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Welcome to W8DC.org

home of the

Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association.

We meet at the Red Cross Building at 1050 Fuller NE, and we maintain an active club station at that location. If you'd like to see our station, or attend a club meeting, please stop by and visit. All Visitors are welcome! Map to Red Cross HERE.

You can stop by the Red Cross the first Friday of every month for our club business and technical meeting. OR - Every Wednesday night is open radio room night.

If you want to see a REAL amateur radio station being operated, want to talk over a technical problem, or find out more about Amateur Radio testing and licensing stop by!


The brand new QRM Newsletter Volume 1 Number 1 is now on the Website Here

Meeting Minutes from September 2017 meeting located at Here

2017 GRARA Hamfest video has been uploaded to Club Videos

2017 Spark in the Park Event video has been uploaded to Club Videos

Meeting Minutes from August 2017 meeting is located Here

September 2017 Business Meeting video has been uploaded to Club Videos

Upcoming Events

September 6 - November 8, 2017

General Class Upgrade Class -- Red Cross, 1030 Fuller, Grand Rapids

If you are a technician and would like to upgrade to the general class, you might consider this general class this fall, presented as a cooperative effort by the Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association and the Holland Amateur Radio Club.

The class will meet on Wednesday night in the basement of the Red Cross at 7:00 PM, starting on September 8, and will go for 10 weeks, ending on November 8. There will be 9 classes over the ten week period, with one of the classes will be a study hall.

The cost is $ 20 and more information and online registration is at:

Contact the instructor, Tom Bosscher, K8TB at 616-662-1080 or by email to k8tb@bosscher.org

Info and Registration Here.

October 7-8, 2017

Great Lakes HamCon. Michigan International Speedway. Details at Great Lakes HamCon

October 21, 2017

6th Annual Muskegon Color Tour Hamfest

Fellowship Reformed Church, 4200 E. Apple Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49422. 8am-NOON Talk-in 146.82 94.8pl

October 22, 2017

35th Annual Kalamazoo Ham-fest and Amateur Radio Swap and Shop

Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairgrounds, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49048 8am-Noon Talk-in 147.040 94.8pl K8KZO Repeater

Check-Out the GRARA Yahoo Group

What is the GRARA Yahoo Group, you ask?

It's a bulletin board specifically made to keep members and friends up to date on club activities, treasures for sale, questions and comments on a daily basis. You can keep track of "what's happening" in any of three ways.

The first way is to go to the Yahoo site by clicking the link below. If you join the free group, you will also be able to select getting an email every time someone posts a message, once a day in a digest or only if a moderator sends out a special message. (Most members get a single daily digest, some choose not get any email at all.) You can also return to the site and search for whatever "tickles your fancy."

Click here to visit the GRARA Yahoo Group.

You may have to login to Yahoo Groups to access our Club Group.

GRARA Club Mail List

It's a mail list specifically made to keep members up to date on club activities, items for sale, questions and comments on a frequent basis. You can keep track of "what's happening". This list is separate from the GRARA Yahoo Group in that this list is private in nature. Your name and callsign must appear on our current 2017 club roster to be eligible for membership to the list.

You can subscribe to this list by sending a blank email (no subject or body) to Subscribe

Once you are verified to be a club member, in good standing, your application will be approved. Thanks.



147.260+ 94.8 -- 146.76- 94.8 A/D -- 444.400+ 94.8

A handy guide on how to use repeaters can be found here.

W8DC Club Nets

Tuesday -- 7pm 146.76- 94.8 Analog and possibly Digital (C4FM Fusion)

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Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association Inc. All rights reserved.

Information, questions, comments or suggestions about our website can be emailed to web.administrator@w8dc.org