Mar 17

Breakfast Social Gathering – IHOP in Bryan

W5BCS will be having a breakfast social gathering at the Bryan IHOP on Saturday March 24 at 8am. All is invited to come. So stop on by and say hi and socialize while dining on some pancakes and such. See calendar to right and click on the 24th for location.

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Jan 06

Annual BBQ Club Meeting & Membership Fees Due

We will have our annual BBQ club meeting at C&J BBQ in Bryan on January 20th 2018 beginning at 11am. Lunch begins at 11 and meeting to follow about 12.  See “next meeting” info to right for location.  We will be meeting the large party room and  will be welcoming the new officers and cover past year’s events as well as this year’s events & plans.  All is welcome to attend.

Also 2018 membership fees are due now. Please renew or join at this time. Please attend the bbq meeting and pay your dues then. If you cannot attend then please mail in your form with appropriate fee. You can find the membership form under the “About Us” tab above and then click on “Join Barc” and then “Club Application” for the pdf form. You can also pay at any of the monthly club meetings. Membership fee is due by March 1st.

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Oct 17

Radio In the Park/Jamboree on the Air

Saturday October 21 after the club meeting we will be holding the Fall Radio in the park in conjunction with the BSA Jamboree on the Air event.   Local scout troops have been invited so come out and bring you portable station.   We plan to stake out a location at tanglewood park early with an official start time of 12:30pm. 

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Aug 19

New Club VHF SSB Frequencies

Many thanks to Vic Pears (KX8V) for his presentation on local SSB use in VHF frequencies. As a follow-up, we have selected the following frequencies for local SSB operations and encourage everyone to use these frequencies to swap stories, play chess, and get to know each other:

  • 10 m band: 28.450 MHz SSB
  • 6 m band: 50.130 MHz SSB

The Nets and Skeds page has been updated to include these frequencies.

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Jun 12

Field Day 2017!!

FOOD! FUN! RAFFLES! RADIOS! PEOPLE! Come see what is happening in your Community with Amateur Radio!
Saturday, June 24th 1pm thru Sunday 1pm June 25th (at Brian Bachman Park in College Station) is the ARRL Field Day 2017! Come out and see all that Amateur Radio has to offer. Talk to the Amateur Operators from the Brazos Valley, and listen to radio communications from around the United States and beyond!
Do you have a question you have always wanted to know, or are just curious about how to obtain your Amateur Radio License? Then this is the perfect time to get your questions answered!
HAVE YOU BEEN STUDYING FOR YOUR FIRST LICENSE EXAM, OR WANT TO TEST FOR AN UPGRADE? Come on down then at 3:00 pm in the Pavilion area and test at our hosted VE TEST SESSION. One lucky person who passes their Technician’s exam will win a Baofeng handheld amateur radio!
Various handouts will be available about Amateur Radio as well as radio brochures and catalogs. Study Guide books w/question pools (ARRL) will also be avail for purchase for all three license classes.
SWAPFEST TABLES will be avail if you want to bring something for sale or to buy, as well as a Silent Auction section.
THERE IS  A BBQ DINNER AT 6PM  (tickets are $10 available at the event). You do not want to miss out on all the fantastic food that will be available!


Tickets are $5 for 1 ticket, $25 for 7 tickets, $50 for 15 tickets, and $100 for 30 tickets plus  W5BCS membership (or next year membership if current member).

Prizes for this raffle will include:
-1st Place – Yaesu FT-891 HF Transceiver – MSRP: $889.95
-2nd Place –Escape Room BCS (1 room for up to 8 people) – Donated by Jeff Keys (KG5IAD) $250.00 value
-3rd Place – Rig Experts AA-30 HF antenna analyzer –  MSRP: $249.00
-4th Place – SDRplay RSP2   SDR Receiver 1khz – 2ghz –  MSRP: $169.95
-5th Place — TYT MD-380 uhf  DMR/FM ht  – MSRP: $149.00
-6th Place — TYT TH-8600wp   Compact vhf/uhf mobile transceiver – MSRP: ~$150.00
-7th Place– $50 Gift Card to Academy sports & outdoors
-8th Place — $50 Gift Card to Texas Roadhouse Steakhouse                                                                                                              (Drawings for major prizes to start after bbq dinner)                                                                                                                                        

PLUS!!!   Lots of door prizes drawn before and during BBQ dinner. (raffle ticket required-must be present for door prizes) 

Radio Operators: Yes we need your help to man the radios, especially during late night hours.                                     CW Operators:  Yes we can always use cw operators. Bring your own keyer or a iambic keyer will be avail.

