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  • Club Project - CCARS is currently taking suggestions for a simple, inexpensive, educational, and, of course, useful club project that we can start building at a meeting and then have a final project contest at the New Year Picnic in January 2017. One suggestion was a voltage regulator board that could be used as the basis for a power supply. The PC boards, schematics, and parts lists would be given out by the club, and all the parts, including transformer, pass transistors, and enclosure, would be purchased by the builder (maybe a kit of small parts could be made available at cost?). Other suggestions are welcomed, including commercially available kits. Ideas?

  • Several members of CCARS are currently learning about High Speed Multimedia Microwave Networks or "Mesh Nets". "Broadband-Hamnet™ (formerly called HSMM-Mesh™) is a high speed, self discovering, self configuring, fault tolerant, wireless computer network that can run for days from a fully charged car battery, or indefinitely with the addition of a modest solar array or other supplemental power source. The focus is on emergency communications.". These networks are independent of the internet (although they can be connected to it) and commercial service providers. The hope is to start by linking several local members then spread north and south to include various repeaters, and possibly link with the network in Florida. The hardware is relatively inexpensive and much of the hard work has already been done. If you are interested, look at Broadband HamNet or read one of the many books available, like the ARRL's HSMM for Amateur Radio

  • The ARRL has teamed up with the National Park System to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the NPS by promoting "NPOTA", National Parks On The Air. All year people will be activating NPS facilities for prizes and awards. Sounds like a great way to combine the enjoyment of NPS facilities with our love of radio! There are a number of locations across Georgia and NE Florida, including right here in the Golden Isles. Full details can be found on the ARRL NPOTA website

  • If you haven't started playing with the sub-$40 Raspberry Pi micro computer, you are missing out on a lot of fun and inexpensive ham radio uses, like an a homebrew Echolink or APRS node, compact portable digitial mode terminal, satellite tracking, and much more. The list is growing everyday, and with the release of the new, more powerful "RasPi-2", the possibilities are even greater. You can start with the RasPi homepage then visit Adafruit for parts and ideas. Also check our LINKS page for more.

  • In addition to the RasPi, the sub-$50 Arduino family of microprocessors (Uno, Nano, Mega, etc.) has staked its claim to an amazing array of amateur radio related use: Rotor/antenna controllers, APRS, baloon telemetry, satellite tracking, digital displays, and much more. Start here for tutorials and project ideas. There are a number of great books available from the ARRL, as well as parts and kits from numerous sources like Amazon, Sparkfun, and Adafruit. And, of course, check our LINKS page for more.

  • We are continuing to research suitable locations to install CCARS' brand new Yaesu Fusion Repeater. The plan is to set it up under KB4CC for the 70cm band running both digital and analog.

  • As previously reported, the former WMOG AM 1490 Gates BC-1G 1KW AM transmitter was successfully rescued from scrapping in 2014. I am happy to report that the transmitter has found a good home and is currently undergoing restoration for use on 160M and 80M. The OM has offered to send us pictures of the final product, which I will post on the BC-1G page when we receive them.

  • 2016 HAMFEST CALENDAR - Start making plans for the next Hamfest! Check out the 2016 Event Calendar for a complete listing

  • LINKS PAGE The page lists links to dozens of calculators, antenna analysis software, parts and equipment dealers, reference sources, and tons of other radio & electronics related stuff. It even has a dedicated page of links to radio related apps for your Android smart phone. Check it out here: ANDROID APPS

Club Activities
The planning committee is always looking for new ways to get our club members together to enjoy this great hobby. Field trips, cookouts, special event stations, JOTA, IOTA, Field Day, fox hunts, we love to do it all! You can be part of it too and now is a great time. We are busy planning new events for 2015! Click here for more information and pictures of some of our recent activities.
Join us each Saturday at 0900 for breakfast at

Hwy 40 W, Kingsland, GA (Just off I-95 Exit 3)

Be sure to check in via the
N6EMA (147.195MHz+/118.8t) or W1KFR DMR repeaters (Local CH9)
so we can have a seat waiting for you!
FY 2016 Meeting Calendar
Conference Room
Camden County Planning and Building Offices

1410 Hwy 40E (Corner of Gross Rd and Hwy 40)
Between the Library and the GBI building

Our next meeting will be:
Eating Meeting
Saturday, October 1st
6:00 PM

Compas Mexican Restaurant
133 City Smitty Dr
Saint Marys
(Osborne Shopping Center, formerly Peppers)

Mostly eating, little meeting

Next Month:
January 2017 Picnic and Fox Hunt

Contact Glenn (W4ULB) for more information: E-mail

Fun Net
Monday 8:00 P.M. [EST}

Worlwide Tech Net
Friday 8:00 P.M. [EST]

Dover Bluff
KG4PXG 146.685 MHz[-] [100.0]
Echolink #8345

N6EMA 147.195 MHz[+] [118.8]
Echolink #269327

KG4PXG 145.330 MHz[-] [131.8]
Echolink #8346

*GEORGIA* Conference
Click for Kingsland, Georgia Forecast

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Melbourne Hamfest
Melbourne, FL
7-8 Oct 2016

Savannah Tailgate and Swapmeet
Savannah, GA
0800 15 Oct 2016

NOFARS Free Flea
Jacksonville, FL
29 Oct 2016

Stone Mountain Hamfest
Lawrenceville, GA
5-7 November 2016

Orlando Hamcation®
Orlando, FL
10-12 February 2017

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