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									                                      Amateur Radio
                                 “only fail-safe system”
                                   of communication

Volume 36 Issue 10                     An Official BARC, W4AMC, Publication                                              October 2002
Editor, Dave Langley, W4YDY -                   Email: w4amc@qsl.net              Contributing Editor: Murray Merner, K4MHM

Meet the Member                                  Officer Nominations Next Meeting
Michael Metcalf,                                 for 2003            October 8
                                                          The nominating committee pre-                 The Brightleaf Amateur
KE4UGG                                           sented the slate of officers for 2003 at the   Radio Club will have its next regular
           Michael was one of a long line        September meeting. No other nomina-            meeting on October 8 at 7:30 PM at
 of Metcalf’s who were born and raised in        tions were made from the floor at the
                                                                                                VFW Post Home 7032 at 1108
 Midland, MI. He graduated from high             meeting and there were no volunteers to
                                                 run for an office. The following were          Mumford Road in Greenville.        A
 school in 1964 and entered the Naval                                                           program on Echo Link will be
 Academy graduating from there in 1968.          nominated:
                                                 President                                      presented by Jeff Hardee, K4RJH.
 He was on active duty for nine years and
 in the Navy Reserve for 21 years as a                    Dave LeMoine, KV4CN
 Navy Captain. Shipboard duty included:          1st Vice President                                    The next board meeting is
 USS O’Callahan (DE 1051) a destroyer                     Mark Weil, KD4SRK                     set for October 29 at 7:30. The
 escort for two years as a Main Propulsion       2nd Vice President                             meeting is open to all members.
 Asst., Jr. Engineer and the USS Robison                  Jeff Hardee, K4RJH
 (DDG 12) a guided missile destroyer as          Secretary
                                                          Taylor Millar, KG4SNC
 the Damage Control Officer. Both had
 anti submarine duty out of San Diego. A         Treasurer                                      QRP PROJECT
 shore tour came next. First he had to go                 John McCoy, K4KBB
 to school at the Nuclear Weapons School         1 Yr Trustee                                              Saturday, September 28 the pro-
 at an Air Force Base in Denver, CO and                   Mike Langley, KD4MTT                  ject group met and assembled their QRP
 then Kirtland A.F. Base in Albuquerque,         2 Yr Trustee                                   transmitters.
 NM. He then taught at the Interservice                   Richard Campbell, KG4SNE                         Under the watchful eye and help-
 Nuclear Weapon School. His last assign-                  Absentee ballots will be passed       ing hand of Paul Catrou, WA4MXT ,
                                                 out to anyone that needs them at the Oc-       Paul, KS4YF, Ken, N8FF, and Dave,
                        (Continued on page 5)
                                                 tober meeting and elections will be held       KV4CN starting the assembly. Ken's radio
                                                 at the November meeting.                                                        passed the
                                                          On the nominating committee                                            smoke test,
                                                 were Bernie Nobles, WA4MOK, John                                                while Paul's
                                                 McCoy, K4KBB, Bonnie Pulver,                                                    and Dave's
                                                 KG4CZW, Murray Merner, K4MHM and                                               were      not
                                                 Dave Langley, W4YDY.                                                          completed by
                                                                                                the end of the session and will be com-
                                                                                                pleted on their own. It was a lot of fun to
                                                                                                work on a project as a group. Winding the
                                                                                                torrids reminded us of a quilting circle, but
                                                                                                it's difficult to talk and keep count of the
                                                                                                turns. If you ordered a kit from Paul,
                                                                                                please contact him to arrange delivery.
                                                                                                Dave, KV4CN

    Michael Metcalf, KE4UGG
Ham Chatter                                          http://www.qsl.net/w4amc/                                          BARC on the Web

