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The Boulder Amateur Radio Club, a 501(c)4 corporation, is now in its 63rd year of operation. BARC is still in a growth mode currently boasting over 200 members. One of the reasons we are still growing is because BARC has invested in its own future by sponsoring a youth club, holding new ham Technician and General license classes and conducting monthly VE tests. Other reasons for our growth are that we offer a variety of club activities, or “products” if you will, for our members to enjoy. BARC has a great monthly newsletter called "BARC's Bark". Download the current copy on our web page http://www.qsl.net/w0dk
 
BARC boasts a youth amateur radio auxiliary club called BARC Juniors, a 501(c)3 educational organization for youngsters from ages 6 to 18. This internationally known ham radio youth program meets weekly eleven months per year. Through the efforts of the Elmers involved, BARC Junior has licensed over 250 new young hams in the past 25 years. The BARC Juniors are known worldwide through their young representatives who have appeared annually to speak at Carol Perry’s ‘Youth in Amateur Radio Forum at the Dayton HAMvention since 1993. BARC Junior is arguably the premier youth amateur radio club in the country and maybe even… the world!
 
BARC provides an annual $2500 academic scholarship financial award to eligible hams in Boulder and Broomfield Counties who are under the age of 25 and enrolled in any accredited college in an undergraduate course of study. The scholarship fund is known as 'The Yardley Beers (WØJF) & Larry Amann (K5TQN) Memorial Scholarship Fund'  and is named after these two dear SK BARC members who, in their lifetime, espoused the spirit of education through amateur radio. This endowment fund is made possible by gifts from the BARC Juniors, The Boulder Amateur Radio Club and additional donations generously given by individual BARC members and various outside benefactors. Contributions to this scholarship fund can be sent to BARC at the address above and may be tax deductible.
 
BARC Field Day: BARC hosts a 2A class ARRL Field Day entry each year. BARC members, with their club callsign WØDK, is on the air annually from the Betasso Preserve Shelter with an SSB and CW station into a 55' tower with a SteppIR 3 element beam plus a VHF/UHF/Satellite station and a GOTA station for newcomers and interested visitors. This Field Day operation enjoys great participation and is held at a very good Field Day location. Check out the ARRL 2015 FD Soapbox entry listed under the club callsign WØDK and/or visit the webpage for more pictures and our recent FD results and ARRL Field Day claimed score.
 
BARC's ARRL-VE Team hosts a regular VE session on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 PM. This is a 'walk-in' session, no appointment necessary. To ensure a steady stream of candidates for license testing, BARC also supports two Technician ham radio classes per year. VE test sessions are held at the LDS Mormon Church, 701 W. South Boulder Rd. in Louisville, CO.
 
BARC has an HF Internet Remote Base site. The site is located at the BARC Clubhouse located at the Boulder Municipal Airport . This allows members of BARC without access to HF antennas and/or an HF station to operate by using the BARC Remote HF multiband (80m-10m) dipole or 2m/70cm vertical antennas and a TS-2000SAT HF/VHF/UHF radio. Access is made utilizing their home computer from anywhere they might have access to an Internet connection.
 
BARC’s 2-meter and 70cm FM repeaters are located high in the foothills of the Rockies at 6,185 feet above sea level and housed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Mesa Labs facility located on Table Mesa, high above the Boulder Valley floor. The 146.700 (-) (100Hz tone) WØDK repeater can usually be heard from the Wyoming border in the north to Monument Hill to the south near Colorado Springs. Repeater coverage is primary to the east of the Rockies because the repeater is blocked to the west by the even higher Rocky Mountain peaks of over 14,000 feet. On 70cm, the BARC repeater frequency is 448.900 (-) (100Hz tone).
The BARC IRLP/Echolink Repeater is located north of Boulder in the Foothills and is IRLP Node #7007 and Echolink Node #6664. The repeater can be accessed at 146.610 (-offset) and a 100Hz tone.

