The SPARC

The SPARC
Volume VIII, Number 10; October, 1996
Newsletter of the Boston Amateur Radio Club
A Special Service Club of the ARRL


QNC de Mike Ardai, N1IST

Well, it sure looks the real antenna- installing weather is upon us. It was good to see so many people at the ARRL convention; I hope everyone had a great time.

This month we will be having our annual show-and-tell night. This night is *your* night; bring in any interesting ham-radio things that you want to talk about - a new kit, radio, accessory, interesting QSL card, or anything else that people would be interested in. We'll also have the BARC Field Day video!

Lately, we have been having a few problems with some unlicensed people (or unidentified ones) causing problems on the repeater. They jam, deedle tones over QSOs that they don't like, or toss in unwanted comments to incite or annoy, all without IDing. Of course, this is illegal. Please note that there is ONLY ONE THING THAT YOU SHOULD DO IF YOU HEAR THIS HAPPENNING - NOTHING! Do not respond to them or argue with them; that's what they want you to do. Either continue the QSO or sign off. If it persists, let one of the control operators (wn9t, ka1tuz, or n1ist) know about the problem. Don't discuss it or refer to it on *any* repeater. Most of the times, these people are just seeking attention, and if they don't get it, they will just go away. Either that or they will provide enough rope to hang themselves with (comments, background noises, transmitter fingerprints or DF'ing).

Please keep Part 97 in mind and be a good operator.

On a lighter note, the BARC holiday dinner is coming up; it will be instead of the December general meeting (12/18) at Matt Garrett's in Brookline. (No relation to WN9T...) This event is open to BARC members, friends and family. Look for a reservation in the November SPARC.

73,
/mike


BARC Table at MIT Flea

One more chance!

While there are many flea market regulars out there, I know that quite a few of you don't have enough gear to set up your own table. Therefore, once again in October, BARC will be sponsoring a club table at the MIT flea market. Well provide the table; you'll provide the stuff and help man it. The flea meets on the third Sunday of the month (10/20), and the gates open at 9 AM. We'll probably be set up in the outdoor lot near the entrance (if it is dry) or in the garage near where you enter; look for N1IST, or N1TMF or some of the regular crowd - one of us should be there. All we ask is that you help man the table, but a 10% donation to the club would be nice. The flea and the club table will be back again in April.


Hams Protect Walkers For The Jimmy Fund

Twenty-four hams supported communications for the Jimmy Fund Marathon Walk on Sunday, 29 September. The walk raised money to fight cancer in children for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The route covered the same 26.2 miles as the BAA Boston Marathon, and a three mile patient walk. The event was coordinated by the Boston Athletic Association.

As we have for the past several years, hams from BARC plus a few from other parts of the state provided communications for the 13 Walker Support stations as well as medical and logistical functions. In addition to some medical emergencies, we had to deal with an apparent natural gas leak in the middle of Cleveland Circle.

This was the first public service event for about a fourth of those who turned out. They performed with confidence and found it a rewarding experience. These types of events are excellent preparation for Amateur Radio support in disaster situations and public service events of all sizes.

Thanks to the following hams who helped:

N1IST MIKE
N1FWV JEFF
N1NHZ ARTHUR
N1OSG ANDY
N1IAS MARC
N1VSJ ED
N1ENS BOB
N1XKB ROGER
AK1J BOB
KA1TUZ DICK
N1XBR RENATO
KA1T DON
N1XNX STEVE
N1LRT PAUL
N1IWF TERRY
KA1RDZ DAN
N1OBL TONY
N1XLP PHIL
WA2SCA ED
KA1KCU RON
WA1IDA BOB
NQ1U JON
N1UOW ANITA
N1UOX STEVE


October General Meeting

This month's general meeting will be held at the Volpe Transportation Center, 55 Broadway, Cambridge, at 7:30 pm, October 16. This is Show and Tell month; you will be speaking about what you have done and/or built in the last year! 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.


Catch Us On The Internet!

The Boston Amateur Radio Club has a web page at http://www.barc.org/. Here you can find some of the latest BARC news, sample exams, maps to our meetings and VE sessions, links to other radio clubs, and a club roster (only names, callsigns, and e-mail addresses are on-line). If you have any suggestions, please let me know at n1ist@netcom.com.

