Previous Workshops

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.

Click (or tap) here to view the Go Boxes presentation


09/17/2019 – QRZ by Dave Slotter, W3DJS

  • What is it, and how can I get the most from it?

Click (or tap) here to view the QRZ Presentation


08/20/2019 – Goin’ Mobile by Alex Kowalchuk, W4KYW

  • Mobile Radio Installations

Click (or tap) here to view the Goin’ Mobile Presentation


07/16/2019 – Club Log by Mike Weathers, ND4V

  • What is Club Log, and how do I get started?

Click (or tap) here to visit ClubLog website

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

Click (or tap) here to view the Field Day Presentation

Click (or tap) here to view the HF Controls Presentation


05/21/2019 – Soldering 101 by Dave Adanich, K8WDJ

SOLDERING 101 – “Or How Not To Burn Your Fingers”

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.

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04/16/2019 – WebSDR by Bill Cherepy, WB4WTN

What is WebSDR, what are some of the exciting things you can do with WebSDR, and how do you start using it? Be sure to bring your laptop for hands-on help.

WebSDR.org website

Very Nice Website for a Single WebSDR


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.

Click here to more about Yaesu System Fusion


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.

YouTube – Different CW Keys by Ron Payne, WA6YOU


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

Learn or refresh your memory on CPR and AED usage.

American Red Cross – CPR Classes


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.

Click here to visit N3FJP.com

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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