Hamfest update

Hello folks,

Just wanted to drop a quick note. Yes, the 61st Blue Ridge ARS Hamfest is still on! We will have the website updated this week with more information.

Email lists

For those of you that are on our various email lists, it was pointed out to me a short while ago, that they are also on the brars.cc domain. Expect some issues in the next couple of days. We thank you for your understanding as we sort through these issues.

brars.cc may become unusable

Hello folks,

Just wanted to drop a note that we are having an issue with our domain brars.cc The domain brars.org is still working fine and does point to the website and should remain working until this issue is resolved.

August monthly meeting online

Hello all

Below you will find the information need to attend the up coming BRARS virtual meeting.

I would like to thank Scott for his continued support of BRARS and the use of his goto meeting account .


From: “KD9MKR (Scott)” <Arrl@fsinet.com

BRARS August Meeting
Mon, Aug 3, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (EDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.


You can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: +1 (224) 501-3412
One-touch: tel:+12245013412,,833544725#

Access Code: 833-544-725

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting comes up.

Programming poll

Just wanted to run a quick poll of the membership to find out who knows which programming language, if any. Thank you!



    BRARS Field day June 26-28 2020

    BRARS Field day June 26-28 2020

    Location: 175 Riverbend Rd, Greenville SC 29617
    Riverbend park

    Site communications
    Starting Friday night at net time until end of event 146.610 will be monitor for talk in to site and questions regarding the event

    Cross band repeat to 146.610 will be set up on site (UHF frequency to be picked once on site)

    147.610 will be the site simplex frequency

    The Coronavirus outbreak has created an unusual set of problems this year, resulting in some interesting challenges, however we are going to go on with the event. Normally this event is open to the general public, and public participation is encouraged, to raise awareness of Ham Radio operations, however, this year, Coronavirus issues cause us to curtail public involvement somewhat.
    You are welcome to come stay for the whole event, or for a portion of it. If you just want to swing by for a couple of hours and try communicating, or just sit and have a cup of coffee with us, you’re more than welcome to.

    A handwashing station will be provided with the expectation that all  attending will make use of it

    Gloves and masks will be the responsibility of individuals attending the event

    Please take the time to observe social distancing and keep items that are common to the group disinfected

    Rest rooms provided by the park service are available on site.

    BRARS Field day Campout: 6:00 PM Friday until end of event Sunday
    Water as well as power hookups may require extra long hose and power cords depending on where RV is parked

    Power is available in the form of 20 amp 120, 30 amp 120 RV and 50 amp 120 / 240 connections

    Tent camping as well as RV’s are welcome.

    The event
    This ARRL sponsored event is a National gathering that is sponsored by the ARRL and local grops such as The blue ridge amateur radio society other wise known as BRARS.

    The  purpose is to set up radio equipment and communicate with others in the nation doing the same.

    Set up will begin at 10 AM Saturday morning 06-26 with the contest beginning at 2:00 PM Saturday (1800 UTC) lasting until 2:00PM Sunday (1800 UTC.

    ARRL Field Day

    Field Day rules

    refreshments / Saturday  evening dinner
    Sandwiches, soft drinks, bottled water and coffee will be provided for individuals participating in field day activities such as transport,  infrastructure, setup, tear down and operating.

    Participation in Saturday evening dinner is encouraged however due to the Coronavirus Individuals wanting to eat on site are encouraged to bring your own food
    A grill will be provided for those that would like to use it

    For those that prefer Travelers Rest is about 10 mins away where a number of restaurants can be found

    The club will provide and set up 2 Kenwood TS-2000 rigs, power supplies in the form of generators, logging equipment / software and antenna system needed to operate as a 2A event

    See link below for information regarding radios listed above
    Support – English Instruction Manual

    Laminated TS-2000 ‘cheat sheets’ will keep by the radios.

    You are welcome to bring your personal equipment – radios, antennas, etc.

    This event is, as much as anything, a way to get out and test remote setups, and to practice emergency communications in an ‘away from home’ setting.
    The real advantage of doing a coordinated event like this, is that there will be others to communicate with. Tens of thousands will be on the air during the event.

    you may also need to bring poles, cables, rope, etc. to get your antennas in the air.

    A go to station in the form of at lest one 2 meter rig for those wanting to  experience operating a radio without interrupting the contesters will be set up

    (still slightly tentative)
    June 26, 2020  5:00 PM Friday – Collect the club’s gear at the storage site in northern Greenville County and load it onto the trailer
    June 26, 2020  6:00 PM Friday – We will arrive at Riverbend park, begin unloading
    June 27, 2020  10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Saturday – Equipment setup & testing
    June 27, 2020  12:00 PM Saturday – Sandwich lunch, Review of equipment, procedures, schedule.
    June 27-28 2020  2:00PM Saturday to 2:00 PM Sunday – Ongoing ‘event’ communications.
    June 27-28 2020  6:00 PM Saturday – Dinner
    June 28 2020 8:00 AM Sunday Morning  – Coffee, doughnuts
    June 28 2020 12:00 PM Sunday – Sandwich Lunch
    June 28 2020 2:00 PM Sunday – Wrap-up meeting (5 min)
    June 28 2020 2:05 PM Sunday – Take down equipment, pack
    June 28 2020 after take down Sunday – Unload trailer at club building

