G C A R C

Grayson Co. Texas USA

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 NEW NOTICE

 

PAYPAL is again an option besides Stripe and Direct Deposit to send membership dues to the GCARC.

 

Notice 1

GRAYSONCOUNTYARC.ORG Now Running on a New Host

This website has been moved to a new host. As of yesterday, Feb 1, 2019, it was officially moved from Site5 Hosting to InMotion Hosting. The website continues to be secure, and on-line banking transactions are safe. Within the next 24 hours, Paypal will again be available to use, so users will again be able to use two different on-line methods to pay for GCARC membership. Also, as of February 1, all previous 2018 memberships should have been renewed, and any renewal payments received after January 31, 2019 going forward are considered late. Current members will receive their pass-through email addresses and others who renew as of February 1st will have their email addresses re-activated as they renew their memberships. These club email addresses contain K5GCC.org extentions and only will be used as forwarding mailboxes to an email address of their choosing. Also keep in mind that this is an option that can be accepted or refused by any member. This option will be made available to you at the time of your membership. At the time of email address activation, each member as a reminder will receive a note informing them what the address is, and that it is now active. Again, if you no longer wish to use an email address that was previously issued to you or if you just do not want one, it can be not issued or deleted at your request. 

 

Notice 2

 GCARC Winter Field Day

K5GCC

A Special Thanks go out to Doug Hotalen as the club participated in a very successful Winter Field Day at Doug's hobby house in Whitesboro Texas. 


 Doug Hotalen (KG5QPI) had graciously donated his 2nd home in Whitesboro, setup on 1 acre of land for the GCARC to use at no charge for this event. There were five stations setup with multiple antennas for operation, so the club ran class 5H. The event itself was a first for the club, as this was the first year that the club actually sponsored the winter event. Everyone who attended seemed to have fun and most likely the club will participate in the event again in 2020. 

The next club event will be at the Perrin Air base - Air Force Museum  on May 11, 2019. The club will use the call - W5I during this event. 

 

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 Notice 3

IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ

 

posted 1-17-2019

 Motion Made To Change the GCARC meeting day

There was interest by members at the January meeting to move the meeting day back to Fridays. A motion was made by Jim (K5QOI) and seconded by Marvin (KG5GMA). A final vote by the membership will take place at the February 19 general meeting if at least 30% of current paid members are present, otherwise the motion will be tabled until the following meeting on March 19 or in the future when at least 30% of paid up members are present at the meeting for the vote. If you have interest in keeping the meeting nights on Tuesday, or you have interest in moving it back on Fridays, then you can vote on this issue at the next upcoming meeting if you pay your 2019 dues so that you retain your right to vote. Dues will be considered late if not paid by January 31, 2019.

Regarding future voting procedures, it was also decided that the rules governing the consideration of a 'quorum' may be changed. More information may be provided at the next meeting on February 19th.

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Notice 4

January 19, 2019

ARES Net, Repeater change, and Texas Senate Bill 43

 

Hello everyone!
 
 
Repeater change
 
Our ARES net has returned to our Primary ARES repeater -- W5RVT, 147.00(+) MHz, 100.0 PL. The WC5GC-R EchoLink node is also back on this frequency. Please note the only ID currently on the repeater is the CW identification. The "nice lady of the repeater" has not yet returned to the air. The GCARC Club net will stay on 444.750 for a while longer.
 
Texas Senate Bill 43
 
To those of you who called, emailed, and texted -- thank you for making me aware of this issue over the past 24 hours! To catch everyone up -- Texas State Senator Zaffirini's Senate Bill 43 is about the use of a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle. State Senator Zaffirini has proposed removing the "operator who is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission" language.
 
I have reached out to the ARRL leadership for clarification and guidance on this issue. Frankly, after reading, re-reading, and studying the language of the bill, I am uncertain if this is simply cleaning up language that should not be in that section of the bill (since the rest of the section discusses commercial motor vehicles) OR if it truly is (as some have suggested) an assault upon the amateur radio community. I will let you know what I find out.
 
73
 
Wade
 
Wade Graves, KF5AUD
Grayson County ARES EC
 

 

Notice 5 The 2019 GCARC officers held their first meeting to go over the proposed agenda for the new year on January 7th. An agenda for monthly meetings will be now be published here by the Saturday prior to each monthly meeting. The next scheduled meeting is February 19, 2019. Be on the lookout for the monthly agenda each month.

 

Notice 6 Winter Field day is a 'GO'. The GCARC will participate in Winter Field day this month on January 26th and 27th at the property of Doug and Sharon Hotalen, 1655 Hackleman Rd., Whitesboro, Texas. The YL's will also be operating a station during this event. Further details will be published soon. 

 

Notice 7  The next edition of the club newsletter will be published on Saturday, February 23rd, around 5 PM. Anyone wishing to contribute an article to the newsletter should do so at their convenience, but the deadline for submission this month is noon on Saturday, February 23rd. 

 

 Notice 8 The issues centered around member email addresses have been solved. They will be reactivated to be used for forwarding purposes only, to an email address of choice. They will become available to members once 2019 dues are paid and activated by January 31st. A reconfirmation of your chosen email address will be sent to the member after dues are paid. 

 

Notice 9  Presently, the 'Stripe option' is the only credit card payment system available at this time to pay membership dues. PayPal will be re-activated for payment by January 31st.

