Category Archives: GCARS Monthly Activities

March 10th ARES Meeting Venue Change!!!

As you know, the ARES meetings are usually held every 2nd Thursday at the EOC Bldg in Gastonia.  However, due to a scheduling conflict with the Fire Department, the ARES Meeting will need to be changed to the Red Cross Bldg for this Thursday, March 10, 2016 meeting ONLY.
ARES
Thursday 3/10/16
7 pm
Red Cross Building
190 S Oakland Street
Gastonia, NC
PLEASE CONTACT NC0G (George Poteat) if you have any questions.
Thanks & 73,
Chantel, KM4LWL

GCARS Meeting March 7th @ 7pm!!!!

Can you believe it is March already? I think it came in like a lion!

It is time for our March GCARS meeting!! We will meet at 190 S. Oakland St. Gastonia, NC upstairs in the Red Cross Building.

We have lots to discuss so please join us!

Our program for March is “Key Electronic Components for RF Briefly Explained”.  There will be a quiz following the presentation!! Just kidding! Well maybe…

I hope to meet you there!

God bless & 73,

Chantel, KM4LWL

 

*Not hunting the Fox!* GCARS Fox hunt is cancelled! :(

Due to weather conditions and lack of member participation, we have decided to CANCEL the Valentine’s Eve Fox Hunt originally scheduled for tomorrow morning, Sat. Feb. 13th @ 10 am.

Breakfast at Grits N Greens at 8 am is also cancelled.

Therefore, by default, the winner of the Fox Hunt is….. (drum roll please)

KV4WB!!!!

I hope you all have a Happy Valentine’s Day! Be safe and stay warm over the weekend.

 

Using a 25 ft Tape Measure to span a distance of 90 miles…

Come one, come all! Elmers! Newbies! Let’s build a portable 3-element yagi antenna from a common 25 ft. tape measure. How does it span 90 miles? By giving you the signal strength to get into the Mt. Mitchell repeater.  It is also very handy when hunting a pesky transmission that doesn’t want to be found.  (Fox hunting!)

GCARS February meeting is tomorrow night, Monday the 1st @ 7 pm at the American Red Cross Building in Gastonia.  During the presentation time, we will be building antennas that we may use on our next fox hunt which will be Saturday, Feb. 13th!!!!

We hope to see you tomorrow night! I’m going to get to solder for the first time ever and will probably burn myself! You don’t want to miss the fun! Let’s have fun learning together!

Blessings & 73’s, Chantel, KM4LWL

 

Who wants to hunt the fox??

GCARS is having a foxhunt (transmitter hunt) on Saturday, February 13th (more details to follow). The first team to the fox will not only be the winners of the hunt but will also find a delightful surprise that will involve chocolate! This is a pre-Valentine’s Day fox hunt so let’s have fun (in the cold!).

To prepare for the foxhunt, we will be building portable tape measure yagi antennas at our next club meeting, Monday, February 1st during the presentation time! 

AJ4JZ needs to know:

who wants to build an antenna,

who could Elmer (help out),

and who has extra stuff laying around that could be donated to our antenna building cause!

Please leave a comment below and let him know. He wants to have everything precut and ready to build before the meeting (which he will do with your donations). He is willing to pick up materials if you have them.

Materials needed:

1″ wide 25 ft long  or so steel tape measure

1/2″ diameter pvc pipe

1/2″ pvc T’s and crosses

1 – 1 1/2″ metal hose clamps

RG8, RG58 (50 ohm) coax cable

PL259 connectors

Antenna analyzers (commitments to bring one)

This is going to be a great meeting and a fun foxhunt (unless the fox hides so well that he gets the chocolate!!!!) Thanks everyone for your help!

As always, if you have questions, please leave a comment.

Thanks & 73,

KM4LWL

QST: 1st GCARS meeting of 2016!!!

Don’t forget that tomorrow is our first GCARS meeting of the new year!  You don’t want to miss it! KV4WB will be there!! I hope you will be there too!!!!

Gaston County Amateur Radio Society (GCARS) has monthly meetings on the first Monday of each month, at 7 p.m., at 190 S. Oakland St. Gastonia, NC upstairs in the Red Cross Building.
 
We welcome all those who have any any interest in ham radio and electronics. You do not have to be a licensed ham to attend!
I hope to see you tomorrow night. God bless & have a good night!
73, KM4LWL

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!

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.