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Sunday, May 28 2017 @ 06:15 AM EDT

The Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club website. Operating in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The club operates 4 repeaters on 145.110, 147.120, 146.805 and 444.675 MHz. For more about our repeaters, click here. 

If you would like to join and become a member of an outstanding radio club, fill out the Membership Application,

mail it or present it at our next club meeting. It's that easy ! Club meetings are held at 7pm on the first Monday of each month

except January and July at the Myrtle Beach Fire Station # 6, 970 38th Avenue North , Myrtle Beach.  Click Here for Map

All are welcome! 

GPS Coordinates   33.7229250°  -078.8647694°
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Fieldl Day 2017

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Field Day 2017 is coming soon!
Date: June 24 – 25, 2017.  At the May GSARC Meeting, Monday May 1st the membership present will decide by vote whether to operate ONLY on Saturday or operate through the night into Sunday. It’s important that you attend the May 1st meeting.
Time: 8:00AM for setup on Saturday.  Please arrive promptly.  GSARC will operate as a
Class A Station (club station on emergency power).
Location: Coastal Carolina University Science Center, 301 Allied Drive, Conway. The site is NOT located on the Coastal Carolina University main campus; it is located in the east campus on the east side of Rte 501 (33 48 2.21N, 78 59 56.16W, Grid Square FM03mt) in the rear of the Atlantic Center complex. We expect to be monitoring 145.110MHz, PL 85.4Hz repeater should you need final directions.  This is the same site used in 2015 and 2016.
Resources Provided by GSARC:
Antennas: The Club has dipole antennas for 10 through 80 meters. Based on member observations of band conditions the previous few days, we’ll operate the bands that can be productive. Setup will be a task for the members Saturday morning.  The site has numerous pine trees and the Club has a launcher.  If you have an antenna you would like to try, bring it with coax.  The Club has two generators available.
Food and Beverages: Lunch and dinner will be provided Saturday plus breakfast Sunday should the Club decide to continue operations through Saturday night.  Water and soft drinks will be available.  The University bans alcoholic beverages onsite.  A port-a-potty will be located on site.
Resources We Need:
Tent/Canopy:  The Club has two 10x10 canopies.  We’ll need more.  The “beach” type tent/canopy will work just fine.  One with side curtains is even better.  It’s hoped we can distribute several tents in the area allowing for effective separation of antennas.
HF Radios are definitely needed with their power supplies.  The Club has none of their own.  You can bring your rig when you arrive and leave with it when you depart and share operations with other members while you’re there.
Extension cords.  If you have a long cord, it would be helpful.
Chair: Don’t forget your folding chair.
Laptop Computer: Bring your laptop. Computer logging was used for the first time at the 2016 Field Day. Its use was very successful. The software was very easy to use. More information will be provided.  We hope to establish a local router again this year.
A response from members planning to bring an HF radio and / or tent/canopy would be appreciated by or at the June Club meeting.  This will help the Club to devise a final plan for Field Day. Remember that Club members and non-members are very welcome to attend with or without a radio.  And so we can get an approximate attendee count for food, let us know if you plan, or even hope to attend.  Respond to the Field Day Committee via the Club Webpage at:
Field Day Operations:
The number of transmitters in simultaneous operation, the modes (CW, Phone, Digital) and bands that will be determined during site setup based on the resources available. Operations will begin at 2:00pm local time.  The Club plans to submit an entry report to the ARRL.  Use of CW is encouraged. Each CW contact is worth twice the points of a phone contact.  The Club may even try some digital contacts (PSK31).
Extra Points:
GOTA Station:  We hope to establish a GOTA Station again this year.  A Get-On-The-Air station will allow unlicensed individuals to make Field Day contacts.  It must be operated using a different callsign than the Club’s W4GS under the direct supervision of a control operator.  A minimum of 20 contacts are needed for the Club to receive Bonus Points.  So bring anyone interested in amateur radio, and your kids, spouse, neighbor.
W1AW Bulletin: An attempt to copy the Bulletin is anticipated.
Site Visitations:  Invitations have or will be sent by the Clubs PIO (Gordon) to several elected officials and to local press and TV stations as well as ARRL officials and Emergency Management officials.
Safety Officer: A Safety Officer will be identified prior to Field Day.
More Info:
Should you wish more information on the Field Day requirements, go to:
Should you have question about GSARC participation, contact one of the Club Officers or via the website at:

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DaveSmith KM4BYN Silent Key

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I learned late this afternoon that Dave Smith KM4BYN passed away on February 27th.  Dave was first licensed as an Amateur Radio operator in the 1950s as a teenager.  In retirement, he reacquired a Technician and General license on the same day and joined the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club a few days later.  I remember testing and joining the club on the same day as Dave.  I have always felt honored to have the call sign immediately following Dave .... I'm sure I will remember him often as I check in over the years to come.
In his short time with us at the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club, Dave could always be counted on to help.  He served on the Nominating Committee, as Club Secretary, Introduced Ham Radio to a local boy scout troop and was always on hand for the Marathon.  Dave frequently would bring his camera to club events and has supplied us with many of our Beachfest and Field Day albums.