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Mar 29

Skywarn Classes April 6th

The Houston/Galveston National Weather Service will be having a Skywarn training class Thursday April 6th. Two classes will be offered, one at 1pm and another at 6pm. It will be held downtown Bryan at the CEOC. Here is the NWS schedule link.

Here is the link for the CEOC about Skywarn. However looks like it has not been updated since last year, so ignore the dates.

In the past it was recommended to preregister. Recommend to contact the person listed at the CEOC in either link.

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Mar 19

Radio in the Park – Tanglewood Park

The club will be having its Spring time Radio In The Park event April the 1st (Sat). Start time is at approx 10:30am and event runs until approx 3pm. Bring your portable radio gear & antennas and come out and operate and have some fun doing so. Power (120v ac) will be made available. Food and drink is not provided so bring your own. You may wish to bring a chair. All are invited to come out, members, non members, guests, families and those just curious about amateur radio and want to learn more or see communications in action and/or portable radio setups.

We tend to setup on the south east end of park closest to East 29th st but table availability may vary.

See map in event calendar section on right side of webpage for location of park.

If weather is not favorable for this outdoor event then the next Sat the 8th after the club meeting is the make up day..

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Jan 16

January BBQ Lunch Meeting

Our annual bbq lunch meeting is January 21st at C&J bbq in Bryan (location is 1010 south texas ave). Time is from 11am to 1pm. Large meeting room has been reserved. Several business items to be discussed and voted on. Also since a quorum was not met at the December meeting, officer elections could not be held  thus will be done at this meeting. Membership payments will also be taken for the 2017 year. Cost is $15 for individuals or $20 for family memberships. Forms will be made avail. This is one of our more popular events so be sure to come and bring your family and friends as all are invited!

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Nov 10

CW Academy

Per Rod Hotz K5BGB:

CW Academy

The CW Academy, a program created and offered by the CW Operators’ Club (CWops), is aimed at increasing the number of competent CW operators on the HF CW sub-bands. The Academy addresses all levels of CW operating; i.e., from those aspiring to become licensed operators who want to learn and use Morse code, to experienced CW operators who want to improve their CW skills, sending/receiving speed, and operating ability.

CW Academy semesters are 8 weeks in length and held three times per year (Jan-Feb, Apr-May and Sep-Oct). Two weekly sessions are held on Mondays and Thursdays, each week, typically starting at 7 PM CST. Students are given daily assignments prior to each session, and the twice weekly sessions are held online using Skype group calling (audio/video). During the online sessions, students and advisors can all see and hear each other, as well as Morse code being sent by any of them. Using Skype creates, in effect, a virtual training room.

Students are grouped into one of three levels:

Level 1 (beginners and operators whose code speed is 10 wpm or less; meetings are held online only)
Level 2 (intermediate, operators who know Morse and can operate comfortably at speeds between 11 and 15 wpm; meetings are held online and on-the-air)
Level 3 (advanced, operators who can operate at speeds between 16 and 20 wpm; meetings are held online and on-the-air)

There is no cost or obligation to participate in CWops CW Academy classes, and membership in CWops is not required. Enrollment is open to anyone with the desire to learn or improve their proficiency in Morse code.

Anyone wishing to sign up for the CW Academy should go to, click CW Academy in the navigation bar, and then click “SIGN UP AS A CWOPS STUDENT. Be sure to provide all requested information, especially your estimated code speed. If you have not yet learned Morse code, then simply input “0.” The advisor will use the data you provide to organize the upcoming training sessions. Students are organized by levels and time zones.

If any BARC members have questions about the CW Academy, feel free to contact Rod, K5BGB, at or contact Jerry, AC4BT, the CW Academy Manager, at Sign up early because the training sessions fill up quickly!

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Oct 18

Social Dinner Outing

We are going to have our final quarterly social dinner for 2016 this Friday October 21 at Lake Bryan Ice House. Lake Bryan Ice House web page
My plan is to arrive between 5:30-6:00PM. There is 5$ (cash) admission to the lake but with the stub on the bottom of you windshield tag you receive $5 off your order. There is no cover if you leave before 8:00pm or pay the cover and stay, the band this week is Texas Unlimited.
It looks like the weather is going to cooperate and it should be mild and dry. Plan is to get seats on the patio and try to enjoy the atmosphere, and watch the sun set over the lake.

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