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.


Following the BARK sponsored FCC licensing exam, the BARK radio club will hold their quarterly general membership meeting. As usual we have two great speakers who will provide some very interesting and useful information to all amateur radio operators - the meeting agenda is as follows:

2016 General Membership Meeting
Saturday, 30 April 2016 at 1000 hours

Location: Offices of Luhdorff and Scalmanini CE, 500 First Street, Woodland (SW corner of Lincoln and First Streets)

Meeting Agenda:

1. Call to Order

2. Treasurer’s Report – Doug, KJ6VHE
• Status of checking account

3. Discussion on repeater maintenance – select trip date and required maintenance - Ken K6WLS

4. Technical Presentations

Damian, AB6WB – Discussion - "The Problem of Measuring Very Small Resistances" with possible solutions to the problem for the average HAM.

Ray, W6PUX – Discussion - Beware of Ground Conductors - Good grounds on electrical and electronic devices are essential for electrical and fire safety, and grounding in strict accordance with the National Electric Code is fully supported. But, those ground conductors can also carry harmful levels of high-frequency current. Electrically-long ground conductors carrying high-frequency current are excellent antennas. How do we deal with that problem?

5. Membership Discussion.

6. Open discusssion

7. Confirm date/location(s) for next meeting

8. Adjournment

BARK 2016 Event Calendar Dates

The following calendar dates are BARK radio club and other ham radio related events that will occur during the calendar year 2016. Please mark these dates on your calendar. Locations and specific times will be posted at a later date.

Saturday, February 6 – BARK FCC exam and general membership meeting
Sponsor: BARK Repeater Club
Date: Feb 06 2016
Time: 7:30 AM (Walk-ins allowed)
Location: LDS Chapel
1405 Cottonwood St
Woodland CA 95695-9999

Contact: Kenneth R. Wilson
(530) 305-4088

Saturday, April 30 - BARK FCC exam and general membership meeting

Saturday, May 7 – Cache Creek Ridge Ride

Saturday, May 21 – Davis Double Century

Fri, Sat and Sun - June 24 thru 26 - ARRL Field Day

Saturday, July 23 – Tevis Cup 100 Mile Endurance Ride

Saturday, August 6 - BARK FCC exam and general membership meeting

Fri, Sat and Sun - October 14 thru 16 - Pacificon in San Ramon (

Saturday, October 15 – Foxy Fall

Saturday, November 5 - BARK FCC exam and general membership/elections

See you there – Bill, K6BIL


Notes from the BARK 2014 General Meeting

Berryessa Amateur Radio Klub
General Membership Meeting - October 18, 2014

1. Call to order and introduction of member.

Meeting called to order by President Bill Gustafson-K6BIL at 1005.

Members present - Bill G-K6BIL, Bob J-KI6BZR, Joe A-AG6QO, Damien A-WB6WB, Bill R-K6KN, Doreen A-KE6ROR, Ken W-K6WLS, Lew H-WB6LEW, Doug H-KI6VHE.

2. Officer Reports

Treasurer - Doug. Income of $97.50 which was from memberships. Total expenses of $344.94 which included the annual insurance premium of $320.00. The account balance as of 9/30/2014 was $1935.43.

Overall membership is about 40, which is up a bit from last year.

Expected expenses. $300 for existing repeater. We will look at setting up a “sinking fund” after current financial status is more clear. We are set for now on antennas and coax. The angle on the solar panels need to be adjusted for best results.

3. Presentations

Mesh Net Presentation - Joe-AG6QO - 2.4 GHz. Basically works like a wifi. Over 50Mb/sec. It is like a non commercial internet. Range of 12-18 miles with a low gain antenna. Placed on the roof of the repeater shack. All automated connection to other nodes. All you have to put in the destination node. It works like packet but you don’t have to know the routing. The system figures it out. It uses cat 5 cable, so anything that can connect to a cat 5 cable can be used. Minimal power demand. Joe and Ken will go to the repeater site tomorrow to do a trial run. Cost for every thing for a node including antenna is $79. Joe will do a followup presentation at al later meeting. Information in available on Joe’s website at Then click “mesh net”. Excellent presentation by Joe!