Bob Froelich and I stopped over this afternoon and met Dave's wife, son Michael and grandson.  They were sincerely thankful that Dave had the opportunity to rediscover amateur radio and make new friends.  His family posted a final Facebook post on Dave's page:
With a heavy heart Dave's family announces the ending of his facebook page with his passing on February 27,2017. During his retirement Dave really enjoyed spending time with his grandson. He also enjoyed playing his band music, the amateur radio club and the photography club. The family asks for privacy during this difficult time. Our thanks to all for having made Dave's life more pleasurable.
Dave's Family
Michael Smith Alex Smith Rick Smith
Please keep Dave's Family in your thoughts and prayers.  He will be missed.
Tom Hastie

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Temporary Change for Saturday Breakfast

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As some of you know, Akel's Restaurant in Myrtle Beach is undergoing remodeling prior to the start of this year's tourist season. They are closed this weekend, and may be for the next few weekends.  The club has decided to hold our regular Saturday morning breakfasts at the Golden Coral Steakhouse at 868 Oak Forest Lane in Myrtle Beach (This is  the Golden Corral near the Wal-Mart off Seaboard St. (Vicinity US 501 and Seaboard St.)  Golden Corral opens at 0730 so plan on being there between 0745-0800.  They have plenty of room for us.  

Hope to see many of you there.  We will move back to Akel's when their renovation is complete.  Thanks folks!


Jim Grant


Vice President




GPS Coordinates

 33.70496662512927°N  -78.91138315200805°W   DD (Decimal Degrees)

33° 42' 17.88 N  78° 54' 40.979 W  DMS (degrees, minutes, seconds)



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GSARC 2016 Ham of the Year

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GSARC 2016 Ham of the Year Edward Jordan, KF4ECK


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2016 Roanoke Division ARRL Service Award

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The Roanoke Division ARRL Service Award was instituted in 1968 by then Roanoke Division Director Vic Clark, W4KFC. Vic intended the award to be recognition for a long history of significant and consistent contributions to Amateur Radio. The amateur selected would have, over the years, dedicated much of his or her time to Amateur Radio and the ARRL.  Nominations for the award were solicited in late 2016. 

The selection committee is comprised of past award recipients, and the administration of the award is done by the Roanoke Division Director. Out of a field of very worthy candidates, one clearly received the majority of the votes.


Congratulations to our 2016 Roanoke Division ARRL Service Award winner


Matt McGuire AF4UZ of Surfside Beach, South Carolina



The award presentation is currently planned at the 2017 RARSFEST, the 2017 Roanoke Division Convention, on Saturday, April 15, 2017 during the ARRL forum:  http://www.rars.org/rarsfest/ Please join us in congratulating our 2016 Roanoke Division ARRL Service Award winner!




'73 de JIM N2ZZ

Director – Roanoke Division
Serving ARRL members in the Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina sections

ARRL – The National Association for Amateur Radio™



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BEACHFEST 2016 Review

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Just a brief note to thank everyone for coming together for another great BEACHFEST.  Edward and Buddy did a great job pulling this all together and as usual, our club jumped in to perform whatever tasks were needed.  Personally, I had a Fantastic time! This was the third BEACHFEST I have attended and for the third time, I heard comments wishing we had more vendors, more attendees, more customers.  It is impossible to know why the event wasn’t bigger…. After the recent hurricane, flooding and crazy election, there are lots of other things on people’s minds.
From my perspective, any event that brings Hams together is a great success. It’s nice when the event brings in significant money for the club, but BEACHFEST isn’t just about the money.  We had many people express interest in joining the club.  We cleaned out lots of bulky and obsolete items from the Red Cross building and turned it into cash.  Members participated in VE testing and upgraded their licenses. 
Members sold equipment and purchased new items. We made new friends, got reacquainted with folks we haven’t seen in a while and had fun!  The benefits to the club are huge and go well beyond the balance sheet.
Let’s plan to discuss BEACHFEST at the GSARC Monthly Meeting on December 5th and let’s come up with a few ideas to make Beachfest even better next year.
Edward, thank you again for a job well done! 
Tom Hastie, KM4BYO

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GSARC Beachfest 50/50 Winner

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Congratulation to Joe Micitalouk (pictured on the right) winner of the 50/50 drawing, 

28 tickets sold. Joe walked away with $70.00 and donated $5.00 to the Club


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Thursday Lunch Group

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Join us every Thursday for lunch at Big D's BBQ Trough located at 2917 Church St, Conway, SC 29526.

The scheduled time is noon but if you want to beat the rush come a bit earlier. We have reserved tables

and usually have to pull more together. Food is served Cafeteria style and the menu can be viewed here




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