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December 2018 BARC VE Session Results

On the December 18, 2018 BARC VE session, All six candidates passed FCC exams. Shelley Freeman, KN4RJK, Raleigh, NC and Steve Byrd, KN4RJJ, Angier, NC, passed the Technician Class license exam to earn their Amateur Radio license.   Congratulation to Shelley and Steve for their accomplishment and welcome to Amateur Radio. The FCC assigned their new call signs on December 28, 2018.

Three candidates Thomas Kottke, KN4PHA, Washington, NC, Donald Bradshaw, KO4COL, Winterville, NC and Michael Karp, KN4KCW, Greenville, NC, upgraded to General Class.

Jan Buckowski, N4ZLD, New Bern, NC, upgraded to Amateur Extra Class. Jan also applied for an Amateur Extra Class call sign and assigned KX4PC. (Nice call sign!).  All upgrades were effective on December 28, 2018.

Congratulations to all for their accomplishment.

The VEs present were VE Liaison Gary Coriell, KK4GC, Gerald Sighman, KN4CKL, Al Mullis, K4GOE, and Dave Langley, W4YDY. updatedy.gif (1796 bytes) 1/1/19   - W4YDY

BARC Christmas Party

The annual BARC Christmas party was held on December 11, 2018.  Families enjoyed a covered dish meal and as usual, it was outstanding.  Thanks to everyone for the great food and those setting up the tables.  

After the meal, certificates and awards were presented by BARC President Gary Corriell, KK4GC, to the members that volunteered to keep the club running in 2018.  Pictures of the party and volunteers are on the BARC web site at http://www.w4amc.com/fd/party18.html.  

N4PVH - BARC Ham of the Year - 2018
Peter Van Houten, N4PVH, left, was surprised when he was announced for the BARC Ham of the Year.  Gary Corriell, KK4GC, presented the award.

The BARC Ham of the Year plaque was presented to Peter Van Houten, N4PVH.  Other peer award certificates went to OM of the Year, Doug Ferris, K4ROK, YL of the Year, Linda Nobles, Elmer of the Year, Peter Van Houten, N4PVH, and New Ham of the Year, David Mull, KM4OKC.

Certificates were presented to the 2018 BARC officers.  They were President, Gary Corriell, KK4GC, a plaque, First Vice President Dave Wood, W4EJ, Second Vice President, Peter Van Houten, N4PVH, Secretary Bill Dawson, WA4SLC, Treasurer Jeff Meyer, K4DKW, Trustee Bernie Nobles, WA4MOK, and (absent) Trustee; Pat Williams, KG4NSC. 

Other certificates were presented to Club Station Trustee, Bill Dawson, WA4SLC, and Ham Chatter & Web Site Contributing Editor. Dave Langley, W4YDY.  Certificates for those not at the party were announced for the following, Public Relations/Publicity;  Pat Williams, KG4NSC, Ham Chatter Editor, Joe Jeansonne, WB4JOE, and Web Site Editor Michael Monteith, KM4OLT.

Certificates were giver for Volunteer Examiner Liaison Gary Corriell, KK4GC, and Volunteer Examiners, Dave Langley, W4YDY and Gerald Seighman, KN4CKL.  Certificates for Volunteer Examiners not at the party were announced for Morris Lewis, AK4MU, Dan Wallace, K4HMW, Al Mullis, K4GOE, and Gary Faust, N4PIR.

The Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club congratulates all the volunteers.  - W4YDY

2019 Dues

Membership dues for BARC are due January 1.  A grace period of 60 days to renew membership will be given. If dues are not paid by the end of the grace period, membership shall cease until dues for the current year have been paid” per the BARC Constitution.  Those who have not paid their dues will not be listed on the roster and will be removed from the Ham Chatter mailing list starting in April. Membership dues are the same as they were in 2018 and are as follows: 

Regular Member $20.00
Family Member $2.00
Associate Member (Non-Licensed) $5.00
Honorary Member $0.00
New Hams: 18 and younger (1st year) $5.00
New Hams: 19 and older (1st year) $10.00

Please mail your dues, along with the member application form if there are any changes to: Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 8387, Greenville, NC 27835. We are requesting that you send the application form in so that we can have your correct information on file. The form can be downloaded from http://www.w4amc.com/application.pdf.

