Instructor: Tom Bosscher, K8TB.
Classes right here at the Red Cross.
Make that New Years Resolution now,
Earn your Extra Class License!
GRARA Membership Meeting:
First Friday of Each Month
The next meeting will be January 3rd, 2014
Gathering Time: 6:30 PM
Meeting Time: 7:00 P.M.
American Red Cross Building, 1050 Fuller Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Directions and Map
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.
Results of the July 20th Fox Hunt!
A great job by Sheila, K8AJ,
There are those who are really good at Fox Hunting, and then there are
those who are fun to watch Fox Hunting.
And so it was, starting at 9 am. The Vixen went on the air from an
undisclosed location. Thirty minutes later, and in a direct road drive
to the transmitter, Laryn, K8TVZ once again exhibited his RF nose.
The Vixen was located at the Chick'n Lick'n Restaurant, on the SW corner
of 64th St. and Byron Road smack dab in the heart of downtown Vriesland.
She was inside an air conditioned building, with her car with the Fox
Box transmitter parked just outside her window. There was a sign on her
driver door window, "Winner, winner, Chicken Dinner!'. Indeed, Laryn
received a free breakfast. A note. Where else does a fox belong, but in
a hen house named Chick'n Lick'n?
Ten minutes behind Laryn, but with a few more miles, was Tom, K8TB.
A while later, Mike, W8DER showed up, pulling up right alongside the
Mike came inside and joined Sheila, Laryn and Tom in watching a show
that should have been televised. There were two fox hunters, who were
parked across the street, and for 30 very amusing moments, could not
locate anything. Their names will not be released.
But, with 15 seconds to spare on the 2 hour time limit, Chuck, AJ8W
James, K8JHR walked into the restaurant. Was it mentioned that the
restaurant was air conditioned, has great food and bathrooms?
A good time was had by all. OK, a good time was had by most.
Next Hunt? It's up to Laryn.
Field Day 2013,
A Great Summer
GRARA Field Day
was be held on June 22nd and 23 as part of the national ARRL Event at the ballfields at Calvin College. The site is just
north of Burton Avenue just off East Paris. Thank you Calvin
Jack Kunnen, AB8ND,
Bob Moe, AC8ZX, Hank Greeb, N8XX and Cortland Richmond, KA5S.
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- (vacant)
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
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