                                                                                                      ARRL requesting JOTA
President’s Corner Dave, KV4CN                                                                        activity registration
          This month's message is about tor, JOTA always has a great looking                                    Scouting's annual Jamboree On
youth and amateur radio. It is akin to the patch (again see the ARRL web site). At                    The Air (JOTA) takes place Saturday Oc-
subject of the weather. Everyone talks the local level, remember that BARC will                       tober 19 through Sunday October 20 (local
about it, but no one can change it. I don't teach the Boy Scout merit badge next                      time and always the third weekend of Oc-
propose to have the answer, but maybe my January and February.                                        tober). For the first time, ARRL is request-
thoughts will spark some thought and to-                 Cost. Once you hook'em and                   ing that any club or individual planning to
gether we can develop some ideas.              train'em, how to keep'em? Young people                 be active during the 2002 JOTA activity
          Exposure. How can we expose can learn the theory. Cost, I believe, is                       register on the "Youth Skeds" page on the
amateur radio to youth in sufficient num- really the big problem. A simple HT is                      ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/
bers to gain a convert? Amateur radio is $150. This is a lot of money for a young                     FandES/ead/youthskeds/>. (Set the expira-
not for every adult and less for every person and for some families, and if Mom                       tion for the day after JOTA, October 21.)
youth, but out there                                                      and Dad doesn't             The idea is to provide a database of sched-
are young people                                                          understand ama-             uled JOTA activity in advance of the event
who will see the Youth and amateur radio teur radio, the                                              to help more scouting groups to participate
"magic" and become                                                        money will not be           in JOTA 2002. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts,
interested. One way                                                       there. So what to           Brownies and Venture Scouts soon will
to help and not even leave your shack is to do? My idea is to teach the technician                    take to the airwaves in an effort to commu-
participate in Jamboree on the Air during license PLUS the code. Doing this al-                       nicate with each other via Amateur Radio.
the third weekend in October (check QST lows access to the HF bands where sim-                        As many as 400,000 Scouts, scouters and
or the ARRL web site). Tune around and ple, low cost, CW transceivers can be                          other youth have participated in JOTA in
listen for other hams calling CQ Jamboree. used. There is a QRP transceiver from                      the past, and it's become the world's largest
JOTA is supposed to let scouts (boy and Small Wonder Labs for $25 (http://                            scouting event! JOTA provides another
girl) talk to other scouts, but to a ham call- smallwonderlabs.com/Rockmite.htm).                     way to expose youth to Amateur Radio by
ing CQ with a bunch of eager, but getting Today's youth are computer literate and                     showing them a great time as well as help-
bored, scouts standing around the radio, generally have one in the home. How                          ing them to meet new friends, share stories
your reply is a much welcomed sound. about a 10 meter PSK transceiver for $85                         of past scout experiences, and, ultimately,
The conversation is simple. If a scout gets ( h t t p : / / s m a l l w o n d e r l a b s . c o m /   to light the spark that inspires them to pur-
on the microphone, questions such as PSK10_Text.htm)?                                                 sue their own Amateur Radio licenses. For
name, rank, age, how's the weather                       Give this topic some considera-              more information, visit the JOTA page on
(remember it always rains on scout camp- tion. I'd love to hear your thoughts.                        the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/
ing trips), how's the food, etc. Spend an                                                             FandES/ead/jota.html>. via ARRL 9/27/02
hour or two. I think that you will enjoy it. See you at the meeting,
Last year I had a great conversation with a
                                                                                                      In This Issue
scout leader from the world headquarters
in Geneva. Also, if you are a patch collec-        73, Dave, KV4CN                                    Meet the Member - KE4UGG                  1
                                                                                                      2003 Nominations                          1

                    Happy                          Welcome New Member
                                                                                                      QRP Project                               1
                                                                                                      President’s Corner, KV4CN                 2
                   Birthday                                 Ken Slough, WA7HVX, joined
                                                                                                      New Member                                2
                                                   BARC after taking the license exams to             JOTA Registration                         2
Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club members
birthdays in October.                              earn a General Class license. He had let           Yakkey-Dee-Yak                            3
                                                   his Amateur Extra license lapse but has
                                                   returned to the group. After receiving             Technician License Class schedule         3
16     N3KKM          Billy All
                                                   KG4UTQ, he applied for and received                CC&R bill                                 4
17     KG4SNC         Taylor Millar                his old call sign, WA7HVX.                         Technician Class update                   4
                                                            Ken is very happy to be back in
                                                   Amateur Radio. He lives in Morrisville,            Next BARC VE Session - Oct 18             5
22     N4NLT          Tom Tomlinson
                                                   NC.                                                Email address change?                     5
28     K4BMH          Byron Highland                                                                  BARC Meeting Minutes                      6
Please let me know of any additions or                                                                BARC Board Minutes                        6
corrections. - W4YDY                                                                                  Ads                                       7
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                                                               Fall, 2002
                                                      TECHNICIAN LICENSE COURSE
                                                    BRIGHTLEAF AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
                                              Text: Now You’re Talking (4th edition)
                                              Class time: Start 9:15 a.m.
                                              Course Coordinator: Murray Merner, K4MHM Phone: 757-3429

