Club Meeting Notes

September BAARC Meeting DATE: 9-9-19

The September meeting will be on MONDAY  September 9th, due to the first Monday being Labor day.

Presentation – Understanding SWR

Attached is a copy of the presentation, Understanding SWR From a Practical Viewpoint, by Don Cochran, WA0JOW, given at the BAARC meeting on July 2, 2018.

Understanding SWR 1  (PDF)

Presentation of Digital Mode FT-8

This following information was presented at the May 7, 2018, BAARC club meeting by Dan, W5BM, Guy, WB5MXO, and Kent, K5WTS.  Attached are the presentation slides (as a pdf file) and a copy of the WSJT-X software guide of which FT-8 is one of the modes available. Dan W5BM

BAARC-WSJTX-05052018 v2 (PDF slides)

WSJT-X User Guide

Executive Summary-Jan 20, 2018

Attached please find a copy of the Executive Committee Meeting Summary.  Please read carefully and bring any questions to the BAARC Meeting or contact me at

Wayne Hartsfield/KW5M

Executive Summary 01302108 (PDF)

Notes from Feb. 2017 BAARC Meeting

QRP School: Getting Started with Digital Modes:

This comprehensive video explains the concept behind amateur radio digital modes and describes the hardware and cabling required to get started. The video lays the groundwork for future, in-depth videos that will demonstrate RTTY, PSK31, JT65, and Winlink.

Notes from Scott KD5NJR: Audio cables are required for those who want to make their own cables. It is also recommended that most people purchase a Signalink or Rig Blaster external sound card in order to resolve the audio and push-to-talk cabling issues.

Sample of WSPR:

A 1W JT65 Contact

FT817 QRP 20m Phone Contact

Note from Scott KD5NJR: Vero Beach looks nice.

  • 20m on whip antenna on the beach
  • tape measure counterpoise
  • watch his SWR on his dipole. It needs a trim.



Note from Scott: Olivia works down in the dirt, but it’s slower than PSK-31. FLDIGI supports the transmission of pictures over these wider, slower, digital modes.

Demo starts at 8 minutes. He connects to a Winlink station at 13′.

…while camping