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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
President

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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

KJ4CMN

Vice President

G.S.A.R.C.

 

 

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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Friends,
 
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! 
 
73s.
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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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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BEACHFEST 2017

  GRAND STRAND AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

PRESENTS:

21st ANNUAL GRAND STRAND ARC

"BEACHFEST 2017”

& Computer Expo

 

Saturday, November 11, 2017       8 AM UNTIL 2 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academy of Hope

(formerly)

Old Pee Dee School

3521 Juniper Bay Road

Conway S.C. 29527

Latitude N33 50.302 (+33° 50' 18.46")     

Longitude W079 07.655 (-79° 7' 40.17")

  

Click for MapQuest directions 

 

 


Forum Schedule

TBA

  

 

VE TESTING (10:00 AM)      ARRL FORUMS      HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

 

Proposed VENDORS:

Tarheel Antennas, Inc.  ~  AC-DC  ~  The WireMan Inc.   ~    Personal Stitches  

dBj Radio Electronics   ~   National Weather Service   ~   Transel Corporation (Electronics-Lasers-Lights)   ~   K4NET Computers

BuyTwoRadios.com  ~  Silver Tip Antennas (KD4ADN) 

AND MANY MORE

 

QSL card Checking 
ARRL SC State Section appointed DXCC Card Checker David Fuseler, NJ4F, will be Checking

DXCC, WAS, WAC and VUCC QSL cards at the ARRL booth. David is also a Check Point for CQ awards.

 

NOTE from NJ4F:   Please come with all paperwork completed using the latest versions of the application and listing sheets available

from the ARRL website at http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc.   Most questions one may have can be answered by the DXCC FAQ available on the website.

If you have questions for NJ4F prior to the HamFest David can be reached via email at nj4f@comcast.net or telephone 843-647-0101 in Hollywood, SC.

 

 

FREE PARKING    ~    ON-SITE CONCESSIONS    ~    TALK-IN 145.110 {PL 85.4 Hz}
PRIZES AWARDED EVERY HOUR
 

\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\   Large Outside Tailgating Spots   /////////////////

 

 

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS: $7.00 AT THE DOOR

                                                                                                                                    

DEALER / VENDOR INSIDE TABLES.....................$12.00 EA
  OUTSIDE TAILGATE SPOT & 1 Ticket.................  $12.00 EA
      Advance Tickets...(SASE).......................................$6.00 EA 
 
 
 
 

Visit us on Facebook

         Grand Strand Hamfest facebook page.         

 

If you do not have a facebook account, you can feel free to create one while you are on the page.

Please check this page often as information will be added since the hamfest is approaching.

 

 

 

Click here to download the official vendor application and Flyer 

 

INFO: 

Edward Jordan, KF4ECK   {843 458 3856}  EMAIL

Buddy Brown, KD4UXM EMAIL


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

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