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LATEST NEWS
  • The Echolink Georgia Conference has begun holding a Storm Prep Net bi-weekly every other Tuesday evening at 8PM. The next will be July 18th, then Aug 1st. The net can be heard on the KG4PXG 147.685 and Kingsland 147.195 repeaters, or on Echolink via the *GEORGIA* conference, Node #4544.

  • FIELD DAY 2017 23-25 June - CCARS teamed up with the Glynn County GARA folks under Special Event call sign "K4J" in category 7A. The event was held at the Blythe Island County Park in Brunswick off Highway 303. We had over 27 registered main and relief volunteer operators and quite a few visitors. The location was perfect; a covered pavillion on a level, grassy area adjacent to a small pond with plenty of room for antennas. And with 7 active stations, there was no shortage of antennas! There was lots of great food to keep everybody full, and with a combination of Phone / CW / Digital / GOTA / and VHF/UHF staions, no shortage of opportunities for operators new and old to work different modes. On Saturday, W4ULB led a tape measure antenna building class for a group of children (with plenty of adults intently watching too) followed by a fox hunt (thanks to Bill KK4AVB). Despite the distance between all the stations, our hybrid wired/wifi network logging system was a huge asset, thanks to the efforts of Scotty KK4JMW. Mickey, KM4ORS, hauled her 27 foot horse trailer up from Florida and it was converted to a spacious, climate controlled operating space for several stations. Thank you Mickey! As with every year, Murphy was in full swing, but we triumphed. In 2016, there were 53 Georgia stations that participated, and only 18 total in the country operating 7A (0 in GA). With all the contacts and bonus points we earned, the finaly point total should be very close to 3200 this year, a very respectable effort. Many thanks to all who participated, operated, or just supported the effort. Time to start preparing for Winter Field Day, January 2018!

  • After a nearly 6 week wait, the Camden County 147.195 (KB2ZHJ) Repeater is now back on the air in full operation! Reports have it reaching south almost the the JAX Airport, SE into Fernandina Beach FL, west to Folkston, and north to Brunswick.

  • Our neighbours in Brunswick, the Glynn Amateur Radio Association (GARA) are holding their net every Thursday evening at 7PM on the 145.330 WX4BWX repeater. The net will also be available on the KG4PXG-L (#8346) Echolink Node and on the Kingsland 147.195 repeater via the W4ULB-L node.

  • The W4ULB Echolink node is on the Kingsland 147.195 repeater and is usually connected full time to the Georgia Conference, but may on occasion be redirected (or disconnected) for local activities.

  • A new local club has been formed, named the "South East Georgia Amateur Radio Auxiliary Communications"(SEGARAC) Group, re-establishing an area ARES organization. They have been approved by the ARRL and FCC, and issued the call sign of KN4AFG. As part of their activities, they will most likely work closely with Georgia ARES, the Camden County EOC, and the SE GA Health Systems Camden Hospital. If anyone is interested in volunteering, let us know.

  • There have been more updates made on the Local Repeater page of this site, including additions, deletions, call sign changes, CTCSS tones, and more. Update your radio memories today!

  • Georgia ARES is once again negotiating to install a DStar repeater stack (2m/70cm/1.2GHz) in our area, tied into the state wide DStar system. The major hold up right now is finding a location that has height (100+ feet), power, and internet access.

  • 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. 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?

  • 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.

  • The 2017 CLUB ACTIVITY & HAMFEST CALENDAR has been posted! - If you have an event you would like to see listed, let us know. Check out the 2017 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 the upcoming year! Click here for more information and pictures of some of our recent activities.
WEEKLY BREAKFAST
Join us each Saturday at 0915 for breakfast at

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

Be sure to check in via
FM 147.195 (118.8t) or DMR (W1KFR Local 2)
so we can have a seat waiting for you!
MONTHLY MEETINGS
FY 2017 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:

Results of Field Day 2017

Next Month:
2nd half 2017 activities / Club Projects

** 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}


GA Conference
Storm Prep Net
Tuesday 8:00 P.M. [EST]
(Bi-weekly)


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


Connect by RF:
Kingsland
KB2ZHJ 147.195 MHz

Dover Bluff
KG4PXG 146.685 MHz

or Echolink:
*GEORGIA* Conference #4544
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GARA Net
Thursday 7:00 P.M. [EST]


Connect by RF:
Brunswick
WX4BWK 145.330 MHz
Kingsland
KB2ZHJ 147.195 MHz

or Echolink:
KG4PXG-L #8346
W4ULB-L #269327
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