Far too many Belizeans still consider
Amateur Radio “technology for my grandpa generation”. In their minds, many
people still conjure up images of large radio equipment with hundreds of knobs,
lights and large microphones to speak into. Knobs and lights too difficult to
However, when told that today there are
many amateur radio satellites circling the globe that provide communications
from one country to the other with hand-held radios they are amazed. When shown
images of communications between the International Space Station and amateur
operators on the ground many people are astonished. And when one demonstrates
how amateur radio computer networks provide real-time contact from one continent
to another via the internet there is even more astonishment!
Here at the Belize Amateur Radio Club
(BARC) we have accepted the challenge to educate the public about the benefits
of this “modern hobby”. And like many
other radio clubs around the globe, we continue to make every effort to
interact with the youth so as to create the next generation of emergency
communicators, experimenters and engineers. As our records show, we have
reached out to the education institutions and youth associations such as Scouts
Belize to open new gateways for radio in Belize.
This year, 2019, is no different. Our work
continues. While we will continue reaching out to the educational institutions
to promote the hobby, BARC will also continue to work alongside our national frequency
spectrum regulators to ensure that ham radio frequencies are standardized and
remain free for all radio hobbyists. We will also continue to work with the
regulators to establish an updated set of license examinations for new entrants
to the hobby.
The work continues at BARC and we thank you
all for joining us on this important radio journey.
The latest version of the IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide is available for downloading in PDF format from the IARU.org webpage.
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
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.¨
Bob, K7YB is moving to Belize and will be active starting February 2017 as V31YB.
Paul, VE3AXT will be active again from Belize until 7 March 2017 as V31AX.
Victor, WB0TEV will be active again from Belize 8 – 14 February 2017 as V31VP.