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:

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 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.


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.