The SOUTHCARS annual Hiawassee, Georgia, Late Spring/Early Summer picnic and tailgate get together will be held this year at its normally scheduled second weekend in June. This year we will be accompanied with members from the “3985 Rag Chewers” net and the “Ambassadors for Christ” net.

The festivities will begin on Friday, June 11th at 2:00PM with the setup of a SOUTHCARS amateur radio station located at the top of the hill in the Georgia Mountain Fair and Campgrounds at the Hamilton Garden Pavilion.

SOUTHCARS will have the station set up there through Saturday, June 12th. Depending on the propagation and other conditions (bad weather or lightning), NCS operators and other ham radio volunteers are welcome to take turns running the net from the picnic. This has been a lot of fun over the years during past events. The station must be dismantled by end of day on Saturday or at latest by early morning Sunday.

The Tailgate party begins at 7:00AM Saturday with coffee and pastries available.

The picnic lunch will be served on Saturday, June 12th following the Midday session off the net between 1:00PM and 1:30PM. Please bring an item to share with others. Mary’s Southern Grill will be supplying the Pork Barb B Q again this year; however we will have a grill set up this year to cook Steaks, Hamburgers, Hotdogs, and/or other goodies.

I would suggest that anyone who wishes to attend for the full weekend to make their lodging reservations early as hotels and motels tend fill up.

Anyone who has questions for this event or may be in need of Camping or lodging recommendations please contact Jerry at or call Jerry’s cell at 239-770-8798.