                                              Location: Sheppard Memorial Library, Greenville, NC
          ifty years ago on October 7,
          1952, the FCC issued the call       Session 2         Chapter: 6: Circuit Components
          signs WN4YDY and W4YDY              Oct 5             Bill Dawson, WA4SLC
          for the first time. I was lucky
enough to get them while I was still in
high school. I immediately joined the
                                                                Chapter 8: Amateur Radio Signals and Emissions
ARRL and the first certificate issued to                        Bill Dawson, WA4SLC
W4YDY was on October 20, 1952. Later
when the ARRL started the Life Member         Session 3         Chapter 7: Practical Circuits
program, I took advantage of that when it     Oct 19            John McCoy, K4KBB
cost $130 a little over 30 years ago. That
was a bargain! Now it’s $975 so in 20 or                        Chapter 3: Radio Wave Propagation
30 years, that will probably be a bargain.                      Gary Gasperini, AF4XV

                                                                Chapter 10: Radio Frequency Radiation Safety
                                                                Dave Langley, W4YDY

                                              Session 4         Chapter 9: Choosing an Antenna (2 hours)
                                              Nov 2             Bernie Nobles, WA4MOK

                                              Session 5         Chapter 1: Federal Communications Commission Rules
                                              Nov 16            Wayne Ross, WD4JPQ

                                                                Chapter 2: Operating an Amateur Radio Station
                                                                Chapter 4: Amateur Radio Practices
                                                                David LeMoine, KV4CN

