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Volunteer at the Spark Museum

posted Jan 16, 2019, 9:41 PM by Brian Lawler

Saturday, January 26 – 10 AM at the museum, 1312 Bay Street in Bellingham

  • Spark Museum volunteer info meeting
  • Come see how our volunteers help visitors – especially the non-technical ones - connect with our priceless collection of electrical and wireless artifacts;
  • Learn about opportunities to become involved in your free time.   
  • Electronics or historical expertise not required – you supply the people skills, we’ll teach you the stories.
  • Saturday, January 26 – 10 AM at the museum, 1312 Bay Street in Bellingham
  • For more info, contact the museum  (contact info on our web page)

January 8 2019 Meeting

posted Jan 8, 2019, 5:21 PM by Brian Lawler

Come join us on Tuesday night
January 8th, 2019
7:00pm at The Ferndale Library.


This month we will have presentations from three of our own MBARC members:
Wes Lewis, W7WSL

Ed Bishop, AE7QD
Robert Sears, KF7VOP
There will be a table if you want to bring one or two items to sell.

Our friends at Northwest Digital Radio have donated a very nice door prize for this meeting's free raffle. You won't want to miss having a chance at this one.

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.

MBARC Meeting Oct 9 2018

posted Oct 7, 2018, 9:34 PM by Brian Lawler


This month we will hear a presentation from our own Joseph Trimble, WB7PKY, who will talk about:
Sojourn in Scotland Among
Scholars, Students, Saints, Spirits, and Scenic Sites 

Joseph is a past MBARC Secretary who has spent the last 10 months teaching at The University of St. Andrews on the east coast of Scotland.

We will look forward to seeing photos of his adventures and hearing about taking your Amateur Radio to other countries.
Also on Tuesday night Bob Johnson, WA7ZWG, will tell us about the latest
We anticipate some interesting discussion about this topic.
Come with your questions.

As always we will have coffee and cookies and a chance for some good "Eye Ball QSOs" with our local Hams. Be sure you stick around for the door prize.
Come join us on Tuesday night, October 9th, 2018 at 7:00pm at The Ferndale Library.

Free Technician License Class October 22- Nov 3 2018

posted Sep 15, 2018, 11:02 AM by Brian Lawler

Pass the word.  Lenny WA7LA's famous Technician license class has been updated for the new question pool (July 2018) and premieres October 22 at the Sudden Valley fire station.  Open to all.  Please download the syllabus and preregister!

Hurricane Nets

posted Sep 13, 2018, 10:02 AM by Brian Lawler

Hurricane Watch Net
Day: 14.325MHz
Night: 7.268MHz

SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Network)
National: 14.265MHz
Southern Territory: 7.262MHz

Georgia ARES Emergency Plan
Primary Voice: 3.975MHz
Alternate: 3.982.5MHz, 3.995MHz, 5.330.5MHz, 7.287.5MHz
Special modes: 3.583MHz (PSK), 3.549MHz (CW)

North Carolina ARES Emergency Plan
Primary Voice: 3.923MHz
Alternate: 7.232MHz
CW: 3.573MHz

South Carolina ARES Emergency Plan
Primary Voice: 3.990MHz
Alternate: 3.993.5MHz, 7.232MHz

Amateur Radio in the Wilderness

posted Sep 12, 2018, 12:05 PM by Brian Lawler   [ updated Sep 12, 2018, 12:15 PM ]

Submitted by Bruce Prior, N7RR

(note:  The limited formatting provided by the web host does not do this article justice.  Please pull the PDF file that Bruce supplied from the link below)

Meeting Tuesday September 11, 2018

posted Sep 11, 2018, 2:56 PM by Brian Lawler

Come join us on Tuesday night, September 11th, 2018 at 7:00pm at The Ferndale Library.

We have some interesting topics to cover, a door prize and pictures from Field Day.

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.

If you are looking for a place to grab dinner before the meeting, some of us will be enjoying burgers at Grants up the hill from the library starting around 6:00.

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)

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