BARC Tech Night

BARC Tech Night will be held monthly on the 2nd Thursday at 7:00 PM

All members and guests are invited and encouraged to attend for an educational evening.

July - Introduction to field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs)

Download - June 2019 Presentation: Designing and building Matching Networks

Download May Tech Night Presentation by Trevor

These are open to changes, especially if someone would like to present a different topic.

Other topics I have on the backlog are:
- Soldering techniques (through hole and surface mount)
- Using lab gear (signal generators, oscilloscopes, multimeters, antenna analyzers, etc.)
- How your radio works (meant as a first step to designing your own radio)
- Deep dive into the details of digital modes (at least RTTY, PSK31, and
FT8)
- Building an inexpensive and portable dual-band yagi (meant for satellite
comms)

The clubhouse is located at the former Sugarcreek Elementary School in downtown Bellbrook.

Address

Street Address
Club house Phone: 937-985-7698
51 South East Street
Bellbrook, OH 45305

Files

File Attachments: 

BARC Google Photos

BARC is currently using Google Photos to store memories of past Field Days and other events. Unfortunately, Google Photos does not provide a landing page that allows you to pick from the various albums. To overcome this, the various albums are linked to below.

Field Day 2015
Field Day 2016

News

Education

Click Link to Download - Mentor's Notebook - A Guide for the New Ham

What's in the Mentor's Notebook

This notebook is mainly a local guide for what you can do in the Miami Valley now that you are a
licensed amateur radio operator. There are sections on purchasing a radio, how repeaters work and a list of local repeaters, and some tips on programming your new radio. The appendix contains several, useful guides you can print out and keep near your home station. Be sure to take advantage of the Mentors listed in this guide. They are always happy to answer all your questions. Hams are great people so don’t be afraid to contact them!

The Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club (BARC) and the BARC Education Committee sponsor this
notebook. Please consider attending a BARC Membership meeting on the third Thursday of every
month and join the fun. For more information, visit the BARC website at bellbrookarc.org.
In addition to this Notebook as a guide for new hams, the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL),
the National organization for amateur radio in the U.S., puts out a podcast for new hams titled "So Now What" You can access that podcast at the ARRL website at arrl.org/so-now-what.

Click on the attached document to read, download and or print.

BARC Calendar

Emergency Communications

BARC began as a communications support group for the City of Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Township following the 1974 Xenia Tornado.

Important Note: To receive notices from Greene County about a variety of local and emergency alerts, please sign up for hyper-reach.

BARC operates 2m and 70cm repeaters with Yaesu C4FM System Fusion capability, and there is a four-station communications center in the BARC clubhouse with HF/VHF/UHF capability. As part of the Miami Valley Mesh Alliance, we are currently experimenting with WiFi mesh networking technology to support emergency communications and will have this capability in the clubhouse in the near future. The communications center is used for general on-air operations by members, for individual or club contesting, for demonstrations and training, and as a BARC/Greene County ARES (GCARES) emergency communications center in time of a local, county-wide or regional disaster or communications emergency.

BARC's home is in Greene County, Ohio, which has an Amateur Radio Emergency Service ® (ARES) group. The GCARES repeater is 146.9100 (-). Several BARC members support GCARES. The other large ARES group in the Dayton area is Montgomery County ARES (MOCOARES), whose primary repeater is 146.6400- (PL 123). Dayton SkyWarn uses the MOCOARES primary repeater. When SkyWarn is active, MOCOARES switches to their secondary repeater, 444.2500+ (PL 123), if a training or real-world net is activated.

Both GCARES and MOCOARES are part of Ohio Section District 3 ARES. The District 3 training net as well as the resource net (real world) uses the WCOARA repeater, 145.1100- (PL 67).

Like BARC, Xenia Weather Amateur Radio Net (XWARN) was formed after the 1974 Xenia, OH, tornado and serves to report severe weather in Greene County on 147.1650+ (PL 100). During severe weather, Dayton SkyWarn monitors the XWARN Severe Weather Net.

Queen City Emergency Net
Weather Amateur Radio Net (Cincinnati)

Education

Monthly Programs

During every month's general membership meeting (3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30PM), BARC puts on a program of an educational nature at our club house. The general public is welcome, and presentation materials are generally available.

Amateur Radio License Classes and Tests

Every Fall, the Greene County, Ohio, amateur radio clubs - BARC, Xenia Weather Amateur Radio Net (XWARN), and the Upper Valley Amateur Radio Club - offer classes in support of obtaining Technician, General, and Amateur Extra class amateur radio licenses. Additional information is available on the 2015 Fall Amateur Radio Classes page.

There is also a Laurel Volunteer Examiner (VE) group in the Dayton area that provides free testing throughout the year. For more information, you can contact Dave Crawford. Dave can also reach by cell phone at (937) 689-6894. There is also a schedule available for 2016.


Special Services Club


On Thursday, 18 December 2014, BARC received a Special Service Club award from ARRL Ohio Section Manager, Scott Yonally. BARC is the 8th club in Ohio to receive this special certification. ARRL describes Special Service Clubs (SSC) as those that go above and beyond within their communities to:

  1. Recruit, assist, and train new ham radio operators
  2. Offer continuing technical and operational education and practical training
  3. Establish an effective presence in the community by publicizing and promoting Amateur Radio and providing public service and emergency communications support
  4. Promote individual and organized group operational activities and training
  5. Promote and maintain ongoing special interests and unique activities that give the club a special personality

Area Clubs

Dayton and Southwest Ohio Weather and Emergency

BARC's home is in Greene County, Ohio, which has an ARES group. The GCARES repeater is 146.9100 (-). The other large ARES group in the Dayton area is Montgomery County ARES (MOCOARES), whose primary repeater is 146.6400- (PL 123). Dayton SkyWarn uses the MOCOARES primary repeater. When SkyWarn is active, MOCOARES switches to their secondary repeater, 444.2500+ (PL 123), if a net, training or real world, is activated.

Both GCARES and MOCOARES are part of Ohio Section, District 3 ARES. The District 3 training net as well as the resource net (real world) uses the WCOARA repeater, 145.1100- (PL 67).

Like BARC, Xenia Weather Amateur Radio Net (XWARN) was formed after the 1974 Xenia, OH, tornado and serves to report severe weather in Greene County on 147.1650+ (PL 100). During severe weather, Dayton SkyWarn monitors the XWARN Severe Weather Net.

Queen City Emergency Net
Weather Amateur Radio Net (Cincinnati)

Other

The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) draws membership from across the Dayton region, and they put on the largest ham radio convention in the world, Dayton Hamvention®. Their primary repeater is 146.9400-.

Preble Amateur Radio Association
Huber Heights Amateur Radio Club
OH-KY-IN Amateur Radio Society (Cincinnati)
Clinton County Amateur Radio Association
Northern Kentucky Amateur Radio Club
Tipp City Amateur Radio Group
Mound Amateur Radio Association

BARC Special Service Club

On Thursday, 18 December 2014, BARC received a Special Service Club award from ARRL Ohio Section Manager, Scott Yonally. BARC is the 8th club in Ohio to receive this special certification. ARRL describes Special Service Clubs (SSC) as those that go above and beyond within their communities to:

  1. Recruit, assist, and train new ham radio operators
  2. Offer continuing technical and operational education and practical training
  3. Establish an effective presence in the community by publicizing and promoting Amateur Radio and providing public service and emergency communications support
  4. Promote individual and organized group operational activities and training
  5. Promote and maintain ongoing special interests and unique activities that give the club a special personality

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