QNC de Mike Ardai, N1IST I hope everyone had a happy Passover/Easter holiday season, and are all looking forward to the nice weather ahead... Since he is graduating, Scott, WY1Z, has stepped down as maintainer of the Boston ARC FTP site. Under Scott's guidance and hard work, the BARC site (ftp.barc.org:/pub/hamradio, AKA oak.oakland.edu) has grown into a world-famous location for finding ham-radio programs, mods, ARRL files and much more. Thanks very much for the years of fine service to the club. Taking over the site will be Cheyenne, N1QZS. As before, if you have anything you want to add to the site, send it to email@example.com. I would like to take this time to thank all of the other regular volunteers who work behind the scenes keeping the club running smoothly, including Bob, N1ENS for labeling, folding and licking all the stamps on the newsletter each month; Bob, WA1IDA, for copying the newsletters and maintaining the membership roster; Bob, N1KDA, and the entire BARC VE team, for running the monthly exam session; Ed, N1PBA, for producing the past few issues of the newsletter, and the executive committee and club appointees. I would also like to remind everyone that this club only exists through the effort of volunteers, and if there is something that you can help out with (or any suggestions), please come to the executive committee meeting or contact one of the officers. I hope that everyone is planning to help out with some of the upcoming public service events, including the Marathon, the MS walk, the Walk for Hunger, and the AIDS walk. Remember that providing emergency communications is one of the reasons for ham radio's existence, and the time to learn how to do that is on the club net and at these events; when disaster strikes, it is too late to start learning procedures... The Boston ARC club net meets each Monday night at 21:00 local time on the 145.23 repeater; it's an open round-table for any amateur-radio topic, so bring any questions or comments. If you would like to try your hand as net control, let me know; we are always looking for people to help out with it. Let's hope that spring is finally here, so we can go outside and have some fun. APRIL GENERAL MEETING Looks like we have a speaker for April. It is Jacques Patry WD1I from Groton Electronics, and his presentation is on Ham radio repair from the service person's point of view. He will go through the process from intake through testing, repair, etc. and will bring in some test equipment, sample boards to see what the parts look like these days, a radio that took a lightning hit, and similar stuff. If you bring an HT (tune it to 146.0 or 447.0), he will have a service monitor with him to check it out during the break. This month's general meeting will be held at the Volpe Transportation Center, 55 Broadway, Cambridge, at 7:30 pm, April 17. The Volpe Center is across the street from the Kendell Square Red Line T Station, at the corner of Broadway and Third Street. Parking is available along Potter Street. Enter the building on the Third Street side, and sign in with the guard at the desk. Talk-in is on 145.23. APRIL EXECUTIVE MEETING Due to the holidays, the BARC Executive Committee meeting has been postponed to Wednesday, April 10th. We will meet at 18:30 at the Food Court (lower level ) of the CambridgeSide Galleria Mall in Cambridge. This is reachable from the Lechmere stop on the T Green Line. The club's business is conducted at this meeting, and all members are encouraged to come by and participate. FUTURE MEETING DATES (Third Wednesdays at 7:30 pm) 15 May 1996 19 June 1996 19 July 1996 21 August 1996 18 September 1996 16 October 1996 FUTURE EXAM DATES (Second Mondays at 7:00 pm) 13 May 1996 10 June 1996 8 July 1996 12 August 1996 9 September 1996 14 October 1996 I used up all my sick days, so I'll have to call in dead. If things get any worse, I'll have to ask you to stop helping me. "I know you can't get married on the money I'm paying you," said the boss to the eager new employee. "And some day you'll thank me for it." EVENTS AHEAD 14 Apr Framingham ARA Flea 15 Apr 100th Running of the Boston Marathon (R) 21 Apr MIT Flea 21 Apr Boston Multiple Sclerosis Walk (R) 4-5 May National Weather Service Open House (Taunton) 8 May Aviation Expo (Boston) 16 May SKYWARN Training (Walpole) 18 May MEMA Public Safety Fair (South Weymouth) (R) = Public Service event using repeater As you might expect, there are many more events (hamfests, fleamarkets, etc.) taking place - some only peripheral to ham