A Reminder: Membership Renewal Time Is Here

We have arrived at the time of year where your Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society membership is up for renewal.  Membership renewals are due 1 January 2019.

Our membership levels and fees are the same as last year’s.  Please see the table below for the level of membership you are eligible for.

Your membership renewal may be paid on line at BRARS.cc, via check mailed to the BRARS P.O. Box address:  PO Box 6751, Greenville SC  29606-6751, or handed to the Society Secretary, Bill Wilkes (K4EMU), at the November or December meeting.

If you have any questions regards the level of membership you may be eligible for,  contact Robert (WR8RW) at WR8RW@mail.com.

September Society Meeting – Tuesday 4 September – 7.00 PM

The September BRARS meeting will convene on Tuesday 4 September at 7.00 PM. This will be at our customary location, Red Cross building, 940 Grove Road, Greenville.

Margie Spangenburg (KK4AGN), from the Anderson Radio Club will be
discussing her “all 50 states” QSO effort and the quilt that was made for her
in celebration of that certification.

Guests are always welcome at the BRARS meeting!

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend…looking forward to seeing you at next Tuesday’s meeting.

Robert (WR8RW)

BRARS July and August Meeting Programs

The Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society (BRARS) July and August Meeting Programs have been confirmed.

-July 2 2018:  Dr. Marc Tarplee (K4UFP), ARRL SC Section Manager will present some of the latest topics related to Amateur Radio and the ARRL.

-August 6 2018:  Dave Anderson (K4SV) will present a program on grounding. This is a timely topic for those who are new Amateurs, as well as those of us who may have been around a bit longer.

If you have questions about these programs, feel free to contact Robert (WR8RW) on 864.663.9792 or at wr8rw@mail.com.

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Field day is here!

The 2018 Field day is here!

The Blue Ridge ARS welcomes any and all to come out and see what we are all about. Setup begins on site at 10am, operations begin at 2pm, dinner is at 5:30pm. Even if you don’t have a license, we will let you get on the air, who knows, you might find a new hobby!

Field day information

Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society 2018 Field Day Announcement (update # 04)

Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society 2018 Field Day Announcement (update # 04)

The Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society invites you to its 2018
Field Day activities

Family members along with non club members are invited to attend

Where
128 Pastorale Drive, Chesnee, SC 29323(access via I-85 or SC 11)

When:
Set up begins at 10.00 AM on Saturday 23 June
Field Day operating activities begin at 2.00 PM +/- on Saturday, June 23rd through 2.00 PM Sunday, June 24th

What to bring:
Yourself
Your radio equipment and antenna system to set up and operate if you would like

On-site Power and Communications:
The club will provide 4 KW (4000 watts) of 120 Vac. in the form of 2, 2 KW (2000 watts) generator sets along with drop cords
You are welcome to bring power generating equipment such as batteries, generators, solar panels & etc if you would like

Talk in frequency will be on 146.610
Site simplex frequency will be on 147.610

For those that would like to attend a class on basic fm uhf / vhf simplex and repeater analog radio operations will be held at the field day site this class will be for newcomers as well as those looking to obtain an amateur radio License stay turned for the start time

Camping / Sleep
Accommodations:
For those that wish to do so, dry RV camping as well as tent camping is allowed and encouraged
Onsite bathroom and shower facilities are also available

Food:
Sandwiches and drinks to be consumed during set up, and tear-down operations will be provided by the Club

Enough supper will be provided by our host in the form of a smoked chicken dinner to serve 50 people and will begin between 5:30pm and 6pm

A grill will be available for those that would like to bring their own food to cook

We Still Need Your Assistance With:

2) Friday evening: Pickup & transport equipment from Club Building to Field Day Site
For anyone interested
Wyatt and Pat will meet at the club building at or about 1700 hours to load up equipment for field day
Fill free to come out

4) Saturday morning / early afternoon: Field day talk in net controller

5) Saturday morning / early afternoon : Set up computers and network system

7) Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon: Operating at one of the stations

Some of the items listed above will need to be coordinated prior to Saturday the day of, if you are willing to help with those items, please call

If you plan to attend please visit the club web site and fill out the signup sheet, respond to this email announcement or contact Nathan Allison (KJ4RQZ)

Phone:
(864.884.1373)

2018 Field Day update

We are still looking for people to SIGN UP to help with Field Day activities and to RSVP for Saturday dinner.

Additionally, for those that would like to attend a class on basic FM VHF/UHF simplex and repeater analog radio operations, one will be held
at the field day site. This class will be for newcomers, as well as those looking to obtain an amateur radio License. Stay tuned for the start time.

Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society 2018 Field Day Announcement

The Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society invites you to its 2018 Field Day activities:

Where
128 Pastorale Drive, Chesnee, SC 29323 (access via I-85 or SC 11)

When
Set up begins at 10.00 AM on Saturday 23 June
Field Day operating activities begin at 2.00 PM +/- on Saturday, June 23rd through 2.00 PM Sunday, June 24th

What to bring
Yourself
Your radio equipment and antenna system to set up and operate if you would like

On-site Power and Communications
The club will provide 4 KW (4000 watts) of 120 Vac. in the form of 2, 2 KW (2000 watts) generator sets along with drop cords
You are welcome to bring power generating equipment such as batteries, generators, solar panels & etc if you would like
Talk in frequency will be on 146.610
Site simplex frequency will be on 147.610

Camping / Sleep Accommodations
For those that wish to do so, dry RV camping as well as tent camping is allowed
Onsite bathroom and shower facilities are also available

Food
Sandwiches and drinks to be consumed during set up, operations, and tear-down will be provided by the Club
Supper will be provided by our host in the form of a smoked chicken dinner and served between 5:30pm and 6pm
A grill will be available for those that would like to bring their own food to cook

Note: If you plan to attend the Saturday supper, please contact Nathan Allison by phone or email, to allow for a head count

We Need Your Assistance With
1) Friday morning / early afternoon: Acquire computers … test and verify
2) Friday evening: Pickup & transport equipment from Club Building to Field Day Site
3) Saturday morning: Pickup and transport dry ice, drinks and sandwiches
4) Saturday morning / early afternoon: Field day talk in net controller
5) Saturday morning / early afternoon : Set up computers and network system
6) Saturday morning / early afternoon: Set up power, radios and antenna systems
7) Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon: Operating at one of the stations
8) Sunday afternoon: Site tear-down
9) Sunday afternoon: Transport club equipment from the Field Day site to Club Building

Please use our Signup form for scheduling the times that you would like to work the SSB, CW and/or Digital stations, or to help with any of the items above. Some of the items will need to be coordinated prior to Saturday, if you are willing to help with those items, please call Nathan Allison (864.884.1373) for details. All help would be appreciated!

Questions
Contact Nathan (KJ4RQZ) at nallison1107@outlook.com or 864.884.1373

Status Update – 146.610 Repeater Outage

At approximately 20.00 last evening the 146.610 repeater was reported to be out of service.  BRARS Repeater Committee resources went to the site and successfully diagnosed the root causes of the outage during the night.

The failed components are currently being replaced with the intended goal of returning the repeater to service today.

If you have questions contact Robert (WR8RW) at wr8rw@mail.com.

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