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N4GAS DMR IS UP AND RUNNING!!!

The N4GAS DMR Repeater is up and running! It is now fully operational on the Brandmeister network. Repeater ID is 313759.

This is global network with over 40 countries participating and growing!  The link to the repeater information can be found here:

https://brandmeister.network/?page=repeater&id=313759

Feel free to connect using the information found on the link above and explore the world of DMR talk groups.

Special Thanks to AG0R for his generosity in making this repeater possible.

Please go to this page for more DMR repeater information, such as code plugs, etc.:

N4GAS DMR Repeater Information

Reminder: ARES/RACES Meeting Thursday 5/11/17

Another friendly reminder that the ARES/RACES meeting is Thursday night, 5-11-2017, at 7 p.m. held at the Gaston County Emergency Operation Center, 605 N. Highland St. Gastonia, NC. (go around to the back and ask to be let in). It is open to all licensed amateur radio operators who desire to serve the public in times of emergency and need.

We hope to discuss our new DMR repeater and practice EmComm digital modes.

Hope to see you there!

73,

Bill Stevenson,

AJ4JZ,

ARES/RACES Emergency Coordinator

DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) is Coming to Spencer Mountain!

 

Here is some BIG news:

DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) is coming to Spencer Mountain.  Due to a generous gift from Gerald Rankin, AG0R, the Gaston County Amateur Radio Society is very shortly (and Lord willing), going to have a DMR amateur radio repeater on top of Spencer Mountain, North Carolina, on the 70 cm band. The DMR repeater will allow hams with a DMR radio to communicate with other radio amateurs locally, regionally, nationally, and even globally using a quality of voice communications similar to 3G cellular phones.

We have a Hytera RD622 digital repeater,

which we plan to connect to the Brandmeister network, a global amateur radio DMR system with hundreds of talk groups all over the world.

Right now, we are in the process of setting up the repeater, getting things straight with our prospective internet service provider, and testing the system. We hope to have this working before the end of May 2017.

DMR is an exceedingly affordable and robust digital mode. HT’s can be had for under $100 dollars (Like the TYT MD-380). Users are required to get a radio identifier number from DMR-MARC, which is the master group for issuing DMR identifiers so that users can work all the current internet linked DMR networks.

Go to this link here to register for a DMR id number (it’s free):

https://dmr-marc.net/cgi-bin/trbo-database/register.cgi

You do not need to have a radio to get a number. If you are thinking about doing DMR, then you should go ahead and get a number from DMR-MARC.

If you want to experience the excitement of DMR now, you can listen to any talk group you would like on the Brandmeister “Hose Line” which is a web enabled dashboard for listening to DMR traffic on the internet. It only requires a current web browser and the ability to process sound. Give it a try:

 https://hose.brandmeister.network/

More information to come about how to set up your radio “code plug” and which talk groups will be enabled from the N4GAS DMR repeater.

73,

Bill Stevenson

AJ4JZ

 

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 works the Caromont Criterium at Belmont

This past Sunday, April 23, 2017, the Gaston County Amateur Radio Society provided supplemental communications, helped spectators and acted at crossing guards at the fifth annual Caromont Health Belmont Criterium bicycle races.  It was a rainy, cold day, but the hams of GCARS stepped up to the challenge, and volunteered from 11:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. The action was exciting and we got a real taste of operating in less-than-favorable conditions. Many thanks to all the hams who participated! We received thanks from and an informal invitation to help again next year from the race organizers.

The Lonely Outpost at the Criterium in Belmont

NG2M, JD, and KV4WB, Annlette, walking to the infamous Glenway Curve!
AJ4JZ, Bill and NG2M, JD pose at the dangerous Glenway curve.
Tindol Subaru pace car leads the way!
Men’s C5 Races thunder to the start/finish line.
Lady Pro-Racers storm the first corner! NC1G, Mark, watches before the rain comes!
NC1G, Mark (in the blue coat) guards the crosswalk as the male pro-racers shoot by!
Some but not all of the hams at the Criterium. Sarah (wanta be ham); AK4BX, Jeff; Chantel, KM4LWL; Annlette, KV4WB; NG2M, JD.

