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William Curtis Finch, Jr. AI4TN Silent Key

Brightleaf ARC club member Bill Finch, Jr, AI4TN, became a Silent Key on August 12.  Bill's dad was Bill Finch, W4EHF, SK.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, August 17th from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, NC. Memorial service to follow.

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Next Club Meeting

Next Meeting - July 11, 2017

The Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club will have its regular meeting at 7:30 PM Tuesday, July 11, at VFW Post 7032 on 1108 Mumford Road in Greenville.  Charlie Strickland, WA4OSS, will have a program about the WRAL 2000 foot tower falling on December  10, 1989.  He will have commentary and many pictures of the results.  When Charlie retired, he was transmitter facility supervisor that included WRAL-TV, WRAL-FM, WRAZ-TV and the HDTV facility for WRAL and WRAZ.


VFW Post 7032 Map & Pictures 

Next Board Meeting

Board Meeting
The next board meeting will be Tuesday, July 25 at 7:30 PM at the Offices of Monday & Monday, (CPA), Suite D, East Victoria Court.  All members invited. 

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N4OAK Oakwood School ARC Reactivation

So to kickoff getting N4OAK on the air, we have now scheduled up an “all-hands-on-deck day” for:


9AM on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Oakwood School, 4000 MacGregor Downs Road, Greenville NC 27834

Silent Key - Steve Horne, II, KB5B

Horne, II, KB5B, SK

kb5b-2.JPG (3877 bytes)Steve Horne, II, KB5B, passed away June 28, 2016, Tuesday morning at 2:30 AM.  The Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club extends its condolences to his wife, Carolyn, and his family.

Steve was the Liaison Volunteer Examiner (VE) for BARC.  He had only had his license for a few years but wanted to give back to Amateur Radio.  When a new Liaison VE was needed he stepped up and did an outstanding job. 

The following is from the Wilkerson Funeral Home web site on 6/29/16.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 4 pm in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel.

Field Day June 25 – 26, 2016

Field Day June 25 – 26, 2016

QTH: The Oakwood School, 4000 MacGregor Downs Road, Greenville, NC

Setup: Begins 8AM EST 

Contest Start: 1800 UTC Saturday End 2100 UTC Sunday

Field Day is always a different experience - not just from group to group but also from year to year. Set-ups change...Lightning crashes... Propagation changes... Participants come and go.. That’s one of the beauties of the Amateur Radio – we are always given the opportunity to embrace change and we always seem to have the knack to effectively deal with those challenges.

Adapting to those constant changes is where your imagination, skills and teamwork really comes into play. That state of flux always provides everyone participating with the opportunity to share their knowledge, as well as learn from others. After all, once the last QSO is recorded and the last sweep to clean up the site is complete, it is really about the people – those we worked with and those we contacted during that brief weekend. 

Personally for me, Field Day boils down to what we do with the time we have and how we spend it.  As hams, we share a common hobby that makes a real difference in our communities and more people need to know both who we are and what we do.  To spread the word this year, I have sent out news releases to the Daily Reflector, WITN, WNCT, the Pitt County Schools and GO Science, in order to invite the public to stop by.

Your attendance and participation speaks volumes and who knows you could end up in the paper, on local television or even making a difference to a future ham!  It all starts this upcoming Saturday at 8AM, the more the merrier!

May the bands always be open for you, 

                                                        Jeff K4DKW

June 2016 BARC VE Session Results

On the June 21, 2016 BARC VE session, four candidates passed Amateur Radio exams. 

Megan Duley, Alexandria, VA, William Gunther, Midway Park, NC and Jonathon Collins, Nashville, NC, passed Element 2 to earn the Technician license.  Their new call signs will be posted here when the FCC grants them.  James Murdock, WD6EEY, Wakefield, VA, passed Element 4 to upgrade to the Amateur Extra Class license.  BARC congratulates all for their accomplishment.

The VE's that attended were Acting VE Liaison Dave Langley, W4YDY, Morris Lewis, AK4MU, Dan Wallace, K4HMW, and Thomas Styron, KB7L..  FCC Support (877) 480-3201

The next regular BARC VE session is scheduled for August 16, 2016.

New E-Mail Addresses

New email addresses using the domain have been added by Mike Monteith, KM4OLT, web site editor

Web Editor Change

Mike Monteith, KM4OLT, has assumed the BARC web site editor position from Dave Langley, W4YDY.  Mike switched it over to his account on March 4. Dave Pulver, KG4CZV, has maintained the account when it was switched to GoDaddy in 2006. The site was started almost 20 years ago in July 1996 by W4YDY.

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