IN COLOR The March Newsletter is  available.

The April 13 meeting will be at the Sugar Land Masonic Lodge, 421 Eldridge Rd.,  7:30 PM. Topic will be CW by Nizar.

FOR INFORMATION ON THE HOUSTON HAMFEST CLICK “Mar-Houston Hamfest” to the left.

BVARC MARCH GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Thursday, March 9, 2016 7:30pm, 421 Eldridge

BVARC MARCH GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Thursday, March 9, 2016 7:30pm, 421 Eldridge
We’ll be talking about the upcoming Houston Hamfest (March 24th and 25th) during the meeting. There a many events to attend and opportunities for involvement. It’ll be the biggest and best yet. We’ll also field a report about the Amateur Radio Parity Act bill – HR555, that’s currently in the U.S. Senate.

Report on the February General Membership Meeting

Bill Cordell (W5VOM) had presented a program about radio interference, safe RF exposure limits and the safety considerations concerning rooftop antenna installations. Many slides included pictures of actual rooftop installations, with a variety of commercial antenna layouts. The program was well received with a variety of questions about Bill’s work and member concerns about their own installations.

Amateur Radio Public Service Events

In addition to the Houston Marathon (January) and the MS 150, Houston to Austin bicycle event (April 29-30), there is another event that has engaged a large number of Houston Hams – the Buffalo Bayou Regatta.

The 45th Regatta will be on Saturday March 11th. It is the largest canoe and kayak race in Texas and fifth largest in the U.S. with 400 boats and 800 participants. Hams are encouraged to contact Ketih Dutson NM5G kdutson@sbcglobal.net to volunteer. The event lasts from about 7am to roughly 1pm, with various assignments along the 15 mile course along Buffalo Bayou. The race starts from Voss road and meanders to the Wortham Center downtown. An article about ham radio involvement in the event appeared in the May 2010 QST. Mark Janzer – K5MGJ and Matt Woodruff – KA5YYD paddle amateur radio equipped safety boats through the course. Emergency communications are coordinated with Houston 911.

The Greater Houston Hamfest is March 24 and 25th.. We are seeking volunteers to help us run the show.
Please email info@houstonhamfest.org if you want to volunteer your time or expertise.

If your company wants to exhibit or donate prizes please get in touch with us info@houstonhamfest.org

Hamfest table sales and pre-registration is available now on the Hamfest website
http://www,houstonhamfest.org

The BVARC Board of Directors meetings will be held at Bayland Park 6400 Bissonnet in the Bayland Park Community Center in Southwest Houston.. Meetings will be at 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM on the first Saturday of each month.  Members welcome.

  • The club meets every month, usually on the second Thursday (7:30 PM) of the month, at the Masonic Lodge (see above).
  • Many BVARC members frequent the 146.94 (167.9) repeater where the BVARC Monday Night Public Service Net meets at 8 PM each Monday.
  • BVARC sponsors a HF net on Wednesday nights at 7 PM. It meets on 3910 +/- 3 khz. This net is allows each member to comment on current events and includes club announcements. The Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club is a public service club serving Fort Bend County and Southwest Houston. The club was founded in 1978 and has been active in social events, license classes, administering amateur radio license tests. It provides support for city and county emergency management communication operations. Members provide support for many charitable events such as walks and bike rides.
  • Anyone wishing to contribute to the repair and upgrade of the 146.94 repeater may use the Paypal link in the right window on this page.

Bvarc Meetings

The club meets every month, usually on the second Thursday (7:30 PM) of the month, at the Sugar Land Masonic Lodge 421 Eldridge Rd, Sugarland TX 77478

Board Meetings

The BVARC (Business Meetings) Board of Directors meetings will be held at Bayland Park 6400 Bissonnet in the Bayland Park Community Center in Southwest Houston.. Meetings will be at 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM on the first Saturday of each month.
All Members welcome

Sunset at an event

Monthly Club Meetings

Operating Events Museum Ships

Tracking Ham Radio Balloons

License Testing

Operating Event

All night Club Event

Field Day Setup

Annual Hamfest

BVARC puts on a big hamfest every year

Good Eating!

On The Air

Ice Cream Social

Ham Radio Balloon Launch

BVARC – Serving the Houston Area, including Harris and Fort bend Counties and beyond

The Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club (BVARC) is the largest, most active ham radio club in the Houston Area. It was organized in 1978, primarily as an emergency communications group available to assist the communities of Stafford and Missouri City when required. Since that time BVARC has grown and expanded its activities to bring together many diverse interests all over Texas.

Today, BVARC is truly a general interest club with an impressive record of public service. This commitment to service has been recognized by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) with the coveted status of Special Service Club. We are proud of our members who represent the finest in Amateur Radio. Membership is not limited to licensed operators, but is open to anyone with an interest in Amateur Radio.