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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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With great sadness, we announce the passing of PVRC member Ed Kriston K3CAV--Silent Key on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Carroll Hospital. The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 1:00 pm. to 4:00 pm. and 6:00 pm.-8:00 pm. at Fletcher Funeral Home, 254 E. Main Street, Westminster, MD. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 11:00 am. at the funeral home. Internment will be in Druid Ridge Cemetery. http://fletcherfuneralhome.net/notices/Edward-KristonJr. RIP Ed.

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.

Thank you to Bud W3LL for speaking at the May, 2018 meeting about his contest-competitive ham radio station, sharing exotic QSL (contact confirmation) cards, and updates on the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC).

And also, a big thank you to Jim WB3DJU for graciously hosting the April, 2018 meeting of the Baltimore Amateur Radio Club at his Phoenix, MD home. After a brief business meeting, Jim conducted an informative "Open House" tour showing his awesome collection of vintage and current amateur radio equipment. The Collins selection is particularly striking. Years of his painstaking detail work is quite evident in this first-class, comprehensive amateur radio station--truly an example of "How it should be done!".

Thank you to those who joined us for the 2018 BARC Father's Day Hamfest and Marketplace in Upperco, MD. This exciting event featured a giant flea market for traditional tailgating, miscellaneous items, and food. This was held on Father's Day Sunday June 17, 2018...Hours: 8 am.-2 pm. Location: the Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company grounds, 16020 Carnival Avenue, Upperco, MD 21155. We continued 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).

New for 2018... Tasty Treats, was manned by Mr. Nick, who provided BBQ sandwiches, baklava, hot dogs, ice cream, coffee, and other goodies at affordable prices.

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 (acting)
Hale Adams, N3NYC Vice-President
Val Purvis, W3VAL Secretary
Bill Dobson, N3WD Treasurer
Dave Shadwell, AB3TE Member at Large
Art Wadsworth, KB3ZNL Member at Large
Frank Dean, W3FGD 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.

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-- Wednesday, August 1, 2018 -- monthly club meeting 7:00 pm.

-- Wednesday, September 5, 2018 -- monthly club meeting 7:00 pm.

-- Wednesday, October 3, 2018 -- monthly club meeting 7:00 pm.

-- Wednesday, November 7, 2018 -- monthly club meeting 7:00 pm.

-- Wednesday, December 5, 2018 -- monthly club meeting 7:00 pm .

-- 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.


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