We also run an FTP site at ftp.barc.org under pub/hamradio. We've got a mirror of the ARRL infoserver, BARC documents, ham radio software, and a huge mods archive. The FTP site is maintained by Cheyenne Greatorex, n1qzs@magrathea.com . Contact him if you have any comments.

We also run a club e-mail list. To subscribe, send a message to majordomo@majordomo.netcom.com with the body (the subject is ignored)

subscribe barc-list

The welcome message will list the other lists that we have over at Netcom. (Yes, I know it isn't on the radio. It is, however, an additional resource for getting in touch with other hams around the world...)

73,
/mike
n1ist@netcom.com


BARC CW Classes

The Boston ARC and MIT Radio Society are jointly conducting Morse code classes. The class meets on Tuesdays, beginning on 9/17 and running thru the end of the year. Classes will run from 19:00 to 21:00 local time.

Code speed and content (learning the code, improving your speed, etc.) will be decided based on what participants want.

The class will meet in MIT Building 1, room 203. Enter from 33 Mass Ave. or enter the main entrance at 77 Mass Ave. and turn right to enter building 1. The class is on the second floor.


BARC VE Session

The Boston Amateur Radio Club holds its monthly VE session on the second Monday of each month. The next two will be on Monday, Oct. 14 and Monday, Nov. 11. They are held at the Mass Pep building at 590 Huntington Avenue, near the Wentworth campus, at 19:00 local time. There is a free parking lot located behind the building. For those traveling via public transportation, take the 'E' branch of the Green Line to the MFA (Museum) stop, cross the street, and walk outbound two blocks. We give all exams (Novice thru Extra, CW and written), and you don't need to pre- register. Please bring the following with you:

FCC Form 610 will be provided.

For further information, contact Bob Wondolowski N1KDA Tel: (617) 593 1955


BARC Keeps Growing

It's a rare month when we fail to add a few new members. We intend to publish the names of new members periodically, starting with the last couple of months. Without ignoring all the new members, please make a special welcome for the following new BARC members:

PAT ALLEN KE1GD
TERRY ARNTZEN AA1QG
BRIAN BAY
PAUL CARTER N1TMF
DAVE DAHLBACKA N1XQC
JOE DELFAVERO N1WVC
STEVE HERSEY N1XNX
TOM HOLLYDAY N1WJN
BOB HOLMBERG N1JZU
STEVE JEFFRIES N1XBT
MIKE KARPINSKI N1XBS
PAUL MILONE N1XLO
PHIL OWEN N1XLP
DON PRICE JR KB5VP
GARY RICHARDS N1WYD
GREG RICHARDSON N1QLS
PRIS RICHARDSON N1VQY
RANDY ROWE N1VGN
BERNIE WARSHAUER N1TWO
P J YOUNI N3UAN

In addition, we would like to note here any call sign changes you have made, and honor all members who upgrade. This task now requires your help. If you have upgraded and/or changed your call sign, please promptly notify the Keeper of the Database, Bob Salow, WA1IDA, by phone at 508.650.9440 or by e-mail at erc@world.std.com.


Minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting
Boston Amateur Radio Club - October 2, 1996

Recorded by Ed Hennessy, N1PBA, Secretary

Present were Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ (EC); Mike Ardai, N1IST (President); Jim Clogher, N1ICN, (VP); Arthur Ashley, N1NHZ (Treasurer, Membership Services); Bob Salow, WA1IDA (EC, Public Service); Ed Hennessy, N1PBA (Secretary); Bob Cassell, N1ENS (EC); Ralph Walton, N1KOI.

The meeting began at approximately 7:10 PM.

Dick, KA1TUZ, reported that a Local Interference Committee was being formed in the EMA section, for the area.

Dick also reported on the road race to be held in honor of the firefighters killed in the Hotel Vendome fire in the 1970s. He is recruiting hams for communications for the 10 km (6.1 miles) race, which runs from Florian Hall to UMass Boston and back, on October 20. They will use the Dorchester .21 repeater.

