QNC de Mike Ardai, N1IST I know it is only March, but it is time to start thinking about Field Day. Field Day is an annual emergency- preparedness drill that happens on the fourth weekend in June. We go out to a field (actually, by the parking lot behind the Museum of Transportation in Larz Andersen park in Brookline), and set up 3 or 4 complete stations, antennas, generators, and all the rest. Then, like in many ham contests, we try to contact as many other groups doing the same thing all across the US and Canada. The main reason is to make sure that we are able to set up and handle emergency communications in times if disaster, but the real reason is to have fun! Field Day is a great time to get on the air and get a taste of contesting. If you have never worked HF (or can't from home because of antennas), it's the perfect time to try it. Don't worry if you are only a tech; we will have extra-class control operators there so you can get on all the ham bands. As usual, we will operate CW and phone (both SSB and FM, as appropriate) on all the ham bands (except WARC) from 80M thru 70cm (or higher, if someone brings the equipment...). If you want to help out with the planning, or have some equipment you can bring (especially tents, tables, and chairs), contact Josh Sattin, N1PNN. Also, go and mark off 6/22 and 6/23 on your calendar; it's something you don't want to miss. Come visit BARC on the Internet. Our World-wide Web page is at http://www.barc.org/, and our FTP site is at ftp.barc.org under /pub/hamradio. Thanks to the folks at Oakland for donating the space. You can subscribe to our e-mail distribution list by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the body (subject is ignored) subscribe barc-list Any suggestions for changes or improvements are always welcome. 73, /mike email@example.com NEWSLETTER EDITOR SOUGHT As you've no doubt noticed, the last few issues of The SPARC have been a bit thin. They've had all the essential information, but not much else. That's because we're without a permanent editor. Your Club Secretary edited last month's and this month's issues, but I'm not able to do the job full-time. That's where you come in. We're looking for an editor to restore the newsletter to its former glory. The editor's job has been trimmed and supported to reduce the monthly workload. The input is mostly electronic, so it is helpful to have a modem on your computer. The major work is to compose the articles, notices, and so forth into columns on the pages. A word processor is all that takes. Print one master copy, and that's it. A laser printer would help, but even that can be accommodated. The editor's job does not include printing, folding, stapling, stamping or mailing. If you're interested, and can do the job each month, please contact Club President Mike Ardai, N1IST, at 254- 3420, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 1996 COMING EVENTS 16 Mar MMRA Flea (Westboro) 16 Mar Interstate Repeater Soc Flea(Hudson NH) 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) (R) = Public Service event using repeater There are many more events (hamfests, flea markets, etc.) taking place - some only peripheral to ham radio. For information on these, covering New England and some of New York, 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. BARC Officers and Staff President: Mike Ardai, N1IST; 617.254.3420; email@example.com; N1IST@K1UGM Vice President: Ed Parish, WA2SCA; 508.664.1771; firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary: Ed Hennessy, N1PBA; 617.391.8257; email@example.com; N1PBA@KA1TUZ Treasurer: Dug Johnson, KD1NU; 617.693.4039; firstname.lastname@example.org Vol Exams: Bob Wondolowski, N1KDA; 617.593.1955 Membership: Arthur Ashley, N1NHZ; 617.661.2988; email@example.com Public Service: Bob Salow, WA1IDA; 508.650.9440; firstname.lastname@example.org; WA1IDA@WA1PHY 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. A Surprise Speaker! Come join us at the March General Meeting of the Boston Amateur Radio Club. We'll have another great speaker present to tell us about their particular area of our hobby. Come enjoy the talk, and share stories and experiences with fellow club members. Hope to see you there! The next meeting is: March 20, 1996 - 7:30 pm at the Volpe Transportation Center Kendall Square, Cambridge BROOKLINE REPEATER BACK UP; BEING TESTED FOR MARATHON Last week we (AK1J, WN9T, WA2SCA) revived the Brookline 146.985 repeater, W1UQ. It is now operational, with no PL input required. We plan on using this repeater, as well as others in the greater Boston area, for marathon coverage. However, since this repeater has been virtually off the air for a while and now is back on with slightly different characteristics, I would like to know its performance. If anyone has had experience with it in the past and can comment on its present performance, please send me PRIVATE email. I would also appreciate activity on the repeater so that we may evaluate its hopefully improved performance. At the present, it will sign with the letters OP on the tail. This is a minor problem which will be corrected in the near future. Ed WA2SCA email@example.com THINK QRPing IS TOUGH THESE DAYS? THINK AGAIN! Dateline Pompano Beach Fl 2/14/96 0400UTC Club member Steve Rosenthal, AA1IZ, using his home brew QRP of New England "40-40" rig, worked EA1CKO, Jose in Luarca, Spain. "I have had a great time with this 1.5 watt cw transceiver, but this was amazing. Spain on 40 meters at the very bottom of the sun spot cycle!" Steve's antenna was a ProAm 40 meter 8' mobile whip bolted horizontally to a balcony railing up 20 stories. [Editor's note: if you have a story like Steve's, please pass it along so we can share it with the club!] FROM THE SECTION MANAGER'S NOTEBOOK: Eastern MA ARRL Section Manager (and Club Member) Phil Temples, K9HI, reports the following this month: BAA Marathon Ham Radio Publicity Ham volunteers gearing up for the 100th anniversary of the BAA "Boston" Marathon