The Briarpatch Amateur Radio Club serves amateur radio operators in southwest Virginia and North Carolina. Meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month at the First Christian Church in Galax, VA at 7:30 PM unless otherwise stated on the calendar.

We operate a weekly net every Tuesday at 8:00 PM. The net is held on the N4VL/R system (145.130- 103.5T) and is also linked to the Critter Net on 442.325+ 114.8T. 

Click Here to fill out our club application.

The club also offers quarterly Laurel Volunteer Examiner sessions. These testing sessions are free. Please bring two forms of identification, one of which needs to be a photo id. If you are upgrading, please bring your original and a copy of your current license or CSCE.

Club dues are $15.00 for full membership and $7.50 for the second household member and associate members. The fee is to be paid by January 1st each year.
Please pay Beverly, KI4JTV @

Beverly Tipton
396 Road Creek Ford
Dugspur, VA 24325

Current Club Officers:
President: Frank Howard, WB1USN
Vice President: Dick Newell, WA4ZIZ
Secretary/PIO: Chris Ecker, KY4QE
Treasurer: Beverly Tipton, KI4JTV
Technical Chairman: Frank Howard, WB1USN
Club Trustee: Junior Diamond, N4VL
VE Coordinators: Glen Sage, N4DN and David Todd, N4SH
Web Master: Josh Greer, KM4AZW