January Meeting date changed to Jan 8th

Good morning colleagues…After our December meeting, I looked at the January 2018 calendar noticing that our first 2018 meeting would be held on 1 January (New Years Day). Given that New Years Day is a holiday most spend with family and friends, our January meeting date is being moved to Monday 8 January. I have confirmed with Kim Eller at the Red Cross that “our room” is available on that date. We look forward to seeing you then!

Happy holidays to you and your families.


Robert (WR8RW)
(Replies may also be sent to WR8RW@arrl.net)

WCARS testing time

For clarity, the monthly WCARS ham  license testing session starts at 9am. WCARS requests that you show up  30 minutes early (at 8:30am) to take care of any paperwork before your test.

Due to an oopsie on my part adding the test sessions to the calendar, I had folks showing up at 7:30am, my apologies.

Upcoming Amateur Radio Training Classes

Two new sessions of Amateur Radio Training Classes will begin in January 2018. These classes will be taught by Gary Wise (W4EEY) and Dave Ivey (KE4EA).

Amateur Radio Technician Class training begins Wednesday January 10, 2018 at 6.30 PM for 10 weeks. This is a beginning class…no previous Amateur Radio experience necessary.
Amateur Radio Extra Class training begins Tuesday January 16, 2018 at 6.30 PM for 21 weeks. This is an upgrade class…you should already hold an Amateur Radio General Class license to participate.

Classes will meet at the Victor Park facility, 108 Line Street, Greer SC 29651.

Preregistration is required. To join either of these classes, or get more information, contact Gary Wise (W4EEY) on 864.201.5275 or by e-mail at garywise@aol.com.

Membership Renewal

Hey folks,

Just a reminder to get your dues in before the end of the year. We’ve made it a little easier for you to find the online Membership Renewal page. Either click the link above, or directly from the menu on the website. You may also bring your dues with you to the January meeting, or mail them to our postal address (no cash please).

Thank you, and seasons greetings!

Tonight’s meeting

From our club President Robert (WR8RW):

One final reminder for our BRARS general meeting this evening! Feel free to come. We will have some non-alcoholic drinks available as well as “goodies” contributed by our members.

Feel free to bring your family members, as they are invited as well, along with you this evening.

We will convene our short business meeting, follow by our end-of-year celebration.

Don’t forget your membership renewals are now due. If you have any questions, let me know.

Looking forward to seeing you tonight!

Reminder – Good Food and Fun at Our December Meeting

A reminder to all Society members…we will be having good food and fun following the business portion of our meeting on December 4.

If you plan to attend will you R.S.V.P. to me at wr8rw@mail.com? We have been offered some special “treats” by several of our members. In order for them to make enough, your R.S.V.P. will ensure they have sufficient “goodies” for every one.

Looking forward to seeing you on December 4.

Thanks and 73.

Robert (WR8RW)

November 6th Club Meeting

Good evening Amateur Radio Colleagues;

A reminder about our upcoming Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society meeting next Monday evening at our new time of 7.00 PM (19.00) at the Red Cross Building, 940 Grove Road in Greenville.

As Richard (KA3JCA) mentioned, in an earlier e-mail, we will be having our annual elections at this meeting. This year the Vice President and Treasurer offices are up for election. We do have nominees that have been forwarded to Richard (the leader of our nominating committee). If you have been giving any thought to standing for election and have not contacted Richard, feel free to do so. Nominations from the floor will be accepted at the meeting. I want to thank Richard for heading up the nominating committee and working diligently to contact all of our voting members about any interest they may have in these positions.

We will have a program following the election event as well as the business portion of our meeting.

As we approach 2018 we are looking for ideas / topics for our monthly meeting programs. If there is a topic or item you would like to know more about, something specific have a general or interest in, or believe our membership would find value in please send that suggestion along to me. Any idea you have will certainly be reviewed and considered.

Our December meeting is also not far off. We have generally had a “treat eat” at the December meeting to celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of another. All are invited to attend! Ask your family members, who may not be Amateur Radio operators, to attend with you so they can see how “hammy” we all do get.

If you have any questions…feel free to send them along. Looking forward to seeing you next Monday.

  1. Robert (WR8RW)

Ham testing

Don’t forget to check our calendar for the next available WCARS Ham testing session. You are not required to sign up ahead of time, nor do you need to bring the ticket to the testing session. Our ticketing system helps the club see how many folks are planning to come to a test session, and for follow-up.