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August 2014 BARC VE Session Results updatedy.gif (1796 bytes) 8/26/14

Two applicants passed their exams at the August 19 BARC VE session.  One upgraded to Extra and one passed the Technician exam.

Joseph E. Towell, KK4SFE, Tarboro, NC, upgraded to Amateur Extra.  Jay Oswald, Greenville, passed the Technician exam and he was assigned call sign KM4DXX on August 26.  Congratulations to both for their accomplishment.

Also Jay joined the Brightleaf ARC and Joseph completed an application and plans to join at the September meeting.  Welcome to the club.

The VE's that attended were Acting VE Liaison Dave Langley, W4YDY, Thomas Styron, KB7L, Dan Wallace, K4HMW,  Byron Highland, K4BMH, Richard Campbell, W4JNC, and James Lewis, AK4MU

The next regular BARC VE session is scheduled for October 21, 2014. 

BARC Member John Johnston, NC4JJ, Silent Key

Jonathan O'Quinn, KK4LHL, received a phone call from Jeanette Johnston, wife of John Johnston, on July 6, 2014.

John Johnston, NC4JJ, passed away on the morning of July 6, 2014.  He is going to be cremated, and there will be no formal service.

John was an enthusiastic member of the club and very interested in Amateur Radio.   He passed Technician exam in 2012 and received the call sign KK4IUB.   He later upgraded to Amateur Extra and received the vanity call sign NC4JJ.

The Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club members extend their condolences to John's wife and family.

June 2014 BARC VE Session Results updatedy.gif (1796 bytes) 6/23/14

Four applicants passed their exams at the June BARC VE session.  One upgraded to General and three passed the Technician exam. The FCC issued their new call signs on June 23.   

Judy Chappell, KC3CXI, Clarks Summit, PA, upgraded to General.  Robert Mahe, KM4CPD, Greenville, Jason Melendez, KM4CPC, Winterville, and William Sawyer, KM4CPB, Winterville, passed the Technician exam.   Congratulations to all for their accomplishment.

Also Robert, Jason and William joined the Brightleaf ARC.  Welcome to the club.

The VE's that attended were Acting VE Liaison Dave Langley, W4YDY, Thomas Styron, KB7L, Dan Wallace, K4HMW,  Byron Highland, K4BMH, Terry Monday, K4ZYD, and James Lewis, AK4MU 

2013 Christmas Party

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Gerry Clayton, K4IDD, (with the big smile) was presented BARC Ham of the Year plaque by Mike Langley, KD4MTT. 

A good time was had by all at the annual Christmas Party with good conversation and food.  The food was very, very good and there was plenty there for everyone.  Thanks to Brenda Bertrand, KJ4GDS, Ted Bertrand, KI4PWX, and Richard Campbell, W4JNC, for getting the Poinsettias, table setups and beverages.  Peer awards were handed out by MC Mike Langley, KD4MTT, who first talked about some of the history of BARC.  He presented the BARC Ham of the Year Plaque to Gerry Clayton, K4IDD, and certificates for OM of the Year to John McCoy, K4KBB, YL of the Year to Brenda Bertrand, KJ4GDS and Elmer of the Year to Bernie Nobles, WA4MOK.  

A plaque was also presented to Richard Campbell, W4JNC, outgoing BARC President for the past 2 years.  Certificates were also given to the 2013 Officers, First Vice President John McCoy, K4KBB;  Second Vice President Terry Monday, K4ZYD; Secretary Ted Bertrand, KI4PWX; Treasurer Gerry Clayton, K4IDD; Board Member Thomas Styron, KB7L; and Board Member Byron Highland, K4BMH.

