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“New” Belize Amateur Radio Club Admitted to IARU Membership

NEWS RELEASE

International Amateur Radio Union
P.O. Box 310905
Newington, CT 06131-0905 USA
Email: secretary @ iaru.org

www.iaru.org

11 May 2017

For immediate release

“New” Belize Amateur Radio Club Admitted to IARU Membership

The member-societies ofthe International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) have approved a proposal to admita new representative of the radio amateurs of Belize to IARU membership. As ofthe deadline for voting, 9 May 2017, 77 member-societies had voted in favor ofadmitting the Belize Amateur Radio Club (BARC) with none opposed. There were no
abstentions. The affirmative votes of 55 member-societies were required forapproval.

Belize previously wasrepresented in the IARU by another organization of the same name. Once the IARUAdministrative Council determined that this earlier organization no longerexisted, IARU Region 2 accepted an application for membership from the new BARCand confirmed that it satisfied the requirements of the IARU Constitution andBylaws.

The officers of BARC are:

Emil Rodriguez,V31ER, President

Dr. Andre T.Scholz, V31DL, Vice President and IARU Liaison

Steven Harp, V31SH, Secretary

Contact information:

Web: http://barc.bz

Address: PO Box159, Belmopan, Belize, Central America

Telephone: +501601 6282

Email: see listingat www.iaru.org/member-societies.html

There are now167 IARU member-societies in as many countries and separate territories.

V31VP

Victor/WB0TEV will be the op behind V31VP in the contest. QRV
between the 24th and 28th, outside the contest with a focus on RTTYand Asia. QSL via WB0TEV (d/B).

Vom 24. – 28. März zieht es Victor/WBØTEV erneut nach Belize. Als V31VP nimmt er in der SO/AB/HP-Klasse am CQ WW WPX Contest teil. Außerhalb des Contest liegt der Fokus auf RTTY in Richtung Asien. QSL via WBØTEV

BARC Makes Ham Radio Demonstration to the Scouts of Belize

The Belize Amateur Radio Club (BARC) successfully completed an ´Introduction to Amateur Radio´ for the Scout Association of Belize on Sunday February 26, 2017.

The demonstration, held at the Scouts National Training Grounds, near Burrell Boom, was divided into four parts: BARC´s Goals for Amateur Radio in Belize, Educational Video, Hands-On Demonstration of Radio Equipment and a Question and Answer Session.

Boys and girls of the Scouts Association from across Belize were participants in this first of its kind demonstration that represents a first step of cooperation between BARC and ScoutsBelize. This cooperation, both organizations agree, will provide beneficial results and acquired skills for everyone, especially the participating youth.

After the demonstration, members of BARC volunteered to provide radios and corresponding equipment for the Scouts of Belize to fully participate in the Annual Jamboree On the Air (JOTA) activities in October 2017. JOTA is the largest Scouting event in the world held once a year. It uses Amateur Radio to link Scouts and hams around the world. Leaders of the Scouts Association openly accepted this voluntary offer from BARC members.

Discussions at this first interactive demonstration also included establishing a permanent ham radio station for ScoutsBelize so that training can be held regularly on topics such as voice procedures, operating basics, simple theory and others.

At the end of the demonstration BARC President, Mr. Emil Rodriguez stated , ¨ As we move forward with our friendship and cooperation lets remember to use our radio skills wisely for the greater good of our nation, especially in times of emergencies such as hurricanes and flooding when we are needed most.¨