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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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Saturday Breakfast

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Akel's Family Restaurant in Myrtle Beach will be the new location for the GSARC Saturday Breakfast.  Akel's is located on 17 Business just north of Mr. Fish for those familiar with the area.  The address is 6429 N. Kings Highway MB, SC 29572. Feel free to bring your spouse, friends, and invite guests to attend.  Everyone is welcome to attend! We will still gather at the usual time beginning between 8:00 & 8:30 AM.  
Tom Hastie, KM4BYO
GPS Coordinates 33.738325°N  -78.829369°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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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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& Computer Expo


Saturday, November 11, 2017       8 AM UNTIL 2 PM


Academy of Hope


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")


**** On Friday evening there will be a drawing for those that have pre-registered and the prize will equal $100 value ****


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Forum Schedule






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) 



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}

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





DEALER / VENDOR INSIDE TABLES.....................$12.00 EA
  OUTSIDE TAILGATE SPOT & 1 Ticket.................  $12.00 EA
       PRE-PAID ATTENDEES.....................................$6.00 EA  (SASE)

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Edward Jordan, KF4ECK   {843 458 3856}  EMAIL

Buddy Brown, KD4UXM EMAIL

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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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Leon Jordan, KF4AYM - Silent Key

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To all Club Members GSARC:


Obituary for Leon Creel Jordan
Conway, SC......Mr. Leon Creel Jordan, 85, widower of Juanita M. Jordan, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Compass Rehabilitation Center in Conway following a brief illness

Born May 22, 1931, in Conway, he was the son of the late Henry Scarborough Jordan and Gertie Creel Jordan. Mr. Jordan was the owner/operator of Leon’s Trim Shop and had worked in the automobile upholstery industry for more than 60 years. Mr. Jordan served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. He was a member of Oakey Swamp Baptist Church. Mr. Jordan was a HAM radio operator and member of the G.S.A.R.C.. He was also a member of the original J & J Coffee Club. Mr. Jordan was predeceased by his wife; his brother, Herman Jordan; his sister, Willie Mae Stroud; and his great-grandson, Christopher Miller.

Survivors include his children, Lamar Jordan (Cynthia), Edward Jordan, Craig “Crash” Jordan, and Tammy Truett (Doug), all of Conway; his grandchildren, Jason Jordan (Julia), Sylvia Miller (Mark), and Nicholas Truett; his step-grandchildren, Tony Truett (Amy) and Tammy Baxter (Nick); 5 great grandchildren; 6 step great-grandchildren; his brother, Henry Junior Jordan (Elizabeth) of Conway; and his sisters, Eunice Dunn (Lloyd) of Conway and Martha Richardson (Billy) of Florence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Oakey Swamp Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Lee Singleton, Rev. Gene Gardner, and Rev. Darren Hardwick. Entombment will follow at the Hillcrest Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel, from 5:00PM-7:00PM on Monday, July 11, 2016.

Memorial donations may be made to Oakey Swamp Baptist Church, 3795 Juniper Bay Road, Conway, SC 29527.

Please sign the online guest register at http://www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel, is serving the family. 


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