received nice kudos in a page one article of the Framingham _Middlesex News_ February 26. Steve Tolf, K1ST, described the Hopkinton activities at the start of the race. Also interviewed was [BARC Public Service Chair] Bob Salow, WA1IDA, who is coordinating the ham efforts along most of the route. Salow said, "What we've done over the years is provide communications and logistical needs. We become the front-line for emergency communication." BAA Race Director Guy Morse was very complementary of the ham operations, saying, "We can't be everywhere at all times. These volunteers play a very important role in the management of the race." Morse added, "We rely on them and their services very heavily and we appreciate everything they do." Westwood Height Restriction Clarified ARRL Volunteer Counsel Dick Bean, WV1U, of Westwood reports good news for Westwood hams: a town warrant that initially looked to be bad news for hams does not affect us. Bean sought clarification on the new warrant that amended previous language containing a standard "setback from property" clause. In other words, structures were allowed a maximum height based on the distance from the edge of the property line. The new language places a 35-foot ceiling on structure heights. Bean received clarification from the Town's Planning Board administrator, who says this new amendment does not apply to towers because they are not "structures" like buildings. Says WV1U: "It's a good thing, because the Town recently approved a new 120-foot tower for the fire department." Thanks, WV1U. [Editor's Note: hopefully this will get easier as towns get familiar with H. 2782, which passed and put PRB-1 language into state law.] AWARD FIELD CHECKING by Mike Ardai, N1IST If you can count them, there is an award for working 'n' of them. This includes states (50), countries (300+ at last count), counties (3000+), grid squares (1x2 degree squares), club members, and even Martians (you need good proof to get the Elser-Mathes cup :-). To simplify things, I am now able to field-check your QSL cards or logs for the following awards: - Friendship Award: Work 26 stations with calls ending in A-Z - Rag Chewer's Certificate: For a 1/2 hour QSO - Worked All States (and all special endorsements like 5-band WAS, QRP, etc) - VHF/UHF Century Club (100 grid squares on 6M/2M, 50 on 220/432, 25 on 902/1.2G, 10 on 2.3G, 5 above 2Gig, including laser contacts.) For more information on any of these awards, or for applications forms, contact me. VANITY CALLS DELAYED ARRL has learned that the FCC may delay until mid-1996 the announcement of when it plans to open the first gate or gates of the vanity call sign program. A Commission spokesman says the FCC wants to deal with remaining Petitions for Reconsideration it has received. The FCC had been expected to announce opening dates early this year. FCC Vanity call sign application Form 610V is now available, but the FCC will not accept completed forms until it opens the appropriate filing gates. Prospective applicants can get the FCC Form 610V package by writing ARRL, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111. Please include a SASE. Form 610V is also available via the Internet at http://www.fcc.gov/Forms/Form610V or ftp://ftp.fcc.gov/pub/Forms/Form610V, or by fax at 202-418-0177. Ask for Form 006108. The FCC's Forms Distribution Center also accepts orders for Form 610V at 800-418-3676. [From ARRL Bulletin 11] MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS WALK IN BOSTON The Boston Multiple Sclerosis Walk will be held on Sunday, 2 April from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. We have supported this event for several years, protecting the safety of thousands of walkers, and earning the gratitude of the sponsors. We need about 18 hams to staff the check points, the hazardous locations and shadow the key people. The route starts at the Boston Common, to the Esplanade, along the Boston side of the Charles River to the Eliot Bridge near Harvard, back along the Cambridge side of the river to MIT, cross to Boston, along the Esplanade, and ends at the Common. It's a pleasant ham public service for a good cause. Your help is needed. Contact Bob Salow, WA1IDA, at 508.650.9440 or
. MULTI-AGENCY TRAINING EXERCISE (MATE) On 3, 4 and 5 May a town in central Massachusetts will be the scene of a violent natural disaster and its aftermath. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will support civil authorities and voluntary organizations from throughout Massachusetts in responding to this extensive and realistic scenario. As hams have served before, ARES plans to provide communication links for the agencies which respond in disasters such as the Salvation Army, the Adventist Community Services, the Southern Baptist Disaster Service, the Food Bank and the Red Cross. Links will also support the local authorities and the regional and state headquarters of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Amateur Radio operators will work side by side with the command and staff of all responding agencies. In this realistic scene an Emergency Operating Center (EOC) will be established to centralize command and communication functions. The nature of the disaster will likely demand a shelter be opened for direct victims and for those who would be without utilities or other services. An emergency field hospital may also be erected. This exercise is for honing the skills of everyone involved, but the aspect rarely available is that this is an opportunity to meet and work with so many other agencies. Concurrently, the Red Cross will offer training in Shelter Operations and in Damage Assessment. Following these courses, participants will get hands on experience in the community. ARES is a function of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Services which organizes, trains and responds to emergency calls for supportive communications. Within each ARRL Section it is led by the Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) who