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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!
April 2018 Meeting Minutes
April 2018 Board Meeting Minutes
April 2018 Meeting Video
QRM Newsletter #4
WEST MICHIGAN HAM NETS
Lunch Bunch at Noble Restaurant in Wyoming. Website Here
Gather in the back room starting about 11:30. This gathering of hams is sponsored by NOBODY!
It's just hams that get together for lunch on Fridays, and there is always room for you.
Holland Amateur Radio Club (HARC)
Monthly meeting, second Wednesday of each month, 7:30 PM, at Plainfield Township Fire Department Training Center, SW corner of 5 Mile Rd and Plainfield Ave. Talk-in W8USA 145.23-(94.8Hz) Meetings
Monthly meeting, third Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM social, 7PM meeting. All are welcome. Pizza provided. Talk-in W8LRC 145.27-(94.8Hz) Website
HIAD (Ham in a Day) classes
Classes begin at 1PM, exam at 6PM. Anyone wanting to just take exams can do so at no cost, but please pre-register.
"Tune-Up in the Park" Fox Hunting Exercise
Sponsored by the Lowell Amateur Radio Club, the Allegan Amateur Radio Club, the Holland Amateur Radio Club, and the Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Assiciation.
Douglas-Walker Park, Byron Center, MI from 9 am to 12 noon
Map to the park Here
There will be at least five micro-transmitters hidden in the park for you to take your time locating, practicing your skills and debugging your equipment.
At 12pm, the park activity will stop, and a "live" fox will go on the air, located within eight miles of the start.
There will be seasoned Fox Hunters to help with your equipment and techniques.
If you have a Fox Box or a micro/mini fox and would like to bring it to the park to be used, please contact the event coordinator, Nathan, N8THN at email@example.com
Now about equipment
A HT Radio or scanner that has a good signal strength meter on it. There are many new and used items out there. Baofeng radios while inexpensive, do not have a suitable signal strength meter for this type of event.
A "measuring tape" 3 element 2 meter beam. Google this one up. Plenty of instructions on the 'net on how to build these.
An active attenuator. You an get these right here in Michigan from John, KC9ON who lives in Gaylord.
His website for obtaining one of these is located Here
Get these as soon as possible to start experimenting, then come to Nathan's big tune up party on April 28.
Above all...be safe out there.
Location: Cadillac Jr. High School, 500 Chestnut Street, Cadillac, MI 49601
Sponsor: Wexaukee Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.980 (no PL tone)
Public Contact: Alton McConnell , NU8L, PO Box 163 Cadillac, MI 49601
Phone: 231-862-3774, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hudsonville, IRA Hamfest
Home School Building
5625 Burlingame SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
Doors open at 8am
2018 Hamfest Flyer Here
Michigan State Convention (Great Lakes HamCon)
Location: Michigan International Speedway, 12626 US 12, Brooklyn, MI 49230
Sponsor: Great Lakes Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 145.12 (PL 123)
Public Contact: Larry Camp , WB8R, 71 Oakdale Lane Coldwater, MI 49036
Phone: 517-617-4883, Email: email@example.com
ARRL Hamfest and Convention Database HERE
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 email and please include your name and callsign in the body of the email. to firstname.lastname@example.org
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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