Category Archives: GCARS Special Events


Check out our Christmas parties coming soon! ALL HAMS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND ANY AND ALL PARTIES. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the festivities.
**GAARC Christmas Celebration
The Gastonia Area Amateur Radio Club (GAARC) will have their Christmas dinner at Amber Jack’s this year. GOOD FOOD, GOOD PEOPLE, GOOD TIMES!
Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Place: Amber Jack Seafood & Steaks Restaurant, 4253 S New Hope Rd, Gastonia, NC 28056
Host: AJ4QJ (Michael Ledford, President)
The Gaston County Amateur Radio Society (GCARS) is proud to announce we will have our Christmas Party at Be’s Noodles and Bahn Mi. Get ready for a culinary adventure with Vietnamese inspired cuisine. This will be an exclusive private event – the restaurant is opening on a Monday just for our party. The owner is very excited to have us.
There will be GAMES, GIFTS, AND FUN!!
Door prizes
Prize for Best Christmas Attire – this can be socks, ties, shirts, sweaters, hats, anything you have with a Christmas theme
Ham Trivia Games, and more!! Guaranteed fun for all that attend.
Date: Monday, December 5th, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Place: Be’s Noodles and Banh Mi, 2524 E Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28056 (the corner of Cox and Franklin, behind the Walgreens)
Host: KV4WB (Annlette Key, President)
**ARES Holiday Potluck Dinner
The Gaston County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) will be hosting its annual Christmas Party with a covered dish affair. These potluck dinners are always a nice intimate party with delicious side dishes and great people. Bring a dish to share and enjoy the start of the holiday season with ARES. If you are attending, you will need need contact KM4LWL (Chantel Stevenson) to get on the potluck sign-up sheet.
Date: Thursday, December 8th, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Place: EOC Bldg, 615 N Highland St Gastonia, NC 28052
Host: AJ4JZ (Bill Stevenson, EC)
Hope to see you there!!!

NPOTA this weekend, 9/24/16 at Kings Mountain National Military Park!!

ARRL National Park Service on the Air logo

**September 24th – GCARS will be at Kings Mountain National Military Park (MP06) for NPOTA (National Parks On The Air)!

We hope to be transmitting between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.

For those interested in joining us on the air:

**We will be operating on the HF bands as conditions permit: tentatively anywhere from 40 to 15 meters. Please watch for spots on the packet and internet spotting networks. Time on air should begin near 14:00 UTC and conclude around 20:00 UTC. QSL via LOTW.

Thank you for the QSO!!!

For those interested in joining us at the park:

We will be setting up at 9 am and breaking down at 4 pm.  All help is greatly appreciated!

Kings Mountain National Military Park is located on South Carolina Highway 216. From Greenville, SC travel on I-85 North to NC Exit #2. From Charlotte, NC travel on I- 85 South to NC Exit #2.

Thanks! We hope to see you there or talk to you on the air!

73, Chantel, KM4LWL

Fox hunt this Saturday, August 13th @ 10 am!

Please join us as we hunt for a hidden transmitter, the “fox”.  We will meet at 8 am at Grits n’ Greens in Lowell for fellowship and breakfast.  You do not have to attend breakfast to participate in the fox hunt!

The “fox” (NC0G) will begin transmitting at 10 am on 146.535 from anywhere in Gaston County on public property. Our wonderful president, KV4WB, has a Tony’s Gift Certificate for the winner!

Let’s have fun together and enjoy the ham radio hobby! We hope to see you Saturday!  – Chantel, KM4LWL

GCARS @ Saluda Trail Middle School

GCARS has a wonderful opportunity to encourage middle school students to pursue the hobby of amateur radio! The students have asked for our help to establish a ham radio club at their school.

What? Ham Radio Club at Saluda Trail Middle School                         When? Today at 4 pm is our first meeting with them.                                         Where? Saluda Trail Middle School 2300 Saluda Rd. Rock Hill, SC 29730

Please let me know if you can make plans to attend.

Thanks & 73,

Chantel, KM4LWL