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Eclipse Day 2024


Bring a Friend to our Club Meeting

April 16  7:00 p.m. 

TCOG Bldg.   1117 Gallagher 

This is a quick reminder regarding the “Bring-A-Friend” program we will be providing at our next meeting on Tuesday, April 16 at the TCOG Building at 7:00 pm.

One of our goals as an organization is to help provide support to the community particularly as it relates to amateur radio. In recent months there has been an increased interest in radio communications due to cell phone outages and other concerns for safety and disaster possibilities. To help the general public prepare for such events we are hosting an open class at our next meeting. If you have friends or family members who would like to better understand the basics of radio, we encourage you to invite them to attend.
 
While the information we provide will be the basics, our club could be a great resource to help our guests! So please plan on participating as well.
 
We will have a short club business meeting at 7:00 and immediately begin the class after that. We encourage you and anyone you invite to be there a few minutes early as we expect upwards of 40 people. After the 45-minute presentation, we will have plenty of time to meet with the guests to help them come up with a family radio plan, and monitor local repeaters during emergency events.
 
Ultimately, we hope this will be a great resource for safety and to generate interest in both general and amateur radio in our community.
 
We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!

Best Regards,

Michael Higgins KI5ZIQ

 

Reminders:

The special radio events held during the year are the following…

Perrin Field Special Event  May 18th @ 0000z to May 24th @ 2359z using the call W5P

Red River Bridge War Special Event- July 20th@0000z to July 26 @2359z using the call W5R

Eisenhower Birthday Special Event – October 12 @ 0000z to October 18 @2359z using 10 1-X-1 calls to spell Eisenhower

The club participates in Winter and Summer Field Day operational events to hone skills in both casual and emergency communications.  Whether you are a seasoned ham, just earned your license, or are interested in learning more about amateur radio, you are welcome to the GCARC. 

Summer field day is normally always the final weekend of the month of June. In a normal year, there happens to be 4 weekends in the month of June. In 2024, there are 5 weekends, but the event will be held as usual on the 4th weekend of June, on June 22 and 23, NOT on the last weekend of the month which is what everyone is used to.

The GCARC is now doing ARRL license testing once a month just prior to the general meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. If you would like more information or want to sign up for a test session, just go to the dropdown at the top of this webpage called ‘ABOUT GCARC’ and then select ‘License Testing’ from the dropdown menu. All the information you need, prior to arriving to take the test, can be found on that page. Also, there is a link on that page that will instruct you on what to bring to the test session. If you are applying for your first license, you must go online and acquire your FRN number BEFORE arriving to take a test. Your testing VE cannot submit your test results to the ARRL without your FRN. You do not have to be a GCARC member to take ARRL license tests by the GCARC. 

Our Club nets are held 8:00 PM on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month on the W5RVT 147.000 repeater. [What’s a “net”, you ask? It’s when we all get on our radios and have a meeting on the air using the same frequency.]

The ‘Ladies Net’ is held on the 4th Monday night of each month at 7PM on the KG5SKM repeater – 441.325 + 5 MHZ pl tone of 82.5. Net Control is Tamara Higgins KI5ZIP. 

Our Club meetings are held at 7:00 P.M. on the 3rd Tuesday of the Month. The next meeting is April 16, 2024.

The general meetings are now at the TCOG (Texoma Council of Governments), located at the following address…

1117 Gallagher Road,  Sherman Texas, 75090

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