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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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Join us on Sunday June 21, 2015 for the BARC Father's Day hamfest in Upperco, MD. This exciting event features a giant flea market for traditional tailgating, QSL card checking, and food. Hours: 8 am.-noon. Location: the Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company grounds, 16020 Carnival Avenue, Upperco, MD 21155. Contacts: Bill Dobson N3WD or Sharon Dobson K3DUH--410-842-5019, and w3ft67@yahoo.com.

We had a blast as we operated as Special Event Station W3B from 8 PM EDT Friday, September 12th through 10 PM Sunday, September 14th commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. This was the actual 200th anniversary. Thank you to those operators who helped with the event. QSLs for W3B are only for this timeframe.

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, 12360 Owings Mills Blvd-Suite D, Reisterstown, MD 21136"; please mark your inbound envelope with the event name (if applicable). Logbook of the World is loaded promptly.

2014 Field DayARRL Field Day was June 28-29, 2014. This is the largest on-air amateur radio event in North America. This year, we again enjoyed using the clubhouse with all the comforts of air conditioning, electrical power, food, and restroom facilities. Field Day details

13 Colonies

13 Colonies Special Event: July 1-6, 24 hrs. a day

BARC participated in the 13 Colonies Special Event as a sister event to the July 4th celebration. We represented the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangle Banner. This was an important part in history and a huge event for BARC. Congratulations to those hams who made a clean sweep by working all the 1x1 stations plus the bonus stations. We hosted hams from all over the area as operators--a hearty Thank You to those who helped. Operators: Michael KC3BFE, Robert ND3D, Roger W3ROG, Charles W3CQB, Frank W3FGD, Val W3VAL, John KC3AJH, Ted WA3AER, Leo N3AEG, Hale N3NYC, Michael KB3VHH, Michael, N3OKT, Neil W3ZQI, Brian N3VN, Bill N3WD, Sharon K3DUH, Bernie Moll, and Bill N3UKI. QSL activities are underway. We have uploaded to Logbook of the World and over 500 QSL requests by USmail have been answered.

Special Event Station -- Opening of the War of 1812. W3FT was on the air Saturday June 16, 2012 and Sunday June 17, 2012. Wow, over 1,616 contacts! Full event and QSL details We'll be back on the air in mid-2014 for the "closing" celebration of the War of 1812. -- more details to come.

Wow, another cool and successful event has concluded with our 2014 Greater Baltimore Hamboree on Saturday April 5, 2014. (Maryland State Fairgrounds--Timonium, MD). The 2014 event included our first year with the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Expo. To those who came out, we thank you for being with us! The Hamboree included free Amateur Radio License examinations. There were 58 applicants with 65 examinations administered. Our congratulations to the 45 individuals who achieved either their first license or upgraded. This was the biggest exam session for the Hamboree since April, 2000.

A big thank you to BGE of Baltimore, MD for their Emergency Preparedness Grant to our organization. This $8,250 is being used to repair and update damaged infrastructure (antenna, tower, and radios) used for our public service and emergency preparedness activities. For example, Baltimore City and Baltimore County Skywarn are conducted on our VHF repeater system. The equipment upgrade to the radio shack is already underway.

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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.

Upcoming Events and Meetings

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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

Sharon Dobson,  K3DUH President
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

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The club meetings are normally on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  The first meeting is generally dedicated to club business and the third Wednesday is generally used for a program meeting of some kind.  There are generally no meetings on the third Wednesday in December and January due to other club activities.   All general club meetings begin at 7:30 PM. They are generally concluded by 9 PM, followed by a social period.  

Other standing meetings are:

Fund Raising Committee - Second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm at the facility.

Board Of Directors Meeting - Fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm at the facility.

Schedule of Meetings and Events (all at the BARC Clubhouse (12360 Owings Mills Blvd. Reistertown, MD 21136) at 7:30 pm. unless otherwise noted):

-- TBD, Saturday -- a late afternoon sometime soon in 2015 -- Holiday party

-- Wednesday, February 4, 2015 -- club meeting

-- Wednesday, February 18, 2015 -- club meeting

-- Saturday, March 7, 2015 -- clubhouse yard sale, mid-morning--afternoon (weather permitting)

-- Saturday, March 14, 2015 -- clubhouse yard sale, mid-morning--afternoon (weather permitting)

-- Saturday, March 14, 2015 -- club Auction, late afternoon

-- Saturday, March 21, 2015 -- clubhouse yard sale, mid-morning--afternoon (weather permitting)

-- Saturday, March 28, 2015 -- clubhouse yard sale, mid-morning--afternoon (weather permitting)

-- Sunday, June 21, 2015 -- BARC Father's Day Hamfest (Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company grounds in Upperco, MD--see above for full detail)

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