Looking for the 2013
IRA Hamfest Flyer?
Sponsored by the Independant Repeater Assoc.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
The Ham Radio 'Bookends of Summer'
How about the 2013 GRAHamfest Flyer?
Sponsored by The Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Assoc.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
First Friday of Each Month
Next Meeting is June 7th.
(This is the week AFTER the IRA Hamfest this year.)
The June meeting will be held at a special Location this year.
It's the site of our 2013 ARRL Field Day
Click Here for a Map
Come and be part of the planning for this -- our biggest operational
event of the year. We will gather near the large ballfield at Calvin College to
finalize our field day plans. Bring a lawn chair.
Shelter is available in case of rain.
Calvin College, Gainey Athletic Complex
1661 East Paris Ave SE (at East Campus Drive.)
Grand Rapids, Mi
Gathering Time: 6:30 PM
Meeting Time: 7:00 P.M.
Change that Resolution into Reality....
Official ARRL License Testing Sessions
Click Here for More Information
Second Friday Each Month, 6:30 PM.
At the Red Cross Building.
The Michigan QSO Party
The W8DC Radio Room at the Red Cross was open again this year for
the Michigan QSO Party. The following picture are of afternoon
2013 Michigan QSO Party Pictures are Courtesy of Jim Leys, KD8CAN
The March 1, 2013 Membership
Meeting Presentation was
Applications with the Arduino Micro-Controller'
by Mike Hill, W8DER
The next membership
meeting is Friday,
April 3, 2013
Hope to see you there!
GRARA Club Members "Dazzled" With Drone Demonstration At February Meeting.
Many thanks go out to Al Pineiro, KC8OPU, for the demonstration of his drone aircraft and
it's fantastic flight control system. The demonstration was presented at the club's February general membership meeting.
Among the many gadgets on the drone, Al's flight
control system includes an Arduino Mega Micro-Controller, GPS navigation and an impressive
ground-based laptop computer display of parameters. That's one sharp aircraft!
||Al Pineiro, KC8OPU, answers questions about his drone aircraft.
||The KC8OPU flight control system including an Arduino Mega Micro-Controller
Red Cross Radio Room Telephone Number
During Business Hours: (616) 456-8661 ext 5405
After Business Hours: (616) 456-8661 then 6 and 723
Rebuild of the Pettis Transmitter Site Completed
Thanks to Director Bob Robinson (KD8HNF) and his crew, the W8DC repeaters site has been completely rebuilt.
Click on the link below for a list of crew members and pictures.
2012-2013 GRARA Officers
President -Tom Hansen n8dgd
Vice President- Mike Bottema k8ex
Secretary – Dave Stycos kd8rpx
Treasure- Rich Douglas kd8nka
On Air Director- Hank Greeb n8xx
Off Air Director- John Streyle w8qz
Red Cross- Jim Leys kd8can
Member at Large- Bob Moe ac8zx
Tech Director- Steve Provost kc8wql
a great time last year.....
ARRL Field Day,
Grand Rapids Style!
year of the magnificant towers
Once again this year, field day
was held at Calvin College, back behind the Conference Center. The wire
antenna installations were fantastic from their 'skyhook' supports
provided by the Calvin staff. The two giant portable towers were
the talk of Western Michigan.
W8M* placed 5th out of 15 entries in Michigan in the 3A category
and 14th out of 83 entries in all categories.
Score of 3634 Points from 1167 Contacts.
72/73 de n8xx Hg
* That's W8DC in disguise.
Last Year's GRARA Field Day at Calvin College
Photos provided by Gerry
Lerch, K8GGL, Jim Leys, KD8CAN, and Ron Fredricks, K8DMR
Just one of our operating stations on the campas of Calvin College, Grand Rapids
Join the GRARA Yahoo Group
Keep track of daily club activities.
What is the GRARA Yahoo Group, you ask? It's a bulletin board specifically made to keep members and
friends up to date on club activities, treasures for sale, questions and comments
on a daily basis. You can keep track of
"what's happening" in any of three ways.
The first way is to go to the yahoo site by clicking the link above. If you join the free group,
you will also be able to select getting an email every time someone posts a message, once a day in a digest
or only if a moderator sends out a special message. (Most members get a single daily digest,
some choose not get any email at all.) You can also return to the site and
search for whatever "tickles your fancy."
How do you join our Yahoo Group so that you can
post messages and receive email? Find the answer under the FAQ menu above.
This is a moderated group. Moderators reserve the right
to remove "unfriendly postings" especially spam.
Please join us!
Hit Was 5000
February 2, 2008