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Welcome to W8DC.org

home of the

Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association.

We meet at the Red Cross Building at 1050 Fuller NE, and we maintain an active club station at that location. If you'd like to see our station, or attend a club meeting, please stop by and visit. All Visitors are welcome! Map to Red Cross HERE.

You can stop by the Red Cross the first Friday of every month for our club business and technical meeting. OR - Every Wednesday night is open radio room night.

If you want to see a REAL amateur radio station being operated, want to talk over a technical problem, or find out more about Amateur Radio testing and licensing stop by!


West Michigan Fusion (C4FM) Repeater List

GRARA 2019 Member Survey

Please take a look at the file. You can fill it out and email it to president@w8dc.org. Thanks


December 2018 Meeting Minutes

January 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

QRM Summer Newsletter

Upcoming Events



Net List


Every Friday

Lunch Bunch at Noble Restaurant in Wyoming. Website Here

Gather in the back room starting about 11:30. This gathering of hams is sponsored by NOBODY!

It's just hams that get together for lunch on Fridays, and there is always room for you.

Holland Amateur Radio Club (HARC)

Monthly meeting, second Tuesday of each month at the Chick-Owa Sportsmanís Club, 9279 E Ottogan Street Holland, MI 49423 . The clubhouse is located south of Zeeland, just west of Winding Creek Golf Course. This meeting is open to, and all those interested in amateur radio are invited to attend.

Talk-in K8DAA 147.06+(94.8Hz) Website Here. Directions: HERE

Michigan Amateur Radio Alliance

Monthly meeting, second Wednesday of each month, 7:30 PM, at Plainfield Township Fire Department Training Center, SW corner of 5 Mile Rd and Plainfield Ave. Talk-in W8USA 145.23-(94.8Hz) Meetings

Lowell Amateur Radio Club

Monthly meeting, third Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM social, 7PM meeting. All are welcome. Pizza provided. Talk-in W8LRC 145.27-(94.8Hz) Website

Directions: HERE _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

DA sending closing message on Night of Nights 10

Video of 'DA', also known as Denice Stoops, the first female telegrapher who worked at KPH until the end of

commercial morse operations and closure of the station in 1998.

Denice is seen here sending the closing transmissions of the MRHS (see them at www.radiomarine.org )

Night of Nights 10. Each year (in this case exactly 10 years) to the minute, that commercial morse operations

ceased in the United States, former RCA shore station KPH comes alive to pay tribute to those who came before

us to honor their skill and talents. Many other maritime shore stations and vessels join in, and thousands

of people all over the world tune in each year to pay tribute, and copy the CW 'music' once again

commanding the airwaves.

This video was shot in the control room at the KPH, KSM, KFS transmitter site and brought to a close

Night of Nights X. The KPH 'wheel' is being sent in the beginning of the video before transmitter supervisor

Steve Hawes 'pulls the plug' and connects DA's chrome Vibroplex bug to the panel to key all the

transmitters at once. The whole building is electrified by the transmitters and the spirit of the men

(and women) that were the only connection between those at sea and the world. It is an emotional experience

to be part of such an event.


Former Home of the W8DC 146.26 repeater, the WLAV tower comes down.


Getting Started Learning Morse Code.


How to Properly Adjust and Use a Vibroplex Bug


HF Ham Bands Are DEAD! WITH PROOF!!!!!

If you think the bands are dead...watch this!


New Events

ARRL Hamfest and Convention Database HERE

Check-Out the GRARA Yahoo Group

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 below. 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."

Click here to visit the GRARA Yahoo Group.

You may have to login to Yahoo Groups to access our Club Group.

GRARA Club Mail List

It's a mail list specifically made to keep members up to date on club activities, items for sale, questions and comments on a frequent basis. You can keep track of "what's happening". This list is separate from the GRARA Yahoo Group in that this list is private in nature. Your name and callsign must appear on our current 2018 - 2019 club roster to be eligible for membership to the list.

You can subscribe to this list by sending a email and please include your name and callsign in the body of the email. to grara-subscribe@w8dc.org

Once you are verified to be a club member, in good standing, your application will be approved. Thanks.



147.260+ 94.8 -- 146.76- 94.8 A/D -- 444.400+ 94.8

A handy guide on how to use repeaters can be found here.

W8DC Club Nets

Tuesday -- 7pm 146.76- 94.8 Analog and possibly Digital (C4FM Fusion)

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