Status of BARK Fusion Repeater - Bill-K6KN - Yaesu repeater. Digital repeater. We have on a loan basis from the manufacturer. Three connections. It contains a “kill” switch. Does not work with an external controller. Yaesu then offered a trade in for an upgrade for $300 for a unit which you will then own.

4. Repeater Maintenance Status - Ken-K6WLS - Group going tomorrow. No trips to the repeater so far this year due to fire danger. Only some clean up should be required as all is working well. The main focus of the trip will be to set up mesh net node. A brief update will be given during the net tomorrow night.

5. Director Elections and Adoption of Resolutions
Determination of Quorum - We have a quorum due to proxy. By previous vote, anyone not present gives there proxy to the Board.

Election of Two Directors-Terms expiring. Vote by showing of hands. Unanimous.

Both Sam-N7DTW and Paul-KJ6GCP were reelected to their director positions.

6. Officer appointment by directors -
Bill-K6BIL proposed that all officers remain the same. Seconded by Bob-KI6BZR. Passed.

7. General.
Door prize raffle - Excellent crimper set for making Power Poles. Damien won.
Cigarette adapter with Power Poles connector. Lew won.
LED light. Dual function. Bill K6KN.
Repeater directory. Bob and Doug.

Old business - None.

New Business
K6BIL received a letter from John Stetler-K6ARC, Amador County ARES. There is a need for radio communications in a major disaster when water systems are affected to maintain communications through water systems. Yolo ARES might what to think about making themselves available if such an event should happen to assist with communications with water districts. Each water district has to have an emergency contact list.

Doug has received a letter from the Davis Bike Club, thanking us for our participation in the Davis Double Century bike ride.

Meeting adjourned at 1115 By Bill G-K6BIL.

Think About Serving As a Director for a Great Radio Club??

BARK Members and Guests,

It's time to think about the upcoming club elections that will take place on November 7th. As you may or may not be aware, BARK elections are held to elect the club Directors with the Directors appointing the club officers.

This is a big election year as five (5) Director positions are open. The Director terms are two years in length. Club officer terms are for 1 year.

Please consider holding one of these offices. Our club is what the members make it, and it needs the continuing ideas, input, and interest from each of you to succeed. Our past officials have spent much time and effort to keep the flame going. We have an excellent repeater site that we all use and much effort is expended to ensure its continued operation.

If you would like to be on the ballot or would like to nominate someone for any of these positions, please email me or Bob Jordon. Voting will take place at the November 7 meeting.

Bill Gustavson (K6BIL) at
Bob Jordon (KI6BZR) at

Any ideas are always appreciated in any club. Serving on the board is the perfect way to be involved in making the club what you'd like it to be. The presentrepeater/BBS/Mesh NET system we have in place is a perfect example of the great ideas and innovation emanating from the Board and members. Let's keep it moving forward.

Technical discussions and forums are always a part of the BARK general meeting and this year we have three speakers:

Bill, K6KN – Discussion on HF antenna choices for your home station. Bill will illustrate the pros and cons of the different antenna systems along with how to use them given variances in local requirements and physical impediments.

Joe, AG6QO – "Portable Packet and Radio Mail" - Joe will demonstrate some very portable devices which are available and allow ultra-portable packet operation. He will demonstrate them and how to use them to leverage local digital resources for everyday ham use as well as emergency communications.

Damian, AB6WB – Audio Amplifier Show and Tell – Damian will illustrate what an audio amplifier is, how they work, the different types and the intricacies of each.

Hope to see you at the November meeting as we have a great and very informative agenda.


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

New Packet BBS, AG6QO-1, now available on 144.370

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..    12/5/2013

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.

Order Your BARK Cups and Badges

Bill, K6BIL, has just recently ordered and recieved some BARK badges and mugs. Find out how you can order cups and badges from a fellow ham.



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!!!    5/1/2013

The BARK repeater is working better than ever

On Saturday, August 11, Bill, K6KN, and Ken, K6WLS, made the trip to the repeater site and made repairs to the computer. The receive sensitivity has been greatly improved. It is now very easy to hit the repeater with an HT from the Davis, Woodland area. If you are up at Apple Hill, you can hit the repeater with an HT. Thank you Bill and Ken!    8/12/2012