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BDARC was formed in 1955. Like most clubs it has seen its membership fluctuate over the years. When the hobby first went to the "no code tech" licensing system in the early 90's there was a drastic increase in the number of folks entering the hobby and a correspondent increase in club membership. We had a membership of close to 100 people in those days. In later years those numbers have dwindled - we think in large part due to the widespread use of cell phones and other communication devices. However we now see a renewed interest in the hobby with the move away from Morse Code altogether.

Our current membership is 38 (February 2018). Club officers are: President: John D. Hymes, W8HY
; Vice President: Charlie Marlow, WB8CNN;   Secretary: Randy Kerbawy, KD8JEB; Treasurer: Kathy Hymes, KA8THY; Executive Committee Member at Large: Danny Cole, K8DLT.

BDARC owns and maintains a repeater which operates on frequency 145.370 MHz. it has a 100. cps tone with negative offset, located, on the old EOC tower in Beckley, West Virginia.

BDARC runs a Service and Information net once a week on Friday night at 9:00PM. This net is; First, to pass emergency traffic; Second, to pass non-emergency traffic and announcements; and Third, to meet on the air and see that everyone is OK, and to give each operator an opportunity to  comment on their past week of events or reflections. All check-in's are welcome, comments are encouraged but not required.

B.D.A.R.C. Monthly Club Meeting:  The monthly business meeting of the B.D.A.R.C. will be held at the Golden Corral Restaurant 1320 N. Eisenhower Dr. Beckley WV, on Tuesday March 13th, 2018 at 7pm. Please remember to come around 6:00pm if you plan to eat. Meals or club membership are not a requirement to attend the meeting. Potential new members and those interested in the hobby are always welcome to join us. Annual election of officers will take place at the March meeting, please try to be in attendance.

B.D.A.R.C. Monthly Club Breakfast: The monthly breakfast gathering of the B.D.A.R.C. is set for Saturday March 17th, 2018 at Tudor's Biscuit World across from Walmart, in MacArthur WV. No club business is conducted at the breakfasts, these are informal  "rag-chew" sessions in which we eat, discuss random topics, assist one another with projects afterwards (time permitting), and share past experiences in the hobby. A good time is generally had by all.

Annual dues are $20 plus $10.00 for each additional family member, so a husband and wife can both join for $30.00/year. The membership year is April 1st thru March 31st. A new "Lifetime Membership" level has been added (by request) and voted in by majority; where a single club member can pay 20 times the current annual membership rate, at this time the rate of $400.00 - will pay your club dues for life!

Club activities include: Participation in Field Day each year, sponsoring a W5YI sanctioned volunteer examination team, "special events" stations; such as Rocket Boys Festival, an annual Summertime picnic, and Christmas dinner/party. All activities are open to any amateur, but we hope you will like us enough to join the club and help support repeater operation. Anyone interested in joining the club can contact Kathy Hymes, KA8THY,  or e-mail [email protected].

Also, we welcome visitors to our club meetings if you'd like to check us out before deciding whether to join.

In other "Front Page News" - B.D.A.R.C. has some Technician Class FCC Element 2 Amateur Radio License Preparation Guides available for a really GREAT price! $20.00 gets you the book shown below. One of the best study guides you will ever find. When you are ready for the exam, another $14.00 and 3 volunteer examiners from the club, will be more than happy to administer the exam to you at the earliest opportunity. You will be amazed at what you can do with a Technician Amateur Radio Operators License these days, come to a meeting and let us tell you all about it! Get your study guide today! Contact
[email protected].



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