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GRARA Meetings 'n More...

Membership Meetings...

GRARA monthly membership meeting

Membership meetings are held on the first Friday of each month at 7:00 PM. We invite you to attend and exchange ideas, meet new hams and keep track of what is going on.

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Open Radio Room...

Wednesday night open radio room at the Red Cross. This is one of our most popular and most frequent events! Come down and operate equipment, work on projects or just to chew the fat with the regulars! More info.

Ham Radio License Testing (VE Testing)...

Official Laurel VEC monthly ham radio license testing. One of the longest continous projects for the amateur radio community is the club's monthly Volunteer Examiner (VE) program. These sessions are held on the second Friday of each month at the Red Cross, lower level. Examinations are given for the Technician, General and Extra FCC Licenses to operate amateur radio stations. Testing starts at approximately at 6:30 PM. More info.

GRARA Yahoo Group for Daily Chatter....

Official Communications Reflector for the Club and Area Hams. Faster than a speeding bullet, the Yahoo Group provides each member with the ability to make announcements, ask questions and read similar postings from other area hams at any convenient time through-out the day. Each member can select to get postings by (1) Email as a daily digest, (2) Email of all individual postings as they occur or (3) by reading the web site directly. Any radio amateur may join. SPAM is strickly excluded. More info Goto GRARA Yahoo Group.

Michigan QSO Party...

During the last full weekend of April each year, GRARA participates in the Michigan QSO Party where we make a contest out of contacting other stations throughout Michigan and the nation. In Michigan, we try to make at least one contact in each county. Across the United States (and beyond) we make as many contacts as possible representing Michigan. Members with technician licenses get an opportunity to operate on the high frequency bands while other hams get practice making fast and accurate contacts during day and evening shifts. Everyone enjoys the relaxing, easy going nature of the event.

ARRL Field Day...

Every year, GRARA joins ham operators across the nation in the annual ARRL Field Day contest. This is a fast-paced exercise where teams set up field ham radio stations in temporary locations and then contact as many other ham stations as possible during a 24-hour period. We tell ourselves that this is training for emergency communications situations, but it is really just a lot of fun and great for club camaraderie.

The Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Hamfest...

In early September each year, GRARA hosts their annual Hamfest where amateur radio operators and computer enthusiasts gather to buy and sell equipment and to attend technical seminars. Official amateur radio license examinations are also given, but the real fun is again in the camaraderie with fellow hams that we often just talk to "on the air."

Hidden Transmitter Hunting...

Oh yes, we cannot let warm weather go by without monthly "Fox Hunts" where local hams often join with other area amateur radio operators to find one or more radio transmitters hidden across the country side. Each operator, or team of operators, use their own favorite direction-finding antennas and radios to search for the fox. The fox, in turn, is hiding in a car, an army surplus amo box, or maybe just in a tree stump in some location within 10 or 15 miles from the starting point. The hunt usually ends up in a local fast-food resturarant where we tall tales of our hunting success. People scratch their heads when they see us waving our funny antennas in the air, but we are just doing what ham radio is all about --- having fun.

More information: Michigan Fox Hunting

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