Welcome to Ham radio in the Big Bend area.
If you wish to join the BBARC, we have a New Member form to print, fill out, and mail with dues to the BBARC mailing address. Make a check payable to BBARC for $36. BBARC dues are paid annually in Jaunary.
1402 N 5th St
Alpine TX 79830-2512
The BBARC also handles ARRL membership and renewals. Print the ARRL Membership Renewal form, fill it out, and mail with a check to the BBARC address above. Both BBARC and ARRL membership can be paid with one check.
Memberhip requires an FCC license. If you just took the Technician exam, wait for your call sign and then send in the membership forms.
If you have any questions, contact the club secretary Scott KI5ANQ.
How to Get Started in BBARC
The club members live mostly in Brewster, Pecos, Jeff Davis, and Presidio Counties. The club maintains six 2m repeaters that cover these counties. Basically, every Ham operator out here has a 2m radio. Simplex is not used much, but the 2m repeaters are used extensively by club members. The repeater information is found through the main menu.
The next step is to participate in the 2m net on Wednesday nights at 8:00. A list of most Ham operators in the area is found on the Networks page as the 2m Roster.
You will want to participate in monthly club meetings, currently held on the 2m repeater system because of COVID. The meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm.
EchoLink is something else to try. Our station is K5FD-4 Alpine. More information is on the EchoLink page off the main menu.
Once a member, you will have access to the Member page off the main menu. This page contains information about the club and members, including email address of each member.