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.
Next Meeting February 9th
The February meeting will likely be on the 2m repeater system again. The repeater meetings begin at 7:30pm run by Stephen KE5WCP. Early checkins begin at 7:00 by Scott KI5ANQ. The meeting is also accessible by our EchoLink station, K5FD-R .
FCC Email Requirement
The new email requirement begins June 29. Just like the mailing address, each licensee and applicant must have an email address and respond to messages from the FCC. Choose something permanent, not your internet service provider. Many people have call sign at arrl.com, or another email service like gmail or outlook. Call signs are unique and permanent (mostly).
The Bark, newsletter of the BBARC, is published monthly in PDF format and emailed to over 100 recipients. The latest issue is now available. You don’t have to be a club member to receive the newsletter. Get added to the distribution list by emailing Scott KI5ANQ.
2m Repeater Work
Doug N5HYD has been busy tracking down some symptoms in the 2m repeater system. The 82 repeater has new batteries and solar controller thanks to Ron K4AAA and Doug N5HYD going up Christmas Mountain the day after Thanksgiving. The symptoms persist, so the next step may be to swap out equipment and bring it back to the workbench for testing. One of the symptoms is all repeaters are transmitting with no audio except 82. This times out after 3 minutes or until someone keys up 82. The repeater has been taken off line at times to try to identify 82 as causing the symptom.
December 12, Doug N5HYD went to the 92 repeater for an inspection. He is looking at ways to cycle power to reset the VHF radio.
The six club repeaters are on mountain peaks. The wind and weather are hard on the solar panels, antennas, batteries, and electronics. Access to most of the sites requires coordination with the land owners, off road vehicles, good weather, and most of a day. The views are breathtaking, so opportunities to go to repeater sites are one of our best club benefits.
January Is Club Dues Month
The COVID virus ended all of the race events in 2020, so the club income dropped off. January is the month to collect dues. The dues are more important to the club for 2021 as the virus continues to cancel events.
Dues are $36 per year for individual or individual & spouse. Dues can be mailed to Bob Ward, WA5ROE at the BBARC mailing address:
Big Bend Amateur Radio Club, 1402 North 5th Street, Alpine, Texas 79830