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August 2018

Kevin Amey, AA6KA presents “Digital Modes” at August BARC Meeting!

August 14, 2018 @ 19:00 - 21:30
Benicia Downtown Fire Station

We are looking forward to the August 14th BARC meeting featuring “Digital Modes” by Kevin Amey, AA6KA. Elwin, KJ6SGM, saw his incredible presentation at another Club's meeting and recommended we have him speak at our club, and we were lucky enough to get him! Mark your calendars now for this informative and fascinating presentation. We meet at the Benicia Downtown Fire Station, 150 Military West. doors open at 7:00 PM and the presentation begins shortly after 7:30. We also have…

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September 2018

Ham License Test Session

September 8, 2018 @ 09:00 - 11:00
Benicia Downtown Fire Station

Today, Saturday, September 8th We have a FCC exam session from 0900 to 1100 at the Downtown Benicia Fire Station, 150 Military W., Benicia, Ca. Please enter via the 2nd St. Side door. Walk-ins are welcome! (This is not a class!) The fee is $15. Bring two forms of ID. Minors may bring school ID, minor's work permit, report card, Kaiser card etc. If upgrading bring photocopy of your current Amateur Radio license or the original(s) and photocopy(s) of any…

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Andy Record, KF6TJR, “Building a Club Grade Repeater from Your Junk Box(es)”.

September 11, 2018 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Benicia Downtown Fire Station

For the Sept. 11th BARC Meeting we are happy to announce Andy Record, KF6TJR, from Martinez ARC will be our guest speaker. His presentation will be “Building a Club Grade Repeater from Your Junk Box(es)”. Mark your calendars now! It meets at the Benicia Downtown Fire Station,150 Military West. Please enter via the 2nd Street side door. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The meeting begins at 7:00. There will be the presentation and a business meeting. All are welcome!

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October 2018

October 9th BARC Meeting: Michelle Paquette with her new antenna presentation: “Magnetic Loop Antennas”.

October 9, 2018 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Benicia Downtown Fire Station

Past BARC President, Michelle Paquette will be giving another exciting presentation on compact antennas. She will be giving it on a new specific antenna she has been trying: a Magnetic Loop antenna, which works well in condos and HOAs. (Although we hear it's pretty finicky!) We will be having our pre-meeting meal at Pizza Pirate starting around 5:00 pm. All are Welcome to both the meeting and the meal! Hope to see you there!

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October 17th, Get-on-the-Air Class!

October 17, 2018 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Benicia Downtown Fire Station

Our exciting Get Your License-in-a Day class is followed by a FREE Get-on-the-Air class, or GOTA class. The GOTA class demonstrates how to get on the air and then YOU get on the air! For new hams and old hams! More experienced hams can attend for review, or to learn the latest new tricks!

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November 2018

Ron Bunch, W4FEK, presents, “CoCo County ACS”

November 13, 2018 @ 18:30 - 21:30
Benicia Downtown Fire Station

Ron Bunch will be giving a presentation on Contra Costa County’s ACS program. Meeting begins at 7:00. Doors open at 6:30. Please enter via the 2nd side door. We will be having the pre-meeting at Pizza Pirate beginning at 5:00 pm. All are welcome! See you there!

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December 2018

BARC Christmas Holiday Party

December 11, 2018 @ 18:30 - 21:30
Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L Street
Benicia, CA United States
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Our annual Christmas Holiday Party is on on December 11th! (the same night that we would normally have our monthly meeting, the second Tuesday of the month, in December). The Party will be held at the Benicia Senior Center, 1201 East 2nd St. It will start at 6:30 pm for socializing and Dinner at 7:30. Cost is $30 per person which entitles that person one raffle ticket for one of the $600 worth of radio door prizes.  Limit of one…

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January 2019

January 8th’s 2019 BARC Meeting: “GoKits: A Presentation on the Design and Construction of BARC’s GoKits”, by Art Mayoff, AA6AM

January 8 @ 19:00 - 21:30
Benicia Downtown Fire Station

January’s Meeting will be “GoKits: A Presentation on the Design and Construction of BARC’s GoKits; Hints and ideas on building your own Radio-in-a-Box”, by Art Mayoff, AA6AM. Art is our current Treasurer, and a past President of BARC and MDARC. Having been continuously licensed since 1961, he is also an ARRL Life member. He is an Accredited ARRL VEC and W5YI VEC Volunteer Examiner as well as both a Certified ARRL Instructor and a Certified CERT trainer. As if that…

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February 2019

BARC’s February 12th Meeting, Kirsten Mcintyre, K6WX: “A Wire In The Air – What Matters Most”.

February 12 @ 18:30 - 21:30
Benicia Downtown Fire Station

We are so happy and excited to have Kristen coming back again to speak! She gave a fantastic, well received presentation about 7 years ago at BARC on Grounding. Kristen has been interested in radio since she was about 5 years old. When she was small she built many radio kits including her favorite: the one tube radio kit. She started in Amateur Radio around 1979 while she was at MIT by getting her technician's license. She built a 2m…

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BARC’s Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) Class February 13th!

February 13 @ 18:30 - 20:30
Benicia Downtown Fire Station

BARC invites you to a Free Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) Class on Wednesday, February 13th, at 7pm. Learn about radio selection, operating procedures, antennas, repeaters and how to talk on the radio. You will actually get on the radio in this class! The GOTA class meets in the Benicia Downtown fire station. Enter via the West 2nd Street side door. Beginners, rookies and veterans are invited. Even if you haven’t received your callsign yet you can attend and participate! If you have…

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