The US House of Representatives will have at least two proposals related to Amateur Radio to review in the 2023-2024 session. The bills introduced focus on improving antenna restrictions and HF digital operations. Congressman Bill Johnson of Ohio sponsors HR-9670, the “Amateur Radio Emergency Preparedness Act.” The bill attempts to take on private land use restrictions and covenants. The bill’s intro reads, “…amateur stations have been shown to be frequently and increasingly precluded” by these unreasonable rules. Changes included in HR-9670 include allowing antennas shorter than 1 meter, antennas part of a flagpole, and wire antennas. You can read the entire HR9670 bill at the ARRL website, and track progress on congress.gov. Arizona Congressperson Debbie Lesko sponsors HR-9664, focused on digital symbol rates for HF. Rep. Lesko says it is to “eliminate the current Symbol Rate Limit set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and replace it 3 with a 2.8 kilohertz (kHz) bandwidth limit. The bill brings regulations up to speed with modern technology advances in amateur radio.” If you support these changes, consider letting your congressional representative know. You can find contact information at https://www.congress.gov/members.
Newberry Springs Pistachio Festival
Join BARC for portable operation on Saturday, November 5th, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Loaded with Fun, Games, Food & Craft Vendors, and lots of Pistachios. Come meet the Mascot, view the art exhibit, pet the mini critters, and be entertained by the live band and gunfight skits.
On Thursday, September 8, we will hold our regular monthly club meeting. 7PM at the American Legion Hall.
We will be joined by a special guest speaker, Mike Sipin KA9CQL. Mike will tell us about his experience using Amateur Radio to experiment with, track, and control high-altitude balloons.
Mike says it will not be too technical, but should be very interesting!
BARC members will be operating as special event station W6E, part of a series of stations from Santa Monica to Chicago. This year Route 66 One The Air will be September 10 to 18, a full nine-day 24 hours window.
for more information, please check out our event page, and join in the fun!
BARC holds license classes periodically to support those interested in getting into our hobby, as well as current hams looking to upgrade. If you are interested in a class, or know someone who is interested, please use the link below to sign up. BARC membership is no required and the classes are free.
Starting September 7th, we will be holding license classes on Zoom twice each month. Classes will be 6PM to 8PM (ish) on the first and third Wednesdays.
The plan is to begin with the Technician license materials and continue directly into the General and Amateur Extra materials.
Anyone interests should fill out the form on classes and testing page. Those who sign up will be sent a link to the Zoom class.
To recognize the contributions to the community made by radio amateurs, the city council has declared this Amateur Radio Week. BARC members at our regular Friday morning breakfast posed with the official proclamation.
Members of the Barstow Amateur Radio Club meet each Friday morning at 7AM for an informal breakfast. Any hams, or those interested in becoming hams, are welcome to join us at Denny’s, 1200 E Main Street in Barstow.
Field Day is Very Soon!
Field Day is less than two weeks away, June 25 to 26.
Any licensed Amateur is welcome to join the club’s Field Day effort.
We will have a special “Get On The Air” (GOTA) station to encourage Hams to do just that. If you are a Technician, licensed less than a year, or even someone without a license but interested in what Hams do, you can try operating on HF bands with support from a licensed and experienced coach.
You can also participate even if you don’t come to our Field Day site. WA6TST will be operating on VHF and UHF, so anyone with a transceiver can contact us. Even a dual band HT that can reach the area of the hospital can contact us on simplex frequencies, such as 146.52 and 446.00 MHz, as well as various bands and modes on HF.
Remember, give us a try between 11AM Saturday and 11AM Sunday, June 25 to 26.
Don’t Miss the May Meeting!
Don’t miss the May meeting is Thursday, May 12. We will be having a brief presentation introducing the use of a NanoVNA for ham radio. We will also be discussing specifics of our Field Day plan and be able to flesh out some of the details. Please plan to attend at 7PM on Thursday, May 12, at the American Legion Hall, 2181 Armory.
The ARRL Field Day page has been updated with location and other details. We are planning a three-station club entry (3A) located at Barstow Community Hospital. All hams are welcome to participate, and we will be having a “GOTA” station to allow anyone interested in amateur radio to try it out, as well as allow Technician class hams to experience HF operation. We will also have a VHF/UHF station, to allow contacts with local hams. No matter what class of license you have, or for those who don’t have a license yet, there will be opportunities to join the fun.
Field Day coming soon.
It is only about two months until Field Day. Andy AJ6WB was appointed Field Day coordinator at the April 14th meeting and will be sending out a survey. Please be watching for it and if you don’t receive it contact Andy at jrsynthetics@gmail , or by phone, or by radio at the next net. (April 19th at 7:00 P.M. on WA6TST repeater system) Let’s work together to make this the best most fun Field Day ever.