Every January BVARC has its annual Banquet.
We honor and award outstanding BVARC members from the year before as well as enjoy some great food and some amazing people.
There is usually an entertaining speaker and door prizes..
You can buy your Banquet tickets here on the website. They usually go on sale in November or December.
REMINDER: There will be no General Membership Meeting in January!
Join us for the Awards Banquet instead.
Annual Bvarc Awards Banquet
Speakers / Awards / Prizes
Appreciation to BVARC Members
Yummy Food and Great People
Sunset at a Ham Radio event
Large Monthly Club Meetings
Ham Radio License Testing
On The Air
Many Good Eating events!
Operating from the Submarine! Museum Ship Weekend
BVARC Operating Events
Tracking Ham Radio Balloons
All night Club Event
Field Day Setup
Ice Cream Social
Ham Radio Balloon Launch
Setting Up Antennas for an event
7:00a.m., SW Freeway inbound service road, near Kirkwood.
LUNCH BUNCH: LUBY’S CAFETERIA
10:30a.m. to 12:00Noon +, South Post Oak Road, just south of the I-610 Loop in Meyer Park Shopping Center.
AMSAT QRP GROUP: PAPPAS BARBECUE
11:30a.m., SW corner Westheimer at Gessner.
IN COLOR: The April newsletter is available.
Upcoming Field Day
If you have attended one of the Mega Field Days, the first thing that you see is this massive TV screen with a real time score and stats of the number of QSOs in different modes as the 10 simultaneous operators are making QSOs. The second most impressive thing you see is that all the rigs and computers are standardized. You can move from one rig to another and never have to worry about learning how to operate a new rig. ALL the rigs are K3s thanks to members who bring their K3 rigs to the Field Day.
So, what about the computers? Well, we are very fortunate to have Glenn, WB5TUF, who has managed to accumulate discontinued computers that are able to operate N1MM and are linked to an internal network. Every year, Glenn starts about a month before Field Day by dusting off these computers, upgrading the software and upgrading the N1MM software. He checks the networking of these computers so that they all work. The day before Field Day, Glenn loads up his car with these computers and brings them to the Field Day. He installs the computers, with the help of several volunteers, at each station. He makes sure they are all linked to an internal network to his master computer. All the K3s are checked to make sure they are ready to operate in their mode of operation.
While Glenn is setting up the computers, others are installing the cabling and the filters to allow multiple users to share the antennas. Test QSOs are made to ensure that all the rigs and antennas operate properly. If there is anything that needs to be done, the people setting up the stations don’t wait to be told or asked. Everyone know to just DO IT.
During the 24 hours of FD operation, every contact made by the operators is linked to Glenn’s master computer and the results displayed in real time on the big TV screen.
The next amazing this to watch is when FD is over. Everyone pitches in to take down the antennas, roll up the coax, unhook the computers and rigs, pack up the computers, clean the rooms and the kitchen, take out the trash and within four hours, leave the site as if FD never happened.
Come and be part of this Mega Field Day event. There are not many Field Day entries with 10 or more rigs in the country. It is definitely a unique experience.
Greater Houston HamFest is over:
(March 23 2019) Another great hamfest!
This was our 18th year..
It has grown and it has matured and we have a very solid foundation.
We were a little short on planning and marketing this year, and we were a little short on volunteers (about 30 .. thanks to all of them!) ..
But the HamFest was solid!
Good turnout on the tailgate, a good turnout on the attendance (no solid number yet) and good activity on the Raffle. Plus some great activities and great food!
We are already planning for the 2020 HamFest and this is the largest headstart ever! We already have some new volunteers, we already have commitments on table sales for next year and we have a lot of great new ideas starting to be developed.
BVARC sponsored FCC Amateur Radio Licensing Exams
BVARC sponsored FCC Amateur Radio Licensing Exams
BVARC testing has resumed. Please contact Mark Janzer K5MGJ@yahoo.com, to be added on to the list of available Volunteer Examiner's. Also contact him if you want to take the test, but walk-ins are welcome. He will inform you of what you need to bring.
The testing will be monthly, on the Saturday before the 2nd Thursday, at Bayland Park.
Please help to spread the word about BVARC testing. Mention it on the reflectors, nets, meetings, eating venues, and other word-of-mouth means.
Monday Night Net
Public Service Net
Monday night on 146.94 (167.9) at 8:00 PM
Wednesday Night Net
Rag Chew Net
3910 KHz +/-3KHz Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Club General Meetings
All Members welcome