Upcoming August 2017 BRARS Meeting

The August 2017 Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society is scheduled for Monday 7 August 7.30 PM (19.30) in the Red Cross building located at 940 Grove Road, Greenville.

The August program will be presented by Dr. Marc Tarplee (N4UFP), ARRL South Carolina section manager.
Marc will be discussing Spectrum defense and the Radio Club of the future.

All are welcome to join us.

Anderson Radio Club Special Event: July 15 – July 21 2017

The Anderson Radio Club will be hosting a Special Event in memory of Silent Key Steve Foster (N4SZ) Anderson, SC who received the ARRL 50-Year Service Certificate as a member of the Anderson Radio Club, Anderson, SC.

The details:
JULY 15 (13:00 UTC) THRU JULY 21 (2:00 UTC)
20 METERS (14.225-14.350) AND 40 METERS (7.175-7.300)

If you have questions:
Contact Margie Spangenberg (KK4AGN) margiespang@att.net
All radio contacts will receive a QSL card.

September club meeting date change

At the Monday 3 July Club meeting, those in attendance voted to change the date for the September BRARS Club meeting to Tuesday the 5th of September. We hope you, and all our membership, enjoy the final “summer holiday” with family and friends.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me on 864.663.9792 or by e-mail wr8rw@mail.com

Thank you and 73.

Robert (WR8RW)

Replies may also be sent to WR8RW@arrl.net

Correction: Date is the 5th, not the 6th

2017 Field Day Information

ARRL Field Day 2017 logo
ARRL Field Day 2017

At the 5 June BRARS meeting the members in attendance chose the Ivy Acres RV Park site as the location for our 2017 Field Day operations. Here are the details:

Ivy Acres
201 Ivy Acres Dr
Piedmont, SC 29673

Our area will be located in the southeast corner of the property.

Field Day 2017 Overview
Field Day 2017 Overview
Field Day 2017 RV Park View
Field Day 2017 RV Park View

Important Note:
The property owner has requested that if you are driving to the Field Day site, that once there, you park for the term of our operations. He wants to avoid significant traffic across the grassy area to preserve the area and prevent erosion. The same applies to picnic-goer traffic.

Camping options:
At the Field Day site: Tent camping, RV and Camper “dry” camping with Porta-potty, electricity from generators, batteries, or solar panels, bring your own water.

On the property: Limited number of RV and Camper “full hook up” sites available at $35 / night…call Ivy Acres to book your space as soon as you can

Note: David Pearson (KJ4YQK) is offering a special Field Day incentive
He will donate a 2017 ARRL Field Day t-shirt to the first ten members who sign up for site setup and tear down

If you want to sign up for a t-shirt, contact David at: david@saludalabs.com
T-shirt information is available at: 2017 Field Day shirts

2017 Volunteer Signup for Operator Position(s)/Time(s) and Setup/Teardown

Schedule of Events:

Saturday 24 June 2017

  • 10.00 AM: Begin set up at the Field Day site
  • 2.00 PM: Begin Field Day Operations
  • 6.00 PM: BRARS Club picnic begins – bring a covered dish (yes with something in it) to pass

Sunday 25 June 2017

  • 2.00 PM: End Field Day Operations
  • 2.01 PM: Begin site tear down and clean up

Site Photos

Field Day 2017 Site Photo 1

Field Day 2017 Site Photo 2

Field Day 2017 Site Photo 3

Field Day 2017 Site Photo 4

Field Day 2017 Site Photo 5

Field Day 2017 Site Photo 6

If you have any questions, contact Robert (WR8RW) on 864.663.9792 or by e-mail at wr8rw@mail.com.

SkyWarn Spotter Training

New Information Regarding Training Classes for SkyWarn Spotters

I received the following in formation from Mandel Rigdon regarding on-line training classes for SkyWarn spotters. This training is relevant to those who are already SkyWarn spotters and need to be recertified, and those who may be new to SkyWarn. Given the funding cuts for NWS face-to-face class sessions for SkyWarn training, this is an alternative that is officially recognized by NWS GSP.

This training is provided an no cost to you. The URL for the training course materials is:

SkyWarn Spotter Training

I have included a screen shot of the “front” web page for the site to help you confirm you are in the correct location.

2017 Online SkyWarn Training Classes (pdf)

If you have any questions, contact me on 864.663.9792 or wr8rw@mail.com
73…Robert (WR8RW)

Thank you for joining us at this year’s Upstate Hamfest

Thank you from all of us here at the Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society, for joining us for the 58th Annual Upstate Hamfest. A special thank you to Robert Webster (WR8RW), this year’s Hamfest Chairman, and to all the volunteers who helped setup, run, and cleanup after everything was over.

We hope all of our guests and vendors had an enjoyable experience, and will join us again next year!