Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club

Houston's Largest Ham Radio Club

Welcome to BVARC!

The Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club (BVARC) is the largest, most active amateur radio club in southeast Texas. The club was organized in 1978, and was formed to assist the cities of Stafford and Missouri City during emergencies and weather events as an emergency communications group. Since then, the club has grown and expanded its activities over the greater Houston area.

BVARC is a general interest club with an impressive record of public service. From contests to educational classes to supporting area fund raising events, BVARC has always been active in displaying the “art” of amateur radio. By being active and committed, it has brought the recognition and status as a “Special Service Club” from American Radio Relay League (ARRL) which is a national organization for amateur radio.

When you become a member of BVARC you join a family of ham radio enthusiasts that have decades of knowledge and experience to share.  Our membership is not just for amateur radio operators but is open to anyone with an interest in amateur radio and we welcome anyone licensed or not.

If you are interested and would like to get into amateur radio, BVARC is a great place to start. With over 340 members, you will have plenty of assistance to help you along your path into the hobby. Even if you are a newly licensed amateur radio operator or “ham” we are here to answer questions as you learn more about the hobby.

Our in-person meetings are held normally on the second Thursday of each month at the Community Volunteer Fire Department Community Center, 16005 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, 77083. The Fire station is approximately 1.5 miles west of the intersection of Bellaire Blvd and Highway 6. If you need directions, you can always give a call out on the 146.94 repeater (minus offset/167.9 tone)

So come out to a meeting to talk to some of the members to learn about the hobby. If you cannot make the meeting, most of them will also be held on ZOOM. Either way, you can always connect to the membership to find out more about the hobby and the many facets it has. Remember it is truly a hobby that has only one barrier = C.
 

73,

Mike Hardwick, N5VCX

President
Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club
713-826-6917

What is Amateur Radio?

Amateur radio, often called Ham Radio, is both a hobby and a service in which participants, called “hams”, use various types of radio communication equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs for public service, recreation, and self-training.

Amateur radio operators enjoy personal (and often worldwide) wireless communications with each other and are able to support their communities with emergency and disaster communication if necessary. 

How Do I Become a Ham?

Before you can get on the air, you need to be licensed and know the rules to operate legally. US licenses are good for 10 years before renewal. There are three license classes: Technician, General and Extra.

BVARC holds VE exam sessions every month for anyone who wants to get their amateur license or upgrade an existing license. 

Dealers that support BVARC

Advertising on this website!
$30 for six months

$50 for one year

BVARC Sponsored NETS

Monday:
12noon Stir Crazy Net – 146.94
8pm Public service net – 146.94
Tuesday:
12noon Stir Crazy Net – 146.94
7:30 pm QuestionAir Net – 146.94
Wednesday:
12noon Stir Crazy Net – 146.94
7pm Rag Chew Net – 3.910 Mhz
Thursday:
12noon Stir Crazy Net – 146.94
Friday:
12noon Stir Crazy Net – 146.94

General Club News & Events

The 2024 BVARC Awards Banquet that was scheduled on January 18th, 2024, at Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet Street has been postponed to a later date. 

There will be a second survey coming out in March after the Greater Houston HamFest on just what members would like for a Banquet for the future.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

Mike Hardwick, N5VCX

President, Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club

BVARC VE Test Session
Friday March 1st & Saturday March 2nd
Greater Houston HamFest

You can sign up now on our website (BVARC.org) to take an FCC license exam to get your ham radio license or upgrade to General or Extra. Our normal testing location is Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet Str in Houston. However in March, testing will be held at the Greater Houston HamFest, Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, 4310 Hwy 36 South, Rosenberg, Tx 77471. Testing will return to Bayland Community Center on April 6th. 

 Future dates:
 March 1st and 2nd, 2024 – Greater Houston HamFest
 April 6th, 2024 – Bayland Community Center  
 May 4th, 2024 – Bayland Community Center
 June 8th, 2024 – Bayland Community Center
 July 6th, 2024 – Bayland Community Center
 August 3rd, 2024 – Bayland Community Center
 September 7th, 2024 – Bayland Community Center
 October 5th, 2024 – Bayland Community Center
November 9th, 2024- Bayland Community Center
December 7th, 2024 – Bayland Community Center 

March 14th BVARC General Meeting

The BVARC General Meeting will be on March 14th and we will have a special presentation from one of our own, Robert “Bob” Stroupe, W5KK. He will be doing a presentation on commercial radio broadcasting and all of its unique issues and problems. Bob, who is Chief Engineer for a major commercial broadcaster has been in the business since Marconi retired. So come on out and hear about Bob talk about the ups and downs in the commercial radio business. If he has time, he will also tell everyone how to “Build a Pirate FM Radio Station” for under $100! 

Doors open at 7:00pm, and the meeting starts at 7:30pm. There will be pizza, salad and ice tea served by the BVARC Food Team. 

 

Meeting Location:
Volunteer Fire Station #4
16005 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, TX 77083

The ZOOM link will be active the Monday before the meeting.