radio. For information on these, covering New England and some of NewYork, the "Ham - Electronic Flea Market" and the "PSLIST" lists tell the story. They are posted by e-mail to barc-list and on PBBSs regularly. If needed, contact any club member who has access to these. CORRECTION There was a typographical error in last month's article on the Multiple Sclerosis Walk in Boston. The correct date is 21 April. Communication help is still needed. Call Rick DeSisto, N1IWE, for information at 617.387.4465. LATEST FCC CALL SIGNS The FCC's most recently issued call signs as of March 1, 1996: Group A, Extra: AA1PQ Group B, Advanced: KE1EE Group C, Tech/Gen: N1WRE Group D, Novice: KB1BWW AVIATION EXPO The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Massport, MassPEP and United Airlines have joined forces again this year to provide a unique experience for over 2000 Greater Boston youth and educators. Aviation Expo 96 will be an expansion of the vastly successful programs of 1994 and 1995. The Expo introduces school children and their teachers to vocational and educational opportunities in aviation and related technical fields. Last year the Boston Amateur Radio Club was invited to show the world of communications we enjoy, and suggest ham radio as an entry to technical fields. We used a large booth space with computer and video presentations to show our satellite, packet and hand held communications abilities. We need several hams to help show our stuff and answer questions. Expo 96 is on Wednesday, 8 May from 0800 to 1500 at the United Airlines maintenance hangar at Logan Airport. If you can help, please call Bill Foster, KD1NX at 508.580.2552. PUBLIC SAFETY FAIR The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will hold its annual Public Safety Fair on Saturday, 18 May from 0900 to 1430 at the South Weymouth Naval Air Station on Route 18. There will be demonstrations and displays of the technology and techniques used in public safety and disaster situations. Local and state resources as well as disaster responding agencies and ham radio will contribute to this educational and entertaining event. This will be of interest to the whole family, so bring your spouse, kids and friends. The admission is free, and there is plenty of parking space. For more info, call 508.697.3600 . ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY - WAIT A YEAR For those of you thinking about a 1996 repeat of one of the most satisfying public service events we have done, the Assistive Technology conference has been put on an alternate year schedule. The next one is planned for 21 May 1997 at the World Trade Center in Boston. There is no doubt we will be asked to help again. Watch this space. -- Bob Salow, WA1IDA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OPEN HOUSE: The National Weather Service will be holding an Open House at its new facility in Taunton. Come on down and see: * A dedicated ham station to support the SKYWARN program * Tour of the new NWS facility * State of the art weather technology * Flash floods and river forecasting * Videos and talks on: * NWS Operations * Hurricanes * Severe Weather * Doppler Radar * Weather Balloon Launch * Literature on all forms of weather conditions * And much, much more The Open House schedule: * Saturday, 4 May 1996 from 1000 to 1700 * Sunday, 5 May 1996 from 1200 to 1700 445 Myles Standish Blvd. Taunton, MA From I-495 take Exit 9 to Bay St., heading south toward Taunton. Turn on Industrial Park Rd. which later becomes Myles Standish Blvd. near the Holiday Inn. Follow this road one half mile more, until you see the large white radome (it looks like a large golf ball on a tower). NWS is located on the opposite side of the road, next to NYNEX. Signs will direct you where to park. The Boston Amateur Radio Club is an ARRL Affiliated Special Service Club, and is a member of the Council of Eastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Clubs. Copyright 1996 by Boston Amateur Radio Club. All Rights Reserved. SKYWARN TRAINING Amateur Radio operators can participate as Skywarn spotters by attending a training session. Skywarn is a program of the National Weather Service (NWS), using trained volunteer observers of severe weather conditions. These qualified observers will get a special phone number to report into the NWS. The NWS considers hams as particularly reliable and accurate. The next training session will be on 16 May from 1900 to 2130, at the Walpole Town Hall, Walpole, MA Space is limited, reserve a seat soon. Call: