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Briarpatch Amateur Radio Club of the Twin Counties

 W4BRC REPEATER 147.69/09


Welcome to the Briarpatch Amateur Radio Club web page.

The  BRIARPATCH AMATEUR RADIO CLUB (BARC) serves amateur radio operators (hams) in the Galax, Virginia area.  Club members live in southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina. The club maintains the Briarpatch Mountain repeater, W4BRC/R, 147.69/09.   The club is active in several local events such as the March of Dimes Walkathon and MS Walk, Boy Scout's Jamboree On The Air (JOTA), conducts a weekly net on Tuesdays at 8 pm local time on W4BRC/R , awards the Charles Litz - Dave Nicholson Memorial Scholarship and has an active Volunteer Examination Team.  If you have questions about the club, amateur exams or amateur radio in general please contact a club member or visit a regularly scheduled club meeting.  Anyone interested in amateur radio and guests are always welcome.  BARC is named after Briarpatch Mountain in Grayson County Virginia where the club was formed and where the club repeater is located.

**The 2016 BARC Service Net net controls are listed below.


October:  11 - N4YXU; 18 - WD4LHB; 25 - KI4CPJ

November:  1 - KD4RD; 8 - AJ4BD; 15 - W4RDX; 22 - N4GGU; 29 - KI4CPJ

December:  6 - WD4LHB; 13 - KI4CPJ; 20 - KD4RD; 27 - AJ4BD

Also please see the BARC Service Net page for the net Preamble download

Dues are due.  See the news page for details.

Looking for birthday or anniversary presents for your favorite ham or YOURSELF?  Check out the SWAP AND SHOP page and help out your fellow club members.  New items added 6-29-16. 

**Club roster: see the Roster page REVISED JUNE 27, 2015 


**Silent Key & Lifetime member lists are now on the Roster page


**Do not forget the BARC Service Net on Tuesdays.  See the net page.

**Check the Just4Fun page for a link to a "Ham Speak" site.  Find out where all of those abbreviations and funny numbers came from.


Club Calendar

October  20 club meeting, week early

October 13 VE Testing

November 17 club meeting (week early due to Thanksgiving)

December Club Christmas Dinner TBA no meeting

2016 Club Officers
President:  Dennis Puckett, KB4GHT  

Vice President:  Rick Beaver, KQ4AZ                                                                           

Secretary:  Melanie Puckett, KD4PXJ
Treasurer:  Beverly Tipton, KI4JTV

Technical Chairman:  Junior Diamond, N4VL                                                                          


Public Information Officer:  Melanie Puckett, KD4PXJ                                                     

Directors:  Junior Diamond, N4VL, James Blythe,W4RDX, Webmaster,  Rick Beaver,

KQ4AZ, VE Coordinator and Melanie Puckett, KD4PXJ

Newsletter Brian Cave, AB4BC

Please note: Most UNDERLINED text is a link and should open a new window.  This will save you time navigating the sitePlease send comments and content to w4rdx at yahoo dot com


Last update:  October 7, 2016
This site is maintained by James Blythe, W4RDX for the Briarpatch Amateur Radio Club, Inc.




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