Many hams might not realize it, but Santa is an avid amateur radio operator and loves to talk to children around Christmastime! There are multiple ways to get in touch with Santa, so we thought it might be helpful to list them here. Here is the list as we know it:
November 27 through December 24: The 3916 Net hosts Santa Nets starting at 8:30PM EST on, you guessed, it 3.916 MHz. You can find more information here.
December 19 through December 31: Keep an eye on the spots for Old Father 9 Christmas (OF9X) from Santa Claus World throughout this time. There is ...
Dear GARA Member,
The election for the 2017 Greensboro Amateur Radio Association Officers is almost upon us, and we need your help.
The Nominating Committee is actively seeking people interested in running for office in your club.
The officers to be elected are:
Member-at-Large (2 positions)
Each officer is elected each year at the November Annual Membership Meeting, currently scheduled for November 28th, 2016. The annual meeting convenes at 7:15 PM at our new ...
While Captain Bills has been a gracious host for many years, the GARA board thought that it might be time for a change of scenery. After a lot of searching and discussion, a new meeting location has been found: Cooper's Ale House, part of the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Greensboro, located at 415 S. Swing Road. The meetings will take place in the "Salon D" room where you'll be able to enjoy a delicious dinner before the meeting. The room even has built-in projection and audio capabilities, so viewing the presentation will be easier than ever.
We're very excited about ...
With the onslaught of cheap HTs and bargain-priced mobile radios, everyone's getting a new rig. The big problem comes when it's time to program in a memory or adjust the PL tone; most radios require multiple levels of menus to adjust the appropriate settings and can be frustrating. Many of the big manufacturers have software available that makes programming the radios easy if you use your computer, but one open-source application has become the go-to standard that works with radios from most any manufacturer: Chirp. Despite Chirp's ubiquity, many people have found it ...
This month we're going to try something a little different. Considering that the weather is still nice, this seemed like it would be fun. If there's one thing that hams like to do, it's ogle other hams' gear. We also like to learn about new things that might spark an interest or lead to a new project idea. With that in mind, our meeting this month will be a "Ham Show & Tell" where you'll be able to show off or talk about your latest HT, how you were able to talk on the Brandmeister network via a D-star hotspot that's linked with a C4FM reflector, your fancy new ...
Here's a great opportunity for area hams to support the local community. Guilford ARES has been requested to provide emergency communications for the 36 Hours of Uwharrie event. Operators are needed on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13, 2016. Please contact Greg Spencer, KG4UQV at email@example.com or 336-392-8031 if you can help. More information about the event can be found at 36uwharrie.com. Thanks for your support!
Many thanks go to Bob Heil for providing an excellent presentation via Skype for GARA's July meeting at Captain Bill's on Monday evening, July 25, 2016. He gave an interesting, insightful and entertaining talk on all things from his history and company start to phasing, EQ, audio basics, and more. Watch the full meeting- you won't regret it!
Well, after a short wait, we've finally been able to book Dr. Heil to be our guest at the next meeting on July 25! This is one you won't want to miss. Bob has been hugely influential in professional audio and ham radio and is a staple on the internet webcast "Ham Nation." Come prepared to ask questions and have a great time!
We'll be live streaming the meeting so you'll be able to participate even if you can't attend in person. Keep an eye on www.w4gso.org and on GARA's social media pages for more information. Make plans to join us at Captain Bill's on Monday, ...
This year, the board has decided to do something different and hold our annual cookout in conjunction with Field Day activities. Hopefully this will provide an opportunity for members to participate on the air for Field Day while enjoying food and camaraderie. Since the cookout will be held at the Field Day location (Tannenbaum Park at the corner of Battleground Avenue and New Garden Road in Greensboro), there will be a few minor logistical and menu changes to help make things work more smoothly. The menu changes should also help accommodate more people. Here are ...
Field Day 2016 is fast approaching. According to the ARRL, the objective of Field Day is:
GARA will be hosting a Field Day station at Tannenbaum Park in Greensboro on June 25 and 26, but we cannot do it without help from you! There will be an information and organization meeting on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Glenn McNairy Branch Library at 4860 Lake Jeanette Road in Greensboro. Everyone is encouraged to come to the meeting to see how you can be involved in Field Day.
Patrick Moore, K2CPR is coordinating Field Day for GARA this year. He would love ...