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LATEST NEWS
  • Due to issues with the 147.195 repeater, a 146.500 MHz Simplex link (88.5Hz tone) has been temporarily established under the call sign of W4ULB. It is connected via Echolink to the Georgia Conference and is currently running at 50W but that may increase soon, along with the height of the antenna. With the exception of maintenance, it should be available 24/7. We encourage everyone to try it out, see how far it reaches.

  • Georgia ARES is once again negotiating to install a DStar repeater in our area. It will most likely be in Woodbine on a 400+ ft tower, and tied into the statewide DStar system. Along with it, they are encouraging the re-establishment of the Camden County Area ARES. As part of thier activities, they will most likely work closely with the Camden Hospital staff of SE GA Health Systems, to train emergency communicators and set up a station at the hospital. If anyone is interested in volunteering, let us know.

  • Club Project - CCARS is currently taking suggestions for a simple, inexpensive, educational, and, of course, useful club project that we can start building at a meeting and then have a final project contest at the New Year Picnic in January 2017. One suggestion was a voltage regulator board that could be used as the basis for a power supply. The PC boards, schematics, and parts lists would be given out by the club, and all the parts, including transformer, pass transistors, and enclosure, would be purchased by the builder (maybe a kit of small parts could be made available at cost?). Other suggestions are welcomed, including commercially available kits. Ideas?

  • Several members of CCARS are currently learning about High Speed Multimedia Microwave Networks or "Mesh Nets". "Broadband-Hamnet™ (formerly called HSMM-Mesh™) is a high speed, self discovering, self configuring, fault tolerant, wireless computer network that can run for days from a fully charged car battery, or indefinitely with the addition of a modest solar array or other supplemental power source. The focus is on emergency communications.". These networks are independent of the internet (although they can be connected to it) and commercial service providers. The hope is to start by linking several local members then spread north and south to include various repeaters, and possibly link with the network in Florida. The hardware is relatively inexpensive and much of the hard work has already been done. If you are interested, look at Broadband HamNet or read one of the many books available, like the ARRL's HSMM for Amateur Radio

  • If you haven't started playing with the sub-$40 Raspberry Pi micro computer, you are missing out on a lot of fun and inexpensive ham radio uses, like an a homebrew Echolink or APRS node, compact portable digitial mode terminal, satellite tracking, and much more. The list is growing everyday, and with the release of the new, more powerful "RasPi-2", the possibilities are even greater. You can start with the RasPi homepage then visit Adafruit for parts and ideas. Also check our LINKS page for more.

  • In addition to the RasPi, the sub-$50 Arduino family of microprocessors (Uno, Nano, Mega, etc.) has staked its claim to an amazing array of amateur radio related use: Rotor/antenna controllers, APRS, baloon telemetry, satellite tracking, digital displays, and much more. Start here for tutorials and project ideas. There are a number of great books available from the ARRL, as well as parts and kits from numerous sources like Amazon, Sparkfun, and Adafruit. And, of course, check our LINKS page for more.

  • We are continuing to research suitable locations to install CCARS' brand new Yaesu Fusion Repeater. The plan is to set it up under KB4CC for the 70cm band running both digital and analog.

  • The 2017 CLUB ACTIVITY & HAMFEST CALENDAR will be posted soon! - If you have an event you would like to see listed, let us know. Check out the 2016 Event Calendar for a complete listing

  • LINKS PAGE The page lists links to dozens of calculators, antenna analysis software, parts and equipment dealers, reference sources, and tons of other radio & electronics related stuff. It even has a dedicated page of links to radio related apps for your Android smart phone. Check it out here: ANDROID APPS



Club Activities
CQ CQ
The planning committee is always looking for new ways to get our club members together to enjoy this great hobby. Field trips, cookouts, special event stations, JOTA, IOTA, Field Day, fox hunts, we love to do it all! You can be part of it too and now is a great time. We are busy planning new events for 2015! Click here for more information and pictures of some of our recent activities.
WEEKLY BREAKFAST
Join us each Saturday at 0900 for breakfast at

Denny's
Hwy 40 W, Kingsland, GA (Just off I-95 Exit 3)

Be sure to check in via
W4ULB (146.500 MHz Simplex /88.5t) or W1KFR DMR repeaters (Local CH9)
so we can have a seat waiting for you!
MONTHLY MEETINGS
FY 2016 Meeting Calendar
***NEW LOCATION***
Conference Room
Camden County Planning and Building Offices

1410 Hwy 40E (Corner of Gross Rd and Hwy 40)
Between the Library and the GBI building
Directions

Our next meeting will be:
THIS MONTH'S DISCUSSIONS:

Club Project - 2017 Activity Calendar
Club Officer Nominations - January 2017 BBQ & Foxhunt

Next Month:
TBD

** VISITORS AND NON-HAMS ARE WELCOME **
Contact Glenn (W4ULB) for more information: E-mail

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF THIS YEAR'S EVENTS, VISIT OUR CALENDAR PAGE
Fun Net
Monday 8:00 P.M. [EST}


Worlwide Tech Net
Friday 8:00 P.M. [EST]


Connect by Echolink or RF:

*GEORGIA* Conference #4544

Dover Bluff
KG4PXG 146.685 MHz[-] [100.0]
Echolink #8345

Kingsland
W4ULB 146.500 MHz[Simplex) [88.5]
Echolink #269327
Click for Kingsland, Georgia Forecast

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0800 15 Oct 2016

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29 Oct 2016

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5-6 November 2016

Orlando Hamcation®
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10-12 February 2017


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