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Forsyth Amateur Radio Club Meetings

The Forsyth Amateur Radio Club (FARC) meets the second Monday of each month in the bottom level of the Red Cross building at 690 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem, N.C. A clickable map showing the club monthly meeting location is found to the right. Click on the map for a larger image.

Meetings start normally at 7:30pm, but meeting attendees are encouraged to arrive early, have some "eyeball" QSO's and to get a good seat.

News on Meetings and Events

Announcement from Sam-NI4TG, President FARC, about the FARC Member Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 13

To all FARC members and others: Video Conference Member Meeting

In response to the very contagious Corvid-19 virus and Governor’s orders, our next Forsyth Amateur Radio Club meeting scheduled for Monday, April 13 will not be at the Red Cross but will instead be held via Zoom video conferencing software.

To assist in the installation and operation of the Zoom client software, we will have two Zoom meetings prior to April 13:

Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 pm, there will be a "Shop and Tech" Talk for anyone interested.

Friday, April 10 at 7:30 pm, there will be a trial run meeting that will allow the Zoom software to be downloaded and installed, if you have not already done that.

Monday, April 13 at 7:30 pm, will be the club member meeting via the Zoom software.

Emails will be sent out to club members prior to the meetings with links for each meeting. As stated prior, the emails will contain a specific link which will help you download and install the software and then take you to the meeting. However, if you go ahead and install the client software beforehand from https://zoom.us/download, the link in the email will activate the Zoom software and then take you to the trial meeting.

Zoom is fully functional if your PC has a camera and microphone. If your PC does not have a Camera and/or Mic you will still be able to view and hear the conference, but you have to use the chat function on the Zoom client to “talk” to the group. All modern cell phones will be able to fully view and hear the meeting and participate.

The FARC Board of Directors used Zoom video conferencing successfully several days ago in an online meeting attended by 18 club members.

The intent for the April 13 meeting is to hold a normal member meeting, announcements, treasurer report, repeater status and AuxComm-ARES reports. The main meeting topic will be by Harlan Cobert-W1HRC on current COVID-19 status, where we stand in this area, the state and the outlook for the area and the country.

Announcement from Dale--WB9SZL, FARC VE Session Manager, on VEC Amateur Radio Testing

Concerning FCC Testing....At our FCC Exam coordinator's request, (Dale, WB9SZL), the FARC Amateur FCC test sessions are suspended indefinitely, or until such time that the Coronavirus Pandemic passes and it is safe to proceed having exam sessions.

These actions are in response to government suggestions, orders and are taken out of an abundance of caution approach to protect the public and our members. It is also a good chance to show our response to an unexpected emergency situation. We need to be proud of and support our medical and emergency personnel who are working to protect us all.

Dale, WB9SZL, FARC VE Session Manager

Webmaster Note: A lot of changes are being made to the club website. Be sure to ALWAYS do a refresh on your browser when you visit this website.

Annual Club Membership Dues are DUE!!

Please support the club by paying your membership dues soon. Dues can be paid in person at upcoming events or for your convenience, dues can now easily be paid online with PayPal.me!!!

To Pay Dues Online Using PayPal: To use PayPal.me, you must have a PayPal account. Click on the "Contact Info, How to Join FARC and Using PayPal.me to Pay Annual Dues" tab to your left or click on the link below.

To Pay Dues in Person: You pay your dues in person at the upcoming FARC Hamfest on Saturday, January 11 and at the club member meeting on Monday, January 13. Please fill out the membership form downloadable at the tab below.

Contact Info, How to Join FARC and Using PayPal.me to Pay Annual Dues


Monday, April 13, FARC Monthly Club Member Meeting 7:30pm

Please read the note from Sam-NI4TG above about the status of this meeting.

Please note that the March 9 member meeting presentation by Harlan Cobert-W1HRC on Auxcomm-ARES is available for viewing. Go to the Past Meeting button to your left to get the link to view!!

