Welcome To the Grayson County 

Amateur Radio Club

In 2024

Now in its 30th year, the Grayson County Amateur Radio Club was founded in 1994. The club is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that promotes HAM radio in the Grayson County area. Our Goal is to have fun with Amateur Radio and provide vital emergency communications services to our communities. Membership fees and Donations are appreciated and are used to:

1) Facilitate the club working with local government and other community organizations to provide emergency communications during hazardous weather and local area disasters, or safety observation communications during local community events.
2) Conduct special radio event stations that commemorate significant local historical events in Grayson County.

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.  Winter Field Day 2024 is next weekend (January 27 and 28), at the Eisenhower State Park will be the 2nd time ever.  Details regarding WINTER FIELD DAY are displayed HERE.   Most common modes of operation will be practiced at these events, including SSB, CW, and Digital modes.  All ham radio operators, club and non-club members, are encouraged to operate. 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.   One of the highlights of Winter Field Day is the Chili Cook-off. Bring your best dish of Chili, get judged and earn the title of the best Chili at the GCARC Winter Field Day. 

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. ARRL license testing will also take place at Winter Field Day. 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.

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 normally held at 7:00 P.M. on the 3rd Tuesday of the Month. But the next meeting is February 27, 2024, for this month only so that members will be able to attend the Skywarn meeting to be held at the Grayson College, Center for WorkPlace Learning Auditorium on February 20th, 2024. 

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

1117 Gallagher Road

Sherman Texas, 75090

Michael – KI5ZIQ -73

President of the GCARC

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