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Welcome to the Baltimore Amateur Radio Club

The Baltimore Amateur Radio Club is a non-profit public service organization, organized under the laws of the State of Maryland. We are recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization, and are registered with the Secretary of State of the State of Maryland as a non-profit organization. For information on donations please contact us.

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* * * Fiscal Year 2018 ended on September 30, 2018; all memberships expired as of that date. Fiscal Year 2019 membership dues are now due to be paid. Please go to the Membership page for details on how to send payment to maintain your membership. Thank you for your support. * * *

December's meeting featured a lively exchange of ideas for helping Gordon KC3LWO configure an effective antenna system from the back of his townhome. Expounding on features of different wire antenna types and antenna tuners, one particularly comfortable arrangement for his QTH would be a high quality tuner (roller inductor preferred) with an end-fed wire antenna (using a 9:1 matcher). Power in excess of 100 watts was discouraged for now since he already has numerous opportunities for experimentation. First priority is to get on the air! This was preceeded by a short club board meeting.

Congratulations to our new slate of officers (see bottom of this page) elected at the November meeting. After a short review of business by Hale N3NYC, elections were held. Neil W3ZQI spoke of our on-going plans to expand the hamfest vendors/attendees to include robotics, drones, and R/C. Jim WB3DJU mentioned a meeting space and storage opportunity. He followed with a discussion of his recent 5,000 mile road trip by RV over much of the country, to include visiting the Collins Radio Company in Grand Rapids and viewing the Mississippi River. He then showed his new Family Radio HTs with a discussion of their design and capabilies. Subsequent discussions included popular choices for starter HF amateur radio stations.

Much of the business discussion at the October meeting centered on the upcoming June's BARC Hamfest. A slate of officers for November elections was assembled (see bottom of this web page). Neil W3ZQI will assemble a membership list from various sources and initiate billing for this year's annual dues. New member Joseph AB9YY and returning member Gerald NE3C were welcomed.

At the September meeting, Gordon pleasantly surprised us by announcing that he had passed both the Tecnician and General exams since the July meeting--congratulations to Gordon, now KC3LWO. Al W3YRS had not been seen in a good while; welcome back. Stephan KC3ILL discussed his solar power array that supplies most of the electricity to his home in Timonium and showed us his electric scooter (used to ride to a Light Rail stop on his way to the meeting) which does 18 mph. Neil W3ZQI led a discussion on the new weak-signal operating mode FT8.

Sept meeting

Another prospective ham, Gordon, was at our July meeting--hitting high marks on his practice exams. Dave AB3TE reported on the hamfest results...another good year. Plans are already underway for some expansions at the 2019 fest with confirmed indoor restrooms provided and increased publicity. Bill N3WD reported on his activation of K3S for the July 4th. 13 Colonies on-air event.

Three new faces (Jeff, Owen, and John) were at our June, 2018 meeting. After a short business meeting, we chit-chatted about our current operating status (interests and equipment) and listened to the new folks for their interests. All are welcome to attend our meetings. Volunteers for our hamfest on Father's Day are needed. Even a two-hour time contribution will be appreciated.

Please join us for the 2019 BARC Father's Day Hamfest and Marketplace in Upperco, MD. This exciting event features a giant flea market for traditional tailgating, miscellaneous items, and food. This is held on Father's Day Sunday June 16, 2019...Hours: 8 am.-2 pm. Location: the Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company grounds, 16020 Carnival Avenue, Upperco, MD 21155. We continue with our value pricing of $5 attendance and $5 per tailgating space.

A big thank you to our hamfest volunteers and espically Dave AB3TE (our hamfest chairman) for another successful event in 2018).

Returning for 2019... Tasty Treats, manned by Mr. Nick, who provides BBQ sandwiches, baklava, hot dogs, ice cream, coffee, and other goodies at affordable prices.

Again, plenty of tailgating spaces and free customer parking. New for 2019: indoor rest room facilities!

Remember, our event is the last area hamfest before the annual ARRL Field Day for those last minute shoppers. Please join us on Father's Day 2019 for our next event. Printable hamfest flyer of the 2018 event.

ARRL Field Day

ARRL Field Day for 2018 was June 23-24, 2018. This is the largest on-air amateur radio event in North America. Members of our club and the Baltimore Radio Amateur Television Society (BRATS) were hosted at a facility made available by Steve KA3ZMN who provided a first-rate operating environment for our multiple transmitter activity, complete with generator power, an impressive selection of antennas, and great food. A big thank you to Steve for his tremendous effort in making this year's event so effective and enjoyable for the two clubs.

QSL any of our contacts (any on-air activity): US-send SASE; DX-send SAE w/$1USD or use the bureau. For any direct mailing, an SASE or postage is required. Our mailing address is "Baltimore Amateur Radio Club-W3FT, P O Box 120, Reisterstown, MD 21136"; please mark your inbound envelope with the event name (if applicable). Logbook of the World is loaded promptly after any contacts are made.

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The BARC 2 meter Repeater

Weather and Solar Data

The BARC Repeater is available for anyone to use. The repeater has a primary input frequency of 146.07 Mhz and output is 146.67. The output PL tone is 107.2. With multiple receive sites in the Greater Baltimore area, coverage is excellent.

If the Repeater goes down, please try simplex as we will monitor BARC Simplex Frequency 146.550 mhz., 40M on 7.195Mhz, and 75M on 3.910Mhz.

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Current Officers

Hale Adams, N3NYC President
Dave Shadwell, AB3TE Vice-President
Val Purvis, W3VAL Secretary
Bill Dobson, N3WD Treasurer
Mike Hall, KB3VHH Member at Large
Gordon Johnston, KC3LWO Member at Large
Neil Gustafson, W3ZQI Member at Large

Upcoming Events and Meetings:

Club meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month at Wegman's Hunt Valley (Hunt Valley Town Center--122 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21030 in the upstairs dining area) 7:00 pm. sharp. Arrive ahead of time if purchasing dinner or beverage. Wegman's has an extensive buffet food bar with many Chinese and American food selections plus pizza and beverages.


-- Wednesday, January 2, 2019 -- monthly club meeting 7:00 pm.

-- Wednesday, February 6, 2019 -- monthly club meeting 7:00 pm.

-- Wednesday, March 6, 2019 -- monthly club meeting 7:00 pm.

-- Wednesday, April 3, 2019 -- monthly club meeting 7:00 pm.

-- Wednesday, May 1, 2019 -- monthly club meeting 7:00 pm.

-- Wednesday, June 5, 2019 -- monthly club meeting 7:00 pm.

-- Sunday, June 16, 2019 -- BARC Father's Day Hamfest and Marketplace at Arcadia Firegrounds, Upperco, MD 21155 8:00 am.- 2:00 pm.

-- Wednesday, July 3, 2019 -- monthly club meeting 7:00 pm.

-- Wednesday, August 7, 2019 -- monthly club meeting 7:00 pm.

-- Wednesday, September 4, 2019 -- monthly club meeting 7:00 pm.

-- Wednesday, October 2, 2019 -- monthly club meeting 7:00 pm.

-- Wednesday, November 6, 2019 -- monthly club meeting 7:00 pm.

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