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Barstow Proclaims Amateur Radio Week!

The BARC breakfast club with the official proclamation.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Field Day Plans are Coming Together!

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.

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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.

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B2V a success

The Baker to Las Vegas race was completed this year and the Barstow Amateur Radio club was Able to provide Communications and support for the four San Bernardino County Sheriff teams at the Shoshone Base. The post was set up on the 8th and began providing communications at 0800 on the 9th of April. It was not shut down until 2200 after the last runner had passed. One of the Sheriff teams finished 4th in class. Complete details with pictures were presented at the regular club meeting on the 14th of April. Thanks to Bob KO6BOB who coordinated with Jack K6XS and Bill N6WL who assisted.

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B2V Race coming up April 8-10, 2022

This year members of the Barstow Amateur Radio Club will again be involved in providing communication support for the Baker to Las Vegas foot race. The first communications co-ordinations meeting was held on March 26th via Zoom. If you would like to help, contact our Vice-president Bob KO6BOB at KO6BOB@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Calico 50 K Run

The Barstow Amateur Radio Club provided communication for Calico 50K Run this year. It was good to have the race active again after the years of Covid cancellations. Many thanks to Jim AD6WL for heading up the activity for the club and all the members that took part.

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Pistachio Festival

The Barstow Amateur Radio Club WA6TST Special Event Station at the Newberry Springs Pistachio Festival held November 6th 2021 was a great success. The communications trailer was open to visitors to watch operations and learn about Amateur Radio. If you made a QSO with WA6TST during the event you should already have received a QSL, if not send an SASE to Pistachio Event P. O. Box 2141, Barstow, CA 92312

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RT66 OTA QSL Cards

RT66 On the Air is now active and if you want a W6E Barstow QSL card for your collection be sure to include an S.A.S.E with your request. Send your envelope and QSL card to:

BARC RT66 OTA

P.O. Box 2141

Barstow, CA. 92312-2141