If anyone has any questions concerning their membership status or their dues, please email
Jeff Meyer, K4DKW, BARC Treasurer, at jeffreymeyer55 @ gmail.com (remove spaces in email address). 

Thank you for your support and participation in BARC.

New BARC Call Sign Trustee

Bill Dawson, WA4SLC, is now the Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club trustee for the 3 call signs, W4AMC, W4UHS and W1VOA.   They were effective October 23 and October 24, 2018.  Any questions concerning the call signs should be referred to Bill. 

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On the October 16, 2018 BARC VE session, there were two candidates passing the FCC exams.  Judy Taber, KN4PWV, Greenville, and Mike Piantanida, KN4PWU, Snow Hill, passed the Technician Class license exam to earn their Amateur Radio license.  They both aced the exams getting all 35 questions correct.   Congratulation to Judy and Mike  for their accomplishment and welcome to Amateur Radio.  The FCC assigned their new call signs on October 24, 2018.

The VEs present were VE Liaison Gary Coriell, KK4GC, Gerald Sighman, KN4CKL, and Dave Langley, W4YDY.

                                      BARC Members

At the last BARC meeting, it was suggested for BARC members to try and use Facebook to coordinate and communicate about BARC issues and activities.
To that end, I have started a W4AMC Facebook page that you can find with #W4AMC hashtag in the search function in facebook. Members of the group can post comments, observation, suggestions and see the activities calendar. There are polls that help the board get answers to what we should be doing. Please be nice, if what you are going to post on the page would hurt someone, then don’t do it. No political rants, no commercial interests or promotions either. Lets be civil to each other and keep the language clean. I have it such that you can post right now without a review board but can put that in if I have to. Remember folks, this is just a hobby! Lets keep it fun and start doing more interesting things with each other.  I look forward to the fun we can all have in this hobby.

The W4AMC Page is here:

I also created two Facebook groups: one for internal communications of the club, comments, answers and suggestions trying to help run the club:

and one for general amateur radio interest for all local area hams that does not need to be a member of BARC.

When you go there, ask to join the two groups. If you join the Brightleaf group first, I think I set it up so that you are automatically part of the W4AMC-Friends group as well.   It should ask for your call sign as a check that you are a ham. Lets give this a shot and see if this makes communicating and having fun better and easier.

Sincerely, Peter.
Peter Van Houten
kg4wez (at) me.com

NC QSO Party 2018 2/26/2018

Two intrepid members started out on Saturday 2/25/18 hanging a Carolina windom antenna from two towers and running the feed lines into the shack. Gary, N4PIR, and Doug, K4ROK, were the only two out there doing the work Saturday! Our heart felt thanks to the two of them for being the spirit of amateur radio setting up the logging computers, two radios and keyers.

On Sunday the group of volunteers met for final set up about 9 AM and were fed cupcake sized omelets with bacon, hash browns and tomatoes in the cupcake forms made by Eileen VH. Coffee provided by Doug. Radios, microphones and keys were pressed into service and by 10 AM were on the air.

Peter KG4WEZ brought the ARES trailer to VOA site C and set up another 36’ vertical random wire antenna on a wonder pole next to the trailer. In the trailer the Elecraft K2/100 and the NUE-PSK modem was connected to the auto-tuner. This appears to work well but after an hour of fiddling around the settings and tuning, no contacts were possible. There were two problems identified: One was that the CW ops in the shack nearby swamped the digital band and de-sensed the radio severely even if PSK was on 40 meters and CW was on 20 or visa-versa. The harmonics were on most bands. Out came the band pass filters that did not much to solve the problem. Power filters were placed in service without any changes. Finally in the mid afternoon, Billy, KC4HHW, suggested placing a ground rod outside the trailer connected to the auto tuner and radio and that did solve the band interference problem. Other issues included JT65 or FT8 signals would flood out any PSK signal as if one station started to transmit JT65, multiple other stations would jump in at the same time creating a S7-9 noise on that part of the band. Hunting around the bands finally discovered where the PSK signals were hiding. Tuning the window so that no JT65 signal was in the receiver window was necessary as it would drown out the PSK signals. Another error was not tuning the modem to the transmitter. The procedure is to press F9 on the keyboard sending the modem into “diddle signal” then turning the tuning pot just up high enough to produce power out of the final stages to the antenna. After all these crazy errors, two digital contacts were achieved by the end of the day!