                                              Exam              Open to the public
     Tnx CQ Magazine, July 1953
                                              Nov 23            Volunteer Examiners
          Making many friends over the                          Tom Parsons, W4TEP
years and being able to serve the public in
times of emergencies has given me the         mobile. In fact I still have the SSB mo-      put in the car and it covers from 1.8 to
most pleasure I have had in belonging to      bile rig that I got in 1959, a Collins        440 MHz.
the Amateur Radio fraternity. For years,      KWM-2. It fit well in the big 1959                     I have lived in several regions
I just enjoyed the experience of getting      Pontiac (one ham buddy called it an air-      and usually joined the local clubs (six
on the air and ragchewing and belonging       craft carrier). It would take the passenger   during this time) and had a new bunch of
to the local Amateur Radio clubs. Also, I     seat in today’s cars. Finally broke down      friends. It’s been easier for the past 30
enjoyed operating HF starting with the        and got one of those new tiny radios to                              (Continued on page 5)
AM rigs before SSB and later had a SSB
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Cosponsor list for CC&R bill, HR 4750, con-                                                  Technician License
tinues to grow
         Four new cosponsors have                       On Capitol Hill for a visit Sep-
signed aboard HR 4720, the bill in Con-       tember 19, ARRL President Jim Haynie,
                                                                                                      September 14 we started another
gress aimed at providing relief to ama-       W5JBP, said his meetings with members
                                                                                             course. Marie Weed found out about us
teurs faced with private deed covenants,      of Congress and their staff in general and
                                                                                             at the Hurricane Awareness Program/
conditions and restrictions--CC&Rs--in        with House Internet and Telecommunica-
                                                                                             Field Day and brought daughter Melinda.
erecting antennas. The latest additions       tions Subcommittee members in particu-
                                                                                             Maria would like to become a SkyWarn
make a total of nine new cosponsors in        lar were very favorable. "All my work on
                                                                                             spotter and has interests in bird watching,
the past month alone. HR 4720 has been        The Hill on HR 4720 was extremely en-
                                                                                             history and gardening.          Peter Van
referred to the House Telecommunica-          couraging," Haynie said. "I felt real good
                                                                                             Houten, M.D. is a ophthalmologist who
tions and Internet Subcommittee.              about it."
                                                                                             has interests in computers and electronics
         To date, 27 members of the US                  New York Democrat Steve Is-
                                                                                             even to the point of patenting a circuit
House of Representatives have agreed to       rael introduced HR 4720--the "Amateur
                                                                                             which interfaces two pieces of equip-
cosponsor the measure. The list includes      Radio Emergency Communications Con-
                                                                                             ment. He also has an interest in sailing
two amateurs--Oregon Republican Greg          sistency Act"--on May 14. The measure
                                                                                             and radio control airplanes. David Cox
Walden, WB7OCE--one of the two origi-         would require private land-use regulators-
                                                                                             came at the urging of Mike, KD4MTT.
nal cosponsors of HR 4720 with Texas          -such as homeowners' associations--to
                                                                                             David is a minister who enjoys boating,
Republican Pete Sessions--and Arkansas        "reasonably accommodate" Amateur Ra-
                                                                                             hiking and hunting. David brought John
Democrat Mike Ross, WD5DVR. Wal-              dio communication consistent with the
                                                                                             “Cotton” Manning who has in interest in
den and Ross are believed to be the only      PRB-1 limited federal preemption. PRB-
                                                                                             computers and shortwave. Terry Monday
Amateur Radio licensees in the US House       1 now applies only to states and munici-
                                                                                             is someone John, K4KBB, has been try-
of Representatives.                           palities.
                                                                                             ing to get a license for a long time. Fi-
         Arkansas Section Manager Bob                   For more information, visit the
                                                                                             nally Terry has the time since he changed
Ideker, WB5VUH, credits the Fort Smith        HR 4720, The Amateur Radio Emer-
                                                                                             his job. Terry’s father was a ham -
Amateur Radio Club with influencing           gency Communications Consistency Act
one of the most recent cosponsors--           of 2002 page on the ARRL Web site,
Arkansas Republican John Boozman--to          www.arrl.org/govrelations/hr4720. The
                                                                                             Ralph and Nan Scott started the course
sign onto the bill as a cosponsor. A third    ARRL requests those writing or e-
                                                                                             last time but had to bow out. They are
Arkansas congressman, Democrat Marion         mailing members of Congress--whether
                                                                                             going to try again this time, but had time
Berry, also is new to the list. "Three con-   or not they are supporting this legislation-
                                                                                             conflicts with the first two classes. It
gressmen from Arkansas down, one to           -to copy ARRL on their correspondence--
                                                                                             looks like a good group who have a real
go!" exclaimed Ideker.                        via e-mail to ccr-bill@arrl.org or via US
                                                                                             interest in Amateur Radio.
         Other recent arrivals include        Mail to CC&R Bill, ARRL, 225 Main St,
                                                                                                       Course instructors are: Murray
representatives Tammy Baldwin (D-WI),         Newington, CT 06111. Correspondents
                                                                                             Merner, Bill Dawson, John McCoy,
Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Constance Morella         should include the bill number, HR 4720,
                                                                                             Gary Gasperini, Dave Langley, Bernie
(R-MD), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Mike          as well as their name and address on all
                                                                                             Nobles, Wayne Ross and               Dave
McIntyre (D-NC), Michael McNulty (D-          correspondence. - via ARRL Letter Online
                                                                                             LeMoine - thanks to you all. - K4MHM
NY), and Neil Abercrombie (D-HI).             9/27/02

