September 7, 2020: A good time was had by all who made the Labor Day 2020 Yard Dogs get-together. Sorry if you missed it. The park was quite nice and lunch was also very good. 

NOTICE — NOTICE — NOTICE !!! We have learned that Journey’s End buffet will be closed on Labor Day so we will be moving to La Bamba Mexican restaurant at the other end of the Loganville Town Center shopping center.    Address is 4325 Atlanta Highway (HWY. 78). La Bamba is at the eastern end (left side as you face the shopping center from Hwy. 78). Lunch is at 12 noon.

September 2, 2020: The get-together is Monday the 7th. Be there or be square! Lunch is at 12 noon at Journey’s End in Loganville, GA. The party will continue at the close-by Vines Park just a little over a mile away.

August 27, 2020: Just a reminder that the Yard Dogs Net 2nd Anniversary get-together is Labor Day. Details are stated below. Hope to see you all there. 

August 3, 2020: You’ll be pleased to know that Leonard (WC4FM) has arranged a get-together on Monday, September 7th, 2020. The plan is to meet for lunch at Journey’s End Restaurant in Loganville, GA. at 12 noon. After lunch we will retire to Vines Park, some 1.25 miles away.

     We have done this before and had a great turnout and a great time. You will want to bring your chairs and your stories, as well as perhaps a dessert. You might also want to bring a cooler with water or soft drinks.

     It might be warm but we should have no problem finding shade. Our route to Vines Park is somewhat convoluted as it is hard to make a left turn out of the restaurant parking lot. You can follow someone or we will describe the route for you. 

July 24, 2020: We probably would have represented System Fusion and WiRES-X at the 2020 Stone Mountain (GA.) Hamfest, but it has been cancelled. I think the future has been cancelled altogether. 

June 29, 2020: Maybe it is a repressive government. Getting together could still be a problem although these three months later we could probably swing it. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Meetings are currently verboten, not only in our area but over most of the country. No, it’s not a repressive government, it’s a health crisis and we are all doing what we can to get through in a healthy manner. No doubt there will be some pent up desire for a get-together of some sort when we are in the clear. When any such get-together is planned, it will be announced here and on the email reflector:

February 27, 2020: As mentioned in the last paragraph, several of us were able to enjoy lunch together after the Dalton Hamfest at the usual place. So even if you didn’t buy anything, you got to have lunch together. Then we went to the candy store and purchased some candy. Well, we couldn’t resist.– 

February 20, 2020: For those attending the 2020 Dalton (Georgia) Hamfest, we will be meeting for lunch across the street from the hamfest at the Western Sizzlin’ steakhouse. Hope to see you there!

January 18, 2020: Tech Fest Report: The event went very well and The Yard Dogs were well-represented. Lots of folks came by and talked tech with us. K1KC won a prize and ate two hot dogs! Hey, we had a good time and are well pleased with the turnout and the response to our efforts.

January 13, 2020: Tech Fest is now less than a week away and we are wrapping up preparations for it. The badges are all distributed and we expect a good turnout (of Yard Doggers that is). Hopefully the event will be well attended. I’m sure it will. It has been popular enough to continue having it. Of course, my mind keeps wandering to the BBQ place across the street. No doubt I will end up with some of that BBQ.

January 2, 2020: Surprise! We slipped an extra meeting in! Yes, we managed a luncheon today with several members attending and one getting a surprise visit. So, Tech Fest is still the next scheduled event. See you there!


November 20, 2019: The next scheduled meeting will be the GARS Tech Fest of January 18, 2020. Currently we are working on getting some identifying badges for those who are interested in having one.

November 11, 2019: Some of us Yard Doggers who are veterans got together for lunch at Texas Roadhouse in Snellville, GA. today. Of course, non-veterans were welcome too they just didn’t get free food! By the way, the food was very good!

October 30, 2019: Look for the Yard Dogs on 145.5625 in DN (at the hamfest) or via the Yard Dogs room #40383 during the Stone Mountain Hamfest, November 2, 2019.

October 27, 2019: The Yellow River Digital Group (Yard Dogs) will have a presence at the GARS-sponsored Tech Fest on January 18, 2020. There we will man an informational table. The location of the Tech Fest is at the Gwinnett Medical Resource Center, 665 Duluth Hwy. (GA-120) Lawrenceville, GA. 30046.

     Setup will be from 7:30 or 8AM that morning until 9AM. The Tech Fest is over at 2PM. There will be prizes and food. Admission is free. The Yard Dogs are asking for members to assist in manning the table.

October 3, 2019: Make plans not only to join the Yard Dogs in the boneyard at the Stone Mountain hamlets, but also to join us for lunch afterwards.

September 10, 2019: The Yard Dogs get-together was held on schedule on Friday August 30th. Those who attended enjoyed some excellent Southern Cooking at Journey’s End restaurant. It was good to see everyone.

August 21, 2019: A few of us got together for some delicious BBQ in Lawrenceville today. Come on and join us next time.

August 14, 2019: I keep forgetting to mention this, but if you play a musical instrument (acoustic), bring it to our gathering on the 30th. We plan to entertain ourselves!

August 7, 2019: For our next get-together we are going to reprise our last one, meaning that we are going for lunch at Journey’s End and re-convene at Vines Park immediately afterward. Look below to the May 25th post for addresses, phone numbers, coordinates, etc. We will start lunch at 11AM once again.