BCARES has a Full Stack D-STAR Repeater system up and running with Digital Voice as well as Low and High-Speed Data connections on 2m, 70cm, and 23cm. It is registered with D-STAR as KCØDS. Frequencies are:

2 Meters (Usually "C" Node): 145.38500MHz -0.600
70 Centimeters (Usually "B" Node): 446.86250MHz -5.000
23 Centimeters Voice (Usually "A" Node): 1283.86250MHz -12.000
23 Centimeters Digital Data 1299.50000MHz
 
BARC members also participate in emergency communications by providing the bulk of the membership to BCARES , our local Colorado ARES group. BCARES is comprised of the combined membership of the three radio clubs in Boulder County (BARC, LARC, and RMVHFS). BCARES has provided auxiliary communication during forest fires, floods, and civil situations with Packet, Pactor, WinLink, ATV and HF/VHF/UHF modes. The BCARES served agencies are coordinated through the Boulder County Office of Emergency Management.
 
"BARC's Bark" , our club's award-winning newsletter is published monthly to keep the ham radio community informed as to our club's many activities and accomplishments. It is exchanged with many other ham radio organizations both here and abroad. BARC’s Bark is available monthly to everyone free of charge as a portable document file (.PDF) in full color. Now every ham can download the most recent copy from our web page.
 
BARCfest is an annual ham swap event held by BARC. It is now held on the first Sunday in October and is always very well attended. It is now in its 62nd consecutive year. There are plenty of hourly door prizes given away plus forums, activities and ham radio related demonstrations; a VE exam session and many vendors of new and used ham and computer gear. Of course, we always have plenty of great food for breakfast and lunch catered for this event. Don’t miss the BARC Junior swap tables in the NW corner of the building - they always have the best deals available for used and new ham gear. BARC Junior solicits the local ham population for donated ham gear in order for them to resell and support their dynamic youth organization. Consider donating some of your ham radio ‘treasures’ to them. Those donations may also be tax deductible! BARCfest is held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building, 95th and Hover Road, Longmont, CO.  
 
MONTHLY MEETINGS: Meet area Hams through the Boulder Amateur Radio Club - When: The third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. Where: Usually held at the Discovery and Learning Center (DLC) in the Engineering Complex on the Campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder in Room 1b70. The DLC is located just south and west of the intersection of Colorado Avenue and Regents Drive. Parking is free after 5:00 PM in the parking structure east of the DLC on your left as you head south on Regents Drive. The lots to the northeast and south of the parking structure are also available. Check the BARC Website for this month's current meeting info. The monthly meetings usually have a technical program presented by hams or professionals in their field of expertise. The May and November meetings are Homebrew Nights and all are invited to bring along their 'Show & Tell' projects. January is the Annual BARC Dinner held at a local restaurant. The July meeting is the annual BARC Picnic, a catered BBQ affair with live Bluegrass music held at the Valmont Community Presbyterian Church on 61st St. in Boulder. At this July picnic meeting, the annual BARC Scholarship recipient is awarded his or her scholarship grant. 
 
BARC Weekly Wednesday Night Roundtable Net: Each Wednesday evening at 8:00 pm (local) on BARC's 146.700 (-) repeater. Join in the fun on this interesting net and talk with the rest of the gang on this weekly roundtable discussion. The Master of Ceremonies will usually bring up a topic for discussion. This subject can be about anything and can cover just about any topic imaginable. This is also a great forum to tell us what you are up to, pass along ham related info, and to see what is going on in the Boulder area ham community. By the way, If you would like to volunteer to be a 'Master of Ceremonies' for this fun Roundtable Net, please notify Jane, KCØFGE. All hams are welcome, BARC members or not!
 
2015 BARC Officers:
President: Michael Stutzer, KDØFDJ
Vice President: Carey Fuller, KXØR
Treasurer: Mike Derr, W3DIF
BCARES Liaison: Dave Sharpe, KIØHG
Newsletter Editor: Michael Stutzer, KDØFDJ
WØDK Trustee: Glenn Hetchler, WBØDKT
BARC Jrs.: Mike Wilson, K2KR
Public Information Officer: Joan Hauser, KB9TTY/HB9TTY
Boulder Municipal Airport Liaison: Ueli Hauser, KB9TTI/HB9TTI

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