BARC is now Accepting Annual Dues Online!

Members and friends,

Some of us are getting up there in years, and we can’t quite get around like we used to. Some of us may just live too far away to make it to the meetings regularly. Whatever the case, we hope to provide a huge service to those wishing to stay current, by accepting annual dues online.

I know that some of us are very leery about what we do on the internet, and rightfully so, but that is why we used PayPal. Not only is it the easiest eCommerce system to setup for our workload, but every transaction takes place on their secure website. The Barstow Amateur Radio club will never see your personal information.

Also, before you guys get together and riot the clubhouse, we did NOT raise the dues at the last meeting. PayPal charges a 2.9%+$0.30 fee to every transaction for the convenience of paying from your lazy boy.  So again, please don’t pull out your picket signs from the 60’s and “come on down” like the “Price is Right”, because the price is pretty spot on compared to many of the other eCommerce platforms out there.

So how you do get there? If you look at the top menu bar of the page, you will find a menu labeled “Club Information”. If you hover your mouse on top of that, you will see a sub-menu entitled “Membership”, click on that link. You will find the payment options towards the bottom of that page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us using the forum on the right hand side of this article. This site is monitored constantly, and someone will get back to you shortly.




2016 Field Day was a Success!

Well, the biggest annual event in Amateur Radio is over for the year, and man was it a blast! Don’t get me wrong, several days of low (if any) sunspot numbers and minuscule Solar Flux Indexes defiantly made us work for it, but aside from that, we were able to make our presence known on the bands. I do have some good news. Jock forgot the smoke generator, ergo, no one went half batty thinking that their equipment was on fire! Continue reading


CW: Tales From the Crypt.

By all accounts, Continuous Wave (CW), a.k.a. Mores code, should be as extinct as the Tyrannosaurus Rex. When one considers the fact that CW is no longer used in the commercial sector, it is not hard to see why so many amateurs claimed that such a “difficult” mode would not survive once the code requirement was dropped in 2007. There are no shortage of debates between the hard core, key slamming, microphone hating, code only operator;and operators who believe that using the code is just north of practicing witch-craft, but the one thing that most HF operators can agree on is that CW is not dead.
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New Ham-agram!

Garrett Nyreen passed the Tech!

The Barstow Amateur Radio Club would like to extend a congratulations to Garrett Nyreen of Tampa, Fl, for passing his Technician exam during the field day test session. Garrett is an active duty soldier stationed at Ft. Irwin in Barstow.

Garrett not only passed his technician exam, but he also caught the HF bug while making four successful contacts during the Field day event. With four HF contacts under his belt, I would bet that the VE’s will be seeing him again very soon!

So on behalf of the Barstow Amateur Radio club, congratulations, and thank you for your service to this great nation!




QST, QST, QST 2016 Field Day is Almost Here!

Hello radio amateurs, B.A.R.C. members, and friends,

This weekend is the fourth weekend in June, and that can only mean one thing. FIELD DAY! Field day is the most popular annual ham radio event, and with over 35,000 radio amateurs participating, it’s not hard to see why. It gives us all a chance to string up our wire antennas, set-up our equipment in a field expedient setting, spend some quality time with our friends, and make as many contacts as possible in 24 hours. Continue reading


The New and Improved Face of the B.A.R.C.

When you think of the 21st century, what comes to mind? Some will say blazing fast internet or cell phones that do anything or everything. When I think about the 21st century two words flash in front of my eyes. Web presence. In today’s age if you want to find information about something, you look to the internet. Dictionaries are a thing of the past. That being said, Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Barstow Amateur Radio club website. Continue reading