CQ, CQ, CQ,…

Tonight’s 440 & 2m nets were so much fun! If you missed it, you will want to set a reminder in the smart phone to join us next Tuesday night at 8 pm (see the GCARS page for all the technical details to get on the net. My brain is too tired and I can’t remember all the tones and stuff to put on this post).  I’ve got to do more research on a “She Shed”! I’m still trying to maneuver through the “Man Shack”! It has been too long since I’ve been on the HF rig! I tried tonight and totally forgot to connect the radio to the antenna! Big brain burp! I received a lot of “QRMan”  from AJ4JZ for that little incident. Oh well. I will try to get to the PSK31 tomorrow.  While my train of derailed thought continues, please check out the new link on our “who’s my elmer?” page.   Another thought; please check out our new “Trader’s Net” page. I hope this will serve as a useful tool! It was a great idea from KT4OM!!! Before I forget, I hope ya’ll have a Happy New Year!

God bless & 73, KM4LWL

Rag Chew Time tonight @ 8pm!

I have found myself really looking forward to Tuesday nights. I plan my supper menu around the fact that I must have everyone fed and I must be out of the kitchen before 7:45 pm! What is the big deal about Tuesday nights, you ask? Tuesday nights has become a night of fun fellowship on the Gaston County Amateur Radio Society’s net. I have even had the experience of being “net control” which is really fun! Participating in the net is helping me to overcome my fear of operating the radio via phone. I love love love using psk31. It is hard to catch a mistake on phone. Once I say 79 instead of 73, it is out of my mouth forever! I am learning how forgiving my ham radio family is. They don’t count my mistakes. They encourage me to keep trying (after we all laugh together!).

I hope you will remember to join us tonight for the GCARS net at 8 pm.  All the information is below! God bless & 73. KM4LWL

GCARS Weekly Nets

GCARS nets are weekly on Tuesday evenings!!

The 440 net begins at 8 pm. The frequency is 444.550 mHz (no tone).

The 2m net begins at 8:30 pm. The frequency is 147.120mHz (100Hz tone).

Both of these repeaters (N4GAS) are located on Spencer Mountain in Gaston County.

The GCARS Traders Net immediately follows the 2m net each Tuesday night!

Please tune in and join us for announcements and fun rag chew!!!

Check out the Updated Ham Radio Test Session Page!

Here’s the Test Session info that you’ve being waiting to see!! So, get to studying! Our first test session of the new year is January 9! We look forward to seeing you there!

2016 GCARS Exam Schedule

**Exams begin at 9:30 am**

January 9

March 12

May 14

July 9

September 10

November 12

**Exams are held at Southminster Presbyterian Church at 1401 Hoffman Rd. in Gastonia, NC  28054.  The exam room is to the right through the doors by the prayer garden.  The cost for the test is $10.  The $10 cost covers all test levels taken at that exam session provided that the examinee passes the previous level license exam.  (So it is possible to take the tech, general and extra exams for $10 given each prior level is passed).

GCARS examinations are accredited through the WCARS VEC.

Please leave a comment if you have questions.

Thanks & 73,  KM4LWL

Check the Who’s My Elmer? page updates!

AJ4JZ is constantly trying to educate me in my new hobby of ham radio. He really is a good elmer.  I should thank him more often.   He really enjoys the blog that I’ve attached below. Please see his comments below too. Let’s have fun learning together! Thanks & 73! KM4LWL

12/14/2015: Here is a link to Pete Juliano’s (N6QW) blog “Homebrew Radio Blog”.  Pete is the co-host to SolderSmoke.  AJ4JZ says this is great stuff for those interested in learning how to build amateur radios.

http://n6qw.blogspot.com/

Gaston County Amateur Radio Society Monthly Meetings

Gaston County Amateur Radio Society (GCARS) has our monthly meetings on the first Monday of each month,  at 7 p.m., at 190 S. Oakland St. Gastonia, NC (in the Red Cross Building upstairs).

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

Please contact KM4LWL by commenting on this post with any questions! Thanks!

GCARS Weekly Nets

GCARS nets are weekly on Tuesday evenings!!
The 440 net begins at 8 pm.  Frequency is 444.550mHz.
The 2m net begins at 8:30 pm.  Frequency is 147.120mHz (100Hz tone). Both of these repeaters are located on Spencer Mountain in Gaston County.

GCARS Traders Net immediately follows the 2m net each Tuesday night!
Please tune in and join us for announcements and fun rag chew!

Please contact KM4LWL by commenting on this post with any questions. Thanks!

GCARS weekly meetup details!

GCARS has 2 regular weekly lunch meet ups.

On Mondays, GCARS meets at Grits-n-Greens located at 125 N Main St Lowell, NC.
https://www.facebook.com/gritsngreens/?fref=ts

On Fridays, GCARS meets at Friendly’s located at 119 N Main St Stanley, NC.
https://www.facebook.com/Friendlys-of-Stanley-234106239958527/?fref=ts

Please join us for good food and fellowship!

Contact me, KM4LWL by commenting on this post, with any questions. Thanks!

ARES Christmas gathering and monthly meeting

Tonight was my first ARES Christmas gathering. It was a wonderful night of great food and fun fellowship. Thank you to everyone who brought covered dishes and desserts. I think I ate enough to last a few days! I am enjoying this new ham radio hobby and being a part of a wonderful new family.  73 & God bless, KM4LWL

ARES meets the second Thursday of each month  at 7 pm at the Gaston County Emergency Operation Center at 615 N Highland St, Gastonia, NC 28052.

Please contact KM4LWL by commenting on this post with any questions.