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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 Officer Nomination List
These are the current nominations for Officers of GRARA for the year 2019. If you know someone who would
like to be nominated for any of our positions send a email to Secretary@w8dc.org and we will update
this list as needed until the November Meeting Date ( Nov 2, 2018).
October 2018 Meeting Minutes
October 2018 Board Meeting Minutes
QRM Summer Newsletter
WEST MICHIGAN HAM NETS
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.
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
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 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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.
If you think the bands are dead...watch this!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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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