Repeater 146.970 MHz PL 123.0
Echolink: Node: 750550
2M Packet on 145.050
Full-service Packet BBS on 144.37 accessible via Node BERR37
The BARK repeater is located 22 miles west of Woodland Ca. at 3000ft, and is maintained by the Berryessa Amateur Radio Klub, known as BARK.
BARK has a net every Sunday night at 07:30 PM for the purpose of providing information to members, making announcements, passing traffic, selling equipment, and anything else that may be of interest to the amateur radio community. Visitors are welcome to check in after the membership roll call.
BARK Newsletter December 2013
Packet BBS to be Added to the BARK Repeater Facility
At the October 19, 2013 BARK General Meeting, BARK member Joe DeAngelo, AG6QO, gave a presentation on the packet BBS that he is developing. By November 15, BARK repeater users should enjoy access to 2 nodes which will permit great communication with BBS stations allowing messages to be forwarded thoughout California. Joe is working closely with BARK members Ken, K6WLS and Bill, K6KN, to facilitate this very useful asset, vastly increasing the flexibility and usefulness of the BARK repeater facility. The BBS will also be a great attribute in facilitating emergency, radio-linked, digital communications. Thank you Joe.
Results from the BARK Meeting of October 19, 2013
At the October 19th general membership meeting, the following occurred:
1. BARK Resolutions 2013-001 and 2013-002 were adopted by the general membership.
2. Directors Bill, K6KN and Bill, K6BIL were re-elected and will serve two year terms.
3. The BARK Directors made the following appointments:
President - Bill, K6BIL
Vice President - Ken, K6WLS
Treasurer - Ken, K6WLS
Secretary - Bob, KI6BZR
The BARK Directors will appoint a seventh Director by December 1, 2013.
4. There were two great presentations:
Joe, AG6QO, gave a presentation on the packet BBS that will be installed in the near future at the BARK repeater
Damian, AB6WB, gave a presentation on "Tinkering with the Transistor"
5. The next BARK general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm - tentatively the meeting will be held at the Red Cross building in Woodland. More details to come. 10/20/2013
ECHOLINK Now on BARK
Due to a lot of hard work by Ken, K6WLS, and Bill, K6KN, we now have an operational ECHOLINK system. The node # is 750550. We encourage you to try the system out. Bill, K6BIL, has already used it to make NET contacts, in addition to calling club members from far away places such as Rockville, MD (to talk to sane people outside the DC beltway), Redondo Beach (to rub it in) and Lancaster, CA (to solicit sympathy). As we are in the early stages and still have a few minor glitches, please be patient with the system. Enjoy!!!
For a number of years, BARK has been mostly run by a small core group. While we have had several member step up and take an active role in the running of the club, we want and need more "new blood". We would like to encourage members to step up and take a more active role in the club by helping with repeater clean up and maintenance work, becoming a Board Member and offering to fill in as net control.
Keeping the repeater on the air and functioning properly is an ongoing task. Among the items that need work on an ongoing basis are things such as battery maintenance, keeping solar panels clean, general housekeeping inside the bunker and trouble shooting of the repeater itself. Due to the fact that the repeater is in a remote location, things like dust and rodent control are an ongoing issues. While most of this isn't hugely time consuming, it does take a chunk out of ones day. In recent years, Ken, K6WLS, has probably made more trips to the repeater than the rest of the club combined. It is safe to say that the repeater would not be on the air much of the time if not for Ken. We need to spread this around!!
The Board of Directors keep the club running. Being a board member is not terribly time consuming and the members do not need a great deal of technical knowledge. The person simply to wish to help keep us on the air. Please consider volunteering the next time a position opens up.
Serving as Net Control is a fun way to get to know club members and hone your radio skills. Bob, KI6BZR, serves as Net Control much of the time. When he is unable to, the task falls on the hands of just a few club members. If you would like to give it a try, contact Bob at KI6BZR@outlook.com.
Bio on Bob, KI6BZR
Ham Radio and me.
Well, my interest began in 5th grade. Each person in my class had to do a report on a hobby that they or a member of their family was involved in. I did mine on gold panning, which was something that several members of my family did. To keep in contact, my dad bought a couple of walkie talkies. My friend Mark told me he was going to do his report on ham radio. When I asked him about what it was, he told me it was something his dad did. It was like a walkie talkie, but he could talk to people in other countries. Well, I knew when I was being fed a line of bull!! I may not be the sharpest guy around, but I knew when someone was pulling my leg. Mark assured me it was true and I got to watch his dad in his shack. WOW!! He wasn’t feeding my a line. Fast forward to 2005. I went to the Gulf Coast as a Red Cross volunteer after Hurricane Katrina. There was a group hams at the shelter that we were working. I talked to them for a bit and I started thinking about looking further into becoming a ham. Shortly after I returned home, I attended a meeting at the Red Cross that included a number of local hams, including Greg, KG6SJT. I also met Ken Wilson that night who had been studying to take his Tech Exam. Within a few weeks, he would become KI6BWM before becoming K6WLS. We pretty much became instant friends. The following day, I bought the Tech license study book. A month later, I had become KI6BZR!!
