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June 12 - Last meeting before Summer break!

posted Jun 10, 2018, 8:16 AM by Brian Lawler

This will be our final meeting before the summer break when we take July and August off. As we have done in the past, we will look forward to sharing some great 'Eye Ball - QSO' time to chat with other local hams and this time there will be ICE-CREAM. A couple of lucky attendees will be going home with door prizes.

We will hear more about the Field Day Plans and elect our new officers.

There will be a 'For Sale' table set up. If you have some gear that you would like to flog, bring it in.

We hope to see you all at 7 pm Tuesday June 12 at the Ferndale Public Library.

MBARC May 8th

posted May 7, 2018, 9:14 AM by Brian Lawler

Come join us on Tuesday night, May 8th, 2018 at 7:00pm at The Ferndale Library.


This month we will hear a presentation from our own Andy Backus, WA2TND, who will talk about this adventures in TIME!

Andy asks us: "Do you ever wonder how they can get away with calling them "atomic clocks?"  Clearly for $10 you are not getting a hydrogen-maser master timekeeping unit (or even cesium, for that matter).  What has brought these clocks so widely to market over the last decade?  Join me at the meeting on Tuesday night -- and I'll say a little about it (and show you my WWVB simulator)"

And there will be door prizes. Did I tell you? We're going to have door prizes!

As always, we will also have cookies and coffee and time to talk with others about Ham Radio. Bring a Friend! Everyone is welcome. We hope to see you there.

Free FLdigi HELP! Session

posted May 5, 2018, 7:01 AM by Brian Lawler   [ updated May 5, 2018, 7:05 AM ]

Are you having trouble setting up or using amateur radio digital applications like Fldigi, Flmsg, or Winlink and others?  Here’s an opportunity to get some help.
Are you already using digital comms?  Here’s an opportunity to share your experience and help your fellow hams get on the air.

WHEN: Sunday, May 20, 2018 1300-1600
WHERE: Bellingham Makerspace (“The Foundry”), 1000 F Street, Bellingham

Bring your HF/VHF/UHF radios, cables, UDRC-Pis, Raspberry Pis, computers (Windows, Mac, Linux), Signalinks or other sound cards and we’ll try to match you with someone who has been there and done that.  We’ll tackle set up and operating problems with Fldigi and related programs, Winlink, Direwolf, UZ7HO Soundmodem, WSJT-X, and others.

LABEL ANY GEAR YOU BRING with your callsign and/or name so it goes back home with you when you leave.
If you bring your radio, BRING YOUR RADIO MANUAL.

The organizers will also bring some gear for hams to use, including working digital setups (radio/soundcard/computer) to test against.  We’ll have at least one portable V/UHF antenna set up outside for testing with remote stations and access to at least one remotely controlled station.  We’ll have a couple of 12VDC power supplies and dummy loads and antennas, but feel free to bring your own, too.

You don’t have to be a member of the Foundry to attend this event, but if you’re not a member please consider putting a few bucks in the donation jar for the use of the space.

Please forward to other hams who might be interested.


Budd Churchward, WB7FHC
Steve Magnuson, AG7GN
Robert Sears, KF7VOP

Use the DG Group reflector for comments or questions

Field Day 2018

posted Apr 17, 2018, 3:20 PM by Brian Lawler

Only a couple of months away.  Here is the info FD 2018

Mmmm.... DigiPi

posted Apr 13, 2018, 3:29 PM by Brian Lawler

Just last month, the Mount Baker Amateur Radio club elected to donate a DigiPi to the group of hams setting up an EmmComm unit for the Bellingham Fire Department at the Fairhaven station. Here are two videos that show that very DigiPi being constructed.

This first video, about 7 minutes, is a high speed version of the second. The video is running at 4X speed and shows the whole project going together. The speed comes back down to normal so you can see it go on the air for the very first time.

If you have more time, the second video, about 30 minutes, shows everything coming together along with commentary describing what's going on and some of the theory behind it.

MBARC APRIL 10, 2018 Meeting Tuesday

posted Apr 8, 2018, 7:47 PM by Brian Lawler

MBARC APRIL 10, 2018  Meeting Tuesday

Please join us at the Ferndale Library this Tuesday at 7 pm. We will have a quick general meeting and then hear from Steve, AG7GN, who will talk to us about running your Amateur Radio station remotely. This should be an interesting demonstration.

Of course there will be time for the usual 'eye ball' QSOs along with coffee and cookies.

We hope to see you there.

MBARC MARCH 13, 2018 MEETING on Tuesday

posted Mar 9, 2018, 11:17 AM by Brian Lawler   [ updated Mar 10, 2018, 10:04 AM ]

It’s our monthly meeting time again; and it comes at the beginning of spring time and the arrival of sunshine. 

Please plan to join us for another enjoyable and informative meeting at the Ferndale Library.As always, we plan to have a general, lively discussion about ham radio and many of the “ham” activities and developments that interest and influence us here in the great Pacific Northwest, the surrounding counties, and elsewhere.

Beginning this meeting we plan to have a monthly Ham Swap & Shop table set up in the back of the room. Consider bringing along a piece or two or three or more of radio gear and/or testing equipment you may want to sell or swap for something else.

We look forward to visiting with you on Tuesday. We will have plenty of wonderful, tasty coffee, and cookies.

Also, don’t forget to pay your 2018 dues if you haven’t done so already. Our treasurer, Don, will be there eager to accept your dues.

EmComm link added

posted Jan 2, 2018, 5:15 PM by Brian Lawler   [ updated Jan 2, 2018, 5:20 PM ]

There is a new EMCOMM link in the navigation tree above "Repeater Group".  Please submit any additions or corrections to  Thank you!

Learning CW

posted Nov 16, 2017, 11:49 PM by Brian Lawler   [ updated Nov 16, 2017, 11:51 PM ]

During introductions at the November MBARC meeting, members were asked about the kind of topics they would like to see covered as programs for future meetings.  One popular request was "CW".  For newer hams, "CW" is short for "Continuous Wave"; the dots and dashes of Morse code that is the precursor to modern radio communications and the "common language" of amateur radio.  MBARC Member Bruce Prior, N7RR, has authored an article, "Learning Morse Effectively" that he is sharing with you.  Look below this post for a link to the PDF.  Thanks Bruce!


posted Nov 12, 2017, 7:57 PM by Brian Lawler

Come join us on Tuesday night, November 14th, 2017 at 7:00pm at The Ferndale Library.


This month we will hear a presentation from our own Budd Churchward, WB7FHC, who will talk about:

Budd will show us several of his recent "Home Brew" projects and demonstrate tools available to Amateur Radio Do-It-Yourselfers. Find out about micro-controllers like the Arduino, building on proto-boards, and even making your own printed circuit boards.

He hopes to put his keyer project on the air and demonstrate Reverse Beacon Network, a web site that anyone can use to see how their signal is getting out on the air.

You can check this out yourself before the meeting at

As always, we will also have cookies and coffee and time to talk with others about Ham Radio. Bring a Friend! We hope to see you there.

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