Jack Kear, K4MI (SK), Bob Knapp, W4OMW (SK), Charlie Wells, K4SKI, Lamar Reed, K4BPF, and Ray Davis (SK) were some that met to organize the Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club in 1967. Why the name Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club? According to Life Member Jack Kear, K4MI, one reason was that the tobacco companies would pay for the QSL cards if the name "Brightleaf" was used. There is more Brightleaf tobacco grown in Pitt County than any other county in the United States. (or was?) The club callsign, W4AMC, was formerly held by Gilbert Smith (SK) of Robersonville, one of the Charter Members that helped organize the club.
BARC is a Special Services club - A special program exists to recognize those clubs who do more than the usual for their communities and for Amateur Radio. These well-rounded groups are the Special Service Clubs (SSCs). SSCs are the leaders in their Amateur Radio communities. They're the ones with the active training classes, the publicity program and the members who actively pursue technical projects and operating activities.
February 11, 2020
The Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club will have its next meeting Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The meeting location is Room 1200 in ECU Greenville Center - 2200 Charles Blvd. Enter the building on the side closest to Charles Blvd. and Inside here - Go Straight ahead and Room 1200 is at the end on the Left – just ahead of the exit doors. (This building is just North of the State Employees’ Credit Union).
Program by Chuck Till, K4RGN, Raleigh. He will have a presentation on the "FT8 internal workings, ie what happens behind the FT8 screens we see on our computers".
BARC's BIRTHDAY. CAKE and ICE CREAM!
All members, families and guests are invited to attend.
Board Meeting - February 25, 2020
The next board meeting will be Tuesday, February 25, at 7:00 PM at the Offices of Monday & Monday, (CPA), Suite D, East Victoria Court. All members invited.
Correction to VE date and course training link in my HC email notice----
VE EXAMS - NEW LOCATION
Exams will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 on 2200 Charles Blvd (Hwy NC43) in Greenville. The location is: Room 1200 in the ECU Greenville Center - 2200 Charles Blvd. Enter the building on the side closest to Charles Blvd. and Inside here - Go Straight ahead and Room 1200 is at the end on the Left – just ahead of the exit doors. (This building is just North of the State Employees’ Credit Union).. Exams will start promptly at 6:30 PM. For more info email Gary, KK4GC, at ve @ w4amc.com. (remove spaces)
Study material at http://www.arrl.org/courses-training. Walk-ins welcome.
Details in Ham Chatter, page 2 and
If you are applying for a new license and you do not have an FCC Registration Number (FRN), you will be required to use your Social Security Number (SSN) the first time. It is best to go to the FCC web site and register to immediately receive an FRN number. Go to http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/index.htm?job=home and register with the FCC and get your FRN. It's a simple process.
Also, if you are upgrading from Tech Plus license that was obtained via the General Class exam before March 21, 1987, a copy of the proof will be required such as an expired license with a starting date before March 21, 1987 or other proof, such as a dated callbook.
Training information HERE.
All VE Sessions are scheduled to be held at VFW Post 7032 on 1108 Mumford Road, Greenville, NC. Exams will start promptly at 6:30 PM. MAP BELOW. For latest information or questions, email Gary, KK5GC, VE Liaison ve @ w4amc.com. (remove spaces).
For more information, contact Jeff Meyer, K4DKW.
Email <; or phone 252-717-9442
BARC Field Day Info - WA4MOK
(6/9/18) The Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club will hold its annual Field Day operation on June 23/24 at the Oakwood School at 4000 MacGregor Downs Road. Setup time will be at 8 AM on June 23, Saturday morning. Oakwood map at barcinfo.html#Oakwood. Field Day Locator
Bernie Nobles, WA4MOK, is the Field Day Chairman. Contact him at wa4mok @ embarqmail.com. (Remove spaces)
This will be an excellent time for those that were recently licensed or planning to get an Amateur Radio license, to experience a chance to learn station setups and operate under the direction of experience operators. Anyone will be able to operate any frequency since Amateur Extra Class operators will be on site to assist. Don't miss out on this great opportunity.
Dash For Cash 2017
Sunday’s race 12/3/17 starting at 1 pm was held under clear skies and mild temperatures. The motley crew consisting of Cheryl KX4EC, Doug K4ROK, Jeff K4DKW, Gary N4PIR, Pat KG4NSC and Peter KG4WEZ met at the Greenville Town commons with the ARES trailer.