Congratulations to Steve B. on earning his technician license and Nick KO4VZG on his upgrade to general during our last VE Testing session!

BARC News 9.29.23


The club held our September meeting on the 29th. 

It was pointed out that club officer elections will be held at the Christmas dinner on December 9th @7PM. The dinner will be hosted at the Fiddler's Restaurant in Hillsville, VA. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to an elected position. Please contact us before the dinner. 

It was decided that we would have a technical committee as opposed to an individual technical officer for the club's repeater and equipment maintenance. The club repeater is still having interference issues during the night. Committee members will try troubleshooting it further soon. 

Relocating the club repeater was also discussed and may be a possibility in the near future. 

It was reported that the club presence at the Carroll County Ag Fair was a success. A number of people expressed interest in the hobby and even signed up for testing. 

Moving our meeting location to the EMS building is still in discussion.

A big thanks goes out to David Puckett (AJ4BD) for the great presentation on baluns and antennas at the end of our meeting. For those who would like to shop for a toroid to build your own, he recommends

A number of the AUXCOMM group will be heading to the Fort Valley Endurance Horse Ride event October 20-22. Some of the remaining members will be helping the Floyd Amateur Radio Society provide communications for the Tour de Dirt bike ride on Saturday, October 21st. If you would like to volunteer for either event, please email us. For more info on the Tour de Dirt, visist

A VE Testing session is to be held October 12th. For more info visit our VE Testing Page.

Our next club meeting is scheduled for October 26th. 

The club will not meet in November due to a conflict with the Thanksgiving holiday.

September Club Meeting 9.28.23

Just a quick reminder that our club meeting for September is on Thursday the 28th. The AUXCOMM group will meet at 6:30PM and our regular club will meet at 7:30PM at the First Christian Church in Galax, VA. 

New River Trail Challenge 2023

Our club will be helping out with communications for the New River Trail Challenge on September 16th. This event is an adventure triathlon that takes place along the New River Trail. If you would like to find out more about the event, see the official website.

If you want to sign up to participate as a volunteer communicator, email us

No August Meeting

Just a reminder that there will not be a club meeting this month. Our members are divided between setting up/manning our booth at the Carroll County Ag Fair and providing communication services to the Iron Mountain Jubilee endurance horse ride. 

BARC News Update (7.28.23)


The monthly BARC meeting was held July 27th. Below are notes from the meeting. 

Our AUXCOMM group will be providing communication support for the Iron Mountain Jubilee horse ride August 25th - 27th. This year the course has changed to include a 100 mile event which will last for a 24 hour period. If you would like to volunteer to help out, you can reach out to us

The club will also be setting up a booth at the Carroll County AG Fair August 23rd - 27th. If you would like to help setup or help man the booth send us an email.

The club will not have a meeting in August due to the Fair and Iron Mountain horse ride. 

It was decided that we will have our Christmas dinner at the Fiddlers Restaurant in Hillsville on December 9th @ 6:00PM. There will be a 15% gratuity added to the check and Frank Howard, WB1USN will be having a raffle for a 50 watt mobile radio for $1/Ticket. 

Keep in mind that our club repeater is still having issues during the night and we will continue to have our weekly net on the N4VL repeater system.  

ATGP 2023

Some of our club members participated in the Appalachia Trail Golden Packet event on Saturday the 15th. The Golden Packet event's goal is to transmit a packet across 15 mountain tops along the Appalachian Trial from Georgia to Maine.

For more details of the event see the official website

To view more photos view the album