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.
Next Meeting - January 8, 2019 - 7 PM
The Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club will have its next regular meeting at 7 PM, Tuesday, January 8, at VFW Post 7032 on 1108 Mumford Road in Greenville. Dave Wood, W4EJ, will present pictures of the construction, installation and effective results of his 71 foot Heights Tower and Optibeam antenna for 40 and 30 meters. You don't want to miss this Herculean antenna installation!
All members. families and guests are invited to attend.
Board Meeting - January 15, 2019
The next board meeting will be Tuesday, January 15, at 7:00 PM at the Offices of Monday & Monday, (CPA), Suite D, East Victoria Court. All members invited.
Next VE Session
The next VE session is 6:30 PM, Tuesday, February 19, 2018 at VFW Post Home 7032 on 1108 Mumford Road in Greenville. Email: Gary Coriell, KK4GC,
Details at <http://www.w4amc.com/barcinfo.html#VE>.
Last session results and picture at http://www.w4amc.com/barcnews.html#VE
VE sessions are held every two months on the THIRD Tuesday of EVEN months except for special circumstances. All sessions will accept walk-ins. Please bring the following:
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.