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Field Day T-Shirts

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FROM:  Alton Miller  NE4EA

I am ordering T-Shirts for Field Day 2018 on Tuesday, June 5, about two weeks from now.
For anyone wishing to order ARRL Field Day 2018 T-Shirts, please let me know and I’ll add them to my order.  I will need to know size and color.  The payment is due upon delivery of your shirt(s).
The shirts are $15.95 each and I’ll cover the shipping cost for the club order.

High quality cotton t-shirt featuring the 2018 ARRL Field Day logo on the front chest, and ARRL FD18 and ARRL IGC artwork on the back. 6.1 oz. 100% cotton.
Color: Blue or White (unisex sizes)
Sizes: Small - 6XL

If you wish to order a T-Shirt, please contact Al direct at ssbal@twc.com 
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TV Spots

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From GSARC PIO Gordon Mooneyham W4EGM

The first link is the 4 spots that were aired last Wednesday morning between 5 & 7 AM.
The second clip was from this past Monday night on WPDE's 5:30 news.
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Myrtle Beach, SC 29578-2135

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Field Day

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Field Day 2018 is coming soon!
June 23 – 24, 2018. 
At the Monday May 7th GSARC Meeting, 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 7th meeting.
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, 2016 and 2017.
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.
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 on Saturday the 23rd.  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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GSARC 2017 Ham of the Year

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GSARC 2017 Ham of the Year Tom Palmieri, K2PJ





K2PJ receives an award from the GSARC membership on behalf of the

Myrtle Beach Repeater Team,  W4EGM, W2FTV, KD4TMW and AF4UZ, 

for Planning and Installing the new UHF repeater atop the Sheraton Hotel at the

Myrtle Beach Convention Center




(editor note: Due to Tom being ill and not able to attend the Banquet I have posted an earlier picture of him)

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New Repeater

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Good morning everyone,


With the excitement of the new 441.775 repeater coming online it has been brought to my attention that the repeater is being "kerchunked" quite a bit.


While this is common place it has been exacerbated with the new machine. I would like to remind everyone that it is not good repeater etiquette (or FCC legal) to simply "kerchunk" the repeater without identifying.


If you are testing your rig or trying to see how well the repeater is working in your area the correct (and FCC legal) way to do so would be to identify using your call sign and state that you are testing.



Jason (K4SHP)

Trustee, GSARC

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2018 Dues

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The GSARC Treasurer is now accepting dues for 2018.
The fiscal year shall be January 1 through December 31
with dues payable the first of the year.
Dues shall be twenty-five dollars [$25.00] per year
for Regular Membership [Full Voting Rights].
Dues shall be ten dollars [$10.00] per family member per year
for Family Membership [Full Voting Rights].
Dues shall be fifteen dollars [$15.00] per year for
Associate Membership [Non-voting].
Renewal for all types of membership will be accepted at any monthly meeting or any official club function, by mail or
by email if paying by PayPal.
A new application form must be filled out and submitted each year.
Application can be filled-out on the GSARC home page W4GS.org
Any questions, contact Bob Chapman at wb4ftu@w4gs.org

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Rag Chew with us !

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The GSARC holds 4 nets each week. Please join us on the air.

  • Saturdays at 8:00pm on the 147.120 MHz Repeater
  • Sundays at 8:00pm on the 145.110 MHz Repeater
  • Tuesdays at 8:00pm on the 444.675 MHz Repeater
  • Thursdays at 8:00pm on the 146.805 MHz Repeater

For more about our Nets, click here.

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GSARC Meeting Location

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Location for GSARC Monthly Business Meeting


The location for our business meeting has been secured at the Myrtle Beach Fire Station # 6. It is located at 970 38th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, just 1 block east of Robert Grissom Pkwy on the left. This will be effective for the May 2nd meeting.



The GPS coordinates are 33.7229250°N  -078.8647694°W



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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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Saturday Breakfast

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The clubs Saturday morning breakfast is 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.  

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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