If paying using the off-line option, your check for payment needs to be immediately sent to the GCARC P.O. box so that it can be applied to the account. 

 

Notice 10

Next Grayson County Amateur Radio Club Meeting

Tuesday - February 19th - Grayson County Courthouse - 7:00 PM

 

Notice 11

  Election of Club Officers for 2019 are as follows:

President - Andrew Bentley - KF5SKM

Vice President - Roy Reed - AF5VA

Secretary - Doug Hotalen - KG5QPI

Treasurer - James Frank - KW5CW

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 If you don't receive the newsletter but would like to, please contact James at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you changed your email address and still want the newsletter, please contact James via email with an update. Likewise, if you were already issued a GCARC email address it will be reactivated, and when it happens, the member will receive an email that was active previously. New members will receive an email to receive an offer to receive a new club email address. 

Anyone can receive the newsletter for free and you do not have to be a member of the club to receive it.  But you do need to be a paid member of the GCARC to receive a GCARC  email address.

 

Notice 12

DMR REPEATER

The local repeater list has been updated to include the DMR repeater located at 440.200+. Listing also now includes Metro, Texas Statewide and Brandmeister Facebook.

 

Notice 13

  •   Texoma VE Group Testing Schedule 

    Tests for all license classes will be held

    The first Thursday of EVEN numbered months

  • NEXT SCHEDULED DATE: FEBRUARY 7th, 2019 AT 7 pm

At 

Grayson County College

  • Center for Workplace Learning
    6101 Grayson Drive
    Seminar Room C
    Denison, TX 75020-8307

    For additional information or questions
    Please Contact:


    Ron Witherington – K5NKD
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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    Notice 14  The GCARC Club net script is found at two places on this website. First, under the top menu item - GCARC, then ABOUT GCARC and Officers, and also under the top menu item - OTHER CLUB EVENTS, then GCARC Radio Net (Script). The net script will be updated by the next GCARC net on February 3rd.

Anyone wishing to be a net control operator during one of our nets,

please contact Andrew Bentley -  KF5SKM or Roy Reed - AF5VA

 

Notice 15

 

Grayson County ARC Constitution Changes

The latest edition of the Grayson County Amateur Radio Club Constitution is now available on this website. The Bylaws of the GCARC Constitution have been modified to reflect the new procedure for changing the Regular club meeting day. It can be viewed under the 'GCARC' dropdown menu, then go to 'About' the Constitution and By-Laws and can easily be printed on your local printer if needed. 

 

Notice 16

THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING WILL BE ON

TUESDAY - February 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM

 

Future Newsletter Publication Dates

 

Saturday February 23, 2019

March 23, 2019

April 20, 2019

May 25, 2019

June 22, 2019

 

Notice 17

6 Meter SSB Net Announcement
 
Hello Grayson County Radio Club,
Just wanted to let you know that the 
Hoot Owl net on 6m is still going.
 
Check-in time is every Saturday at midnight
50.125 SSB Net control is AL- W5LRG (Plano,Texas)
 
Fire up on 6 meters and join us
 
73 de Tim N5DWV
 
Notice 18
  
  • David Reeder - WA0URJ from Sherman who works at Ham Radio Outlet in Plano, Texas has graciously offered to deliver equipment to amateurs in the Sherman area for free when you purchase merchandise from his store. That can save you approximately 100 mile round trip to pick up the equipment but allows you to receive your new equipment the same day you purchased it by credit card on the phone. If you decide to purchase equipment from Ham Radio Outlet, give Dave a call and let's give him a few decent sales. He will inform you of his work schedule to either visit him or call him at the store. You may call him directly at the numbers below. 

He can be reached directly at these following numbers..

Home: (903)583-1023

 Cell   : (972)658-6773 

 

 Notice 19

  •  ONGOING -The ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY is in the process of being built and organized. These pictures represent a snapshot history of our club consisting of pictures cataloged and taken over the years. They will be permanently added to the website for all to view. You are encouraged to send pictures to be added to the website gallery to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A JPEG picture will do.
  • A new feature to write and submit articles for posting will be made possible by another application added to this website soon called 'EASY ARTICLES'. You can write articles using this application, or you may just want to submit your already created article in a directory that only you have access to, for submitting your articles.

 

  • NEW UPDATE: A new web link that directs you to the QRZ.com is located in the left homepage column under 'Weblinks'.

 

Notice 20

STILL Upcoming to Website

 

  • COMING SOON:  The ability to write articles of interest directly on the website with moderation.. for GCARC Members Only. The application to be used is called 'Easy Articles'.  If you want your own column or plan to publish a daily, weekly, or monthly column, you will have the tools to do so. What interests do you have that are amateur radio related that you would like to share with the club and for the world for that matter. Your writing will be for all to read unless this is something that members only need to see.
  • ONGOING -The ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY is in the process of being built and organized. These pictures represent a snapshot history of our club consisting of pictures cataloged and taken over the years. They will be permanently added to the website for all to view. You are encouraged to send pictures to be added to the website gallery to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A JPEG picture will do.

 

 

Notice 21

 

If you did not view this yet, CHECKOUT this video in the first link below before clicking on the 2nd and 3rd links.

https://youtu.be/1KhZKNZO8mQ

ONLY Click here after checking out the above link

while you are at it, also visit the next link immediately below

https://youtu.be/Bu927_ul_X0

OR, How about this link below

https://youtu.be/re0VRK6ouwI



 

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