The Amateur Radio Parity Act: Separating Fact from Fiction


Check out this YouTube video from the ARRL!

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June 17th test session yields five new Hams, upgrades


The BCARC hosted a VE Testing session on Wednesday, June 17th, in the Activity Room at the Burnside Senior Center. After passing the Technician exam, five area individuals obtained their Technician licenses on Monday, June 29th. They are:

KE8BPO-Daniel Garrison of Constantine
KE8BPP-Charles Hemker of Bronson
KE8BPQ-Andrew Wheeler of Mendon
KE8BPR-Derek Mosher of Sturgis
KE8BPS-Deborah McCloud of Hillsdale (YL of BCARC President Roy McCloud, AB8RM)

Upgrading from Technician to General was Mike Exelby, W8XLB and Rob Rock, W8RJR.

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Club President changes callsign after obtaining Extra status


BCARC President Roy McCloud now holds the callsign of AB8RM after obtaining his Amateur Extra license earlier in the year.

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Rural Coldwater residents become area's newest Hams


COLDWATER - We have two new hams in Branch County! Mike Exelby and his son Matthew just received their callsigns today.

Matthew will be known as KE8AQM and his father Mike will be known as KE8AQN. Both are already members of the BCARC and if you hear them on the repeaters, be sure to say hello and welcome them to the world of amateur radio.

Congratulations to both! We are glad to have you aboard!

4/21/2015 UPDATE: Mike now holds the callsign W8XLB, and Matthew now has the W8MME call.

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Governor Snyder signs PRB-1 Bill


LANSING - On March 10, 2015, the recreation of the signing of Michigan's PRB-1 Bill (PA 556) was completed in Lansing. Participants, from left to right are: Ed Hude, WA8QJE, MI ARRL State Government Liaison; Dale Williams, WA8EFK, ARRL Great Lakes Division Director; Jessica Averill, Legislative Director for Senator Rick Jones; Governor Rick Snyder; Larry Camp,WB8R, MI ARRL Section Manager; Senator Rick Jones (Bill Sponsor); Butch Hedges, MI ARRL Local Government Liaison.

This was the culmination of approximately 10 years work on behalf of numerous Michigan hams.

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Welcome to our new website!

In the coming days and weeks, we will be adding new and exciting features to this website, so visit us periodically throughout the next couple months to see the changes we're making to the BCARC site.

Special thanks to Andrew, W8CSS for his extra help in upgrading the core files that were necessary to upgrade our online presence.


Justin, KD8JEL


Branch County Amateur Radio Club

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