Dick also mentioned that Net Control 101 will begin this Monday, October 7, right after the close of the BARC net. Arthur, N1NHZ, said that whoever helps run Net Control 101 should mention ways to record or log, as well as any other helpful hints for beginner net controls.

Mike, N1IST, said the joint BARC/MIT club CW class is going well.

Mike also said that he would like to begin publicly acknowledging people with new or upgraded calls, and will ask people to share this info with him. We can't send radiograms after the VE sessions anymore, because upgrades now must await FCC approval to be made public.

Mike also said that he will be getting the Field Day video soon. (Ed. He has it and it will be shown at the October general meeting.)

Bob, WA1IDA, received info from the Framingham club. They are planning a weekend tech class soon, which is something BARC would like to do. The cover letter with the flyer had some nice background info about FARA, and it would be a nice thing for us to do.

Bob reported that the Jimmy Fund Marathon Walk was held the previous Sunday. It was a great success, and was busier than in years past.

Mike, N1IST, reported that the club had submitted a few choices for a new callsign, and the application went in for the first day. We must now wait for the FCC to enter all of the 4600+ applications they got that first day into the computer. Once that's done, then the FCC will randomly be pulling applications and processing them. We won't know the outcome for a while.

Bob Salow asked about news on the barc.org domain/address for members. Mike reported that he is working on something, and if it goes through, it would make a mail alias to forward mail from to another address that that user chose.

Bob also mentioned that we should start thinking about any modifications we would like to make to the membership application (in terms of requested info and layout) for 1997.

Arthur, N1NHZ, asked about planning for the holiday party. He said that the third Wednesday is the 18th of December. The group reaffirmed having the party at Matt Garrett's, especially after they were nice enough to refund money to the club for all who canceled due to the snow that day. Arthur will call Matt Garrett's and ask to reserve the 18th, and get a tentative menu. He will report back.

Mike said that the club roster will be in this month's SPARC, and the invitation/reservation for the holiday party will be in the November SPARC.

Mike also said he will make a few more badges, for new members and a few upgrades.

Mike said he has a few BARC Field Day T shirts left, and Bob, WA1IDA, said he has a few of the orange 'emergency communications' hats left.

Bob, N1ENS, said that we still needed to call the USS Salem. He suggested that we go down and see the rooms available for use, and choose one. He and Mike will do that on a weekend, since they are open 10-5.

Dick said he is working on another lead for possible club shack and meeting space. He will report back with news as things develop. The last lead he had worked on fell through due to a lack of handicap accessibility to the proposed area, so the town involved did not allow it.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:30 PM.


Quick Way To ARRL Insurance

ARRL ham radio insurance administrator Albert H. Wohlers & Co. now can be accessed via e-mail. To request a brochure, use . Send customer service questions to cusv@ahw.com.

Events Ahead

20 Oct MIT Flea
26 Oct Mayflower RC Flea (Plymouth)
26 Oct NE Antique RC (Nashua NH)
1 Nov HCRA Auction (Agawam MA)
30 Nov Waltham/Bull/Wang Auction (Newton MA)
21 May 97 Assistive Technology Conference

(R) = Repeater used for public service event

As you might expect, there are many more events (public service, 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.


Net Control 101 on Monday Nights

Some Monday nights after the regular BARC Net on 145.23 - held at 9pm - there will be a practice net held. People who have never run a net before will get to try their hand at being NCS of a simulated traffic net. Net elmers will be on hand to guide and advise in net operations. Of course, people are needed to check in also. So, after the BARC net is over, hang around and join the practice!

Notes From the 10/7 Net Control 101 Workshop

Ran by ka1tuz with a few comments from n1ist:

Checkins:

n1nhz, n1xkb, n1lmy, n1xbr, n1ist, n1rlo, n1lrt, ke1gd, n1vux, n1ens, wa1zkh

Notes for running the BARC net:

First, check that the repeater is free. If there is a QSO going on, and it is a few minutes into the net, break in and gently remind them that it is net time. Remember that we can't force them to leave; most will QSY to let the net go ahead. If it is a few minutes into the net and there is still no net control, jump in an pick up the net.

Make sure you have a pen and a sheet of paper. The important thing to copy down is the call; it's nice to get the name and QTH, but that will come easier later on.

