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Radio 101 - Prep Classes for Field Day and Contesting

  • This is what you miss if you don't come out to Radio 101, held on many Saturday evenings at the BARC Clubhouse in Owings Mills...
    • Going over things like how to tune in a station
    • How to work DX - listening, where the DX is listening, who he is working
    • Long path vs Short path
    • Using spotting networks
    • QSLing DX
    • Working Split
    • Using the filters in the radio
    • Tuning the Radio
    • Tuning the Amp
    • Which bands under which conditions
    • Which antenna at which time. (20 meters in the late afternoon it is better to use the G5RV instead of burning out the rotor swinging all over the place)
    • Looking at 6 meters
    We also encourage people to bring in their own rigs if they wish to test them. (Bill N3WD and Neil W3ZQI).
  • We offer informal radio introductions on many Saturday evenings. Why Saturday evenings? That is the top night of the week for the many contests on the air. A great way to see the broadest activity and hone on-air skills is to listen to or participate in contests. Inquire about upcoming Saturdays at the club e-mail address or club telephone number. 

    Education Classes to Prepare for Licensing Exams

    • We are planning to resume training classes, to help you get your first amateur radio license or upgrade. All training will be held at BARC's Meeting and Training Facility 12360 Owings Mills Blvd. Reisterstown, MD 21136. The book is available from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) or we have the books available. To register for a class please e-mail the club at The Club E-Mail. Here is the schedule of classes: <TBA>
    • Also check out these other education opportunities in the Maryland/DC area: . In particular, the Montgomery College Chapter of the IEEE and Montgomery Amateur Radio Club; CARA, the Columbia Amateur Radio Association; Antietam Radio Association; and the Anne Arundel Radio Club each have classes beginning in March, 2014.

    Amateur Radio License Examinations Information

    The BARC VE Team Leader maintains a web site with lots of good information, including exam performance statistics for the last several years.  See it at VE Team website

    All examinations are conducted in accordance with the FCC rules. 
    Walkins are accepted if space permits.  NO ONE Admitted after testing begins.

    Sponsor: BARC, Baltimore Amateur Radio Club AERO Radio Club ARCNEM, Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum
    VEC: The BARC testing is affiliated with the LARC VEC

    The AERO testing is affiliated with the ARRL VEC

    The ARCNEM testing is affiliated with the ARCNEM VEC
    Location: BARC Meeting and Training Facility
    12360 Owings Mills Blvd.
    Essex Branch Baltimore County Public Library
    1110 Eastern Blvd.
    Essex Md. 21221 
    National Electronics Museum
    1745 West Nursery Rd, next to the Marriott Hotel in Linthicum, MD
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    $15.00  per session


    Time: Registration opening time is 1:30 PM, exams begin at 2 PM.


    Usually the Tuesday after training class ends, at 6 PM
    To preregister:
    Or phone Pat Stone 410-687-7209
    Jim Nowotarski
    for information.


    Testing at BARC

    (*) Date or day subject to change due to local scheduling conflicts

    Saturday-9:00 am. April 5 GBHC Hamboree-Timonium
    Saturday May 3
    Saturday June 7
    Saturday August 2
    Saturday September 6
    Saturday October 5
    Saturday November 8
    Saturday December 6


    Pre-registration is not required, but is appreciated.
    Be sure to bring:

    • your 2 proofs of identification to the test.  
    • Any certificates of successful completion you may have
    • Your original copy of current ham license if you have one

    Bringing photocopies of ID, any CSCE's you may have and any existing ham radio licenses will speed the process. 

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