Next Meeting:

Nov. 9th, 2021, 7pm at Oakwood Music Room Featuring Macon Dail (WB4JPQ), who maintains our 444.800 DMR repeater and works at the Voice of America. He will be talking about the history of the VOA and the 80th anniversary celebrations of the VOA going on Feb. 19-20, 2022 (We are one of three special event stations on the air).

(IN PERSON – BYOM: (bring your own mask), School mandate while on grounds).

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 Board is working on getting us the ECU meeting place we had before Covid lockdown but that has not happened yet. A notice will be send before the meeting if this changes.

The Year in Meetings:

DateStatusNameTitleLocation
July 13thConfirmed(K1KK stepped in)Antenna Math!Oakwood
August 10thConfirmedDavid SourdisAntennas etcOakwood/Zoom
September 14thConfirmedDave Wood HousePICNIC & SwapfestDave’s House
October 12thConfirmedRobert YoungTar Heel Ant.Oakwood
November 9thConfirmedOfficer Elections &VOA by Macon DailOakwood
December 9thConfirmedChristmas PartyPot Luck ?
January 11thConfirmedClark, WU4BDx & Dx ClubsOakwood
BARC Meetings for the rest of the year

Be there or be square! Thank you to Byron K4BMH for being the program chair and arranging the programs for the year. EmComm page link here.


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

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 variant is 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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