Previous Workshops

03/20/2018 – Workshop – What Are Digital Modes

What are Digital Modes, and what modes are commonly used when?

02/20/2018 – Workshop – Getting Started with FT8

Getting Started with FT8.

Presentation coming soon…

01/16/2018 – Workshop – Grid Chase and LOTW

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

This month’s 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.

After Mike’s short presentation, we will break out into groups. Some groups will be doing LOTW, while other groups will form based on your questions.

I encourage anyone who can program radios via computer to please bring your laptop and cables to assist anyone who wants help programming their radios.

I also encourage anyone who can do powerpoles to please bring your powerpole kits (crimper, connectors, etc) to assist anyone who wants help putting powerpoles on their power cables. If you have some cables that you would like to convert over to using powerpoles, be sure to bring your cables.

Doors will open at 6:30pm and the workshop will start at 7:00pm. See for more info.

I hope to see everyone there!

12/19/2017 – No Workshop

No workshop in December. See you in January!

Happy Holidays!!!

11/21/2017 – Workshop – Powerpole Connectors

This coming Tuesday, November 21st, will be our next GARS Workshop. This month’s Training/Mentoring Workshop will focus on Powerpole connectors. We will have a short presentation about Powerpole connectors for around 15 minutes, followed by questions and answers. Afterward, we will split up into groups and attach Powerpole connectors. If you have other ham radio related questions (not related to this month’s focus), there will be a separate group to answer them.

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.

Powerpole connectors cost around $1 per connector (Red & Black housings together) for the standard PP15/30/45 types. They can be purchased locally at HRO, or online from Powerwerx. Several people will be bringing their own, so please be prepared to pay $1 per connector if you don’t have your own.

We will be meeting at the EAA 690 Hangar. Doors will open at 6:30pm and the workshop will start at 7:00pm. See for more info.

2017-11-12 – Powerpole Presentation

YouTube Video on Install Powerpole Connectors

10/17/2017 – Workshop – Radio Programming

This coming Tuesday, October 17th, will be our next GARS Training/Mentoring Workshop. This month’s focus will be on programming your radio(s). John, WB4QDX will give a short presentation for around 15 minutes. Then we will take some questions about radio programming followed by a decent size break. After the break, we will open it up to general ham radio questions (not specifically about radio programming).

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.

During the break, we can program radios! Hopefully there will be enough variety for each of you to see the differences between Chirp and RT Systems and the manufacturer’s programming software. (I’m sure there are others too.)

We will be meeting at the EAA 690 Hangar. Doors will open at 6:30pm and the workshop will start at 7:00pm. See for more info.

2017-10-17 – Radio Programming Presentation

09/19/2017 – Workshop – Selecting Your First Radio

Our first GARS Training Workshop will be held on Tuesday, 09/19/2017. The doors will open at 6:30pm and the Training Workshop will begin at 7:00pm. For our first Training 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

We will still dedicate plenty of time at the end to allow for open discussion about anything else ham radio related, so everyone will get a chance to ask their questions regardless of the “Training Workshop Topic”.

2017-09-19 – First Radio Presentation

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