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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

Upcoming Events



Net List


Every Friday

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 Monday of each month at the Victory Point Ministries Youth Building, 11530 Ransom St., Holland. The building is located on Ransom, which is just east of 120th, south of New Holland St. and north of Quincy St. This is not for members only, and all those interested in amateur radio are invited to attend.

Talk-in K8DAA 147.06+(94.8Hz) Website Here. Directions: HERE

Michigan Amateur Radio Alliance

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

Lowell Amateur Radio Club

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

Directions: HERE


New Events

April 14, 2018

HIAD (Ham in a Day) classes

More Info

Classes begin at 1PM, exam at 6PM. Anyone wanting to just take exams can do so at no cost, but please pre-register.

April 28, 2018

"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 n8thn@arrl.net

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

and 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.

May 5, 2018

Cadillac Hamfest

Location: Cadillac Jr. High School, 500 Chestnut Street, Cadillac, MI 49601

Website: HERE

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: nu8l@yahoo.com

June 2, 2018

Hudsonville, IRA Hamfest

Website Here.

September 8, 2018

GRARA Hamfest

Home School Building

5625 Burlingame SW

Wyoming, MI 49509

Doors open at 8am

2018 Hamfest Flyer Here

October 6 and 7, 2018

Michigan State Convention (Great Lakes HamCon)

Location: Michigan International Speedway, 12626 US 12, Brooklyn, MI 49230

Website: HERE

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: wb8r@glhamcon.org

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 grara-subscribe@w8dc.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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