The Broward Amateur Radio Club (BARC) was founded in 1946 and received their ARRL Charter of Affiliation March 2, 1949. In 2008, BARC received our 60th anniversary award of affiliation with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). The club call sign is W4AB with several repeaters reliably covering all of Broward County and then some. Repeater coverage is very wide, reaching as far south as central Miami/Dade County and as far North as Palm Beach County. W4AB can often be heard on the west coast of Florida near Naples and Fort Myers. In 2013, the Broward Amateur Radio Club has more than 100 members, which makes it the largest radio club in Broward County and one of the largest such organizations in the Southeastern US. BARC had a member named Cy Harris, W4MAQ, who envisioned a tail gate (out of the trunk of your car) type of flea market. The very first flea market was held in the mid 1980s’ on the Motorola NE parking lot located in Sunrise Florida. The flea market was so successful that Cy named the flea market “the Free Flea” because there was no charge to anyone wanting to participate. The Free Flea went on into the middle 1990s’ when Cy Harris became a silent key. In memory of Cy Harris, the Broward Amateur Radio Club bestowed upon him in his name from that point forward, the honor of calling the BARC Free Flea, the Cy Harris W4MAQ Memorial Free Flea.
BARC Mission Statement
Our mission at the Broward Amateur Radio Club (BARC) is to mentor new hams, enhance fellowship among radio amateurs, provide emergency and public service communications support to the community, and further the interests of amateur radio. This shall be accomplished by providing educational programs geared toward the new amateur radio operators and by promoting involvement in ARES®/RACES for emergency communications.