Ham-Congressman appointed to key House subcommittee
          Oregon Republican Congressman       in broadcasting, Greg has a world of ex-       and Chairman Upton and work hard under
Greg Walden, WB7OCE, has been ap-             perience and expertise in telecommunica-       their very effective leadership." Walden,
pointed to fill a vacancy on the House Sub-   tions issues," Tauzin said. "His knowledge     who represents Oregon's second congres-
committee on Telecommunications and the       of the issues will help the Subcommittee       sional district, was elected to Congress in
Internet. Walden is one of two amateurs in    address digital television, spectrum man-      1998.
the US House of Representatives, and his      agement, broadband deployment and other                 Within the amateur community,
appointment to the key House panel is con-    telecommunications matters."                   he's best known as one of the original co-
sidered good news for the amateur commu-                For his part, Walden said he was     sponsors--with Texas Republican Pete Ses-
nity. Walden's appointment was announced      elated to become a subcommittee member.        sions--of HR 4720. That's the bill pending
by House Energy and Commerce Commit-          "I intend to work diligently to help invigo-   in Congress aimed at providing relief to
tee Chairman Billy Tauzin, a Republican       rate the economic engine in Oregon and         amateurs faced with private deed cove-
from Louisiana.                               across the country," he said. "I am anxious    nants, conditions and restrictions--CC&Rs-
          "With his extensive background      to roll up my sleeves for Chairman Tauzin      -in erecting antennas. - via ARRL Letter
                                                                                             Online 9/27/02
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Meet the Member - Michael Metcalf, KE4UGG                                                    Yakkey-Dee-Yak from
                                                                                             Dave, W4YDY
(Continued from page 1)                       a Heathkit HW101 transceiver from his
ment was at Peal Harbor aboard the USS        dad who built it. While it receives ok, he     (Continued from page 3)
Brice Canyon (AD80-36) a destroyer ten-       questions it’s transmitting capabilities.      years since the VHF and UHF repeaters
der (he described it to me as a “floating     More modern is his Icom 735 using 40,          were installed. One could get on the re-
shipyard” doing afloat repair) where he       20 and 15 meter dipoles. He also has a         peaters to talk to the locals very easy.
was the Operations Officer and Navigator      Icom T8A handheld. He works mostly in          Over the past few years, I have tried to en-
in charge of radar, ship communications       CW mode feeling he can make more con-          joy some of the other of the many facets of
and electronics. During his ship assign-      tacts than on phone. His favorite band         Amateur Radio, including contests, award
ments he was deployed four times - two        seems to be 40 meters where he likes to        chasing, RTTY, Packet, PSK, MFSK,
of these to Vietnam                           ragchew finding out about the hams at the      DXing, county hunting and believe it or
          After the Navy it was back to his   other end. This summer he brought back         not CW! It’s not unusual for my log in a
home state to attend the University of        from Michigan a 30 foot tower with a           weeks time to have contacts for SSB, CW,
Michigan. He graduated from there with        Butternut HF5V beam his dad gave him.          FM, RTTY and PSK.
a MS in mechanical engineering. He            The memorable trip in the old station                   When it comes to hamfests, I
joined Proctor and Gamble in Cheboy-          wagon he drove included breaking down          really enjoy them but primarily the local
gan, MI as product manager for the Pam-       four times (sounds like my luck). Right        ones because of seeing the many friends in
pers product. While there he was also         now he’s examining his placement op-           person that I have enjoyed talking to over
maintenance manager and process engi-         tions (probably with spousal consulta-         the years. I have been to a few hamfests
neer. He stayed there until 1983 when         tion). Michael is quick to acknowledge         and saw hardly anyone I knew. The equip-
the moved to Greenville were they made        help the got from Paul McLawhorn,              ment displays were enjoyed but it’s just not
the Attends and Always product. He re-        WA4IUC, who loaned him some equip-             the same. I went to the Dayton Hamfest
tired in 1999 when they closed the plant      ment.                                          around 1980 with four others from the
here. Now he is teaching algebra in the                Other interests include: being an     Hickory area and the only person I saw in
Ayden/Grifton High School.                    Asst. Scoutmaster; sailing - he has a 19       the three days there was one that rode up
          Michael comes by his interest in    foot lightning class boat and reading his-     with us and that was only once. Never saw
Amateur Radio honestly since his father,      tory - especially about Confederate gen-       the others except when we went back to
Ed, is WD8QEG (also a former naval of-        erals. Michael also enjoys lap and long        the van. I saw a lot of equipment and over
ficer). Other influences were the commu-      distance swimming. He swam and ran             17,000 hams, but I have more fun at Kin-
nication responsibilities in the Navy and     marathons competitively in high school         ston, Cary, Raleigh and Shelby. Guess I

working with the sailors doing communi-                His is married to Debbie. She is      get lonely.
cations. Flashing light was probably one      a national board certified special educa-                  mateur Radio, it’s the greatest
of the more frequent modes. Even earlier      tion teacher and teaches in public school                  hobby.     Now for the next
was the experience in Boy Scouts. He          as well as ECU. They have three chil-                      fifty! - W4YDY
got his first license Mar, 1995 with an       dren: Allison who works for ARAMark at
upgrade to General on Oct, 2000. He got                              (Continued on page 7)

Next VE Session                                 Email
          The next Brightleaf Amateur Radio   addresses
Club VE session will be held on October 18.
Exams will be held at St. Peter’s School on          Please send
5th Street and will start promptly at 6:30 PM. me your new ad-
Tom Parsons, W4TEP, 355-2815, dresses so I can up-
parsonstom@earthlink.net. Please bring the date my records. I
following:                                 need the correct ad-
♦ Photo ID (drivers license)               dresses to notify
♦ Original Amateur Radio License           members when the
♦ Copy of Amateur Radio License            latest Ham Chatter
♦ Original CSCE's                          goes online, impor-
♦ Copy of CSCE                             tant notifications
♦ Test fee is $10.00                       and update the email
♦ Proof of Tech Plus if before 3/21/87 and roster on the web
     doing paper upgrade to General.       site. - W4YDY

