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Fieldl Day 2017

General News
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 been 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:


Click this link for a copy of the 2017 GSARC Field Day Announcement


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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.



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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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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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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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The Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club has started a series of SIMPLEX radio nets in order to train the emergency procedures that would be needed in a time of degraded communications  operations.  As part of this training, bimonthly 2 meter SIMPLEX nets will be conducted,  at 10:30 AM on the first Saturday of each month   The net will begin on the GSARC Conway repeater (145.110 MHz/85.4) and then move to the chosen simplex frequency.  All amateur radio operators are invited to participate.  We will also periodically conduct both 6 meter and 10 meter nets.  These will also begin on the 145.110 repeater and then switch to the selected frequency.  These nets have no set schedule but will be based on both interest level and available dates.  Please refer to the Events Calendar on this website to see net dates once they are finalized.




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