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History

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. Our first Vice President was Marion Gibson W4LHR. 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

Current meeting location is

The Museum of Information Explosion
1806 University Dr NW.
The CDC recommends that all folks wear a mask indoors whenever interacting with those not of your household. We will also be meeting by ZOOM for those who are not comfortable meeting in person and for those folks who are high risk.
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.

Current Constitution

HARC Constitution Adopted March 5, 2021

HARC By-Laws Adopted March 5, 2021

Officers

Billy Gold
KM4BGF
President
Jared Messervy
W4XXX
Vice President
Craig Reinhart
KD4IYD
Secretary
Lisa Shier
N3WQL
Treasurer
Anita Vibbert
KD2KAG
Officer at-large
John Morgan
N4CNY
Officer at-large
Mark Brown
N4BCD
Officer at-large


Program and Project Managers

Tim Holland
KK5H
Madison Co ARES E.C.
Laura Morgan
K4CNY
Field Day Chairman 2020-21
TBD
TBD
Public Affairs Coordinator
Laura Morgan
K4CNY
K4BFT Station Trustee
Warren & Karen Alford
K4MMW
Food Coordinator
TBD
TBD
Training/Education Coordinator
Mark Brown
N4BCD
VOX Publisher
TBD
TBD
Programs Manager
Warren Alford
KJ4RAQ
Asst. Programs Manager
Jared Messervy
W4XXX
Webmaster
Kelley Johns
W4VPZ
Repeater Program Announcer
John Equi
KM4VSY
Property Manager
John Phillips
KM4VVN
Asst. Property Manager
Chris Reed
AI4U
Social Media Coordinator
Anita Vibbert
KD2KAG
Membership Outreach Coordinator