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Tech License Class Sept 22-29, 2018

posted Jul 25, 2018, 11:21 AM by Brian Lawler



Anyone interested in taking a radio class can do so this fall on September 22nd and 29th in the city of Blaine.

Chris Doutre, KC9AD, has posted all the details on the Blaine ACS website:
Amateur Radio Testing will be conducted on September 29th and is open to all who want to take any of the license class tests, however you must sign up in advance. Walk-ins will not be permitted. See the link above to learn how to register in advance.

Digital Group Summer Meetings- All Welcome

posted Jul 17, 2018, 3:35 PM by Brian Lawler

Ferndale Library - 7 PM  -  Tuesday July 17  and  Tuesday August 21

While the club takes a break from General Meetings during the months of July and August, our Digital Group keeps going right through the summer. These are informal gatherings with round table discussions about the digital side of our Ham Radio hobby. Bring your questions if you need answers. Bring your projects if you have something for 'Show 'n Tell'.

The North Bend Summer Gathering is coming up on September 7-9. I will be doing a presentation on FSQ there on Saturday and hope to enlist the help of others to set up a few digital stations around the site to show it off. This would be a great time to put some of our Go-Kits to use. We need to start making plans.

Also we have news about what is going on in UDRC-Land and what we can expect from the new version that should be out soon.

And you won't want to miss the news about HamWAN coming to a neighborhood near you later this summer.

If you have equipment you want to set up, come early at 6:30. And some of us will be enjoying burgers and shakes at Grants, just up the hill from the library, starting around  6:00.

We hope to see you there.

FD 2018 Results

posted Jun 27, 2018, 3:26 PM by Brian Lawler

Courtesy of Don W7AIN:

Below are the WECG / MBARC Field Day totals.  Our 2018 totals were higher in all categories except digital vs. 2017. 


In addition to the Field Day totals, some of the other event highlights included:


* We had 3 Field Day participants under 18 years old.  Each had successful voice contacts.  This included Lucas (KI7OPF), Mateo Gilmer and Eva Kay (KI7FGT)

* This year our GOTA (Get On The Air) station was operated during the entire event via solar power.  The GOTA station included 26 confirmed contacts.

* We had two visually impaired ham radio operators this year that had successful CW contacts via our GOTA station

* There were two WECG ham satellite stations operating during Field Day attempting to make contacts with the International Space Station and other ham operators via satellites.  This was their first Field Day attempt using this sometimes challenging mode. Operators included Jason (KG7PWQ) and Bryce (KI7UIN)


All the Field Day Committee members, group members and visitors who helped out and those who participated in this year's event did a great job.  Thank you and congratulations!







Here are the comparisons of 2018 vs. 2017:


Total contact points: (more points for CW and digital)

2018: 194

2017: 121


Total contacts by mode:


2018: 20

2017: -0-



2018: 16

2017: 20



2018: 158 (including 26 by solar power on the GOTA station)

2017: 101 (no solar powered contacts in 2017)


Participants: (Members and Visitors combined)

2018: 66

2017: 62


Total Field Day Points:

2018: 1838 (preliminary) Final official results will be published in QST magazine later this year

2017: 1522 (Official)


posted Jun 21, 2018, 11:13 AM by Brian Lawler

June 23/24 2018

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.

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