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BARC CONGRATULATES BELIZEANS ON INDEPENDENCE DAY 2016

PRESS RELEASE

September 20, 2016

For: Immediate Release 

The Belize Amateur Radio Club (BARC) congratulates all Belizeans on the country’s thirty-fifth (35th) anniversary of independence from Great Britain. Since 1981, this tiny Central American and Caribbean country has embarked on the bold adventure of nation-building that has seen it work in peaceful partnership with the international community, participate in global projects to improve the understanding of other peoples and cultures, and welcome new faces to share our shores.

Belize’s unique geographical position, its natural beauty and the many successes of its people continue to attract interest from many persons throughout the world. Thirty five years after independence on September 21, the Belizean story continues to unfold. With ‘wealth untold’ and promises of peace and happiness, Belize is a land for all to enjoy in cultural harmony.

September is also special for the Belize Amateur Radio Club as it is the month when our activities took off at an exciting pace. Along with the first exciting steps there was also the building of new partnerships, friendships and understanding as we leaped to attain our goals.

The first handshakes of partnership and communication continue to bear fruit for BARC. But its officers and members have not sat on their laurels or settled comfortably to relax. Work continues in building even more friendships, recruiting young members, enhancing our member services and developing better strategies to provide emergency communications assistance in times of need.

Independence Day is a time for celebration but it is also a time for reflection. BARC therefore takes this opportunity to thank all its international partners who have given generously to our aims. We thank our members who have given us their confidence and contributions to reach our goals. We thank our friends and families, stretched out across the globe, who have given their understanding and patience during our quest to serve our nation.

To you all BARC says: “Thank You and Happy September 21, 2016 Belizeans One and All!”

END OF RELEASE


Hurricane Watch Net to Resume Operation as Earl Makes Landfall in Belize.

Taken from the ARRL News Post. To see the original post go to http://goo.gl/VcNDHu

08/04/2016

Hurricane Earl made landfall near Belize City, Belize, during the early morning hours as a category 1 storm. Earl has since weakened to a tropical storm. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) plans to resume net operations on 14.325 MHz on Thursday, August 4, at 1200 UTC for Earl. The HWN activated on August 3 as Tropical Storm Earl was headed toward Central America. On its current path, Earl will pass into Southern Mexico by early Friday.

“We will resume net operations for the purpose of gathering post-storm reports and offering emergency and priority traffic assistance,” explained HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV. The net typically closes once a storm has made landfall.

As of 1100 UTC, the Tropical Storm Earl was about 90 miles west of Belize City, with maximum sustained winds of 65 MPH. The Government of Mexico has discontinued all warnings. The Government of Belize has replaced the hurricane warning with a tropical storm warning for coastal areas.

On Wednesday, the HWN activated simultaneously on both its primary frequency of 14.325 MHz and its backup frequency of 7.268 MHz, because of poor 20 meter propagation.

The Belize Amateur Radio Club (BARC) was tracking the storm as it approached Belieze. BARC announced that its members will be using the using the frequencies of 7.177 MHz and 147.000 MHz to handle emergency traffic within Belize, in addition to other frequencies “for external contact where necessary.”

The Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (CEWN) meets on 3.815 MHz. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Network (SATERN) meets on 14.325 MHz. — Thanks to HWN and to Emil Rodriguez, V31ER, President, Belize Amateur Radio Club

BARC Clarifies Recent Press Release From IARU

San Ignacio
Belize

June 3, 2016

A recent press release issued by the International Amateur Radio Union that may have caught the interest of some of our members has been clarified.

The statement made in the IARU Press Release that “BARC does not exist” refers to a previous entity that called itself the Belize Amateur Radio Club, which has been dormant since at least 1993. As an administrative procedure the IARU issued the press release to the public so as to inform them that the previous entity calling itself the Belize Amateur Radio Club is not recognized as a functioning organization within the regional union.

The “old” Belize Amateur Radio Club has therefore been dissolved and is not recognized. Along with the dissolution of the “old” BARC, any obligations that may have been incurred or outstanding to the IARU have also been struck out.

Within the same Press Release an invitation has been extended to any group of Belizeans who may want to submit an application for a “new” club under the guidelines and procedures of the IARU.

A “new” BARC, registered as a non-government organization under the laws of Belize and having obtained sufficient membership, has been in correspondence with the IARU since its official activities commenced in September 2015. The “new” BARC seeks to gain official recognition and affiliation with the IARU so as to better serve our members and extend our membership base; especially with young people of Belize.

We are confident of our objectives and we hope this clarification of the IARU Press Release that was an administrative procedure is well received by our members and the radio community.

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Elementary Students Deploy School SSTV CubeSat from ISS

Students from Saint Thomas More Cathedral School (STM), located in Arlington, VA, have developed a Slow Scan TV ( SSTV) CubeSat and is set to be deployed from the International Space Station ( ISS) on March 7, 2016.

STM students designing antenna to receive data from STMSat-1 – Credit STM

STM takes pride in what is thought to bet the first Elementary school to devise their own satellite. The project consisted of Pre-Kindergarden, Kindergarden and First Grade students being involved in this milestone.

This satellite, a 1U CubeSat called STMSat-1, will transmit a SSTV Robot36 mode signal on 437.800 MHz.

Middle School Students took the initiative to begin the exploration on how to receive data from the CubeSat and thus a Ham Radio Club was formed. As a result of the club, they learned the basics of operating a Ham Radio Station and explored the field of Slow Scan Television as an option for receiving images from this satellite.

Its a wonder… How did 400 Grade School Students build a Nano Satellite?

Possibilities for Belize….

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