Apr 24

Interested in Obtaining Your Amateur Radio (HAM) License?

To obtain your license you would study for, and then take, your Technician’s license exam, which consists of 35 questions. The Bryan Amateur Radio Club (BARC) will be administering our next exam at our Field Day event on June 25th, 2016 at 3:30pm at Brian Bachman Park (in the pavilion area). The fee to take the exam is $15.

You can find the Technician’s question pool from which the 35 exam questions are pulled from (for free) at:

http://ncvec.org/page.php?id=362 or


There are also study resources are also available for a fee, such as www.hamtestonline.com.

You can purchase study materials from the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) at http://www.arrl.org/shop/Beginners/.

Still have questions? Go to http://www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio or http://www.arrl.org/getting-your-technician-license.  You can also reach out to BARC Officers at https://www.bryanarc.org/contact-us/

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Apr 20

BCS Field Fest Sunday April 24th

This Sunday the 24th at Wolf Pen Creek Park in CS from 12-5pm. This event is being put on by the Knights of Columbus. The Bryan Amateur Radio Club has been asked to set up a “radio in the park or ham radio demo” booth for participants at this event. Our booth is about promoting amateur radio in general and the W5BCS club. Our setup will consist of some tables, canopy, various literature to hand out and whatever radio gear, antennas, etc, we can muster to bring out and show off/demo/operate for the general public and to answer their questions about ham radio. Please let me know if you can help and bring any radio gear or have a talent in ham radio you’d like to demo. n5gqb (at) arrl.net. Elect power will be avail for us to use. Please bring a chair.
The BCS Field Fest itself will consist of various games, such as Knockerball, Horseshoes, Sack Races, 3-Legged Races, Ladder Golf, Cornhole, Frisbee and much more. There is no cost to come out but there is a cost if you wish to participate in the games. Food booths will made avail too. Expected crowd is to be 500+/-
Please see this site for more info https://bcsfieldfest.org/
We will begin setup at about 11am.
If you have more questions email me or Matthew kg5lye komputerwiz.matt (at) gmail.com

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Apr 10

Radio In The Park April 23rd

BARC will have a Radio-In-The-Park Saturday April 23rd. It will run from approx 10:30am until mid afternoon. It will be at Tanglewood Park in Bryan, which is off of Carter Creek Parkway. Bring your portable ops gear out to talk on or to experiment with or come just to hang out. Setup will be at one of the available picnic tables in the main part of the park. There are a few electrical outlets scattered thru out park, which may or may out be near avail table so plan accordingly if you bring radio gear (battery power/ext cord). Bring your own lunch if desired. This event is also listed in the Events Calendar. This event will be weather permitting. If weather is too nasty then make up day will be April 30th.

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Apr 09

Dinner Night Social Outing

BARC will be having its quarterly social dinner outing at J-Cody’s Thursday April 14th at 6PM. Address is 3610 South College Ave, Bryan, Texas 77801  http://www.jcodys.com

Come on out and join the group!

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Feb 09

Special Interest Groups (SIG’s) Survey Results

The results of the Special interest groups survey are in. You can review the Results here.
We thank you for your input.

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Jan 26

Social Meal Outing survey results

Thanks for your input.  You can view the results here: Survey Results

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Jan 09

Annual C&J BBQ Lunch Meeting Jan 16th

Don’t forget everyone next Sat the 16th is our annual BBQ lunch meeting at C&J BBQ in Bryan. The address is 1010 South Texas Av in Bryan. We do have the large meeting room reserved as usual, so bring your family and friends. Lunch begins at 11am and meeting itself should begin around 12:15 or so to give people time to show up and eat first. We have a new president, vice president and secretary.  All the new officers will introduce themselves and give an initial report on their position duties and any other items they wish to cover and what to expect of the coming year. The treasurer (myself) will give a monthly breakdown summary of the last year’s income and expenditures and membership breakdown.

Membership fees for 2016 are due at this time. I will be taking membership renewals at that time as well. So if you have not already renewed and will be at the bbq meeting then please renew then. Fees are still the same $15 individual, $20 family and $5 for students. Forms will be there to fill out. If you will not be at the bbq then please take the time to print out the form and mail in asap. Here is the link.  https://www.bryanarc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/club_app_2016.doc

Hope to see you all there!

Sly n5gqb


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Dec 13

CW Academy – Update

Courtesy of Rod K5BGB:

All the classes for the Jan/Feb 2016 are full. The next class session is April/May 2016. Please contact Rod K5BGB if you need more info or want to sign up for the April/May session. Email is hotrodz42 (at) suddenlink (dot) net

Also see post below for more info.

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Oct 16

CW Operators’ Club – CW Academy

Courtesy of Rod K5BGB:

Because I’m a charter member of the CW Operators’ Club, I thought some of you might be interested in the CW Operators’ Club CW Academy. If any BARC member is interested in the CW Academy and has any questions, feel free to contact me or they can read additional details about the CW Academy posted on the CWops website, www.cwops.org.

The next CW Operators’ Club CW Academy class will begin in January 2016. Sponsored by the CW Operators’ Club, each class takes place over a two-month period, and involves training and mentoring to teach CW to beginners or improve CW skills for those with Morse code experience. There is no cost and you do not have to be a member of CWops to sign up for the CW Academy.

These CW Academy sessions fill up rather quickly, so if anyone in the BARC is interested in the January 2016 session, they need to sign up soon.


Rod, K5BGB

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Sep 20

Upcoming Events


W5BCS participation in the TX QSO Party the weekend of Sept 26th-27th. Contest runs from 9am-9pm Saturday and 9am-3pm Sunday. We will be in the Fixed Multi-Op category for Brazos Co and we will set up at Gerald’s (W5VUI) house. We will also have the ARES van out there to operate out of, as well as table top ops. Gerald and family will be having a bbq lunch and dinner for all participants who come by. They do ask to bring a dessert. Their location can be found in the Events Calendar on the website. We will see about having the Aggie game on TV out there too (evening game against Arkansas).


We will be having a Dinner Night October 9th (Friday) starting about 6:00-6:30pm. Location will be at C&J BBQ in Bryan, which is at 1010 South Texas Ave. This is a social gathering/club night out and not a meeting.  We will not be in the meeting room, however we are supposed to have some tables reserved for us in the main dining area. Aggies are NOT playing this week so should be no abnormal crowds. See the Events Calendar for a map.


Radio-In-The-Park will be the very next day Saturday Oct 10th and will run from approx 10:30am until about 3-4pm. It will be at Tanglewood Park in Bryan. Bring your portable radio gear out to talk on or to experiment with or come just to hang out. Bring your own lunch if desired. This event is also listed in the Events Calendar. This event will be weather permitting so stay tuned…


Belton Hamfest is October 3rd from 7am-12pm at the Bell County Expo Center. Admission is $5. Location is marked in the Events Calendar. There is some tailgating sales on Friday.

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