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BARC Monthly Minutes - September 2002
BARC Monthly Meeting Minutes                 Ham Radio Class have been sent in to the     ported that a Simulated Emergency Test
Tuesday, September 10, 2002                  Daily Reflector and placed around town.      (SET) is coming up on October 5 & 6.
                                             Murray Merner, K4MHM, and Pat will           The Eastern Branch office will be acti-
7:30 pm at St. Peter’s School                                                             vated 8:00 am to mid day. Last year
                                             be on WITN on Friday, September 13 to
                                             promote the class also.                      North Carolina was first in the nation and
Meeting was opened by Dave LeMoine,                                                       Pitt County was second in North Caro-
KV4CN.                                                                                    lina.
Members and visitors introduced them-        HAM CLASS:             Murray Merner,
selves.                                      K4MHM, reported. The first class begins
                                             this Saturday, September 21st. Please        PATCHES: Bonnie Pulver, KG4CZW,
                                             invite anyone in the community that you      reported on that the BARC patches have
The previous minutes were approved.                                                       arrived and are now available at all
The secretary and treasurer’s reports        know of who may be interested. The
                                             class will be meeting at the Shepphard       BARC meetings. The cost of the patches
were given.                                                                               will be $ 2.00 per patch or 3 patches for $
                                             Memorial Library.
                                             ARES: Doug Ferris, K4ROK, reported.
                                             Forms for ARES members were distrib-         QRP KIT PROJECT: The project ses-
HEALTH AND WELFARE:                  John                                                 sion has been rescheduled for September
McCoy, K4KBB, reported that he sent          uted to those who have not yet registered.
                                             An updated roster will be sent to Emer-      28th. The session will be held at VOA
two cards this month. One was a sympa-                                                    Site C at 10:00 am. Bring your own
thy card to Charlie Mills (SK) family and    gency Management in several weeks and
                                             if your name is not on the list, you will    lunch and soldering pencils if you have
the other was a get well card to Bernie                                                   them. The cost will be $ 20.00.
Nobles, WA4MOK.                              not be a registered RACES member and
                                             may not be able to operate in an emer-
                                             gency. It was also noted to keep watch       NOMINATING COMMITTEE: The
EQUIPMENT:             Mike Langley,                                                      committee consists of Bernie Nobles,
KD4MTT, reported that the connectors         on the outer banks. Erosion has occurred
                                             and a sub-station has been flooded. Sev-     WA4MOK, John McCoy, K4KBB, Dave
are here and are now for sale. A silent                                                   Langley, W4YDY, Murray Merner,
auction was set up for the meeting and       eral areas are without power. The United
                                             States is presently at alert level orange    K4MHM, and Bonnie Pulver, KG4CZW.
will be concluded at the end of the meet-                                                 They met on August 29th and present the
ing.                                         due to terrorist activity. The levels and
                                             their meanings were discussed. There is      following slate of officers for the coming
                                             only one level higher than orange and        year:
PUBLICITY: Pat Williams, KG4NSC,
reported that notices about the upcoming     that is level red. Bernie WA4MOK re-                                 (Continued on page 7)

