I am writing you, the membership, to get your input on our December Christmas meeting. Please respond to the member mailing list (brars at googlegroups.com) with yes, no and if you can attend.
We would like to propose that for supper the club provide meat in the form of a spiral ham and have each of the members that are attending bring a dish or dessert.
If you would please respond to the email group with your choice and fill free to add any ideas for the meeting that you may have.
Storms have cleared at our field day site, come on out! We still have dinner available for anybody that wants it.
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!
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.
The Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society invites you to its 2018 Field Day activities:
128 Pastorale Drive, Chesnee, SC 29323 (access via I-85 or SC 11)
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
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
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!
Contact Nathan (KJ4RQZ) at email@example.com or 864.884.1373
The Upstate Hamfest is now open!
Come out and see us!
Upstate Hamfest information
The Upstate Hamfest is this Saturday, May 5th at the Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds in Spartanburg, SC. Gates open to the public at 8am. Come out and join us!
One of our Facebook followers pointed out that our instructions regarding Echolink operation of the 610 repeater were not available. This has now been fixed, thank you! The instructions can be found under the Repeaters menu, or directly at Echolink.
The FT8 presentation from our January 2018 meeting by Robert Webster (WR8RW) is now viewable online or downloadable from our