Meanwhile in the shack the team of several operators kept the CW key hot and the microphone busy. The team included Gary N4PIR, Peter KG4WEZ, Jeff K4DKW, Billy KC4HHW, Paul KS4YF, Doug K4ROK, Richard W4JNC Jim Lowe, KN4GWZ producing 105 CW contacts, 331 Phone contacts, 2 digital contacts and was on the air from 10:30AM to 7:30PM where the last to close the shop was Richard, Billy and Doug!

Many thanks to Eileen Van Houten who provided breakfast and a chili lunch with Bratwurst, 3 pounds of lean hamburger and a sauce to die for. Thanks to Jeff, K4DKW, for the snacks and to all the volunteers who came out and participated and hopefully had lots of fun. The final big thanks goes to Doug who bore the brunt of getting the place set up and going and without him it would have not happened. If we want a QSO party next year then we must all commit to helping set it up as I do not think Doug can put all that effort into it next time. Much thanks Doug. Rest and recover dude!

73, Peter, KG4WEZ

Bernie Nobles, WA4MOK, BARC Ham of the Year

Christmas Party and BARC 2017 Awards

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Bernie Nobles, WA4MOK, (R) receiving BARC Ham of the Year plaque from BARC President Jeff Meyer, K4DKW.

A great time was had by all at the December BARC Christmas party whit the families participating.  As usual, there was very good food and many deserts. 

Awards were presented to BARC members at the December 12 Christmas Party.  The Ham of the Year plaque was earned by Bernie Nobles, WA4MOK.

Peer award certificates were awarded to OM of the Year (tie) John McCoy, K4KBB, and Dave Langley, W4YDY.  Linda Nobles received the YL of the Year and Elmer of the Year went to Dave Wood, W4EJ.  Mike Monteith, KM4OLT was selected New Ham of the Year. 

Volunteer certificates were awarded to Tom Parsons, W4TEP, Club Station Trustee; Pat Williams, KG4NSC, Public Relations/Publicity; Joe Jeansonne, WB4JOE, Ham Chatter Editor, Michael Monteith, KM4OLT, Web Site Editor and Dave Langley, W4YDY, Ham Chatter & Web Site Contributing Editor. 
Gary Coriell, KK4GC, received a certificate for Volunteer Examiner:(VE) Liaison.  Gary then presented certificates to VE Dave Langley, W4YDY.   The following VEs were not present, Morris Lewis, AK4MU, Dan Wallace, K4HMW, Byron Highland, K4BMH, Al Mullis, K4GOE, Gary Faust, N4PIR, and Richard Cox, K4CRD.

The following 2017 Officers were presented certificates.  President - Jeff Meyer, K4DKW, First Vice President; Dave Wood, W4EJ, Second Vice President; Dave Langley, W4YDY, Secretary; Albert Sanchez, WA7FXB, Treasurer; Terry Monday, K4ZYD, Trustee; Pat Williams, KG4NSC, and Trustee, Byron Highland, K4BMH.