ARES/RACES April Meeting Tomorrow 4/13!!

Another friendly reminder that the ARES/RACES meeting is tomorrow night, 4-13-2017, at 7 p.m. held at the Gaston County Emergency Operation Center, 605 N. Highland St. Gastonia, NC. (go around to the back and ask to be let in).  It is open to all licensed amateur radio operators who desire to serve the public in times of emergency and need. Hope to see you there!

73,

Bill Stevenson,

AJ4JZ,

ARES/RACES Emergency Coordinator

ARES/RACES Meeting 3-9-17

Another friendly reminder that the ARES/RACES meeting is tonight, 3-9-2017, at 7 p.m. held at the Gaston County Emergency Operation Center, 605 N. Highland St. Gastonia, NC. (go around to the back and ask to be let in).  It is open to all licensed amateur radio operators who desire to serve the public in times of emergency and need. Hope to see you there!

73,

Bill Stevenson,

AJ4JZ,

ARES/RACES Emergency Coordinator

ARES/RACES Meeting Tomorrow Night 2-9-17

Just a friendly reminder that the ARES/RACES meeting is tomorrow night, 2-9-2017, at 7 p.m. held at the Gaston County Emergency Operation Center, 605 N. Highland St. Gastonia, NC. (go around to the back and ask to be let in).  It is open to all licensed amateur radio operators who desire to serve the public in times of emergency and need. Hope to see you there!

73,

Bill Stevenson,

AJ4JZ,

ARES/RACES Emergency Coordiator

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!

Winter Field Day Update!

Winter Field Day begins tomorrow, January 28th & 29th!! Here’s some updated info.  We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

WINTER FIELD DAY:

Date:  Saturday, January 28th  & Sunday, January 29th, 2017 

Time:  10:00 am – SETUP

2:00 pm – ON THE AIR

Place:  1808 Ratchford Dr Dallas NC (across from the 321 Flea Market)

Contact:  NC0G (George Poteat) for more information about the event

Since all of our operations will be conducted inside the club camper/trailer, we will have 2-3 stations running (depending on weather conditions and the number of active operators that sign up).  Ideally, there will be 2 operators per station.  

We will have limited space inside the camper, so I will setup an Operator Schedule on 3 hour increments.  

There will be no need to tow the trailer to a location.  The trailer is already setup in the Poteat field, but help with antenna and rig setup will be needed at 10 am.  Winter Field Day will begin officially at 2 pm on Saturday Jan 28th.

OPERATOR SCHEDULE:

Saturday 2 pm – 5 pm

Saturday 5 pm- 8 pm

Saturday 8 pm – 11 pm

Saturday 11 pmSunday 2 am

Sunday 2 am – 5 am

Sunday 5 am  – 8 am

Sunday 8 am  – 11 am

Sunday 11 am – 2 pm

PLEASE EMAIL WITH YOUR DESIRED STATION TIME

As with all outdoor events, we have to eat well and be comfortable.  NC0G will fire up the smoker and smoke a pork butt and we will get hamburgers and hotdogs grilled on the BBQ.  Below is a list of additional items needed to make this event a success.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

hotdog buns

hamburger buns

ketchup/mustard/mayo

pickles/onion/tomato

potato salad

fruit salad

specialty side items (cook’s choice)

sodas

sweet tea/unsweetened tea

water/ice

potato chips

dessert (cookies, cake, pie)

plates/plastic ware/cups/napkins

gas for generator

PLEASE EMAIL WITH ANY SUPPLY ITEMS YOU CAN DONATE

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Best Regards,

Annlette Key

KV4WB  ann*lette*key*@*gmail*.*com (omit *)