For logging, make three columns on the page, one for name and callsign, one for checkmarks for those with traffic, and one for notes. Leave a blank line between entries for additional notes.

This net doesn't have any logging requirements; the logs are for your use when running the net. Other nets may require a specific log to be sent to the net manager. If you have email access and you would like to, format the logs like n1ist's regular ones and send them to barc-list.

A question was raised about what equipment you need to run the net. If you use an HT, don't move around during the net (the signal flutters) and make sure you have a spare battery handy if it dies. For a mobile rig, you will usually have a hand mike. I mounted the mike hook on my radio rack; the side of a shelf next to your table works well. Be careful with desk mikes; it is too easy to drop some papers or a book on the PTT switch and lock up the repeater for an hour or so. If you have a boom mike with a foot switch, that would be a good choice.

In all, the workshop went very well, and we now have net controls for the entire month of October. Thanks to n1nhz, n1xkb, and ke1gd for volunteering to pick up those nets. Net Control 101 will return in a month or two for some more practice.

73,
/mike


Net Volunteers Needed

The Eastern Massachusetts 2M Traffic Net , the Heavy Hitters' Traffic Net, and the BARC Club Net are always in need of volunteers to act as Net Control Station. This is excellent practice for emergency communications, and also an opportunity to sharpen your operating skills among a friendly group of people. For further information please contact Mike Ardai N1IST.

BARC Net Preamble

Any further business for the repeater before we begin the Boston Amateur Radio Club Net? This is YOUR CALL.

Calling the Boston Amateur Radio Club net. This is YOUR CALL, my name is YOUR NAME and I am located in YOUR TOWN. This net meets each Monday evening at 9 PM local time on the 145.23 Boston repeater. This net is an informal round table discussion concerning matters of interest to the members of the Boston Amateur Radio Club and the Boston Amateur radio community in general. When checking into the net, please say "this is" and drop your carrier to check on doubling. Then give your call sign, name and location. All amateurs are welcome to join the net. Any checkins for the Boston Amateur Radio Club net, please call now.

Is there any further business for the net before I close?

Hearing nothing, this is YOUR CALL closing tonight's session of the Boston Amateur Radio Club Net. I would like to thank everyone who participated in the net and those who stood by while I ran the net. The Boston Amateur Radio Club net will return next Monday evening at 9 PM local time. This is YOUR CALL returning the repeater to general amateur use. 73.


Editor's Notes

Ah, Fall, my favorite season! The only sad part is that soon, fleamarkets and hilltopping will be made impossible by the cold weather. But that's the nice thing about the radio hobby - even stuck indoors, there's plenty to do. Get my code speed up, learn some serious antenna theory, and even get reacquainted with the XYL!

A formal announcement will be in the next issue, but it's time to pencil in December 18 on your calendar. This is the annual BARC Holiday Party, which will again be held at Matt Garrett's in Brookline. For further info and suggestions, please contact Arthur Ashley, N1NHZ, Tel. 617-661-2988.

Starting in next month's SPARC, I will be adding a regular column - BARC Interest Exchange. This is for members to contact other members who have a common interest in some operating mode or event, some equipment, homebrewing project or other ham related activity. So if you're having trouble getting up a QSO with your new 47Ghz rig, drop me a line and all SPARC readers will know about it!

I'm grateful to all who sent contributions and suggestions for improvement - keep those cards and letters coming in. I can be reached by email at pvc@tiac.net , packet at N1TMF@K1UGM, snail mail at 11 Commonwealth Court Apt#15, Brighton, MA 02135, and most if not all BARC club nets and general meetings.


MARS to Drop All CW Nets

QST de W1AW
ARRL Bulletin 67 ARLB067
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT September 27, 1996
To all radio amateurs

SB QST ARL ARLB067
ARLB067 MARS to drop all CW nets

All CW nets and other CW activity in the Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) have been ordered to cease operation effective October 1, 1996. After that time, no CW nets or other CW activity will be allowed on any DOD MARS frequencies. A final MARS CW message will be transmitted simultaneously on Army, Navy and Air Force MARS frequencies at 1300, 1530 and 1700 UTC on September 30. MARS members may earn a certificate for correct copy of the final message.