Upcoming Amateur Radio Events Information – 21 May 2018

As announced on the Monday 21 May 2018 Blue Ridge Two Meter Net

06/02/2018 Georgia State Convention (Atlanta Hamfest)
Location: Marietta, GA
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Atlanta Radio Club (W4DOC) & Kennehoochee ARC (W4BTI)
Website: http://www.atlantahamfest.com

06/02/2018 | Winston-Salem Hamfest
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Forsyth Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.w4nc.com

07/07/2018 | 33rd Annual 2018 Firecracker Hamfest
Location: Salisbury, NC
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Rowan Amateur Radio Society
Website: http://www.rowanars.org/firecracker-hamfest/

07/21/2018 | Mid-Summer Swapfest
Location: Cary, NC
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Cary Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.qsl.net/n4nc/

07/28/2018 | WCARS Hamfest
Location: Waynesville, NC
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society
Website: http://wcars.org

CQ WPX CW Announced Operations
May 26-27, 2018

QRP ARCI Hootowl Shootout
0000Z-0100Z, May 28, 2018

Phone Fray
0230-0300 May 30, 2018

See additional contest information at:

Kentucky QSO Party!
June 2-3, 2018
14:00 UTC June 2 until 02:00 UTC June 3
(09:00 AM CST) – (9:00 PM CST) Saturday, June 2


ARRL June VHF Contest
June 9-11, 2018
1800 UTC Saturday, runs through 0259 UTC Monday

WV QSO Party
1600Z Saturday June 16, 2018 through 0200Z Sunday June 17, 2018


Robert (WR8RW)

Memorial Services for Stephen Parrish (AJ4QA) Silent Key

I had a conversation with Pam Parrish today. She asked me to pass along the following information about upcoming services for Steven:

Friday May 4 2018 7.00 PM – Memorial Service
Greer Calvary Chapel
3315 Brushy Creek Road, Greer SC 29650
Feel free to attend in comfortable dress

Saturday May 5, 2018 2.00 PM – Cemetery service (Note Corrected Service Time)
Forest Hill Cemetery
4290 Old York Rd
Rock Hill, SC 29730

Robert (WR8RW)

June and July 2018 Society Meeting Programs and Speakers Confirmed

The June 2018 BRARS program and speaker have been confirmed.  Sergeant Natalie Hill, a Crime Prevention Specialist on the Greenville County Sheriff’s service, will present a program on enhancing home protection.  This is especially relevant to us in the Amateur Radio Service given our investments in time and money for the building of our stations.  Our thanks to member J. D. Norris (KF4RVH) for suggesting this resource.

The July 2018 speaker has also been confirmed.  Dr. Marc Tarplee (K4UFP), ARRL SC Section Manager will visit with us…the program topics are still under discussion, stay tuned.

The  remaining confirmed programs for 2018 are:

March: Learning CW and Additional Learning Resources, Les Shattuck (K4NK)

April: Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), Adam Shirley (WJ4X)

May: RF-Kit B26 Legal Limit Amplifier, Gary Wise (W4EEY)

June:  Sergeant Natalie Hill (GCSS), Enhancing Home Protection

July:  Dr. Marc Tarplee (K4UFP), Topics TBD

Additional programs are currently in the discussion and planning phase…watch this space for updates.

If you have an idea or suggestion for a program feel free to contact me.

Standing by and carefully tuning…Robert (WR8RW)


Echolink instructions

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.

A Snippet From Technology History – Guglielmo Marconi’s Station

As an add on to the “This Week in Technology History” segment I present on Friday evening nets, I want to send along a link to an article from the BBC about Marconi’s first station in Newfoundland Canada. It is part technology history and part travelogue.  It gives you a view into Marconi’s dream and the location of his history making station in St. John’s.  Have a look at some of the photos…especially the one showing station staff wrestling with a kite used to keep an antenna aloft.  A sentence at the end of the  article speaks to the station’s role in reporting the sinking of a significant vessel early in the 20th century.

Here is the link:



Robert (WR8RW)

2018 – Confirmed BRARS Meeting Programs

The confirmed 2018 BRARS General Meetings program list is beginning to fill up!  Here are the meetings that are currently confirmed for this year:

January:  FT-8 Overview, Robert (WR8RW)

February:  “Net” Message and Traffic Handling, Steve Sabin (KM4UVN), SC SSB Net

March:  Learning CW and Additional Learning Resources, Les Shattuck (K4NK)

April:  Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), Adam Shirley (WJ4X)

May:  RF-Kit B26 Legal Limit Amplifier, Gary Wise (W4EEY)

Additional programs are currently in the discussion and planning phase…watch this space for updates.

If you have an idea or suggestion for a program feel free to contact me.

Thanks and 73.

Robert (WR8RW)