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October 13 2020 Zoom Meeting

posted Oct 13, 2020, 10:38 AM by Brian Lawler

MBARC October 2020 MEETING on Tuesday at 7 PM

We'll have a bit of a continuation of the Pico Balloons, which are small balloons that have transmitters flying with the jet stream. Trevor Macduff should have an excellent presentation.

We have pending questions about classes, testing, and radio operation.  And some, have stuff for sale.

We will up-date you on the project that we started for the King Mt. repeater site.  And try to up-date you on other ACS groups in the county.  With their projects.

If you did not receive the Zoom meeting invitation email, request a copy from

Come join us Tuesday, September 8, 2020 7:00pm via Zoom.

posted Sep 3, 2020, 8:17 PM by Brian Lawler

Come join us Tuesday, September 8, 2020
7:00pm via Zoom.


We hope you will mark your calendar for our meeting next Tuesday on Zoom. We will be sending you the Zoom invite closer to the date so you won't have to dig deep through days of emails looking for it when it's time to join.

We are looking forward to hearing from Steve Potter, K7HAK, and Trevor Macduff who will be telling us about Pico Balloons.
These party balloons carry tiny solar powered Ham Radio Transmitters that can be tracked with APRS and/or WSPR.

Some of them stay aloft for 14 days or more and can travel around the world.

We know you are going to enjoy this one!

Local exams are back!

posted Aug 18, 2020, 10:45 AM by Brian Lawler


Details at the EXAMS link.

Ferndale Estate Sale August 1 2020

posted Jul 20, 2020, 12:57 PM by Brian Lawler

Greetings MBARC,


I'm helping a widow in Ferndale liquidate her husband's large collection of electronic test equipment - over a hundred items, stuff that most hams would love to have.  It’s all going to be sold in a massive garage / estate  sale in Ferndale on August 1.  To get the word spread, I’d greatly appreciate any help the club can offer in letting your members know via newsletter, website, net session, etc. 


Here's the announcement:


ELECTRONIC TEST EQUIPMENT ESTATE SALE - personal and business collection of N7OFT (SK).   Large inventory of voltmeters, signal generators, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers and much more, from manufacturers such as Hewlett-Packard, Tektronix, Heath, General Radio, etc.  All items reasonably priced, cash only please.


When:   Saturday, August 1 – gates open 9:00 AM sharp, close at 5:00 PM

Where:   6229 Aldrich Rd., Ferndale WA  (4 miles east of I-5 exit 262)


Photos and details:



Best 73,


Ken, K0KV

Meeting on Z O O M

posted May 10, 2020, 7:16 PM by Brian Lawler

Beginning Tuesday May 12, on-line meetings will be held on ZOOM.  MBARC members will be sent access instructions by email. PLEASE MUTE YOUR MICROPHONES.  Non-members may request an invitation by contacting

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Meetings Suspended

posted Mar 11, 2020, 4:09 PM by Brian Lawler

The Ferndale Library has suspended meetings of 10 or more attendees as of March 11, 2020.  This impacts both MBARC and the MBARC Digital Group meetings.

Come join us on Tuesday night, February 11th, 2020 at 7:00pm at The Ferndale Library.

posted Feb 10, 2020, 12:49 PM by Brian Lawler

This month we will hear a presentation from Jim Blatner, KC7JB. Jim will be talking to us about Software Defined Radios.
As always, we will also have cookies and coffee and time to talk with others about Ham Radio. Bring a Friend! And of course, we will wind up the meeting with a drawing for a nice door prize. We hope to see you there.

Also note that a memorial for Silent Key: Andy Backus, WA2TND, will be held next Saturday, February 15, at 2 pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.

Come join us on Tuesday night, November 12th, 2019 at 7:00pm at The Ferndale Library.

posted Nov 11, 2019, 2:51 PM by Brian Lawler

Come join us on Tuesday night, November 12th, 2019 at 7:00pm at The Ferndale Library.
This month we will hear a presentation from Corky Searls, AF4PM. Corky lives nearby on Lopez Island but comes from the other side of the country where he was active in Amateur Radio and participated several times with the Hams who provide communications for the famous Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. Corky will tell us how over 120 Hams come together each year to handle both voice and digital data communications to serve this monumental event. They set up radio stations throughout the course and even install portable repeaters to cover the area.
Hosted in the nation's capital with the start and finish in Arlington, VA, the Marine Corps Marathon offers an unparalleled journey through the most recognizable landmarks in our country. The MCM is said to be the largest marathon in the world.
We will also have our usual reports, coffee and cookies, and time to chat. There will be a table where you can bring in one or two Ham Radio items that you would like to sell. The meeting is at 7. If you are bringing in equipment, the doors open at 6:30.

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

posted Oct 7, 2019, 5:39 PM by Brian Lawler

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


This month we will hear a presentation from Andy Sayler, KF7VOL, who been working hard on a country wide digital communications project. Andy and his team have been setting up remotely accessible stations capable of providing RMS Gateways that can be easily switched to other digital modes and purposes whenever the need arises.

September Meeting - Go Kits

posted Aug 30, 2019, 5:30 AM by Brian Lawler

The Summer hiatus is ending with a return to monthly MBARC meetings at the Ferndale Library (7 PM).  The topic for the September 10th meeting will be amateur radio "go kits".  If you would like to display and describe your "radio station in a box", the meeting room will be open at 6:30 PM for set-up.

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