11/19/2019 – Using Raspberry Pi for Ham Radio (Part 1) – Dave Slotter, W3DJS
- Bring your own Raspberry Pi, keyboard, mouse, monitor and power strip too. Dave will demonstrate configuring and using some ham radio applications on the Raspberry Pi. If you want a copy of the W3DJS Raspberry Pi Ham Radio Image, bring a SD or microSD card to have the image flashed on.
10/15/2019 – Go Boxes by Ed Woodrick, WA4YIH
- A comprehensive look into various styles of Go Boxes including what features hams should pay attention to when building their own.
09/17/2019 – QRZ by Dave Slotter, W3DJS
- What is it, and how can I get the most from it?
08/20/2019 – Goin’ Mobile by Alex Kowalchuk, W4KYW
- Mobile Radio Installations
07/16/2019 – Club Log by Mike Weathers, ND4V
- What is Club Log, and how do I get started?
Live Demonstration – No Presentation available
06/18/2019 – Field Day Prep by Dave Adcock, KA4KKF and Ed Woodrick, WA4YIH
- Field Day Logging using N3FJP by David Adcock, KA4KKF
- HF Controls – what does what do by Ed Woodrick, WA4YIH
- SSB Demo
05/21/2019 – Soldering 101 by Dave Adanich, K8WDJ
This Workshop is set up to teach basic soldering techniques that a Ham or any electronic enthusiast can appreciate. Did you know that there is evidence that soldering was employed as early as 5,000 years ago in Mesopotamia? Soldering and brazing are thought to have originated very early in the history of metal-working, probably before 4000 BC. Sumerian swords from 3000 BC were assembled using hard soldering. Soldering was historically used to make jewelry items, cooking ware and tools, as well as other uses such as in assembling stained glass.
This Workshop, while directed to new hams and beginners in electronics, is also valuable tool to the “old timers”. There are many new techniques that will be presented in the hopes that all attendees can leave this Workshop with up to date information that will make that new homebrew project or kit worthwhile. I will give a short presentation at the beginning (20 mins +or-) of the Workshop then we will go into some real table top soldering projects.
04/16/2019 – WebSDR by Bill Cherepy, WB4WTN
03/19/2019 – Yaesu System Fusion by Chris, K1KC
02/19/2019 – Ham Hotspots by Ed Woodrick, WA4YIH
01/15/2019 – LOTW Part 2 – Tips, Tricks, and Traps by Mike Weathers, ND4V
* 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!!!
12/18/2018 – No Workshop in December
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.
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.
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.
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
06/19/2018 – Getting Started with Satellites by Ruth Willet, KM4LAO
05/15/2018 – Getting Ready For Field Day and Computer Logging by David Adcock, KA4KKF
Learn how do use N3FJP Field Day Logging software.
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?
Great websites for learning Morse Code online:
Great programs for Morse Code offline:
- RufzXP – Excellent training software for improving code speed and CW practice, particularly (ultra) high speed memory copying of true amateur radio calls.
- Morse Runner – Morse Code contest simulator
03/20/2018 – Overview of different Digital Modes and Digital Clients by Bill Hawkins, WR1TR
Overview of different Digital Modes and Digital Clients (software).
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.
(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!
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.
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.
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)
- Power Supplies
- Mobile vs Fixed