The Great Outdoors Radio Club (GORC) was formed so all amateur radio operators who love the outdoors would have a place to call home. The only requirements to join this club are that you must hold a valid amateur radio license and sometimes operate portable away from your home QTH.
I joined the Club in August 2015. My membership number was number 39.
The former Great Outdoors website and Yahoo group/Groups.io site no longer exist.
Most members are now active in POTA and WWFF. Nowadays the Great Outdoors Radio Club is a local and active North Carolina group of about 150 members who are dedicated to operating portable and mostly with straight keys, sideswipers and bugs. GORC meets regularly in different North Carolina locations for eats, greets and operating.
The club call also changed and is now KS4KCC representing the North Carolina chapter of the Straight Key Century Club.
Pine Code Award
**No longer available**
This award was available to GORC members. If you are a GORC member on or before March 1, 2014 you can start counting QSOs from that date. If you become a member after March 1, 2014, start counting QSOs when you become a member of the club.
QSOs must be made from an "outdoor QTH". An outdoor QTH is a public place that anyone should be able to get to by either hiking, biking, or driving. It can be anything from a bare mountain top or a sheltered picnic table in a neighborhood park.
You can use any mode, frequency, or power level that is within the priveledges of your licence. There are no restrictions on your source of power.
You can count QSOs that are part of a special event but not those that are part of a contest or sprint.
You can count QSOs with the same station more than once if there is at least 24 hours separating them.
You are limited to counting a maximum of five QSOs in a 24 hour period.
QSOs are not limited to other GORC members but there should be some mention of GORC in your exchange to help publicize the club.
When you have accumulated 25 QSOs according to the rules above, you can apply for your first Pine Cone. You can apply for a second Pine Cone after logging an additional 25 QSOs, and so on, up to a maximum of five Pine Cones.