The link below is to the latest (Msrch 2020) FARC newsletter!
March 2020 Newsletter


Forsyth Amateur Radio Club's 90th Year Celebration!!!

On December 30, 2019, FARC turned 89 years old!!! So we will make all of 2020 a 90th year celebration. A number of events have been planned to help us celebrate. This includes multiple on-air events throughout the year. Click on the image to your right for more info!!


The 2020 October Hamfest of the Forsyth Amateur Radio Club is coming. October 10, 2020. Mark your calendars!!! Details to follow.


Video of Current and Past Meetings

Our live W4NC video capability for meetings is available for our club the second Monday night meeting each month. Meetings start at 7:30 pm.

You can click on the W4NC Live Video button to your left to view the monthly meeting or to view some past members meetings. Be aware that the video and/or audio of some past meetings is iffy. Past meeting videos and other info can also be accessed on the "Past Meeting and Event Info/Downloads" tab in the listing of tabs to the far left.

You may also need to click on the "VIDEOS" Youtube subtitle between the "HOME" and "PLAYLISTS" to bring up all of the club videos.


Tentative Listing of Future FARC Meeting Topics and Amateur Radio Events.

Saturday, April 4, 2020: Hanging Rock Hiking Event has been cancelled

Monday, April 13, 2020: FARC Member Meeting via Zoom meeting, see above.

Saturday, April 18, 2020: MS 10K Walk at Veteran's Park with Auxcomm-ARES Participation (Volunteers Needed--Contact Harlan Cobert-W1HRC for info)

Monday, April 20, 2020: FARC Board of Directors Business Meeting, location and status to be determined.

Monday, May 11, 2020: FARC Member Meeting at the Red Cross. Topic: To be announced

Monday, May 18, 2020: FARC Board of Directors Business Meeting

Saturday, May 23, 2020: Auxcomm-ARES EOC NCS Training at the Red Cross Radio Club Room (see the Auxcomm-ARES Training webpage for info)

Monday, June 8, 2020: FARC Member Meeting at the Red Cross. Topic: Field Day 2020 Preparation

Saturday thru Sunday, June 27-28, 2020: Field Day 2020!!!

Saturday-Sunday, 12-13 September, 2020: Tour to Tanglewood MS Event with Auxcomm-ARES Participation (Volunteers Needed--Contact Harlan Cobert-W1HRC for info)

Saturday, October 10, 2020--FARC Octoberfest Hamfest

Monday, December 14, 6pm--FARC Holiday Dinner Meeting, Mi Pueble Mexican Restaurant, 644 S Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem, NC


Forsyth Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting

Next Meeting Date: The next FARC Business Meeting will be Monday, April 20, tentatively planned on the 145.47 repeater. See the note on this much further above.

The business meeting is an open meeting and all club members are welcome to attend. Topics covered include club equipment needs, hamfests, meeting topics, repeater updates, ARES reports and much more. Please feel free to attend!!


PDF Listing of Upcoming Regional Events and Other Club Meetings

Below is a link to an extract from the most recent FARC newsletter of upcoming regional events on amateur radio, hamfests and other club news. Many thanks to Don Edwards-WS4NC for gathering and organizing this info.

  • Amateur Radio Regional News

  • Science Net on 147.315

    Science Net--Note from Dr. Robert Meier-AA9AU below:

    Please join us every Tuesday 8p on K4GW 147.315-(100.0) to discuss new and/or interesting developments in science and science fiction. From amateur to expert there's something for everyone. Each week has a five-minute "Back to Basics" presentation on some subject, and the latest speculative news in science. In between, attendees ask questions to be answered immediately or researched for answer next week. Everybody, including you, knows something. Lurkers welcome. Bring your interest.


    Technical Discussion and Project Building Group Meetings

    This is of interest to FARC members and non-FARC members. There is a Technical Discussion and Project Building Group. Meetings are held for those interested in exploring and building various types of electronic projects. There is a lot of show-and-tell as well as technical discussions on many topics. For more information, Steve Patterson-WA3RTC may be contacted.