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 - October 10, 2017
The Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club will have its regular meeting at 7:30 PM Tuesday, October 10, at VFW Post 7032 on 1108 Mumford Road in Greenville. The program: A video about the technology of Apollo 11. Very interesting facts. The video is very informative about some of the technical problems they overcame.
All members. families and guests are invited to attend.
Amateur Radio Technician License Classes in October
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.
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