June 22, 2019: The date of August 30th, 2019, which is a Friday, has been selected for the next Yard Dogs get-together. No place or time have been announced. Those details will come later.

June 13, 2019: The word today is: the next Yard Dogs meeting/get-together is being planned now. As soon as there is something to tell, we will pass the word around. Until then…..

11a. May 25th, 2019: If you didn’t make it, sorry, we had a great time. Between a healthy southern-cooking buffet and watermelon in the park, the Yard Dogs (courtesy of Leonard) had a great day.

     Leonard (WC4FM) went to a lot of trouble over the past several weeks to arrange this for all of us, and it worked out well. Folks came in from far and wide. Sure, we talked a little radio, but mostly we enjoyed each other’s company and that’s just fine with me! 

The suggestion now is to hold more events like this, once a quarter, and move them around so as to accommodate everyone. Sounds like a plan to me! Anybody got any ideas?

11. May 25th, 2019 : (Earlier meetings are listed in order below. Any new meetings will now be listed in reverse order…that is, the newest meeting will be listed first)  The Yard Dogs have a get-together scheduled for May 25th, 2019. This is the weekend that precedes Memorial Day which is the 27th. The event will be a two-part affair with lunch at a local buffet first, followed by a get-together at a local park.

     To kick off the day. those who wish to should meet at Journey’s End restaurant in Loganville, GA at 11AM. The address is 4319 Atalanta Hwy. (otherwise known as U.S. 78) 30052.  Telephone 770-554-1770. Journey’s End is a popular Southern cooking buffet with a website of Lat/longs are: N 33.84072 / W -083.90874. To reach the restaurant you must enter the Publix/Loganville Town Center parking lot and proceed up the hill behind Chik-fil-A.

     Following lunch we will move to Vines Park which is about 1.5 miles northwest of the restaurant. Bring a cooler with your soft drinks and a chair or two. Leonard (WC4FM) is planning on bringing horseshoes and other entertainment to the park. Maybe somebody will take a picture or two which we can put on the website. 

     Address of Vines Park is 3500 Oak Grove Road SW, Loganville, GA. 30052. The lat/longs for the park entrance are N 33.858606/W -083.922044. Of course, communication via the K1KC 146.61 repeater and/or the Yard Dogs room (#40383) is a good way to stay in touch if you are attending. 

  1. June 16th, 2017 : This was our first meeting and it was held at the W4DEL QTH in limbo between Covington and Porterdale, Georgia. Subject of the evening was the SharkRF OpenSpot.

2. July 21st, 2017 brought our second meeting and it was also held somewhere in Georgia at the W4DEL QTH. Subjects were System Fusion, WiRES-X and C4FM.

3. August 24th, 2017 was the date of meeting number three. This meeting was held at the Walton County library in Monroe, Georgia and the subject was Reflectors: What are they and how         do they work?

4. Sunday, October 29th, 2017 was the date of this month’s meeting. It was held at the Monroe Library, 217 West Spring Street, Monroe, Georgia 30655 from 3-5PM.  Subject material covered was ‘digital voice methods’. Thanks to all who attended. Dinner was enjoyed by all immediately after the meeting at a nearby restaurant.

5. December 2017 meeting is: Friday December 8th at 7PM in Oxford, Georgia. Address is 1423 Hightower Trail 30054 at the W0KIH QTH.  Expected program: Digital Radio Mondiale. CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED. Sorry, but the rough weather made it a poor idea to hold a meeting tonight. The meeting will be re-scheduled and the new date, time and location posted here and on the Yahoo Groups page. Thanks to all of you were planning on attending or who got materials together for the meeting. We will get together soon!

6. Sunday January 28th, 2018 was the date of the last Yard Dogs meeting. Subject material was APRS, and a demonstration of a dirt cheap method of putting together an APRS station was shown. An in-depth discussion of the APRS-IS system was included. The highlight was a method of adding GPS wirelessly to an APRS station. Afterwards we were forced to eat some awesome BBQ. I felt terrible about it but I ate the food anyway.

7. The March 2018 meeting was held at 2PM on March 11th, 2018 at the QTH of W4DEL. The true meaning of the Yard Dogs concept was shown as we were able to further the knowledge of one of our members (and ourselves for that matter). The group must be useful to ALL participants or it does not meet its objective. We enjoyed the meeting and are looking forward to going out and practicing our skills at home.

8. The April 2018 meeting was held April 22th, 2018 at the QTH of W4DEL starting at 3PM. True to our goals, we helped each other learn some new techniques. Today we worked on YAAC, UZ7HO soundmodem and a few other items. Plus, we had a lively discussion about the state of amateur radio! It was great fun on a good day to be inside. After that, a few of us went out to a local steakhouse and enjoyed an excellent meal. We did run into a problem with jar heap files allocations. That set us back a bit.

9. On May 17th, there was a demonstration of Yaesu System Fusion, C4FM and WiRES-X at the Walton County Repeater Group meeting in Between, Georgia. We thank all those who turned out for the meeting and helped make it a success. On display were five mobile radios and three HT’s, plus a WiRES-X modem and a complete node station. A practical demonstration was given as part of the demonstration.


10. October 21, 2018: The Yard Dogs met at the Monroe library in Monroe, Georgia and discussed a number of things related to the Internet and related technology. Among those subjects were VPN servers, remote control of your desktop at home and VPN routers.