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QSL - Confirming Contacts

QSL - Confirming Contacts

Rob, W8MRL gave a presentation at the November meeting on various ways of confirming contacts.  Paper QSL cards, eQSL and Logbook of the World (LoTW) were looked at.    Rob is seen here at 2015 Hamvention with Bob - KD8QZE, Robert - N8JMV, Bob - W8MRG, missing was Bob - W8NFM  (note a theme here?)   At BCARA, we have an education topic at each meeting. With a hobby as broad as amateur radio, the possible topics are endless!

Another successful VE testing session!

Another successful VE testing session!

BCARA hosted an amateur radio licensing session on October 17th.  The VE team, under the Laurel VEC, administered tests to 6 candidates.  There are now two new licensed Technicians, two upgrades to General class and one upgrade to Extra class.    Giving back to the hobby is one of the fun aspects of amateur radio.

System Fusion is on the air!

System Fusion is on the air!

System Fusion Repeater is on the Air! BCARA powered up the new146.700 MHz Yaesu System Fusion repeater on 7/25/15. This terrific technology allows those that want to enjoy all the benefits of a digitial mode while maintaining analog capabilities.  No need to buy a new technology radio to use the same repeater, unlike DSTAR and DMR systems. If you don't hear anything on your FM radio, but see the signal strength meter active, then there is probably a digital mode QSO in progress.  No problem!  Watch for the repeater to drop out and just ID and join the conversation.  The...

What is Ham Radio?

What is Ham Radio?

What is Ham Radio?   Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need. You can set up a ham radio station anywhere! In a field... ...at a club station.... ...or at home. Although Amateur Radio operators get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles,...

Why should I get licensed?

Why should I get licensed?

Why should I get licensed? 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 and anyone may hold one except a representative of a foreign government. In the US there are three license classes—Technician, General and Extra. Technician License The Technician class license is the entry-level license of choice for most new ham radio operators. To earn the Technician license requires passing one examination totaling 35 questions on radio theory, regulations and operating practices. The license gives access to all Amateur Radio frequencies above...

  • QSL - Confirming Contacts

  • Another successful VE testing session!

  • System Fusion is on the air!

  • What is Ham Radio?

  • Why should I get licensed?





Educating, Encouraging and Entertaining - Amateur Radio and BCARA


The ARRL posted the results from Field Day 2015.   BCARA did a terrific job.  Working outside, in an open air shelter with antennas up in trees and powered from a generator we were 13th out of 33, in the Great Lakes Division, 3A class for total number of QSO's.  
There were 243 logs submitted from the entire Great Lakes Division (all classes) and we place 51 based on total number of QSO's.
From all logs submitted for Field Day we placed 467 out of 2720 based on total number of QSO's. 
Great job everyone!
Rob Lindsay, W8MRL




 BCARA -official emergency communications partner with the 

Butler County Health Department

  Please come and join us, even if you are not yet...an Amateur Radio Operator, You are welcome to our events and meetings.  Our group is fun, helpful and we enjoy fellowship with each other. Our monthly meetings usually include education topics or presentations. If you need assistance getting licensed, BCARA has many members and resources to help you get there. Please visit us soon. 73

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BCARA meetings are the 2nd Monday each month at 7pm.

Fairfield Township Administration Bldg. 6032 Morris Rd. Hamilton,OH 45011
This is located on the corner of Morris Rd and Millikin Rd.  Near Butler Tech.  Wheelchair accessible.
 Please join us on our new, high profile, repeater! Serving the entire Tri-State area @ 146.700(-) PL 123 Please check into our weekly Net: Tuesday's on 146.700(-)  PL 123.0 at 7:00pm
HF Round Table Friday's on 10 Meters 28.410 (+ or -) QRM at 9:00pm

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