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NPOTA News!!

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NPOTA update: GCARS had 140 QSOs(16 digital & 124 phone): we worked 29 states & 4 DX entites!!!!! All QSOs have been uploaded to LOTW and we received one QSL card already!!!

Please give a comment below if your QSO hasn’t been “QSLed”.

I learned that ham radio = hard work! It was exciting to see this event come to fruition. The crank up antenna with a 3 element yagi is amazing. Thank you to everyone who participated in some way, shape, or form!!

Kings Mountain National Military Park had a reenactment while we were there.  We enjoyed showing a radio to the Revolutionary War militia!

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Again, thanks to all of GCARS for making this event happen!

God bless & 73, Chantel, KM4LWL

It’s time for NPOTA at KMNMP!!!!

**April 16 & 17 – 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.

Check us out on QRZ! https://www.qrz.com/db/N4GAS

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.

NOTE: GPS units do not recognize the parks address, therefore do not enter 2625 Park Road into your GPS unit. Call the park for directions.

Lunch for Saturday ONLY will be catered for GCARS hams participating in this event. Our generous and loving President, Annlette,  KV4WB, is providing our lunch! Bring your own drink! Coffee will be provided by our generous and loving ARES EC, George, NC0G!!

Please  bring your own lunch on Sunday if you want to stay the entire time.

We hope this will be a great event with lots and lots of contacts!

Thanks & 73, Chantel, KM4LWL

https://npota.arrl.org/index.php

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NPOTA! (National Parks On The Air) this weekend!!!

GCARS will be at Kings Mountain National Military Park on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, 2016.

We will be setting up and breaking down at 9 am & 4 pm each day. The park closes at 5 pm each night.  All help is appreciated!

We hope to be transmitting from 10 am to 4 pm each day.

Lunch for Saturday ONLY will be catered for GCARS hams participating in this event. Our generous and loving President, Annlette,  KV4WB, is providing our lunch!

We will need sodas, water, mustard, mayo, chips, fruit bowl, salt and pepper.  Please let me know if you can bring an item.

Please  bring your own lunch on Sunday if you want to stay the entire time.

We hope this will be a great event with lots and lots of contacts!

Thanks & 73, Chantel, KM4LWL

https://npota.arrl.org/index.php

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Save The Dates!

March 11 & 12 – Charlotte Hamfest – VE Sessions @ 1pm (VE’s be there at Noon, please)

April 16 & 17 – GCARS at Kings Mountain National Military Park for NPOTA (National Parks On The Air)!  More details to follow in another post. If you want to camp, you must contact the State Park to reserve a camp site.

April 30 – Skywarn Class at Airport in Hickory NC

https://charlotteskywarn.com/announcements/

May 27 &  28 GCARS will be helping with Emergency Communications at the Lowell Freedom Festival  and we will have a booth! We need you to come and share the joy of ham radio with the community!

2015 Roanoke Division ARRL Service Award

The Roanoke Division ARRL Service Award was instituted in 1968 by then Roanoke Division Director Vic Clark, W4KFC. Vic intended the award to be recognition for a long history of significant and consistent contributions to Amateur Radio. The amateur selected would have, over the years, dedicated much of his or her time to Amateur Radio and the ARRL.  Nominations for the award were solicited in late 2015.  The selection committee is comprised of past award recipients, and the administration of the award is done by the Roanoke Division Director.
Out of a field of five very worthy candidates, one clearly received the
majority of the votes.

Congratulations to our 2015 Roanoke Division ARRL Service Award
winner:

David Ritter ND4MR of North Wilkesboro, NC.

The award presentation is currently planned at the 2016 Charlotte
Hamfest on Saturday, March 12, 2016 during the ARRL forum:
http://www.charlottehamfest.org/

Please join us in congratulating our 2015 Roanoke Division ARRL Service
Award winner!

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ARRL Roanoke Division
Director: James F Boehner, N2ZZ
n2zz@arrl.org

Hunt the Fox this Saturday, February 13th!!!!

GCARS is having a fox hunt this Saturday!!!!!

Here are the details & logistics:

VALENTINE’S EVE FOX HUNT
There is a special prize for the winner of the Valentine’s Eve FOX HUNT! You guys will want to win the prize for yourself or for your sweet Valentine!!! A picture & details of the prize is below.
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 The prize includes:

  • Vintners Path Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml)
  • Nutty Rice Bites with Blueberries (1.25oz)
  • Garlic & Chive Bagel Chips (3oz)
  • Ghirardelli Intense Dark Twilight Delight Squares (3pc)
  • Godiva Lava Cake Truffle (3pc)
  • Walnut Flavored Cookies (6oz)
  • Garlic & Herb Dip Mix (1oz)
  • Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffles (2pc)
  • Dried Fruit & Nut Medley (2oz)
  • Powdered Almond Tea Cookies (3oz)
  • Truffettes de France Cocoa Dusted Truffles (3pc)
  • Valley Lahvosh Baked Sesame Crackers (2oz)
  • Plush Valentine Bear 7″
The sly fox will be George Poteat (NC0G)!!!!
When? Saturday, February 13, 2016
Where? Breakfast – 8am @ Grits N Greens 125 N Main Street Lowell
What? The fox will transmit on 146.535 beginning @ 10 am
The Fox will be hidden anywhere in Gaston County!
You do not have to attend the breakfast to participate in the fox hunt. Although, Grits N Greens has a great breakfast menu!! We hope you can make it! Best wishes & 73! Chantel, KM4LWL
Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

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

What’s NPOTA???

NPOTA is National Parks on the Air!!!

Throughout 2016, Amateur Radio will be helping the National Park Service celebrate their 100th anniversary. Hams from across the country will activate NPS units, promote the National Park Service and showcase Amateur Radio to the public.

What do you think about helping the NPS celebrate at Kings Mountain State Park??? This sounds like fun! This is happening all year long! Check out all the information at http://www.arrl.org/npota

We could maybe work it as a club or you can work it as an individual! It’s fun being a ham!! 73, KM4LWL

“CQ Kids Day”is tomorrow, Sunday, January 3rd!!!

Happy New Year! I’m so excited to start the New Year by sharing this day with my kids! ARRL is holding a “CQ Kids Day” and it is  tomorrow, Sunday, January 3rd! Get on the radio and make contacts with kids! Get your kids and grandkids on the radio tomorrow!!! Let’s show them how much fun ham radio can be!!

For all the important details check out the ARRL website: www.arrl.org/kids-day

Your kids can earn a certificate of participation!!!! You do not want to miss out on the fun!

If you participate tomorrow, leave a comment below and share about your “CQ Kids Day” experience!

ARRL will hold another “CQ Kids Day” on Saturday, June 18, 2016!!!

Hope to hear you on the radio tomorrow! 73, KM4LWL