Next Meeting:

June 14th (Tuesday night) at 7pm at Oakwood School (and Zoom).

“All About Field Day” by our own FD Chairperson: Beth KN4FZB.

We will try to organize our Field Day efforts. Food, antennas radios, CW, SSB, FT8 etc… help us have the best FD ever! We will have it at Oakwood this year in our special radio room. (June: Fri 24 – Sun 26).

LOCATION NOTE: Now that BARC members have reached very close to heard immunity and the Governor has lifted sanctions, we can meet in person. We have the Oakwood School Music room in the Activities & Gym building (look for the tower in back). It has an overhead projector, sound system and a very large white board. The Oakwood facilities have a mandatory mask policy that we must respect or loose the use of the room. The former meeting place at ECU Greenville Center we had before Covid lockdown is a “no-go” as the finance department has taken over that area.

Member meeting: the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM, in person & Zoom, here is the schedule:

The Year in Meetings:

Date StatusNameTitleLocation
Jul 13, 2021Past(K1KK stepped in)Antenna Math!Oakwood
Aug 10, 2021PastDavid SourdisAntennas etcOakwood/Zoom
Sep 14, 2021PastDave Wood HousePICNIC & SwapfestDave’s House
Oct 12, 2021PastRobert YoungTar Heel Ant.Oakwood
Nov 9, 2021PastOfficer Elections & Macon DailVOA by Macon DailOakwood/Zoom
Dec 14, 2021PastChristmas PartyPot Luck Immanuel Church
Jan 11, 2022PastPeter, N4PVHVOA site COakwood/Zoom
Feb 8, 2022PastMacCaulay, WU4BDx & Dx ClubsOakwood/Zoom
Mar 8, 2022PastJeremy Lindsey, K2HJXHam Radio Public ServiceOakwood/Zoom
Apr 12, 2022PastPat HarrisSOTAOakwood/Zoom
May 10, 2022Past
Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA
Sun Spots and propagationOakwood/Zoom
Jun 14, 2022ConfirmedFD Chairperson Beth KN4FZBFD OrganizationOakwood/Zoom
Jul 12, 2022ConfirmedMatt Heere N3NWVPOTAOakwood/Zoom
Aug 9, 2022ConfirmedJoe Moell K0OV direction finding aka fox huntingOakwood/Zoom
Sep 13, 2022ConfirmedBARC PicnicAnnual PicnicDave’s House
Oct 11, 2022
Nov 8,2022(also elections)
Dec 13, 2022Christmas PartyPot LuckImmanuel Church
BARC Meetings for the rest of the year

Be there or be square! Program chair for 2022 is Judy W3JUU, thank you for volunteering. If you have ideas for meeting presentation, please contact Judy.
Thank you to Byron K4BMH for being the program chair for 2021 and arranging the programs for the year. EmComm page link here.

BARC board meeting: the last Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM on Zoom.

Due to Covid-19, most in person meetings have been moved to Zoom virtual meeting with exceptions (see table above). This has had a positive effect as we are able to invite speakers that could otherwise not come to the meeting in person but can visit virtually. Invites with the Zoom Meeting Number and Password will be emailed to all members the day before the meeting. Our Vice President is in charge of setting up the meeting. We have to thank Lou Demko for the fine job he did in 2020. Some of the past meetings were recorded and are on Vimeo here. We look forward to Byron Highland to coordinate the 2021 meetings.

Looking forward to in-person meetings and have successfully tried a combination meeting where we meet at a conference room but have Zoom running and projected it onto the screen as well so that the speaker and members that cannot be in the room, can join and participate remotely. We will all be present in the meeting one way or another! (ain’t technology grand!) While Delta & Omicron variant are loose, bring and wear a mask at all times to protect yourself and others. Oakwood requires it in order to have the meeting held there.

Past Meeting videos:

August 10th, 2021, Live & Zoom. David Sourdis talked about the math related to antennas and feed lines. How to measure SWR of stubs and other connections. Rather good explanation from a RF Engineer! Demonstration on how to use a VNA to get the right length of coax.

May 11th, 2021, on Zoom. Gary Faust N4PIR presented his POTA (Parks On The Air) experience running QRP (Low power of 5 watts) going out to a park and activating the station. Where he is spotted brings “hunters” that look for activated parks on the air creating a “pileup” of radio amateurs calling trying to make a contact there. It is a challenge to set up a minimalist station and get it to work well on portable low power equipment and on battery power.

April 13th, 2021, 7:00pm on Zoom. Presentation by Elixander Valladares W7HU AKA Alex. He will be our April Guest. Alex will discuss growing up in Cuba and involving himself in the hobby from his teens. He decided that he wanted to explore the opportunities that were available in the USA, but for this, he had to sneak out of Cuba on a homemade raft. Eventually, on his second attempt he did make his way successfully to the US, although not without quite a few stops along the way. Being a member of the ham radio world provided a certain amount of protection on his journey and helped him to get settled in the US.

March 9th, 2021, Presentation by Will Jourdain AA4WJ of ICOM America on the new technology that is being developed at Icom on the new IC705. Great Q&A discussion for 45 minutes at the end of the presentation about the capabilities of the radio and D-Star etc. WARNING: you will want one of these radios after seeing this video!

February 12, 2021: Tom Brown (N4TAB) talked about  “EmComm in NC”. Tom is very active for years in EmComm. He is currently NC RACES Officer, NC ARES SEC, NC AUXCOMM Coordinator, NC COML as his positions. Links for the FEMA National Incident Management System (NIMS): (Free ICS courses we need 100, 200, 700, 800 to qualify to work in any emergency.)

Tom Brown talks about EmComm

January 12, 2021: Matt McMahon talking about the Down East Repeaters and DMR.

Matt in the EmComm vehicle.
Matt using the Em Com Vehicle

November 2020: Elecraft meeting with co-founder Eric Swartz talking about the technology in the new K4 radio.

Eric giving the technical insight to the new K4 HF radio.

September 2020 Meeting: Marv Hoffman talk on ARRL and the future of Amateur Radio.

Marv tells it like it is…

Unknown Signal: Please identify this signal in the comments below.

10KHz wide signal heard in MD & NC on 40m band.

April 2020 Meeting: Brian Harrison’s discussion of the final flight of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan.

May 2020 Meeting: Brian Harrison’s presentation of the FCC’s Radio Intelligence Division in WWII.

Vimeo link to BARC Ham Radio Meetings and Videos here.

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