ARRL 2020 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) Scheduled for October 3 – 4 Weekend

“The 2020 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) will take place October 3 – 4. The annual, nationwide exercise provides ARES volunteers the chance to test personal emergency-operating skills and communication readiness in a simulated emergency deployment. ARRL is asking participants to adhere to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local health department COVID-19 guidelines by staying home, maintaining safe distances when around people, and following recommended cleaning and disinfecting practices…”
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For more information on participating locally in the SET exercise or the Brazos County ARES:

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Hurricane Preparedness and HAM Radio

A man walks into a bar and orders a Corona and 8 Hurricanes,
The bartender says, “Yeah.. That’ll be 20.20!

All kidding aside, 2020 has been an eventful year and it’s not over! As of the time of this posting, Tropical Storm “Beta” is bearing down on the Texas coastline. Forecasts have it developing into a Hurricane quickly and some track models have it making it’s way into Bryan / College Station. Please be aware and take the time to prepare.

The ARRL has a webpage with resources dedicated to “information and news summarizing the preparations and response by Amateur Radio (ham radio) volunteers who are supporting emergency communications in areas that may be (or have been) impacted by 2020 hurricanes.”
ARRL 2020 Hurricanes:

Stay safe, stay informed and be prepared!

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FCC Proposes to Reinstate Amateur Radio Service Fees

“Amateur radio licensees would pay a $50 fee for each amateur radio license application if the FCC adopts rules it proposed this week. Included in the FCC’s fee proposal are applications for new licenses, renewal and upgrades to existing licenses, and vanity call sign requests. Excluded are applications for administrative updates, such as changes of address, and annual regulatory fees…”

Click Here to read more at ARRL.

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Your Field Day entry

ARRL Field Day

If you would like to contribute to the BARC Field Day score, you can submit your home station results to the ARRL and specify “Bryan Amateur Radio Club” in the “Club or Group Name” field and the ARRL will add your score to the BARC score.  The online ARRL Field Day Entry is here: Just click on the blue “Go To Data Entry” button in the lower left corner.

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BARC activity poll

Please participate in a short poll regarding possible future activities for the Bryan Amateur Radio Club. There are eight choices

Note that the Doodle site runs ads and they sometimes ads right in the middle of the poll items so, make sure you scroll down and see all eight choices!

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Need a new hobby?

Looking for new things to do while you’re isolated from the COVID-19 virus? See how others are staying in-contact using Amateur Radio.

What is Amateur Radio?

How can you get your license?

Now would be a great time to study the concepts and prepare for your own amateur radio license. Contact us: and we’ll put you in touch with one of our helpful mentors to answer questions about amateur radio.

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Brazos County Public Health Emergency Order

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Bryan MidTown Park Program Statement

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Presentation about Amateur Radio Nets

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March Club Meeting tomorrow — On-Air

Our regular March meeting will be at the same time, 09:30 tomorrow, 21 March. We meet on-the-air using the W5BCS repeater, 146.680. Their is a tone required on input, 88.5Hz but, no tone is transmitted. This is the same repeater we use for our Tuesday evening nets.

I’ll look forward to hearing you on the air!

–Phil, N5ZKF

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