has appointed Emergency Coordinators on a geographic basis, and other assistants for special liaisons such as with the National Weather Service or the Red Cross. Since this MATE will be set in the ARRL Western Massachusetts Section, the planning, execution and review is under the direction of SEC Dennis Zonia, K1VSG. -- Bob Salow, WA1IDA; Assistant Director, ARRL New England Division HOW TO GET TO A BARC MEETING: If it's been a while since you've been to a BARC General Meeting, and you need directions, the location is both easy to find and easy to get to. Our General Meetings are held at the Volpe Transportation Center, 55 Broadway, Cambridge. The Volpe Center is across the street from the Kendall 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. Meetings begin at 7:30 PM. Talk- in is on 145.23. The club holds monthly meetings of the Executive Committee, on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM. The meeting is held at the Food Court of the CambridgeSide Galleria, near the windows. The club's business is conducted at this meeting, and all club members are encouraged to come by and participate. KIDSAT ON SPACE SHUTTLE NASA has begun a new, three- year pilot education program designed to bring the frontiers of space exploration into classrooms via the Internet. Known as KidSat, the program will allow students to operate instruments and download images in real time from the Space Shuttle and in the future, from the international Space Station. The first instrument payloads to fly aboard the Space Shuttle will consist of an electronic still camera mounted in the overhead window of the Orbiter and two video cameras mounted in the cargo bay. Students will be able to operate the cameras from their classroom and photograph regions of the world that interest them. Three middle schools are participating in the initial phase of the KidSat pilot program. The KidSat pilot program is sponsored by NASA's Office of Human Resources and Education, with support from the Offices of Space Flight, Mission to Planet Earth, and Space Science, Washington, DC. [Reprinted from Amateur Radio Newsline] MARCH EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES Present were: Bob Salow, WA1IDA; Mike Ardai, President, N1IST; Ed Hennessy, Secretary, N1PBA; Arthur Ashley, Membership, N1NHZ; Ed Parish, VP, WA2SCA; John Garrett, WN9T; Phil Temples, K9HI; Bob Cassell, N1ENS. Mike, N1IST, called the meeting to order at 6:50. Bob, WA1IDA, said that someone who had tentatively volunteered to be the newsletter editor had backed out. We need to find someone. Ed, N1PBA, offered to serve as interim editor this month, since he'd done it last month. Bob also mentioned that Marathon plans continue to roll along. The meetings for ham volunteers have been tentatively planned, but locations and exact times have not been set yet. He said that plans were being finalized for net control (technical issues, location, antennas). John, WN9T, said he is still working on trying to get a digipeater for the marathon installed on the Hancock Tower. He will update us when he gets word one way or the other. Ed, WA2SCA, said he will be picking up a loaned GE 440 repeater to be used for the marathon. It's a 10w, self-contained unit. Ed reported that he, WN9T, and AK1J spent the day working on the Brookline repeater. Ed has also been in touch with a ham who would like to use APRS for the marathon. Ed will be working with him. APRS has some use for reporting where official vehicles, etc., are located. APRS will be used only if a) it doesn't cause interference to the main communications frequencies, and b) it tests out well during pre-race tests. Phil, K9HI, asked how renewals were going. Although Treasurer Dug, KD1NU, was not present to give exact numbers, Mike and Bob said that there have been over 100 renewals so far for '96. A discussion began on how we can recruit new members. Along with beginning to have more activities again, we will look into getting a list of all hams within the 021xx zip code area from the ARRL. We would cross this to our roster and mail something to non-members. Phil will look intousing the ARRL's bulk mailing permit. Mike mentioned that Joe Rich, N1OCS, will be unable to speak at the April meeting because he will be travelling out of the country on business. He has offered to speak at a future meeting to be determined. Mike has looked into prices for a club banner with the club logo. He was quoted between $400 and $430 for a 4x4 banner. He has printed a copy of the logo on paper, and will look into printing it onto plastic and then laminating that. This would reduce the cost considerably. Mike also said that the badges will be printed soon. He still needs to find an inexpensive source for badge clips. He will check at Charrette. There is stil no speaker for March, although a few ideas were mentioned. These will be followed up on. The group also had a discussion on activities for the club. Mentioned were: another operating event/message fair at the Cassin Young (perhaps in conjunction with another club), a fox hunt (which WN9T and N1IST will work on), and possible field trips to the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Taunton (their open house is May 4-5) and the ARRL. Mike will verify the room reservations at the Volpe and look into the possibility of getting the 12th floor conference room. The auditorium is really too large, and the room we had in February was too small. A suggestion was made by Bob and Mike to once again print new members' names and calls in the newsletter. Arthur, N1NHZ, suggested that we add our ham interests when we give name, call, and city in our introductions at club meetings. It would help people find others who enjoy the same parts of the hobby. Phil mentioned that VE session attendance has been dropping. Mike said that no complaints on the location have been made. It was hard to say what was causing this drop in examinees. The meeting was adjourned at 9:35 PM.