The first Huntsville Amateur Radio Club (HARC) was organized on October 6, 1947, with Bill Neal, W4FZD, as the first President. The constitution was approved March 22, 1948. There were twenty-two members of this first Huntsville Amateur Radio Club; but due to a lack of interest, the club was disbanded in the spring of 1949.
The present Huntsville Amateur Radio Club was re-organized on April 18, 1952, at the WFUN Studio, 410 W. Holmes Street with John Garrison, W4FOG, elected as the first President. The constitution and by-laws were adopted June 20, 1952. 16 members were on the first club roster. HARC participated in its first Field Day event on June 21 and 22, 1952, with 16 members participating and has continued participating each year ever since.
The club became affiliated with the American Radio Relay League on September 26, 1952, and remains so to this day. The Huntsville Novice CW net was organized in November of 1952, and met on 3.735 KHz with twelve members checking into the net. The first club call, K4DTV, was obtained in July of 1954. In April of 1956 the ladies' auxiliary was formed and named the QRM Club.
The first issue of the club bulletin was published in December of 1961, with Mary Campbell, K4VAL, Genie Weaver, W4ERX and Dick White, W4MEM volunteering to get it started. The February 1962 bulletin had the name VOX on the cover, which was given by Bill Owens, W4YXW. In December of 1965 Mary Campbell, K4VJL resigned as editor of the VOX. The next month (January 21, 1966), Frank Emens, W4HFU became editor and publisher
The club's current callsign is K4BFT, in honor of one of our members, Hammond "Ham" Carpenter. K4BFT was voted by the club members as the official club station call on April 3, 1964.
Meetings are held every Friday at 7:30 PM at the Red Cross building located at 1101 Washington Street unless otherwise posted. Notices of each meeting are published monthly in the VOX. An auction is normally held on the fifth Friday of months that have five Fridays. Meetings are not held on the last two Fridays of December because of the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
A listing of upcoming programs and meeting dates can be found on the HARC Activity Calendar in the VOX.
The HARC Constitution can be seen here HARC Constitution
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