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 2019
Field Day 2018
Field Day 2017
Field Day 2016
Field Day 2015

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

Skills Night

Skills Night is held the first Tuesday of every month at 7 pm. at 7 pm at the BARC Clubhouse.

Newly licensed hams wondering "What can I do now?" are invited to ask questions and learn how to get on the air using proper operating techniques. Skills Nights are informal, non-technical sessions where any and all questions are invited. Several mentors will be present to answer questions and demonstrate techniques so join us and have fun!

Mentor's Notebook

What Do I Do Now?
Congratulations on getting your license and welcome to ham radio! It is natural to have lots of
questions and to wonder what you should do next or how to get on the air. This Mentor’s Notebook is
intended to help you get started and answer many of the questions that new hams have. But what is a
Mentor? A Mentor is an experienced amateur radio operator who acts as a teacher and guide for a new
ham. These people used to be called Elmers in the jargon of amateur radio.
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.
Read More .

Amateur Radio License Classes and Tests

Classes
The Greene County Amateur Radio License Courses, jointly sponsored by the three Greene County amateur radio clubs (Bellbrook, Fairborn and Xenia) and Greene County ARES,

To register for one of the courses or for more information, please contact Henry Ruminski W8HJR by email at Henry.Ruminski@wright.edu or by phone (between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM) at (937) 232-9272 (leave message if no answer).
73, Henry Ruminski W8HJR
Coordinator, Greene County License Courses

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

About

History

The Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club (BARC) began as a communications support group for the City of Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Township Disaster Plan following the 1974 Xenia tornado and was officially founded July 4, 1976, with 20 charter members.

BARC is a 501(c)(3) organization that has been continuously active over the past 37+ years as a general purpose club with monthly meetings, educational programs, emergency preparedness, public service and currently has over 80 members from Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Township and the surrounding area.

BARC acquired space for our club house at the old Sugarcreek Elementary School in 2007. This space became the clubhouse and is used as a meeting room, training center, and a four station communications center. BARC’s basic operation is funded through modest annual dues and occasional donations by members. 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 Emergency communications center in time of a local, county-wide, or regional disaster or communications emergency.

Meetings

BARC meets every third Thursday of each month. BARC meetings begin at 7:30PM and end approximately at 9:00PM. The clubhouse is located at the former Sugarcreek Elementary School in downtown Bellbrook. BARC also hosts a movie night every last Thursday of the month. Dinner ($5 donation) is usually provided starting at 7:00PM with the movie starting at 7:30PM.

Address

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

Club Mailing Address
P.O. Box 73
Bellbrook, OH 45305

Membership

To join the club, you can come to any of our meetings or movie night. You can also email us through our Contact page. Please fill out a membership registration and bring to one of our meetings or movie night.

ARRL Discounted Membership Offer BARC members are reminded that one of the benefits of Club membership is the opportunity to become an ARRL member at a discounted price. Effective January 1, 2016, ARRL membership will increase from $39 to $49 per year. This is the first increase in a number of years. BARC is an ARRL affiliated club and receives a commission for new first-time ARRL memberships transacted through the Club. BARC passes on this discount as a club membership benefit in order to promote ARRL membership. BARC members currently receive a $15 discount on a NEW first year ARRL membership cost when placed through the Club. Please contact BARC Treasurer, Paul Sharp KD8OPN, for details.

Kroger’s Rewards Program. Please remember to use your Kroger Card when shopping at Kroger’s and support BARC through the Kroger Rewards Program. If you have not yet signed up and need help, please bring your Kroger Card to the next BARC meeting and we’ll help you get registered. You can signup on line at Kroger.com, enter 83789 at organization prompt.

AmazonSmile Rewards Program. BARC is now registered in an Amazon rewards program called AmazonSmile. Charitable and non-profit organizations receive 0.5% of total purchase price (small but it adds up over time). A web page of basic Q&A info on the AmazonSmile program is available at: http://smile.amazon.com/about/ref=smi_se_ft_abt_saas. You must shop through smile.amazon.com for BARC to receive benefits. You can use your existing Amazon account. To sign up, simply select Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club as your preferred charity when prompted. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for BARC members (and family and friends) to support BARC, at no cost to you, every time you shop at Amazon. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection & convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to BARC. So, be sure to register in AmazonSmile the next time you shop at Amazon and then log back in at AmazonSmile.

Repeaters and Nets

BARC operates both 2m and 70cm repeaters.
Remember to join your friends for the BARC weekly Net on Sunday evenings at 8:00 PM on the BARC 2m repeater, 147.045 (+)(no PL). The Net provides an opportunity between Club meetings to share news and information about Club and personal projects and activities.

IRLP and Echolink

IRLP Node: 4051
Echolink Node: 353955
The W8DGN repeater has an active EchoIRLP node available. Currently, IRLP connects and disconnects will not be audibly announced. Check: http://status.irlp.net/index.php?nodeid=4051 for current status.

To use IRLP on the W8DGN repeater, simply listen to be sure the repeater is not in use, then identify your station and state that you are beginning IRLP. There is no code needed other than to use the DTMF keys on your microphone to send the node number of the link you wish to open. When you have finished, use the DTMF keys to send “73,” which will terminate the link.

To use Echolink on the W8DGN repeater, simply listen to be sure the repeater is not in use, then identify your station and state that you are beginning an Echolink session. Using your DTMF keys dial * then the node number you wish to call. Again, once you have finished, use the DTMF keys to send “73” to terminate the link.

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:

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

Officers

President Tink Siwecki, KD8NUA
Vice-President Jim Totten, WA8HUB
Secretary Steve Siwecki, KD8NUC
Treasurer Paul Sharp, KD8OPN
Senior Director Jim Lusk, KC8EFD
Junior Director Roger Parrett NQ8RP

Coordinators

Clubhouse Jim Lusk, KC8EFD
Communications Center
Education John Westerkamp W8LRJ
Emergency Roger Parrett NQ8RP
Field Day Ray Hitt, N8VMX
Clubhouse Librarian Natinka Siwecki KD8NUA
Newsletter Fred Stone, W8LLY
Public Service Don Parker, KB8PSL
Hospitality Tink Siwecki, KD8NUA
License Trustee Dave Walton, KD8GCR
Repeaters Russ Roysden, N8NPT
Youth Open

Club House

BARC acquired space in the former Sugarcreek Elementary School in 2007, which became its club house. The club house is used as a meeting room, training center, and a four station communications center. 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 Emergency communications center in time of a local, county-wide or regional disaster or communications emergency.

The BARC clubhouse is room 1B/3B located on the first floor (lower level) of the former Sugarcreek Elementary School located on the east side of South East Street one block south of East Franklin Street (SR-725). East Street is the first street east of the traffic light in downtown Bellbrook. Sugarcreek Fire Station #1 is on the southwest corner of West Franklin and East Street. The building entrance for BARC is at the rear alcove on the south side of the building.

Street Address

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

Club Mailing Address

P.O. Box 73
Bellbrook, OH 45305