BARC Board Minutes - September 2002
Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club Board          cided what to do with the vertical anten-
Meeting                                      nas that have been recently donated to       VOTING: Absentee ballots, voting by
Tuesday, September 24 at 7:30 pm             BARC. The only equipment that could          ballot and voting by acclimation were all
Mark’s Marine in Grimesland                  be used at this time is some donations of    discussed according to the BARC consti-
                                             old notebook computers. If anyone has        tution.
Those in attendance: Dave LeMoine,           one that they would like to donate or
KV4CN, Dave Pulver, KG4CZV, Bonnie           knows of someone who would like to do-       ANNUAL MEETING:            October is the
Pulver, KG4CZW,      Dave Langley,           nate one, please contact Dave LeMoine        annual meeting.
W4YDY, Pat Williams, KG4NSC, John            or Mike Langley.
McCoy, K4KBB, Mike Langley,                                                               NEXT BOARD MEETING: Any inter-
KD4MTT and Jeff Hardee, K4RJH.               PUBLICITY: The TV session went well          ested BARC members are invited to at-
                                             in advertising for the Ham Class.            tend the October board meeting. It will
The secretary and treasurer’s reports were                                                be held on Tuesday, October 29th at 7:30
given.                                       HAM RADIO CLASS: The class started           pm at Mark’s Marine.
                                             September 14th.
Committee Reports:                                                                        Respectfully submitted by
HEALTH AND WELFARE:              Nothing     PROGRAMS: Future possibilities were
new to report.                               discussed. A program on Echo Link will       Bonnie Pulver,
                                             be presented in October. A program on
EQUIPMENT: It still needs to be de-          CW will be presented in November.            KG4CZW
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                                            For Sale:                                      Commercial Ad Rates
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                                            of the reflector was bent in hurricane         $10 per Month - $100 per Year
                                            Floyd. I worked on it and got it as straight   Send ads to: Ham Chatter, PO Box
                                            as I could.                                    8387, Greenville, NC 27835
         Ham Ads will be run, free of       Bill Dawson, WA4SLC, 946-4760 or               ATTN: Dave Langley or email
charge in Ham Chatter for three months      dawsonw@mail.ecu.edu).                         w4ydy@arrl.net
for each renewal. Ads must be received      For Sale:                                      Help support Ham Chatter. Donations
by the last week of the month to be         Mosley TA-33 HF Beam. 10, 15, 20 and           accepted!
included in the following issue. Send ads   40 meters. 3 elements with 40 meter
to: Ham Chatter, PO Box 8387,               extension. $200.
Greenville, NC 27835, ATTN: Dave            Wayne, WD4JPQ, 756-7719
Langley or email to: w4ydy@qsl.net          Wanted:                                        VHF
For Sale:                                   Icom EX-243 keyer                              ♦    BARC Net, Mondays, 2000 on 147.09
Joe Aleksa, KQ4BN, SK, Estate.              Icom EX-242 xtal calibrator                         MHz, W4GDF Repeater.
1. Ten Tec Omni VI Plus Transceiver,        Icom MB12 mobile bracket                       ♦    Pitt     County       Emergency
$1500, Power Supply PS 960, $150, Ten       Icom HP-1 headphones                                Communications Net, Mondays, 2100
Tec desk mike, $40, all for $1650.          Icom SM-10 eq desk mic                              on 147.09 MHz. (131.8 Hz Tone)
2. Cushcraft R7 Vertical Antenna, $200      Icom IC-FL44a SSB filter or Inrad              ♦    Kinston Amateur Radio Society Net,
3. Heathkit test equipment, IG-62 Color     equivalent These accessories are for the            1,3,4 Tuesdays, 2000 hrs. on 145.47
bar generator, IM-11 VTVM.                  Icom IC-745 HF rig                                  MHz., W4OIX repeater in Kinston.
Contact Dave Langley, W4YDY, 321-           Neal Sumrell, nc4rr@arrl.net                   ♦    Eastern North Carolina Traffic Net,
2525 or email w4ydy@arrl.net                                                                    Every night, 2030 on 146.685 MHz.
For Sale:                                   BARC Meeting Minutes - 9/02 ♦                       New Bern Amateur Radio Club/
Radio Shack Digital Signal Processor -                                                          Eastern NC 220 Association for the
                                            (Continued from page 6)
Advanced digital audio signal processor                                                         WD4JMS & WA4DAN Net, Monday,
using microprocessor-controlled dynamic      PRESIDENT Dave LeMoine, KV4CN                      2000 on 146.61 and 224.84 MHz
notch filtering reducing noise and           1st VICE-PRESIDENT Mark Weil,                 ♦    Wilson Amateur Radio Club Net,
removing whistles, tones and whines.         KD4SRK
                                                                                                Monday 2030 on 146.76 MHz.
Has communications-type speaker, 5 watt      2nd VICE-PRESIDENT Jeff Hardee,
                                                                                           ♦    Piedmont Coastal Traffic Net, Nightly
audio amplifier and phone jack. Filter       K4RJH
                                                                                                2030 on 146.88 MHz.
selection for: noise reduction, SSB and      Secretary Taylor Millar, KG4SNC
                                             Treasurer John McCoy, K4KBB                   ♦    Newport WFO SKYWARN Net,
CW.      Bandwidth selection: narrow,                                                           Tuesday, 2100 on 145.21 MHz
medium and wide. Separate volume             1 year trustee Mike Langley, KD4MTT
                                             2 year trustee Richard Campbell,              ♦    Carteret County ARS (CCARS)
control and power switch. Plugs into                                                            Emergency Net, Tuesdays, 1930 on
earphone or speaker jack. Original box       KG4SNE
                                             NEW BUSINESS                                       the Newport 145.45 (-) MHz.
with instructions and mounting brackets.                                                   ♦    Coastal Emergency Linking Net,
Requires 12 VDC. Price: $25.00 Murray,       FUTURE ACTIVITIES:            JOTA (3rd
                                             weekend in October), Santa at the hospital         Wednesday, 2100 ET on Williamston
K4MHM, 757-3429.                                                                                145.410 & 444.250, Columbia
                                             for Christmas, Boy Scout Merit Badge
                                             Jamboree at the beginning of 2003 to work          146.835 & 443.300, Rocky Mount
Meet the Member,                                                                                147.120, Ahoskie 146.910, Franklin,
                                             on the Radio Merit Badge, April 2004 Or-
Micheal Metcalf, KE4UGG der of the Arrow Conclave with Boy                                      VA 147.300, Farmville 145.270
                                             Scouts of America, a VOA special event, a     ♦    Beaufort Count y E mergenc y
(Continued from page 5)
                                                                                                Communications Net, Thursday 2000
ECU, Lindsey is in dental school at SKYWARN class, a General License Class
                                                                                                on 147.345 MHz.         Preceded by
NCU-CH and John who is an art student and a CW Class were all discussed.
                                                                                                Newsmen at 1930.
at ECU. None have expressed an interest
in Amateur Radio yet.                        Bernie Nobles, WA4MOK, reported that          HF
          Michael has taken a bit of a cir- AARL logo equipment and clothing are           ♦    Tar Heel Emergency Communications
cuitous route to Amateur Radio (the Navy available at barkerspecialty.com.                      Net on 3923 kHz Nightly 1930.
tends to take circuitous routes), but he got                                               NTS CW Nets
there. His dad set the stage and Navy The program was given by Bernie Nobles,              ♦    3.695 2000 hours, slow speed (5-8
gave him more exposure. We’re glad WA4MOK, on grounding.                                        wpm) Carolinas Slow Net
Michael made the trip and that he is a                                                     ♦    3.573 1900 hours, high speed (20
member of BARC. We look for big Meeting was closed.                                             wpm)
things from Michael - maybe one day Respectfully submitted,                                ♦    3.573 2200 hours, slow speed (12-14
he’ll take a turn at the helm. - K4MHM       Bonnie Pulver, KG4CZW                              wpm), South Carolina/North Carolina

