The SPARC

The SPARC
Volume VIII, Number 9; September, 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 nice (and mild) summer. With the onset of fall and the hurricane season (to be followed by the blizzard season), this is a good time to look at your emergency kits and make sure they are fully stocked (and your spare batteries are charged and up to capacity). If there is a storm approaching, please monitor the Boston (145.23) or Waltham (146.64) repeaters; that's where requests for assistance will be made.

Since last month, we now have a few new club officers. Special thanks to our outgoing VP. Dave's new job makes it very difficult to come to club meetings so he stepped down. We had the required election at the last general meeting, and Jim Clogher, N1ICN was elected to fill the remainder of the term. Also citing work pressures, Phil, K9HI has resigned from the executive committee. New appointments to the committee are Bob Cassell, N1ENS, and Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ. Thanks to all the club officers for taking this role in making BARC a success.

Every time I go to the club PO box, I find some more undeliverable SPARCs and address change notes from the post office. These usually are accompanied by the little "You owe us $1.00" notes, which keep adding up. If you are moving or change any of your membership info (phone number, email address, etc.), please send a note to Bob Salow at erc@world.std.com or to his USPS address (or to the club PO box). It'll save BARC money (and will prevent us from printing old info in the roster).

Ever since we moved the club meetings from Lotus to the Volpe building, it seems like meeting attendance has dropped. If anyone has any idea why this may be, please let me know. The Volpe building is accessible by the T (Red line to Kendall, walk thru the hotel and cross the street); there is free parking on Potter St. and in the Volpe's lot, and we are still having the pre-meeting dinner at the Galleria food court at 18:00 It's time to get your projects together. We'll be having our usual Fall show-and-tell meeting coming up in either October or November. At this meeting, we are looking for you to bring in any interesting ham-radio thing that you want to talk about - a new kit, radio, accessory, interesting QSL card, the instructions for the Wouff-Hong or Rettysnitch, or anything else that people would be interested in.

One last note. I have received a few complaints about some hams jumping on or mistreating new hams on the repeater. This is *NOT* appropriate behavior. We have a lot of new hams in the area, and as any new person does, they sometimes make mistakes. Remember how it was when you got your license? Don't berate them or flame them on the air; that's just a good way to turn them off from the hobby. Lots of people these days enter the hobby without the benefit of an elmer. Please become an elmer or mentor to these people rather than smacking them on the head. It'll make ham radio a more enjoyable place for all.

Hope to see everyone at Boxboro on October 4th and 5th.
73,
/mike


More Hams Needed For Jimmy Fund Marathon Walk

The Boston Athletic Association has expanded its earlier request for hams to support communications at the Jimmy Fund Marathon Walk on Sunday, 29 September. The walk along the 26 mile Marathon route will be for the benefit the Jimmy Fund for children's cancer research. The event is sponsored by the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and is produced by the BAA. BARC has been asked to coordinate the emergency and administrative communications along the route.

This event is smaller than the "real" Marathon, and is an excellent opportunity to gain public service experience with less stress. Working directly for the BAA, we have been requested to staff 15 Aid stations, providing water, food and rest. Some of these stations will have Red Cross First Aid services. The Start, Finish, Medical and Supervisory areas will also need coverage.

Many of the walk's technical operations are tested for the BAA Marathon. This is especially important because the 1997 Boston Marathon will be so different from the 1996 100th running of the Marathon.

Ham operation is expected to be on 2 meters and 70 cm, with approximately 30 hams needed. Your help is valuable. If you are available for this important public service event, please call Bob Salow, WA1IDA, at 508.650.9440 from 0900 to 2300 (email: erc@world.std.com) as soon as possible.


September General Meeting

This month's general meeting will be held at the Volpe Transportation Center, 55 Broadway, Cambridge, at 7:30 pm, September 18. K1MON, George Caswell, will be speaking about satellites and AMSAT. 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 VE Session

The Boston Amateur Radio Club holds its monthly VE session on the second Monday of each month. The next one will be on Monday, Oct. 14. 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


Who are the BARC Members?
According to N1IST, as of September 6, club member statistics are:


Boston Amateur Radio Club Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, September 4, 1996

Recorded by Ed Hennessy, N1PBA, Club Secretary

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. (Ed: JPEG is best, but I can convert any reasonable 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 29th 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.


