Due to the CoronaVirus our in-person General and EmComm meetings have been cancelled for the immediate future. 
We are conducting all our meetings online via ZOOM.  See Upcoming Events below.

Most recent Club updates:

Our EmComm GTARC Net on March 26th had more than 30 check-ins.  Paul KI6ZZC was net control.  Paul went through our entire membership list and called out for each club member.  Once contact was made, each ham responded with their name, general location, type of radio being used, signal report and any traffic for the net.  We learned a lot on this net.  The first being the need for a Net Roster that is large enough for the average person to be able to read easily.   We also learned that some of our members  had difficulty checking in due to technical issues including poor reception and repeater set up.  In response Ray Addington AJ6NY has volunteered to moderate an online “Elmering Session” on March 31.  See below.

 Our March 24 General Meeting on Zoom was a huge success with as many as  28 people online participating!  Paul Miller KI6ZZC outlined his EmComm Net
Check-in Part 1 event scheduled for March 26 at 7:30pm replacing our regular 2M Net.  David Bever N6ZND prepared an  interactive presentation on EmComm and presented an outline of how we could proceed as a club to become EmComm ready.  We recorded David’s  presentation  and  that video is now posted under the EmComm tab.

HarryPollak KJ6PCW’S  February presentation GTARC RADIO ETIQUETTE is also available under the EmComm tab.

 “Reality Rally” on May 16th 2020 has been cancelled.  The “Run Through the Vineyards” has been re-schedule to June 6.  The “Baker to Vegas” event has been postponed.

Weekly luncheons have been postponed until the situation improves. Judy Dean NB6J will let the membership know when our Thursday luncheons will resume.

Check the GTARC Calendar under the Calendar tab above.  All our Nets, Events and Meeting Information is updated regularly.  If you’d like an event posted send a request to gtarcw6gtr@gmail.com


 Upcoming Events By Date:

  1. We’ve scheduled an online training session called “Getting the most out of your HT & Repeater Basics” next Tuesday evening, March 31 at 7pm.  Ray AJ6NY will be the moderator.

If you are having trouble checking into our GTARC Nets or want to improve your signal strength while using your HT this is definitely a meeting you won’t want to miss!  If you are using a Chinese HT and programming is driving you crazy then join this meeting. We’ve all been there. This from Ray AJ6NY, our moderator for the meeting:

This will be an online Elmer session for our club.  We will go over best practices for radio nets, how to get the most out of your handheld radio, how to program your radio, and finish up with a general Q&A.  With a lot of members in our club using handhelds we can teach you how to utilize external antennas that will give you a huge improvement in signal strength and give you a far wider reach on UHF/VHF.

I’d like to invite everyone who could use or offer a little extra help to participate, and if you have programming questions to please let me know in advance which model radio you are using so that we can do a little pre-work to get you able to program your radio that night.  If we see success in this meeting, we can perhaps move forward with a regular online Elmer session for GTARC and sharpen the skills of the entire club. We all have much to learn in ham radio and many of us who’ve been in it for a while have our specialties that we can share”.

Ray can be reached at:  rla325@gmail.com

The meeting info is below:

Topic: “Getting the most out of your HT & Repeater Basics”

Time: Mar 31, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:      https://us04web.zoom.us/j/846940305

Meeting ID: 846 940 305

2.  GTARC EXTRA Licensing Class is scheduled for Monday,  March 30 from 6:00– 9:00pm.  The classes will continue weekly on Monday, until May 13, 2020.  The test is on the 8th class night.  Mark N6WBC is teaching this class.  He is using the ARRL EXTRA Class licensing manual and he has copies available in pdf format if you don’t already have a copy on hand.  The classes are held at the:

 3.  Jennifer Ekizian KN6AAK has updated her presentation for our EmComm Net Check-in Part 2 event scheduled for 7:30pm replacing our regular 2M Net on April 2.  Her updated version is now posted under the Emcomm tab.

4.  The online EmComm Planning Meeting on Thursday the 19th was a huge success!. The next EmComm Meeting is scheduled for:

Time:   April 16, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/804948812

Meeting ID: 804 948 812

5  Next Month’s General Meeting will be April 28. Online via ZOOM only. 

Topic:    GTARC April 28 General Meeting

Time:    April 28, 2020 07:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

 Subject:    TBD

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/738410683
Join Us On The Radio

Daily Net by Judy Dean, NB6J
Time: 7:45 AM, daily
Repeater: Keller Peak (KE6TZG)
Frequency: 146.385 +
PL Tone: 146.2

Simplex frequencies:
146.550 FM and 
52.540 FM

Repeater (W6GTR):
Frequency 1: 146.805 (-600khz) PL 100
Frequency 2: 446.600 (-5Mhz)  PL 100 
Frequency 3: 224.600 (−1.6 MHz) PL 100

GTARC sponsors several radio nets

Wednesdays 8:00 PM 28.360 MHz USB NCS – Dwayne Wheeler (N6DSC)

1st Wednesday 7:30PM  52.540 MHz FM Simplex NCS – David Shaw (KE6UPI)

Thursdays  7:30PM 146.805 MHz FM (-) PL 100.0 NCS – Chuck Carriker (KM6UXR)

Following 70CM Weekly 224.600 MHz FM (-) PL 100.0 NCS – Harry Pollak (KJ6PCW)

Following 2M Weekly 446.600 MHz FM (-) PL 100.0 NCS – Harry Pollak (KJ6PCW)

Don’t have a License or need help with repeaters? Go to Classes & Training

Recent Events


This was the first year that Werner and Sheri Vavken hosted our Field day event and it was a huge success. we had awesome weather, a 360 degree view and a great deal of contesting took place. there was 79 members and guest’s total who came up and shared in the great food, mentoring, contesting, …

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The following images are from the clubs Winter Field day event in January 2020 There was four of us who stayed overnight We managed 206 contacts, working 80M, 40M & 20M 42 states worked / 4 Countries A combined claimed score of 5,736 We used www.n3fjp.com logging software. Thank you to Phil Wells, AF6AV for …

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