Roger Turner, W1ZSA 508.668.2237 Rob Macedo, KD1CY 508.994.1875 Talk in on 146.895/295 EDITOR'S NOTES Starting this month, Ed Hennessy, N1PBA, will no longer be able to edit The SPARC, and I, Paul Carter, N1TMF, will be the new newsletter editor. This is your newsletter, just as this is your club, and I both welcome and need your inputs and contributions to make The SPARC an excellent printed representation of our club. That a new member of BARC was given this responsibility shows the openness and freshness of our club. Or is it just that so much needs doing that any volunteer is eagerly welcomed! I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, snail mail at 11 Commonwealth Court Apt#15, Brighton, MA 02135, and most if not all BARC club nets and general meetings. BARC NET LOG BARC Net Monday 3/25 11 checkins in 15 minutes: ka1rdz wx1g kc5gyr n1tmf n1vux n1koi n1lry n1inx wb1atw n1ens n1ist/ncs Topics: wx1g: When is the Marathon meeting tomorrow? ka1rdz: It is at the Red Cross, 6th floor, 19:30 n1lry: Hope everyone had a chance to see the docking between the shuttle and Mir. n1ist: Come visit the BARC home page at http://www.barc.org/ or subscribe to barc-list by sending a message to email@example.com with the body "subscribe barc-list". BARC Net Monday 4/1 15 checkins in 20 minutes: n1kda n1pba n1tmf n1gie wb1atw n1vux n1ens kd1nx n1cqh n1ist/ncs Topics: n1kda: There will be a VE session on Monday, April 8th, 19: at Mass Pep, 590 Huntington Ave. Free parking is available behind the building, or come on the green line (E). Bring a picture ID, the original *and* a copy of your license and any CSCEs, and $6.05. n1pba: The April Executive Committee Meeting has been postponed to April 10th. The newsletter deadline still is this Friday. n1ist: BARC badges are in! I'll bring them to the Marathon and to the April meeting. Hope everyone has a good Passover or Easter. n1tmf: There is a glitch on the web page with Netscape 2.0 n1ist: Come visit the BARC home page at http://www.barc.org/ subscribe to barc-list by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the body "subscribe barc-list". n1kda: Central Mass ARA will have an auction at their next meeting. Good to see the nicer weather. Will finally get to fix the R5. n1ist: Framingham ARA will have their flea market on April 14th at the Framingham high school. n1tmf: Have been doing some 6M hilltopping. Yankee SSB net on Sundays at 09:30 on 50.175 FCC LICENSING STATS FOR FEBRUARY It may be due to the weather or the government shutdown, but whatever the cause, the number of new licensees in New England is down from previous months. We had a total of 67 new Hams in February in New England with EMA and CT in a tie with 16 each. I know, from reading your newsletters that there are many licensing classes now underway and some due to start soon, so we will be watching the future stats with great interest. CLASS NUMBER Novice 4 Tech 57 Tech+ 6 TOTAL 67 Women licensed- 8 Youngest new Ham- 9 Yrs (ME) Senior new Ham- 71 Yrs (RI) Here is a summary of new Hams in New England from October, 1995 MONTH Number October,1995 111 November 107 December 90 January,1996 122 February 67 Bill Burden WB1BRE New England Division Director American Radio Relay League email@example.com BARC Officers and staff President: Mike Ardai, N1IST; 617.254.3420; firstname.lastname@example.org; N1IST@K1UGM Vice President: Ed Parish, WA2SCA; 508.664.1771; email@example.com Secretary: Ed Hennessy, N1PBA; 617.391.8257; firstname.lastname@example.org; N1PBA@KA1TUZ Treasurer: Dug Johnson, KD1NU; 617.693.4039; email@example.com Vol Exams: Bob Wondolowski, N1KDA; 617.593.1955 Membership: Arthur Ashley, N1NHZ; 617.661.2988; firstname.lastname@example.org Public Service: Bob Salow, WA1IDA; 508.650.9440; email@example.com; WA1IDA@WA1PHY Boston Amateur Radio Club 9603 P O Box 15585 Boston, MA 02215-0011 How does the repair shop view your rig? Come to the April General Meeting of the Boston Amateur Radio Club. Jacques Patry WD1I from Groton Electronics will clue you in! He'll even check out your HT with his service monitor during the break. How much more fun could you possibly have on a Wednesday night! Come enjoy the talk, and share stories and experiences with fellow club members. Hope to see you there! The next meeting is: April 17, 1996 - 7:30 pm at the Volpe Transportation Center Kendall Square, Cambridge Help stamp out blank space! Get your news, views, stories and other contributions for the May 1996 issue of The SPARC to Paul Carter N1TMF, by May 5.