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.

FCC License Expiration and ULS Problems

One of the 2m net controllers had their license expire and working to renew it.  There is a 2 year grace period for renewal without taking the technician exam.  2m net manager, Chuck KA5PVB, asked to check expiration dates of all 2m net controllers.  They are all good, and Chuck is the next to renew in 2024.

With the FCC going to email only communications, each member should log into the FCC ULS web site and review their record.  

Log in using https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do.  Unfortunately, this login does not work and has the following disclamer:

PLEASE NOTE: Username registration and update is currently experiencing intermittent issues and users are encouraged to continue and try and access the system. We appreciate your patience while we work to resolve the issues.

BBARC Field Day in the Alpine Avalanche

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

License Exams

The new technician manual is available from the ARRL bookstore 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 sessions are September 13th, October 11th, and November 9th.

Next BBARC Meeting is Sepember 13th

Time is 7:30pm and location is the Alpine American Legion Hall, 306 W Sul Ross Ave.   

License exams will be at 6:30pm before the meeting at the same location.

Alpine Gun Show BBARC Information Table

For the first time in club history, the BBARC will have an information table at the Alpine Gun Show September 3rd and 4th.  Club members can sign up to man the table from  8am to 4pm both days.  Here is the sign up list for members interested in doing this.  The table will be reserved at the next Lions Club meeting August 23rd and more details will be available that day.  (Note: the August 16 Lions Club meeting was cancelled due to street flooding.)  There is no cost to the club.

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.  Here is the sign up list.

BBARC PayPal Payment

Pay for club dues or make donations. 

Last update 8-17-2022