Volume VIII, Number 4; April, 1996
Newsletter of the Boston Amateur Radio Club
A Special Service Club of the ARRL

		       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 (, AKA 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

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

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

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.


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.


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.

(Third Wednesdays at 7:30 pm)

15 May 1996
19 June 1996
19 July 1996
21 August 1996
18 September 1996
16 October 1996

(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."


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.


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


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


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.


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 .


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


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


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


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,
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

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 or 
        subscribe to barc-list 
        by sending a message to 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

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 
        subscribe to barc-list by sending a message to
        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


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.

Novice		4
Tech		57 
Tech+		6

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

BARC Officers and staff
President:      Mike Ardai, N1IST;  617.254.3420;; N1IST@K1UGM
Vice President: Ed Parish, WA2SCA;  508.664.1771;
Secretary:      Ed Hennessy, N1PBA; 617.391.8257;; N1PBA@KA1TUZ
Treasurer:      Dug Johnson, KD1NU; 617.693.4039;
Vol Exams:      Bob Wondolowski, N1KDA; 617.593.1955
Membership:     Arthur Ashley, N1NHZ; 617.661.2988;
Public Service: Bob Salow, WA1IDA;  508.650.9440;; 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

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