Welcome to BARK! - Berryessa Amateur Radio Klub
Repeater 146.970 MHz PL 123.0
2M Packet on 145.050
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.
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
BARK PICNIC ON JUNE 29
SAVE THE DATE - The BARK radio club is presently in the planning stages for a member picnic to be held near the town of Dunningan. The picnic will be held at Damians house and will commence at 1600 hrs, with BBQ at 1800 hrs, and wrapping everything up at 2100 hrs. This will be a pot luck affair so bring whatever you want to eat and share. AND THIS IS A FAMILY AFFAIR SO BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY - IT IS NOT JUST FOR RADIO NERDS!!!
The BARK radio club will furnish non alcoholic beverages.
THE LOCATION: 1851 Alexander Hill Lane, Dunnigan,CA.
THE DIRECTIONS - Here are some explicit directions:
Take Interstate 5 to exit #556 at Dunnigan. Exit towards the east. Go east two blocks to 99W and take a left (north). Go 2 miles north to County Road 2. Turn left (west) onto county road 2, pass over interstate 5 and keep going west for 1.3 miles to Alexander Hill Lane. Go right (north) onto Alexander Hill Lane (graveled road) for 1000 feet to driveway 1851 on the right. There is plenty of parking down the driveway near the house. Avoid using GPS as it may take you there the hard way.
Please RSVP by no later than June 15 to:
Damian at email@example.com or by phone (530) 724-0494.
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!! 5/1/2013
July 13, 2013 BARK Sponsored FCC Exam and General Meeting
Attention all members. On Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 0730 to 0930 hrs, the Berreyessa Amateur Radio Klub will sponsor an FCC licensing exam for all classes. The exam will be followed by BARKS third quarterly general membership meeting, which will be held from 1000 to approximately 1200 hours. The location will be the Red Cross chapter building at 121 Court Street in Woodland, CA.
The agenda for the meeting:
Introduction of members and guests
Update on the budget
Update on Resolutions 13-1 and 13-2
Ken, K6WLS will demonstrate his portable packet station
Damian, AB6WB will provide a technical discussion on the "How the diode works and why it forms the basis for understanding the transistor"
REPEATER MAINTENANCE TRIP JUNE 8, 2013
Tentatively, on June 8, the BARK radio club will make a trip to the repeater site for the purpose of performing general radio maintenance and site brush cleanup. Since the brush cleanup involves working on a hillside, we will need some strong bodies to drag brush up the hill. More details to follow. Listen to future NETS for future updates. 11/28/2012
MARK YOUR CALENDARS - The BARK General/Annual Membership meeting will be held 1000 hours, Saturday, October 19, 2013,and will be held at the offices of Luhdorff and Scalmanini Consulting Engineers, 500 First Street (corner of Lincoln and First), Woodland, CA. The agenda at the meeting will include:
· Introduction of new members
· Acknowledgement of member contributions
· Discussion of repeater equipment modifications and costs
· Repeater operating difficulties
· Committee chairperson reports
· Operating revenues and expenses
· Proposed operating budget for 2013-14
· Elections of a Club Director
· Appointments by the Directors of club officers
· Old business
· New business 9/30/2012
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
Bruce, AL7LS, drove up to Jack's, K6JAC, house for Erika's, KI6PDZ , graduation party.
His mobile set up covers VHF, UHF, HF, packet, and PSK31. 6/5/2010
Did you miss the Sunday night BARK Net? You can hear it now!
A recording of the Sunday night net is available on the web site.
Go to the, Nets menu
, click the date of the net you missed. You will get a recap of the net and a link to listen to the net. 4/25/2010
From NPR. Click to the site to hear the story.
Only a few years ago, blogs listed ham radio alongside 35 mm film and VHS tape as technologies slated to disappear.
They were wrong.
Nearly 700,000 Americans have ham radio licenses - up 60 percent from 1981, a generation ago. And the number is growing.
Ham radio will never have the sex appeal of the iPhone, but it does have a certain nerd appeal, says Allen Weiner, an analyst at the technology research firm Gartner.
"If it creates its own experience, that's really what's key here," he says. "If it just emulates an experience that you can get online, it's not going to grow."
... Even the most die-hard hams concede that amateur radio will never be a mainstream hobby. With smart phones and other devices, people are more plugged in to the Internet than before. But people are still discovering the joy of communicating with a technology that's existed for nearly a century. 4/6/2010
The BARK Net has moved to Sunday Night
An important notice to those members that have joined us on the Tuesday night NETS in the past - As of March 21, the BARK Nets have been moved to Sunday evenings at 1930 hours. It is our hope that this change will promote participation in the net. This net will be followed by the BARK Packet net which begins at 2000 hours. For information on using packet radio
, the club's website offers some great information. Hopefully you will find yourself addicted to this very useful and interesting form of Ham communication. 3/9/2010