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    Baker Island Presentation!!!

    Thursday, August 23rd

    The KH1/KH7Z Baker Island Team Leader, Don Greenbaum N1DG will be coming to the Blackstone Valley Amateur Radio Club on August 23, 2018 to present video, photos and personal stories about the recent Baker Island DXpedition which just took place from June 27 to July 6.

    Baker and Howland Is. was #5 on the Club Log Most Wanted list for DXCC prior to the DXpedition. They managed to log nearly 70,000 QSOs including 18,000 (26%) unique call signs during their ten day activation despite less than ideal band conditions. More than 20% of those who worked them gained an all time new one. This will do some serious rearranging of the deck chairs on the Honor Roll.

    Would you like to meet Don and personally thank him for your contacts? This is your chance before he presents his material at Boxboro, Visalia, Dayton, Dallas and many other large DX conventions. You’ll see and hear the story before anyone else does. Don did the same for us in 2011 when he came to BVARC to present his material for the 2011 VP8ORK DXpedition to South Orkney Island. That was a great DXpedition also.

    We have arranged to hold this special meeting at the Polish National Church at 500 Smithfield Road, Rte. 146A, Woonsocket. (top of the hill, just west of the Beef Barn) We should be starting at about 7:00 PM. The date is Thursday evening, August 23, 2018. There’s no charge or fee for this special evening but if you haven’t made a donation yet to the Baker Island fund, I’m sure that Don would appreciate that at this time. Click on the donate link below for details.

    Please tell your DX minded friends about this event on August 23 and I hope to see you there.

    73,Bob Beaudet, W1YRC

    Donate to the Baker Island Fund
    Visit the Baker Island Dxpedition website!!
    Click Here for Directions to the Polish National Church
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    Field Day 2018 Video!!!

    Online Now!
    The Field Day video is up! click on the link below to view the video!

    Click here to watch the Field Day 2018 Video!
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    Amateur Radio license Exams

    Saturday, August 25th
    Study for your license today! Don't put if off! No code required! Just think of how much fun you will have with a genuine Amateur Radio license!

    Exam details and video!
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    The Consortium in QST!

    Feature article!
    The April edition of QST magazine features an article about BVARC's Consortium written by our own Bob Beaudet - W1YRC. The artical describes what we do at our Consortium and how other clubs can start their own program.

    Click here to read the article!
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    The Consortium

    Monday, September 10th
    Basic information for new and old Hams! Learn more about the Consortium by clicking on the links below.

    Learn more about the Consortium
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    Club Meeting

    Monday, September 24th
    New members are welcome! Our club is for anyone intested in Amateur Radio. We have members who are electronics gurus and many members that are not electronics experts, but enjoy making contacts and operating radios.


    More information on meetings
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    Satellites for Beginners

    Bob Beatty – WB4SON
    At the May 7th Consortium, Bob Beatty – WB4SON gave an excellent presentation on how to work Satellites. Click on the links below of reference materials!

    Satellites for Beginners - PDF
    Satellites for Beginners - reference materials
    Satellites for Beginners - PowerPoint (Requires PowerPoint)
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    Hams Needed!

    The Tour De Cure 2018 needs Hams!
    Jim Creamer of the Westerly Amateur Radio Team is requesting Hams volunteer for this years Tour De Cure. Click on the link below for more info!

    Hams Needed for the Tour De Cure!
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    BVARC Simplex Net!

    Wednesday nights at 7:00pm on 146.565 mhz
    Check into the BVARC Simplex Net! We talk about amateur radio, hummingbirds, tomatoes, the weather, and anything else that seems real important! Everyone is welcome!
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    The Messenger

    The April 2018 Edtion is now Available!
    Check out the latest news and advice in The Messenger! See link below!

    Click here to read The Messenger!
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    FT8 PowerPoint!

    PowerPoint of Mike Bragg's FT8 presentation!
    Mike Bragg gave an excellent presentation of digital modes focusing on the new FT8 mode. Here is the PowerPoint he presented. This requires PowerPoint or a PowerPoint viewer. Large File. Click on the link below to download the file.

    Click here for PowerPoint presentation (Large File 53meg)
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    Rte 5 Bridge is CLOSED!

    (Until September 2019)
    The Stone Arch bridge on Route 5 is CLOSED! It closed earlier than expected. It will remain closed until the project is finished in September 2019.

    Town update on the bridge closing
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    Get your Ham Tags!

    Ham tags are NOT vanity plates! If you have an active amateur radio licence you are elegible to have your FCC callsign on your plate at the normal cost!

    Click here for application form!
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    Join the ARRL!

    If you haven't joined the ARRL, you should strongly consider doing it now! Don't take the Amateur Bands for granted. The ARRL fights constantly to keep private industry from infinging on the Amateur Bands. They lobby the FCC on YOUR behalf. There is a lot of pressure to re-allocate Amateur Bands for business use.

    In order for ARRL to make the case that the Amateur Bands should be preserved, they need to demostrate that there is a real interest in Amateur Radio. Dues paying members provide the money and clout the ARRL needs. This is just one reason you should be a member.

    Check out the ARRL website!

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The Consortium Featured in April's QST!

The April edition of QST magazine features an article about BVARC's Consortium written by our own Bob Beaudet - W1YRC. The artical describes what we do at our Consortium and how other clubs can start their own program.

Click here to read the article!