Previous Workshops


03/19/2019 – Yaesu System Fusion by Chris, K1KC

What is Yaesu System Fusion, how is it different than the other digital voice modes, and how do I start using it? Be sure to bring your Yaesu System Fusion radio for hands-on help.

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02/19/2019 – Ham Hotspots by Ed Woodrick, WA4YIH

What are Ham Hotspots, what modes can we use them for, and how are they different than my cell phone hotspot?

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01/15/2019 – LOTW Part 2 – Tips, Tricks, and Traps by Mike Weathers, ND4V

* Multiple calls, multiple TQSL certificates
* Multiple locations, remote operation, mobile
* Recovery from hard drive crash
* Lost certificates
* Lost log database
* Playing nice with Clublog
* What about my paper confirmations
* AND MUCH MORE!!!

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12/18/2018 – No Workshop in December

Happy Holidays!!!


11/20/2018 – Getting Started with FLDigi by David Adcock, KA4KKF

Find out what is FLDigi and learn how to get started, and how does FLDigi differ from other digital program.

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10/16/2018 – Getting Started with D-RATS by John Davis, WB4QDX

Find out what is D-RATS and learn how to get started, and how does D-RATS differ from D-Star.

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09/18/2018 – Getting Started with D-Star by John Davis, WB4QDX

Find out what is D-Star and learn how to get started. If you have a D-Star HT, bring it and we will help answer your questions.

The presenter was John Davis, WB4QDX, the President of GARS. He’s also one of the architects and implementers of the Georgia statewide ARES D-STAR system.

The presentation focused on the use of D-STAR on modern radios where all you have to supply is FROM and TO.

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YouTube Presentation Recording (1/2) by Doug Kregel, KB6RRX

YouTube Presentation Recording (2/2) by Doug Kregel, KB6RRX


08/21/2018 – Show and Tell of Various Morse Code Keys by Mac Mc Donald, NN4K

Come see and try various CW keys, and learn more about why there are so many different types and costs.


07/17/2018 – CPR and AED Training by Sandy Jackson, KJ4DRO

Learn or refresh your memory on CPR and AED usage.

06/19/2018 – Getting Started with Satellites by Ruth Willet, KM4LAO

Learn about operating satellites, what satellites are available to us, their different modes and frequencies, satellite tracking software, along with many useful tips and tricks, and the answer to that age-old question – what is AMSAT? If you have gear for working satellites, but need some help getting it all to work – Bring it! We will try our best to help you.

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AMSAT Website: https://www.amsat.org/
FM and Linear Satellite Frequencies Excel Spreadsheet put together by KE0PBR https://ke0pbr.wordpress.com/2018/12/31/my-frequency-cheat-sheet/

05/15/2018 – Getting Ready For Field Day and Computer Logging by David Adcock, KA4KKF

Learn how do use N3FJP Field Day Logging software.

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YouTube video N3FJP Software – Field Day Contest Log Quick Start by Glenn Davis


04/17/2018 – Introduction to Morse Code (CW) by Mac Mc Donald, NN4K

What is Morse Code, how do I learn Morse Code, what tools (websites, programs, etc) can I use to help me learn Morse Code, and are there any classes I can take to learn Morse Code?

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Great websites for learning Morse Code online:

Great programs for Morse Code offline:


03/20/2018 – Overview of different Digital Modes and Digital Clients by Bill Hawkins, WR1TR

Overview of different Digital Modes and Digital Clients (software).

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02/20/2018 – Getting Started with FT8 by Bill Eggers, WB2RIS

Getting started with FT8.

(Presentation NOT Available, sorry…)


01/16/2018 – Grid Chase and LOTW by Mike Weathers, ND4V

The January GARS Workshop will be on the new ARRL International Grid Chase operating event for 2018, logging contacts electronically, getting started with LOTW (Logbook Of The World), and uploading your logged contacts to LOTW. If you want to learn more about the ARRL International Grid Chase, be sure to come. If you want to get started with LOTW, we encourage you to bring your laptop and we will help you install TQSL (LOTW interface program) and request your LOTW certificate. This presentation will be by our very own GARS President – Mike Weathers, ND4V.

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(The January GARS Workshop was delayed due to poor weather and held on 01/30/2018.)


12/19/2017 – No Workshop

No workshop in December. See you in January!

Happy Holidays!!!


11/21/2017 – Powerpole Connectors by Dave Bruse, W4DTR

This month’s Workshop will focus on Powerpole connectors. We will have a short presentation about Powerpole connectors, followed by questions and answers. Afterward, we will split up into groups and attach Powerpole connectors.

If you have one or more power cables for any of your radios that you would like to change over to Powerpole connectors – BRING THEM.

If you bought a Powerpole crimper and/or some Powerpole connectors, and want to learn how to use them – BRING THEM.

If you have a Powerpole crimper and are fairly proficient at attaching Powerpole connectors, and you would like to help others – PLEASE BRING THEM.

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YouTube Video – Install Powerpole Connectors


10/17/2017 – Radio Programming by John Davis, WB4QDX

This month’s Workshop will focus on programming your radio(s). John, WB4QDX will give a short presentation followed by some questions and answers. Then we will help you install some software and program some radios.

If you have a radio that you would like help programming – BRING IT.

If you are fairly proficient programming radios and would like to help others – Please bring your laptop and programming cables to help others. You don’t have to be proficient at more than one programming software package or more than one radio manufacturer. You just need to be willing to help.

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09/19/2017 – Selecting Your First Radio by Ed Woodrick, WA4YIH

For our first Workshop, we will start with the topic “Which radio should I get?” from our own Ed Woodrick, WA4YIH (and don’t worry, Ed can talk about things other than D-Star).

  • Japanese vs Chinese vs American Radios
  • Which band(s)
  • Which mode(s)
  • Antennas
  • Power Supplies
  • Mobile vs Fixed

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