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April GARA Meeting

Matt Trull (KX4GG) will be discussing the FT-8 digital mode. Although relatively new, it has taken the HF digital world by storm. Matt will cover setting up and using the WSJT-X software, FT-8 best operating practices, and hints for maximizing your QSO rate. I hope you'll be there!

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March GARA Meeting: Grounding

This month, Dave McLin, AC4A will discuss  "Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur."  His talk will be based on the recent ARRL book of the same name.  It collects a lot of information in one place, and, as the name implies, is focuses on amateur radio stations.  The book offers a lot of concrete, practical suggestions, and does a good job of presenting a complex topic.  Come and hear best practices that you can put into use in your own station!

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February GARA Meeting: All About Digitial

What comes to mind when you hear the word "digital?" Do you think of that old DEC computer you used to have in the late 1990s? Or maybe about some dystopian future like in the "Matrix" movies?  One of the visionaries in digital radio in North Carolina is our very own Steve Blackford, K4SQI. Steve has had a vision to push convergence between modes, make digital radio accessible, and link up repeaters throughout our state and beyond. He has experimented, built servers, tried hotspots, used laptops, dongles and Pis, and done all sorts of other things to get this system ...

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Statement of the Board of Directors Regarding WA2BAJ and Interference Issues

The Greensboro Amateur Radio Association welcomes and encourages all licensed operators to use our repeaters. We strive to maintain a community of users who enjoy the fellowship and knowledge sharing that takes place on the W4GSO repeaters. We embrace innovation and the adoption of new technologies. In the spirit of maintaining that community, the GARA board has taken the following action. GARA installed a Yaesu DR1X repeater in April, 2016 to replace their aging VHF repeater. This state of the art repeater allows both traditional FM analog and C4FM digital mode usage, ...

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Bouvet Island DXpedition Aborted

Most hams who love to work DX wait for years to add some entities to their logbooks.  Bouvet Island, the most remote island on earth, is highly desired because it is normally uninhabited and requires a huge amount of effort to reach and activate.  After years of planning, hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations and personal expense, and a huge logistical planning operation, the 3Y0Z team left port and began sailing towards Bouvet Island on January 19, 2018, arriving 13 days later on January 31.  Preparations were made and checked, plans were finalized and gear was ...

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Updated: Prepare to Cast Your Ballots

UPDATE: This list was approved unanimously by the GARA members at the November general meeting.  Please extend a warm welcome to the new board members and show support for the returning ones.  We're all looking forward to an excellent 2018!   November is election month for GARA, and this month's meeting is an important one.  Here is the list of candidates and positions, so please be sure to attend the meeting so that we can go into the new year strong with a full board.  We also need one more to run for Member at Large, so if you're interested, please ...

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October GARA Meeting – Improve Your Wi-Fi!

Last month we heard from Kenny, KK4HAO about a new NTS traffic net that has officially started every night at 7:30pm on the W4GSO 145.15 repeater.  Kenny would love to have anyone who is interested check into the net.  You won't be obligated to pass traffic, but it would be good to have a strong showing of support for this important service.  Please try to check in if you're able.  Formal training to become a traffic handler will be scheduled soon. This month's presentation will be related to the one in August.  At that meeting, I talked about simple networking ...

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New Nightly NTS Net Coming to W4GSO

At the GARA meeting on September 25, the club was presented with an opportunity to help the ARRL National Traffic System cover some territory that has has not been consistently served by the System in the Piedmont Triad area.  Clyde Sawyer, WC9CW and Kenny Grabarczyk, KK4HAO who will serve as Traffic Manager for the new Piedmont Triad Traffic net, gave examples of traffic that is passed by the system and showed how it works.  As a result, and after a vote by all members present, GARA has offered the use of our VHF repeater to be used for this new net every evening at ...

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Carolina Link Digital Net

Please join us on Thursday, September 28th, at 9:00 PM for the first ever Carolina Link Digital Net!  We're encouraging check-ins from every where to help us test & celebrate the Carolina Link, the Carolina's first all digital multi-mode link system.  Currently we have D-Star, DMR, and  Fusion (C4FM) tied together.  The Carolina Link went from an idea to reality within a short time thanks to several people including Steve KA4YMY, Roland W9HPX, Ray KI4UDZ, Mark W4BOG, Ken KC4YOZ, Jesse K4AX, Scott ND4L and input/assistance from several others including, Doug W4DGB ...

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September GARA Meeting – Piedmont NTS

At the beginning of last month's meeting we had a short presentation by Kenny Grabarczyk, KK4HAO about a new National Traffic System net that he is trying to establish in the Triad.  Since there was a good bit of interest in this topic, and since we didn't have time to go through all of the details, Kenny has offered to return this month to provide more insights into the net and show us how it will work.  This is your opportunity to learn about NTS, ask questions, and find a way to become involved.  I hope to see you all there on Monday, September 25!

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