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)

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)