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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
RT 66 On The Air
The RT-66 On the Air event will be held the 11th through the 19th of September. The special event call W6E has been approved for use by the Barstow Amateur Radio Club during the event. The event is to commemorate the “The Mother Road”. U.S. Highway 66, established in 1926, was the first major improvement to link the west coast with the nations heartland. The highway was officially decommissioned in 1986 having been replaced by the Interstate Highway System. Today small portions of the RT 66 still exist in towns and rural areas in several states.
This year marks the 21st year of this great radio event. Originally started by the Northern Arizona DX Association, and carried on by the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio club, it is a way to allow amateur radio operators a way to “Relive the Ride” and celebrate the highway’s rich history.
Amateur radio clubs operate from cities on or near the route using special 1×1 callsigns. Hundreds of operators worldwide aim to contact as many radio club operators as possible who take part in the annual event.
In Person Meetings!
We will be holding actual meetings again, at the Barstow American Legion Hall, 2181 Armory Road. Hope to see everyone there!
We will continue to have breakfast meetings at 7AM on Friday mornings at Denny’s at 1200 E. Main in Barstow. All hams welcome!
ARRL Field Day 2021 Video
The ARRL has released a video about Field Day. It includes basic information and some specific for this year. The video is a bit over 8 minutes, and worth watching. This year Field Day will be June 26 to 27, as always the fourth full weekend in June. We will be planning our Field Day entry shortly, and hope to have an actual Field Day event like we have had historically. Be sure to attend the April and May club meetings if you are interested in helping with the planning. All ideas welcome!