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Dacula Memorial Day Parade May 31st, 2021

We help set up the parade participants. We start at 0700 and will be through by 1300. 

Contact Earl, AF4FG to get more information or search on this website.

Click here to sign up for the parade. Just close the spreadsheet window that is opened when through.


Welcome to the Gwinnett Amateur Radio Societygroup

The Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society (GARS) is an Amateur Radio club and an ARRL Special Service Club serving Gwinnett County, Georgia, in the Northeast Metro Atlanta area. With over 300 members, GARS is an active part of the Amateur Radio community and plays an important role in Gwinnett County.

 

MEETINGS: 2nd Tuesday of every month (except December) starting at 7:00 pm

WORKSHOPS: 3rd Tuesday of every month (except December) starting at 7:00 pm

 

Come join us at our next Meeting or Workshop — Guests are always welcome!


Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the following events have changed:

  • ALL Meetings  – To be held online using Zoom until further notice, more information and invitations will be posted here a few days before the Meeting
  • ALL Workshops – To be held online using Zoom until further notice, more information and invitations will be posted here a few days before the Workshop
  • January 2022, join us for TechFest ( http://techfest.info )

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus),
MEETINGS and WORKSHOPS will be held Online using 
Zoom

 

*** LOCATION ENTRANCE CHANGE ***

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:

The new entrance to the EAA 690 hangar is shown here.  Please CLICK ON THE IMAGE for the updated GARS Meeting Location page which contains a larger map with directions. Please enter the gate on the right. Follow it around the back of the buildings.

 


GARS MEETING

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the following events are not being held in person:

We meet on the second Tuesday of every month, except December. Guests are always welcome!

WHEN: Second Tuesday – Doors open at 6:30 pm, Meeting Starts at 7:00 pm.

WHERE: Online Meeting using Zoom.

ZOOM MEETING INFO: Check back a few days before the next GARS Meeting.

PROGRAM: May 11, 2021 – Ryan Kovacs WG4I – VHF/UHF Contests

For the May GARS meeting, Ryan, WG4I, will be discussing the VHF/UHF contests, especially since the June VHF/UHF contest is coming soon (the second weekend in June).  Ryan will not only be sharing his experiences with this contest (and his winning scores) but share ideas on how YOU can easily participate in these contests.  In the past, the modes were more limited to SSB/CW but with the advent of FT8 and especially FM mode, has really opened up the opportunity for all to participate.  You can work mountain toppers, like Ryan, from your home QTH as well as from your car.  If six meters is open as is typically the case in June, you will have a great opportunity to get some operating activities in your log.

Even if you are not a contester, it is always fun to see how far your signal will go line-of-sight especially if you are sitting on top of a hill somewhere.

UPCOMING MEETINGS: 

  • June 08, 2021 – The yearly ICE CREAM Social at the Field Day site. Come out to see the park and all your friends.

MORE INFO: Click here for more information about our Monthly Meetings

PREVIOUS MEETINGS: Click here to view our previous Meetings and Presentations


GARS WORKSHOP

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the following events are not being held in person:

The GARS Workshop meets on the third Tuesday of every month, except December. Guests are always welcome! Doors open at 6:30 pm, Meeting Starts at 7:00 pm. The presentation starts after brief introductions and announcements.

WHEN: Third Tuesday – Doors open at 6:30 pm, Meeting Starts at 7:00 pm.

WHERE: Online Meeting using Zoom, invitations will be on Facebook, Groups.io, and Discord server.

ZOOM MEETING INFO: Check back a few days before the next GARS Workshop.

PROGRAM: May 18, 2021 – Bennett Smith WB5GVY – Fire Hose – Intro to 6 Meters & Meteor Scatter Radio Sports

Bennett will whet your appetite to get on 6m “The Magic Band” and start making contacts.  We have just entered the 6m season and Technicians are licensed for the whole band.  Bennett’s modest station consists of antennas in his attic due to HOA restrictions.  He has confirmed 25 DXCC and over 370 grids on 6m.  Learn how to use Sporadic E, Tropospheric Ducting, Transequatorial Propagation, and Meteor Scatter to make contacts using digital modes. Plenty of helpful hints and screenshots of what digital modes to use and how to make contacts.  If this is not enough to whet your appetite take a look at his in-depth QRZ bio.

His presentation has 60 slides and 8 slides list his reference material.  Seats are limited to the first 100.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

  • May 18, 2021 – Bennett Smith WB5GVY – Fire Hose – 20 Minute Intro to 6 Meters & Meteor Scatter Radio Sports
  • June 15, 2021 – David Adcock KA4KKF – GARS Field Day Chairman –  GARS Field Day Planning and Logging
  • July 20, 2021 – TBD (Your chance to volunteer and tell us about your ham radio project)

MORE INFO: Click here for more information about our Monthly Workshops

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS: Click here to view our previous Workshops and Presentations


GARS BREAKFAST

Join GARS for Breakfast at the Cracker Barrel off Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd and I-85 – Saturday mornings at 7:30 AM.

WHEN:  Most Saturday mornings – Starting around 7:30 AM

WHERE:  Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, 75 Celebration Dr, Suwanee, GA 30024