    If you are unable to make it to the event, please plan on communicating from home

    Due to the coronavirus the ARRL has rules set up for individual operators that allow for operators to log communications from off site locations

    See link below
    Field Day rules

    It’s likely going to be hot and humid, so plan accordingly.
    Even if it’s generally rainy, we can still operate, as the facility buildings are large.
    In the case of thunderstorms, we will disconnect the antennas and wait out the storm

    General rules
    RiverBend is a small commercial park.
    Please be courtious and respectful, keep the grounds clear of litter.
    In particular, there may be horses in the area or passing through.
    Please be calm and avoid loud noises or sudden movement if there are horses present.
    In case you’ve never been around horses, DO NOT go close behind them.

    Things to bring
    A place to sleep
    Your medicines
    Any snacks and drinks you want
    Water container
    Lawn chair
    Fans (Plug-in, or the 12V or battery types)
    Rain jacket & a hat
    Radios, antennas & gear
    Gloves and facemasks, at your discretion

    Things we will need
    A trailer to get club equipment to the site.
    Pat K4OSH helped with this last year.
    One particular item we do not have, which would be very useful is closed-cup studio type headphones.
    The noise cancelling type is excellent but expensive.
    The drone of the generators is very difficult to listen to in long sessions.
    If any BRARS members have these and would be willing to bring them for use in the event,
    they would be much appreciated.

    Sign-up sheet
    Please edit the sign-up sheet and indicate how many people you will be bringing.
    Also, we will need help with things like loading and unloading equipment,
    and setting up antenas.
    Your willingness to help with the various tasks is much appreciated.
    __________ Your name & callsign
    __________ How many attending? Callsigns? _____________________________________
    __________ How many for dinner Saturday?
    __________ How long are you planning to stay?

    Please put your callsign on the slots below.
    I will send out updates as signups occur.

    Note: K4OSH and Kevin (I think KN4UBG) are bringing trailers.
    __________ I can bring a trailer (need 1)

    Note: I have Johnny WD4DYH & Nathan, Pat K4OSH, Kevin KN4UBG and myself.
    Jason Morris, KD2RKN will help with the barrels and radios.
    Jason has a 6ft trailer for the barrels.
    Scott Vey will be handling the generators.
    __________ I can help with the loading  & unloading Friday night (need 4-6)

    Note: We’ll start around 9:00 AM. Whoever’s there….
    __________ I can help with setup Saturday morning (need 6-8)

    Update: Saturday meal will be ;bring your own’ a grill will be provided,
    but each group will bring their own food and cook it themselves.
    __________ I can help with the Saturday meal

    Note: Again, I have Johnny WD4DYH & Nathan, Pat K4OSH, Kevin KN4UBG and myself.
    __________ I can help with the teardown & loading & unloading Sunday night (need 4-6)

    Note: I didn’t get any response on this. Hopefully the older guys will help?
    __________ I can help with ‘Elmering’ newbies

    Update: We will have a whiteboard with a schedule and sign-up sheet.
    __________ I would like to participate in the ‘Contest’ Event (enter preferred times below)

    Please fill in the questionnaire and return the email to K4RHF.
    Many thanks to all who have participated in the past and, in advance,
    to all who will participate this year.
    Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there.

    I have heard from:
    Johnny WD4DYH
    Scott & Mary
    Jim KO4BDM
    Kevin KN4UBG
    Pat K4OSH
    Randall KO4AYQ

    Please direct questions to
    Bob Finley K4RHF K4RHF@mail.com 864-436-5000

    BRARS June 1 Meeting

    Hello all,

    Below you will find a go to meeting invitation. Courtesy of Scott Tobey for our club meeting , Monday 060120

    Please make plans to attend.

    Thank you and will be looking forward seeing you all.

          Johnny WD4DYH

    Subject: GoToMeeting Invitation – BRARS June Meeting

    BRARS June Meeting

    Mon, Jun 1, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (EDT)

    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.


    You can also dial in using your phone.

    (For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

    United States: +1 (646) 749-3122

    – One-touch: tel:+16467493122,,353922229#

    Access Code: 353-922-229

    New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/353922229

    May 4th Meeting


    Scott Tobey has again offered the use of his company’s go to meeting account to hold the BRARS club meeting over. 

    This session will be used to carry out club business, cover announcements and answer questions.

    As we move forward programs will resume. 

    Please see instructions listed below.

    Thank you all,

         Johnny WD4DYH

    BRARS May General Meeting

    ‪Mon, May 4, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (EDT)‬

    Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.


    You can also dial in using your phone.

    (For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

    United States: ‪+1 (872) 240-3212‬

    – One-touch: ‪tel:+18722403212,,87301883Access Code: ‪873-018-837‬

    New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: ‪https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/873018837‬