Certificates were also presented to Tom Parsons, W4TEP, Callsign Trustee for W4AMC/W4UHS/W1VOA; Taylor Millar, W4WTM, Publicity and Dave Langley, W4YDY, Ham Chatter & Web Editor.   Also certificates were given to Ted Bertrand, KI4PWX, Equipment Chairman and VE Liaison and the following Volunteer Examiners, Dave Langley, W4YDY, Dan Wallace, K4HMW, Thomas Styron, KB7L, Byron Highland, K4BMH, Richard Campbell, W4JNC, Morris Lewis, AK4MU, Tom McLaughlin, KE4NQP, Gerry Clayton, K4IDD, and Nikki Berry, KF4CL. (All VE's were not present)

Mike introduced the 2014 BARC officers.  They are President Terry Monday, K4ZYD, (not present); First Vice President; Josh Steele, KB3VKH; Second Vice President, John McCoy, K4KBB; Secretary Ted Bertrand, KI4PWX; Treasurer Gerry Clayton, K4IDD; Board Member Richard Campbell, W4JNC; and Board Member Morris Lewis, AK4MU.

For those that missed the party, be sure to put it on you schedule next year.  A lot of fun and a great time is always had by everyone.  It's one of the two biggest BARC events of the year, the other being Field Day in June.    

2014 Dues

Membership dues for BARC are due January 1.  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 2013 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 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 Gerry Clayton, K4IDD, BARC Treasurer, at gclayton4 @ suddenlink.net  (remove spaces in email address).

Thank you for your support and participation in BARC.

Bill Finch, W4EHF, 101, SK

w4ehf.jpg (13669 bytes)Bill Finch, W4EHF, passed away July 27, 2013.  He was 101 years old and a very active Life Member of the Brightleaf ARC.   Bill had been an Amateur Radio operator for 78 years and was licensed in 1935.   He upgraded to Amateur Extra Class when he was 94 in 2005.  Bill's son, Bill Finch, Jr., AI4TN, is also a member of BARC. 

The funeral service was conducted July 30 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Greenville. The family received friends at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. A graveside service was held July 31 at 11 a.m. in Lafayette Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club extends its condolences to Bill's family and many friends. 

Wilkerson Funeral Home obituary

A video on Fox News featuring Bill when he turned 100 in 2012.

Ham Chatter
article featuring Bill receiving Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2012

July 2000 Ham Chatter article featuring Bill in the Meet the Member column.

W4EHF with Order of Long Leaf Pine certificate

Bill Finch, W4EHF

Bill Finch, W4EHF, awarded North Carolina's Order of the Long Leaf Pine

BARC member, Bill Finch, W4EHF, was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Beverly Perdue for his service to Amateur Radio and his work in emergency communications and radio nets.  Bill is still active in the traffic nets every week.  It was presented to him by North Carolina Section Manager Bill Morine, N2COP, at the RARSFest April 7, 2012 at the beginning of the ARRL Division meeting.  Weldon Fields, W4AJT, Greensboro, also received the award.  Morine remarked that there was a lot of Amateur Radio experience between Bill, age 100, and Weldon, age 98.  Bill was licensed in 1935 and Weldon was licensed in 1930 for a total of 159 years between the two.       

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is among the most prestigious awards presented by the Governor of North Carolina. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is presented to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state. Contributions to their communities, extra effort in their careers, and many years of service to their organizations are some of the guidelines by which recipients are selected for this award.

Bill had a few remarks at the end of the ceremony thanking everyone for their help and about his love of North Carolina even when he was away.  Bill remarked that he was born in Raleigh and always looked forward to returning to North Carolina even though he was not gone for long.  Years ago while in New York, he memorized the North Carolina toast and recited it in his comments. The first 4 lines are on the certificate that he received. 

Here's to the land of the long leaf pine,
The summer land where the sun doth shine,
Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great,
Here's to "Down Home," the Old North State!
Here's to the land of the cotton bloom white,
Where the scuppernong perfumes the breeze at night,
Where the soft southern moss and jessamine mate,
'Neath the murmuring pines of the Old North State!
Here's to the land where the galax grows,
Where the rhododendron's rosette glows,
Where soars Mount Mitchell's summit great,
In the "Land of the Sky," in the Old North State!
Here's to the land where maidens are fair,
Where friends are true and cold hearts rare,
The near land, the dear land, whatever fate,
The blessed land, the best land, the Old North State!

Congratulations Bill from all BARC members.  Well deserved. 

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