BVARC Training or Classroom Available
At Bayland Community Center

BVARC reserves a four hour block for training or programs. If you would like to do a program or have a training class, please contact Mike Hardwick, N5VCX at n5vcx@att.net to reserve your date. The times that are available are 9 am and 1 pm. The reservation is free to the club and any member can use it.  

Where:  Bayland Community Center
6400 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77074
 Dates:
 March 23rd    April 20th   May 18th   July 20th    August 17th  September 21st
 October 19th    November 23rd    December 28th 

March 2024 Brews with BVARC

The next Brews with BVARC will be on Tuesday March 12th at 6:30pm. We’re heading out to Voodoo Brewing company in Katy! They are a relatively new location and not only offer great looking brews but have a kitchen where you can order some pretty awesome looking food including burgers, hotdogs, nachos, pretzels, and sliders. Checkout their brews and food at their website katy.voodoobrewery.com

As always, be safe, be responsible, and we’ll to see you there
!

March 2024 Brews with BVARC:
When:

Tuesday March 12th at 6:30pm
Where:
22756 Westheimer Pkwy # 100
Katy, TX 77450
 

Newest Members

Michael Trujillo –
Elizabeth Signorotti – KI5WEG
Kristan Sears – KI5VVT
Fox Piacenti – KW6FOX
Donald Burris – KJ5CCG
Rod Neumann – W5IE
Dale Henson – KE0FE
Larry Lane – KF5OXQ
David Lira – KJ5BGL
Lynn Loden – KI5WWU
Christopher Pommier – 
Addyson Carroll- KJ5BVL
Levi Carroll – KJ5BVM
Jason Carroll – KJ5BVI
Venketa Appala – KJ5BVS
David Reck – KJ5BMB
Wesley Fangman – KI5SUB
Ethan Fangman –
Telesforo Figueroa – KP4P
Chuck Hale – KF5UXP

 

Newest Life Members

Jeffery Carson – KF5ONT
David Stevens – KI5LDZ
Robert Schaer – N5DIB
Arthur Lim – KF5JHJ
Drew Dasher – N1ER
Jeff Greer – W5JEF
John Denison – KD5YOU
Donovan Bali – KG5BDZ
Lynn Loden – KI5WWU
John Holmes – K4VMG

John George – K9GUL
Matthew Miller – K5LKV
Jeffery Macmillian – KC5TT
Allen Stallings – KI5WJJ
Mark Brantana – N5PRD
Michael Doerge – KI5SKL
David Reed – W5SV
Howard Barnwell – KI5WNN
Richard Weeks – KI5JML
Brad Phillips – KD8YOP
Peter Mendoza – KD6QZH
Robert Cullen – KI5TPC
Terry Leatherland – K5PGF

Recent Silent Keys

Mark Braun – W5THC
Gus Bernard – K5GMB
Charlie Prochaska – KG5KV
Cameron Mitchel – K5CAM
Michael Mustachia – KF5PHA
Steve Chancellor – KF5M
Michael Scarcella  WA5TWT
Chris Heustis – W5GX
Howard Hargrove – KF5EYX
Ross Lawler – W5HFF
Tom Morton – W5TOM
Dan Gannon – WA5ANF

Recent Donations

Richard Cary – K5RBC – POTA $10
Terry Leatherland – K5PGF – BVARC $50
Matthew Miller – K5LKV – BVARC $10
Robert Cullen – K5TPC – BVARC $20
Matthew Miller – K5LKV – FD $10
Richard Cary – K5RBC – FD $20
Richard Bonica – KG5YCU -FD $50
Matthew Miller – K5LKV – FD $10
Richard Cary – K5RBC- 146.94 $10
Richard Cary – K5RBC – FD $10
Matthew Miller – K5LKV – BVARC $10
Matthew Miller – K5LKV – POTA $10
Richard Bonica – KG5YCU – POTA $50
Rudolph Pickut – KI5LQS – POTA $10

Area Weekly Social Gatherings

Saturday Breakfast

IHOP Stafford
6:30am 

12725 Southwest Fwy, Stafford, TX 77477

Wednesday Lunch

LUNCH BUNCH: LUBY’S CAFETERIA 
11:00am to Noon 

10575 W Airport Blvd, Stafford, TX 77477

BVARC Sponsored On Air Nets

Monday:
12noon Stir Crazy Net – 146.94
8pm Public service net – 146.94
Tuesday:
12noon Stir Crazy Net – 146.94
7:30 pm QuestionAir Net – 146.94
Wednesday:
12noon Stir Crazy Net – 146.94
7pm Rag Chew Net – 3.910 Mhz
Thursday:
12noon Stir Crazy Net – 146.94
Friday:
12noon Stir Crazy Net – 146.94

Donate to BVARC

We do get a lot of Donations, as well as questions about donations.
BVARC is a 501c Organization, your donations to BVARC are Tax Deductible as well as a benefit to the Ham Radio  community.

You can donate below with your credit card, or you can donate in person at one of our meetings. You can not only donate cash, but you can also donate equipment or supplies.

Ask our Treasurer for a receipt.
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Donate to POTA!
Food, Drinks, shelter all cost money
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Donate to Field Day!
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Donate to 146.94 Repeater Fund!
We all use the repeater everyday.
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Donate to Museum Ship Weekend!
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