. This will be fun!

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

73,

Chantel, KM4LWL

the pixies are here! the pixies are here!

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We will be building a 40 meter CW transceiver at our GCARS September 5th monthly meeting! If you signed up during the August meeting, then your pixie is here! If you didn’t sign up and you are interested in building one, please comment below. We have ordered five more and hope to have them before the Sept. meeting!!

**Please note that the kit did NOT include a power plug. If you look at the photo above, Bill, AJ4JZ,  has attached a 9 volt battery plug and a tip positive power plug from Radio Shack to the pixie.  The radio operates on 9 to 12 volts, so you will need to bring your own power source.  Please comment below if you have questions.

We look forward to learning and having a lot of ham radio fun next month! Thanks, Chantel, KM4LWL

**GCARS June 2016 Monthly Meeting**

Please join us on Monday, June 6 at 7 pm upstairs in the Red Cross Building located at 190 S. Oakland St. in Gastonia, NC.

This meeting is a joint meeting of GCARS, ARES and GAARC (Gastonia Area Amateur Radio Club) for planning and preparing for Field Day on June 25 and 26!!!! You do not want to miss this meeting!!

I hope to see you there!

73, Chantel, KM4LWL