For the the first year, I joined both ARES and BARK, and served as net control once, which I was extremely nervous. Public speaking had always been something that I avoided like the plague. After about 4 years, I upgraded to General class license and entered the world of HF. I then got the Kenwood HF transceiver that I had been eyeing for several years. With much help K6WLS, I strung a full sized G5RV. My very first contact on HF was in Kentucky!! I was hooked. Around this time, the BARK net was moved from Tuesday night to Sunday night. This change made it possible for me to serve as net control. I was working evening shift on Tuesday's but was off on Sunday evenings. Since that time, I have served as Net Control for the BARK net about 90% of the time.
Bio on Ken, K6WLS
I was recently asked to write up a little bit about how I became involve with Ham Radio.
Well, I had way too much spare time on my hands and too much leftover money in my checking account at the end of each month. (ha ha, just kidding).
I guess it all started way back when I joined the Navy. This was back when Viet Nam was just starting up and there was a serious need for people to do the work on ships and aircraft to support the war effort.
As we finished up with Boot Camp and they were assigning us to positions based on the results of the testing we received - I was asked “What do you want to do?” I forget the exact answer but I know it had nothing to do with electronics - at all! So they sent me to school in Tennessee to learn electronics.
I’m not sure whey but that sparked an interest in the field. While I was assigned to my Navy job at Moffett field in Mountain View, I was able to work at companies in the area that built electronic equipment. One was Pacific Electro-Magnetics and the other was Ampex. At these jobs I learned a lot about building things used in projects like “Operation Deep Quest” ( a deep sea study program ) and used by field teams to record audio and video live at activities like sporting events and things like auto races at the Lauguna Seca raceway.
I learned to build equipment from schematics drawn up by the engineers adn got loads of experience at soldering PC boards and building up the wiring harnesses for that equipment. It was fun and interesting.
I got way from all that for several years but did stay in a field working with electricity, for Pacific Gas and Electric.
My connection with Ham radio came when a good friend here in Woodland asked me to attend the first class to establish a “CERT” team here in town. (Community Emergency Response Team). I was already a volunteer with the local Red Cross and these two activities lead to the connection with Ham Radio - and now you might say “the rest is History.
That’s all it took to re-kindle the old fire and get back into electronic things and build and test them. The lure of building a piece of equipment or an antenna system and using then using that to talk to someone half way around the world is amazing.
It continues to be Fun, interesting, and a Great opportunity to meet others that share the same interests.
Oh! by the way, the spare time is all gone but the bank account has survived.
Thanks for listening.
Ken - K6WLS
Bio on Doug, KJ6VHE
I am Doug Hollowell and I'm 56 years old. I've been married to my best friend, Suzanne, for 30 years and we have five children, three daughters and two sons, ranging from 29 to 16 years old. We have lived in Dixon for the past three years, after spending the previous 24 years in Suisun City.
I have been interested in ham radio for the past five years, especially the emergency communications aspect. Unfortunately, I couldn't get my friends interested in ham radio while I was living in Suisun City. However, about seven months ago, my wife overheard a friend at church talking about her husband's interest in ham radio. She mentioned it to me, I made a few calls and found some friends at church who were serious hams, and I had my Technician's license a couple months later. Best of all, I really like it!!
To BARK membership
It has been proposed that the Current dues payment process be changed to a fixed payment date. This date will be June first and will become effective on 6/1/2014.
Those with current paid dues will either be prorated or partial billed to get to the June date. All new members will be billed a partial bill to get to that date.
Those who are already paid beyond 6/1/2014 will receive a partial billing for the following year.
Members with currently past due accounts can contact Ken Wilson to determine the correct amount to bring you into this new billing system.
Thank you for your continued support of the Berryessa Amateur Radio "K"lub.
Contact information for Ken:
530 305-4088 12/11/2013
BARK member Joe DeAngelo, AG6QO, has recently fired up a new packet BBS in Winters, CA on 144.37. It can be accessed directly by connecting to AG6QO-1, or farther out by connecting to the BERR37 node on Mt. Berryessa, and then to AG6QO-1.Read more..