The Big Bend Amateur Radio Club is based in Alpine, Texas and covers the entire Big Bend area of West Texas. The club is open to anyone interested in amateur radio activities.  Join us at our monthly meeting or on the air via one of our weekly nets.  Contact us by email.

New Members and Visitors

New or interested members can find information on our New Member page.  The page includes BBARC New Member form and information about dues.  

Donations to club can be made through our PayPal page.  Visitors to the Big Bend should try the 2m repeaters and participate in our 2m net.  The repeaters also have EchoLink access.  Sign up for the club’s monthly newsletter.

BBARC Field Day in the Alpine Avalanche

The June 30th Alpine Avalanche has this picture about Field Day taken by Gail Yovanovich.  We see Lonny K5LON, Charlie N5CET, Art K7VEN, and John KI5SNZ installing the GOTA station antenna.  Gail Yovanovich, the paper’s editor, visited the Field Day site Friday and Saturday.  The paper also carried an article on Field Day June 23rd, earning 100 Field Day points.  Thank you Gail for supporting the BBARC.

ARRL License Manuals 30% Discount

For the month of July, all license manuals are heavily discounted with code CNP2.  The new technician manual is out as the question pool changed July 1st.  The BBARC has exam sessions an hour before the monthly meeting – 2nd Tuesday at 6:30pm at the Alpine American Legion Hall, 306 W Sul Ross Ave.  The meetings start at 7:30pm.  Next session is July 12th.

Next BBARC Meeting is July 12th

Time is 7:30pm and location is the Alpine American Legion Hall, 306 W Sul Ross Ave.  Agenda will be a round table discussion of Field Day lessons learned and notes to help us next year.  If you can’t make the meeting, then send Charlie an email with your thoughts.  The meeting will also discuss CycleFest.  The August club meeting will be the HET tour (see below), and CycleFest is just 5 days after the September meeting (also below).

HET Tour August 9th

Looks like August 9th is the BBARC tour of the HET at McDonald Observatory.  The tour is led by Jim KD5KBU.  This special event is the same day as our August club meeting and will replace the meeting.

Cycle Fest September 17th

Jim KD5KBU is our contact with the event organizers.  No news yet, but mark your calendar, the BBARC has supported this event for several decades.  The new repeater may be operational, too, helping with coverage on highway 166.

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Last update 7-6-2022