Alternate Meeting Location

On 16 June, we’ll meet at Peace Lutheran Church.  Here is the address:  2201 Rio Grande
College Station, TX 77845.    Here is a link to the location on Google Maps:

The parking lot entrance is actually at the intersection of Airline DR and Shenandoah DR.PLC Building

Click on the photo to enlarge.

I’ll look forward to seeing you there!

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Amateur Radio Cards

Business Cards





I got my amateur radio cards.  Do you have yours?  What is your “elevator speech” when someone asks you about that handie talkie you are carrying?  What will you say about all the fun you are having with your hobby?  These cards are easy to get from local printers or, order from an online source like, Cheap  QSLs  or, Sam’s Club.   A card like this lets you leave a tangible reminder with people you meet.


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Microcontroller presentation at 19 May meeting

We enjoyed a great presentation after our 19 May business meeting.  Paul, KF5WGJ introduced us to modern microcontrollers, gave a demonstration, showed some examples, and handed out a few samples as prizes.  We also got to see the µBITX HF transceiver kit thanks to John, K5ZY.

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Radio In The Park – Tanglewood Park

The club will be having its Spring time Radio In The Park event April the 14th (Sat). Start time is at approx 10:30am and event runs until approx 3pm or when everyone is ready to pack it in. Bring your portable radio gear & antennas and come out and operate and have some fun doing so. Power (120v ac) will be made available. Bring your own food & drink if desired. You may wish to bring a chair. Everyone is 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 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 21st after the club meeting is the make up day..

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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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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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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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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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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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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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