October 2002                                                                                                               PAGE 7
                                  CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Oct 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Regular Meeting        Dec 7. . . . . . . . . . . . .   ARRL 160 Meter Contest
Oct 13 . . . . . . . . . . . .    Maysville Hamfest      Dec 10. . . . . . . . . . . .    BARC Christmas Party
Oct 18 . . . . . . . . . . . .    BARC VE Session        Dec 14. . . . . . . . . . . .    ARRL 10 Meter Contest
Oct 26-27. . . . . . . . . .      CQ WW SSB DX Contest   Dec ??. . . . . . . . . . . .    Board Meeting
Oct 29 . . . . . . . . . . . .    Board Meeting          Jan 1. . . . . . . . . . . . .   ARRL Straight Key Night
Nov 2. . . . . . . . . . . . .    Ham Chatter Deadline   Jan 4. . . . . . . . . . . . .   Ham Chatter Deadline
Nov 12. . . . . . . . . . . .     Regular Meeting        Jan 4-5 . . . . . . . . . . .    ARRL RTTY Roundup
Nov 16-17 . . . . . . . . .       ARRL SSB Sweepstakes   Jan 14. . . . . . . . . . . .    Regular Meeting
Nov 17. . . . . . . . . . . .     Benson Hamfest         Jan 18-19 . . . . . . . . .      ARRL VHF Sweepstakes
Nov 23-24 . . . . . . . . .       CQ WW CW DX Contest    Jan 25-26 . . . . . . . . .      CQ WW CW 160M Contest
Nov 26. . . . . . . . . . . .     Board Meeting          Jan 28. . . . . . . . . . . .    Board Meeting
Nov 30. . . . . . . . . . . .     Ham Chatter Deadline
                                                         Regular Meeting - 2nd Tuesday @ 7:30 PM
                                                         Board Meeting - Last Tuesday @ 7:30 PM


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