New Youth Net on 75M
Hi All,
Wanted to make an official announcement to everyone of our new section HF youth net. Here is the information:

75 Meter Youth Net
3.970 Mhz, 0030Z Sunday Evenings
NM: N1REU (jackhamm@cris.com)

We would like to publicize this net as best as possible. If you know youth hams in your radio club, please let them know about this net. I have already contacted the ARRL HQ about getting this published in the "ARRL Net Directory". Of course anyone is welcome to check in, and so far we've gotten about 10 youth hams from our area, also some young hams in 2-land, 3-land-, and 8-land.

Again, please pass this info on to anyone who you think might be interested and publish it where ever you like. Please listen for us tomorrow night!!!

Best 73,
Adam/KE1BG
ASM - Youth Activities


AMATEUR STATION VANITY CALL SIGN SYSTEM
FILING GATE 2 OPENS SEPTEMBER 23, 1996

Amateur operators who meet the following eligibility standards may request a vanity call sign on or after September 23,1996. File your request on FCC Form 610-V. Legibility is critical! If the information on your application is not legible, you could experience a delay in processing, lose the opportunity to obtain a requested call sign or even obtain a call sign different from what you want. You must hold an unexpired amateur operator/ primary station license grant of the proper operator class, as described below, to request a vanity call sign for your primary station. To request a vanity call sign for a club station, you must also hold an unexpired club station license grant listing you as the license trustee. Refer to the licensee data base to verify that the call sign you are requesting is not already assigned. A call sign is normally assignable two years following license expiration, surrender, revocation, set aside, cancellation, void ab initio, or death of the grantee. See Fact Sheet PR5000 Number 206-V AMATEUR STATION VANITY CALL SIGN SYSTEM. For explanations of Groups A, B, C and D and the geographic Regions, see Fact Sheet PR5000 Number 206-S, AMATEUR STATION SEQUENTIAL CALL SIGN SYSTEM.

NOTE: A separate Public Notice will be released providing guidelines for the implementation of electronic filing procedures for FCC Form 610-V.

REQUEST BY LIST (PRIMARY OR CLUB STATION) - Provide a list of up to 25 call signs in the order of your preference. The first assignable call sign on your list will be assigned to your station. When so requesting for your primary or club station:

REQUEST BY FORMER HOLDER (PRIMARY STATION) - Opened May 31, 1996.
For your primary station, you may request a call sign that was previously assigned to your primary, secondary, repeater, auxiliary link, control, or space station. When so requesting for your primary station:

REQUEST BY CLOSE RELATIVE OF FORMER HOLDER NOW DECEASED (PRIMARY STATION) - Opened May 31, 1996.
For your primary station, you may request a call sign that was previously assigned to the primary, secondary, repeater, auxiliary link, control, or space station of your now-deceased spouse, child, grandchild, stepchild, parent, grandparent, stepparent, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or in-law. When so requesting for your primary station:

REQUEST BY FORMER HOLDER (CLUB STATION) - Opened May 31, 1996.
For the club station for which you are the license trustee, you may request a call sign that was previously assigned to that station. When so requesting for a club station:

REQUEST IN MEMORIAM (CLUB STATION) - Opened July 22, 1996.
If you are the license trustee for your club station, you may request in memoriam for your club station the call sign previously shown on the primary, secondary, repeater, auxiliary link, control, or space station license of a deceased person who was a member of the club. When so requesting in memoriam for your club station:

A $30.00 fee is required with your FCC Form 610-V application. Payment of fees may be made by check (payable to "FCC"), bank draft, money order or credit card. If paying by credit card, you must also complete and submit FCC Form 159 with your FCC Form 610V. Do not send cash. Send your application package to:

Federal Communications Commission
Amateur Vanity Call Sign
Request P.O. Box 358924
Pittsburgh, PA 15251-5924

If you do not qualify under the forementioned eligibility standards, your application will be dismissed. A future public notice will announce Gate 3 which will have expanded eligibility standards.

