North Georgia GMRS Association
2017 and Beyond
Dear Friends, Fellow Members & GMRS Enthusiasts,
WOW, it’s that time of year again and I have so much to share with everyone. But first, I want to take a few mins and give a special “ THANKS “ to the members of the group who donated funds last year and to those who donated all the HARD WORK and long hours, in making the current system what it is today.
Our growth is 2016 was one of the best years ever. As we enter into 2017 our membership listing is as follows:
Licensed Members: 442
Amateur Operators: 204
Unit Numbers Assigned: 1489
I welcome each and every one of our new members into the organization, and look forward to meeting or speaking to you in the near future. Thank you for your interest in our group.
Spring of 2017 brings our North Georgia GMRS group to its 10th year in operation. We have grown in record numbers and still plan to grow in membership as the New Year rolls on.
As many of you know, growth brings on change and improvements to any organization. This year is going to be the year we transition our organization from a public group to a private organization.
This reorganization will cause many changes to our operations and how we handle our business. The membership will experience improved operations, financial stability for the day to day operations, and expanded opportunities for our membership, who elect to stay with us and those who join in the future.
Our mission is to remain a premier GMRS organization and provide expanded communication opportunities, as well as learning more about radio communications in general.
In addition, we plan to assist those members who seek to learn more about the Amateur Radio world. Even though Amateur Radio and GMRS communications are very different, they are similar in likeness, because it involves one common denominator. That being the member who seeks to learn.
We will continue the nightly net on our GMRS repeaters, as we have done for the past several years. In addition, we will be hosting a net between the ATL-675 & ATL-625 during the week. See scheduling information on the Membership Listing page for further details.
The major changes at this time that will directly affect the current membership, is discussed and explained in the Revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This document can be found under the Membership & Use tab.
All existing members are required to go to the web site and complete the membership application, answering all questions within the application. Your application will be reviewed and an acceptance letter will be emailed to you shortly after, given the application is complete. If you have already submitted a contribution to North Georgia GMRS within 2017, that proportion will be credited to your current Dues requirement. If you have not submitted a contribution in 2017, you will be required to do so according to the instructions within your acceptance letter.
Annual Membership Dues will be required to be paid by any member who chooses to remain a member of the North Georgia GMRS Group., or any New Applicant who seeks membership into the group.
In addition, if dues are not paid by the required due date for existing members, then North Georgia GMRS will conclude that it is your intent to terminate membership. All of your Unit Numbers assigned will be canceled and reassigned as needed to new members.
In the very near future we will be posting on the site, exciting new information, on topics like:
- What kind of GMRS approved radio to buy and where.
- What is the best type of Base and or Mobile antenna to buy, for maximum performance
- How you can get involved in helping support our vast network of repeaters.
- How to join the Net Control Operations Staff.
- Who to see and talk with, about becoming an Amateur Radio Operator.
- The Do’s and Don’ts of proper GMRS communications.
- Scheduling of training classes.
- Volunteer opportunities within North Georgia GMRS.
- Annual Picnic.
I look forward to our growth this year and the future GMRS opportunities that await us!
Gary M. Beckstedt Sr.
North Georgia GMRS