2017 Winter Field Day Results Finally!



Hey GCARS Family and Friends,

Just found out (just was posted on their site recently) that GCARS did very well in the 2017 Winter Field Day Contest.

GCARS placed 10th overall in the Outdoor category and 5th in the “2 Oscar” category, with a score of 9044! This is a great result for our first WFD and very casual contesting style! 

Great job to all those who participated in Winter Field Day 2017!

(If you were wondering about ARRL (Summer Field Day 2017), the log deadline is 7-25-17, and we should have the results in about a month and a half afterwards).

7-22-17: 70 cm Fox hunt! (Hidden transmitter location contest)




No, we are not really chasing foxes! We are going to try to find a hidden transmitter on the 70 cm band. NC0G, George, will be our venerable “fox” and try to out smart the participants as he hides the transmitter somewhere in Gaston County. It’s hide-and-seek on steroids! Much fun, but also with a practical use: it sharpens our radio-direction finding skills to assist with public services, such as locating lost seniors, illegal transmitters causing harmful interference, or even downed aviators.

NC0G, a.k.a., “the Fox”

The “fox hunt” will begin at 10 a.m., July 22, 2017. There will be a preliminary breakfast for the teams to meet and greet at the restaurant known as “Grits and Greens” in Lowell, NC at 8:30 a.m.

Anyone is welcome to participate: you don’t need to be a licensed ham to receive a signal (only to transmit one).  Come on out, it will be a lot of fun!

Below is an example of a directional antenna we built for the 70 cm band:

GCARS President, Annlette, KV4WB, holding a 70 cm “Moxon” antenna that she built.

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!).


Bill, AJ4JZ

Here’s what it looks like:

70 cm Moxon antenna