For further information, contact the Consumer Assistance Branch at 1-800-322-1117.


Events Ahead

(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 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

Summer is about over, and apart from the end of the Sporadic E season, I'm not sorry to see it go! Fall has always been my favorite season in New England. Us cliff dwellers don't have to worry about such things, but it's time to start thinking about securing your antennas against another winter.

We've had a couple of close misses from hurricanes this season (as this is written, it's impossible to say what Hortense will do,) and this should set us to thinking about how we as Amateur Radio operators are prepared to assist in emergency efforts. One way is to learn about net operations - and as the foresight of some of our members would have it, a series of practice nets will be held, starting on Oct 7, right after the BARC club net on 145.23. These nets are intended to introduce hams who have never participated in a net to the basics of net participation and management. Don't be shy, come and join us, some of us have likely made more mistakes than you will!

As the club statistics above show, most BARC members are also ARRL members. This is excellent, but those who have not yet joined the League should consider it. Yes, some hams have some problems with the League. All considered, though, the ARRL does a pretty good job representing Amateur Radio and protecting our interests. They are the only organized body in the United States who do so, so they deserve our support, and yes, constructive criticism where appropriate. And members, don't forget to renew either!

Next month, I hope the SPARC will have a new and improved look. I'll be playing with MS Publisher, which I hope will be a more appropriate tool for newsletter construction than MS Word (which often has a rather bizarre mind of its own!) I encourage members to have any ideas (or even sketches and drafts) about how the SPARC should look to tell me about them.

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.


July FCC New Licensee Statistics Show A Quiet Summer

We had a total of 75 new licensees in July in New England with EMA leading the count with 17. Thanks to all the tireless instructors who help these new Hams get into our great hobby!

LICENSE       Number
Technician      69
Technician +     4
General          2
TOTAL           75

No. of new women licensees- 15.
Youngest new Ham - 11 yrs (NH).
Senior new Ham- 74 yrs (EMA).

73, Bill WB1BRE


FCC Issued Call Sign Update As Of August 1, 1996.
Extra       AA1QJ
Advanced    KE1FS
Gen/Tech    N1XSM
Novice     KB1BYX


From: "Dr. Gergely Lajos" GERGELY@iiibel.dote.hu

Hello to all at BARC, This is just a short note to all of you I know, and not know. I am still `alive`, and reading the BARC-list stuff. This keeps me quite well informed about what is happening. Things are really going well there. I am busy working, will have my specialty exam this November. Best wishes to all and hope to see you in the future. Keep up the good work.

Bye, from Lajos
AA1BW and HA0DR


"CK's Ode To Dah Code"

We've all heard the cry "abandon the code!,
it's useless outdated, NOT a mod-er-n mode!"
So I said to myself, "could codes' day really be over?
Best left for SKs' fer-til-iz-n' the clover?"

So off went my paddle 'n keyer to a museum,
so those curious of our "past" could drop in an' see um.
I then bought a computer and a box I was told...
would update my station, using all hi-tech modes.

It then was set up, all by my own hand...
the screen it lit up et voila Heard Is-land!
I switched to transmit to "talk with this gent,"
but my screen read "sorry, can't copy 100%!"

"There's static,interference if you could hear it you'd agree,
if it ain't armchair copy we machines cry c'est la vie!"
It then said "there is as YOU know a way to get through,
it's called the code, and what luck for you!"

"You've learned this art, you "stuck it out,"
'tis a valuable tool, there isn't a doubt."
"You've invested your time, and besides the code you did learn,
possession of valuable skills must be... EARNED!"

So I say to you now don't get fooled when some say...
"Codes an' old dinosaur fadin' away!"
It's part of our past, present and future existence...
anti-coders prepare for "beaucoup de resistence"

73 de Gary Spence VA2CK/VA3QC/KA0PLO
Aylmer, Quebec, Canada
e-mail cspence@synapse.net

If you stand on your head, you will get footprints in your hair.

FLASH! The intelligence of mankind decreasing. Details at...uh, when the little hand is on the...

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.