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. Set up was easily done by turning on the radios and start talking. Jeff was placed at the first watering station and was given the tactical call sign “Dash1” followed by Gary at “Dash2”, Cheryl at “Dash3”, Doug at “Dash4” with Peter as Net control in the trailer at the finish line. As the race progressed, Gary and Cheryl were reassigned to the last part of the race course to allow a small crew to cover the entire 10 miles. Matt McMahon, WU2V, of Vidant Emergency Services loaned a Viper radio to net control to be able to pass messages to the medical support group. Matt also being a ham, had his HT on frequency as a backup. He will be bringing his communications trailer and speaking about emergency communications in 2018 at our February BARC meeting. The runners started in three shifts, the 10 milers, then the 5k and then the kids. Good communications were maintained on the 147.090 W4GDF repeater without problems (Thanks to the Pitt Co Repeater Association). The last runners crossed the line by 3:30 PM.  The after event debriefing was done at Applebee’s where serious discussions about the meaning of life was contemplated while drinking tea from Long Island (1$ specials). A good time was had by all. As net control, I would personally like to thank all involved for making this a seamless event and a good showing to the public. - Peter KG4WEZ.

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Winterville Historical and Arts Society Amateur Radio Demonstration
December 11, 2016

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Peter Van Houten, KG4WEZ, explains emergency trailer equipment to visitor while Dave, W4YDY looks on.







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Working Amateur Radio portable stations set up by WA4MOK for Winterville Historical and Arts Society demonstration. 

Bernie Nobles, WA4MOK, left, Dave, W4YDY, right





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Bernie, WA4MOK, talking to stations in nearby states while visitor observes.  








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Bernie, WA4MOK, explains equipment and operation of Amateur Radio station to future ham and his mother.  He asked Bernie many questions about Amateur Radio.


Thanks to Leland Tucker, WB4RQG, Winterville Historical and Arts Society Vice President, for his assistance. 

Email from Leland, WB4RQG:
A huge thank you to the members of the Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club that made our open house such a success. Bernard, Dave and Peter made demonstrations and answered questions in a very professional manner and certainly may have inspired a new ham or two.  Again, on behalf of the Winterville Historical and Arts Society, thank you!

More pictures to be added later on the Picture page.
Photos by Leland, WB4RQG. 

New Email addresses at @w4amc.com

New email addresses using the w4amc.com domain have been added by Mike Monteith, KM4OLT, web site editor.  Dave Langley, W4YDY, VE Liaison can be reached by using ve @w4amc.comJoe Jeansonne, KB4JOE, Ham Chatter editor can be reached by using hamchatter @w4amc.com. The old barc @w4amc.com now goes to Mike Monteith, KM4OLT.  It did go to W4YDY when he was web site editor.  The president @w4amc.com goes to the club president.  (Remove the space before the @ sign in the addresses.)

W4AMC.COM 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, 2016.. 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.

You should see a great improvement in the looks of the site. You will see no change in the looks of the site at first. Mike is working on a new look. Most if not all content will still be there but some of the addresses may change.

From Mike’s biography on QRZ.COM, he has the following information:

"Computers - I've worked on PC since the original IBM PCs and XTs. I did system admin work for 18 years which includes HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, Line, OS/2, and Windows.

"Programming - from previous jobs and curiosity, I've programmed in Basic, assembly, C, C++, C#, Pascal, Fortran, Java, and shell programming. I also started out making we pages when all you had was ftp and a text editor. Now I use pH, CSK, HTML, Java, JavaScript, and currently using Gumball for a lot of work."

Thanks to Mike for volunteering to help the club. He just got into Amateur Radio a few months ago but he is already stepping up to give back to Amateur Radio. We need more like him. - W4YDY

Joe Jeansonne, KB4JOE, Ham Chatter Editor

kb4joe-2.jpg (12160 bytes)Joe Jeansonne, KB4JOE, volunteered to take over the position of Ham Chatter Editor.  He started with the June 2015 issue.  He said he wanted to give back to Amateur Radio.    

Joe is the Networking Technology Coordinator at Pitt Community College and very experienced in computers and graphics. He received his Technician license, KK4FYK, in January 2012 and recently received the Vanity call sign, KB4JOE.  His wife, Kristen, is an RN at Physicians East in Winterville.  They live in Farmville. 

Please help him with articles and ideas for articles.  He welcomes your suggestions.

Thanks Joe for your service to BARC and Amateur Radio. 

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