Present were Jim Clogher, N1ICN (VP); Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ; Paul Carter, N1TMF (SPARC Editor); Arthur Ashley, N1NHZ (Treasurer, Memb. Serv.); Phil Temples, K9HI (EMA SM); Mike Ardai, N1IST (President); Bob Cassell, N1ENS; Bob Salow, WA1IDA (Public Service); Ed Hennessy, N1PBA (Secretary).
The meeting began at approximately 7:00 PM.
Bob Cassell, N1ENS, inquired about setting up a club shack at the USS Salem in Quincy. He was approached by a person there. Mike, N1IST, will contact that person in mid-September (per his request) and see what they are willing to offer and arrange with BARC. The ship is at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, off Rte. 3A, and has T bus access via routes from Quincy Center Station on the Red Line.
Mike, N1IST, introduced Jim, N1ICN, as VP. Jim was elected at the August General Meeting. Dave, WX1G, who had been VP, had to resign due to a change in his work schedule that will keep him from attending any executive committee meetings.
Dick, KA1TUZ, will talk to some contacts about getting reduced rate access for a club web page and perhaps other accounts. Mike, N1IST, may have access to a 56Kb line for a low volume server--he'll keep us posted.
Paul, N1TMF, asked if we will see members' QSL cards on the web page. Mike said that he has some already, and will scan more once the scanner is working again. He will put these on the page.
Paul said also he intends to have a better-looking SPARC very soon. He wanted to get it out sooner but got delayed. He's been playing with MS Publisher, and should be ready to go with that for the October issue. He asks that any graphics we send to him be in JPEG format.
Arthur, N1NHZ, said that he and Dick will begin the net control practice net very soon. Tuesday nights were originally proposed because there's no 9:00PM net that night. The group discussed various nights, and decided that Mondays after the BARC Net might be the best time to at least have the first session. That way, we'd have a larger group of stations already listening. Later, we could choose another night so that people who are unavailable Mondays can participate. We also said that after the practice net, people can listen to the Heavy Hitters Traffic Net which meets on 23 every night at 10:30. So, the first session of "Net Control 101" will be held on October 7, immediately after the close of the BARC Net.
Arthur said we had approximately $3000 in the treasury.
Phil, K9HI, said that he and Bill Burden, ARRL Division Director, were both approached by a BARC member regarding reduced ARRL membership rates for folks on limited income (SSI or disability). Bill took this to an ARRL board meeting, and the committee looking into it has decided that the League not drop the fees (especially since many blind ARRL members like to receive a printed QST anyway). Bill suggested something be done at club level. Since the club cannot afford to pay out any funds to assist, the group decided the following: a club member joining or renewing membership in the League earns the club a rebate of $2 (renewals) or $5 (new). Where a person has limited income, on a case by case basis, the club will not keep the rebate but will pass that rebate to the person in question. Along the same lines, the group also decided we should restate club policy on hardship memberships to BARC; that will appear in the SPARC this month.
Phil also said he feels that he should step down from the executive committee due to his inability to attend several of the last committee meetings. Mike reluctantly agreed, and appointed Bob Cassell, N1ENS, as Phil's replacement on the committee. Bob accepted the appointment.
Phil brought up the use of hams and the Red Cross's response to Hurricane Edouard. After a long discussion, it was decided that Mike should write a letter to Liberty Black of the Red Cross, asking him to come to an executive meeting. Liberty Black would tell us how we can help them, and we can discuss our concerns as well. We will see what sort of response we get from them. If the hurricane had struck eastern MA, no one knows what sort of support the Red Cross would have gotten, if any.
Bob Salow, WA1IDA, said that N1DDU's mother, Rita Walsh, passed away last week. The club agreed to make a charitable donation on her behalf.
The next Public Service event is the Jimmy Fund Marathon Walk, September 29. Bob may not be able to make it, so he asked Bob DeMattia, AK1J, to help him coordinate hams. They can still use some hams, especially since 1) the BAA has given BARC more responsibility this year (the start, finish, shadows, and buses are under our control this year as well), and 2) the Framingham club flea market is that day, making many of their hams unavailable, as well as their repeater. Bob will have an article in the SPARC.
Bob also said that the Big E (Eastern States Exposition) in West Springfield may need a few more hams. It is usually covered by hams from northern Connecticut, but they want hams from all over New England. It runs September 13-27.
Mike said the roster will need to be re-formatted this time around to fit width-wise on a page. He will probably set it up as it was the second-to-last time. It will have a list sorted by last name, with address, phone, and email, and then a list with just name and callsign.
Mike said the gate for submitting club callsigns is about to open. We have talked about changing the club's wonderful KB1BQX to something else, and Mike wanted to compile a list of submissions. We came up with a list that Mike will submit to the FCC when the gate opens (these cannot be done electronically).
Mike will not be able to make the flea this month. Dick and Arthur will run the club table this month. If you have stuff to sell at the club table, let one of them know before the flea.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:00 PM.