Volume IX, Number 2; February, 1997
Newsletter of the Boston Amateur Radio Club
A Special Service Club of the ARRL

QNC de Mike Ardai, N1IST

I hope everyone is enjoying our winter this year. Please keep in mind that we still may get called out to deal with some white stuff :-)

Last month's auction of the surplus BARC radios went very well; all 4 of the radios sold, and we even had a bidding war over the Pro 310 the last few days. Thanks to all who participated, and congrats to those who ended up with the radios. We'll probably do it again in a couple of months as we find more surplus BARC stuff (WN9T is holding a donated scope and a few other widgets).

Lately, we have had a few problems on the repeater. If you hear someone out there who isn't licensed, or is using four-letter words, just ignore him. Carry on as if he isn't there. Those idiots are only seeking attention, and if they don't get it, hopefully they will go away. Also, if you are having a qso on the repeater, please let the carrier drop for a couple of seconds before grabbing the mike so others can get in if they have to.

With the better (and warmer) weather approaching, it's time to start thinking of BARC events. If you can help plan or organize one, or even if you just have some ideas, contact one of the club officers or stop by at the exec meeting. If you would be interested in helping organize Field Day this year, please let us know. It's not a tough job, and it is a good way to get emergency planning experience. I'm also looking for ideas for speakers for the general meetings, and for other things that BARC can do. Please let me know at or 254-3420.

/mike, n1ist

Multiple Sclerosis Walk In Boston

The Boston Multiple Sclerosis Walk will be held on Sunday, 13 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. This year the route starts at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, along the Boston side of the Charles River to the Eliot bridge near Harvard, back along the Cambridge side of the river, cross back to Boston, and along the river back to the Esplanade.

It's a pleasant ham public service for a good cause. Your help is needed. Contact Bob Salow, WA1IDA, at 508.650.9440 or

Walk for Hunger 1997 Needs Amateur Radio Volunteers

The Crocker Public Service Group is looking for amateur radio volunteers to provide communications for Project Bread's 1997 Walk for Hunger. This charity walk, the largest of its kind in the United States, has an attendance of over 45,000 walkers who attempt a 20-mile route from Boston to Newton and back. The Walk raises funds for soup kitchens and homeless shelters throughout Massachusetts.

Amateur Radio is needed for a variety of assignments -- communications are needed at checkpoints, on busses and vans, for walk officials, and for "marshals" who ensure participant safety.

The Walk is on Sunday, May 4th. Assignments are in three shifts:

If you are interested in helping out for any one (or more) of these shifts, please reply the e-mail address below for further information. You will need either a two- meter HT (with extra batteries) or a permanently mounted 2m mobile radio in order to participate. At some locations, it is helpful to have a mag-mount antenna for your HT.

I hope to hear from you!
Bob DeMattia, AK1J

Assistive Technology Conference 1997

Now switched to an every other year event, the Assistive Technology Conference 1997 (AT97) will be held on Wednesday, 21 May, at the World Trade Center in Boston. AT97 brings together information and exhibits for persons of all disabilities and the providers of their support.

BARC has coordinated ham communications for the sponsors for several years. Because of the nature of the disabilities, and the need to protect the safety of those attending, the sponsors have found ham radio indispensable. Every ham involved in the past events has found this activity so rewarding that they have thanked the sponsors for letting them serve. It is truly an experience to be there.

It is an all day event in the middle of the week, but if you can help, please volunteer. It starts at 0800 and ends at 1730, with shifts available. Radio equipment is a 2 meter (simplex) handheld with extra batteries and an earphone. The World Trade Center is on Northern Avenue. A free shuttle bus runs from South Station (Rail and Red Line).

Contact Bob Salow, WA1IDA, at 508.650.9440 or as soon as possible.

The Marathon Runs Again

The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) has asked the Boston Amateur Radio Club (BARC) to coordinate Amateur Radio communications along the route for the 1997 Boston Marathon on Monday, 21 April (Patriot's Day).

The 100th running of the Marathon in 1996 was the largest Marathon ever held, and we thought that ham activity would be downhill from then on. Not so. It seems that we made such a good impression (of course, we've been supporting the Boston Marathon for years) that even more hams have been requested for the 1997 Marathon.

The size and scope of the 1997 Boston Marathon have been trimmed back to just slightly larger than those before 1996. The BAA experience in 1996 stirred their understanding of communication needs and how hams could help protect the health and safety of runners and spectators, and make for smoother operation.

Present estimates indicate that about 150 hams will be needed (up from 130 in 1996). The networks and repeater usage can be less complex, but our observation, reporting duties and protocols will be similar to 1996.

This is a full day of careful and rewarding work. We are limited to asking only for hams with prior public service experience. Field operation will use the 2-meter and 70- centimeter bands, primarily with hand held radios. Antennas better than a "rubber duck," headphones, and a full day's worth of batteries are a must.

If you can help continue the good name of ham radio at this Marathon, please contact Bob Salow, WA1IDA, immediately by means shown below. You will then be sent the formal information and volunteer application forms. NOTE: If you participated in the 1996 Boston Marathon, you will get your forms automatically.

Please send your name, call sign, mailing address, evening phone, and e-mail address to Bob Salow, WA1IDA by:

PO Box 3773
Natick MA 01760-0030
508.650.9440 (0900 to 2300 only)

73, Bob
Public Service Chair
Boston Amateur Radio Club

Upcoming NESMC Meeting

New England Spectrum Management Council will be holding a meeting for operators of coordinated systems served by NESMC and others in the New England area concerned with coordination and spectrum management.

NESMC is currently considering matters of:

NESMC is looking for volunteers who have special skills or knowledge in these and other areas to help in planning for the best use of the frequencies we have.

We are planning to meet on March 29, 1997, in Framingham, Massachusetts. Details, time, location, directions, etc., will be published as soon as available.

We also plan to have ARRL representatives and OOs on hand.

Frequency coordination is record keeping and planning of repeaters and other automatic systems in order to make the most of the RF spectrum allocated to us. Coordinators are volunteers, and there is no fee to be included in coordination records.

If you are planning, or know of, a public or private repeater, link, digital backbone, or other system which should be included in coordination records, or if you have other information or skills which could help with frequency coordination, please contact the frequency coordinator for that band or the director for your geographical area.

Proper coordination and record keeping can be a great help in resolving interference, and becomes even more important as the FCC considers individual repeater licensing.

Kevin Keller WB9MUP

1997 Massachusetts QSO Party

1800Z Sat May 3 to 0400Z Sun May 4 and 1100Z to 2100Z Sun May 4.

The 1997 Mass QSO Party is organized by the Framingham Amateur Radio Association.

Classes: Outside MA, MA single op, MA multi op, MA portable, MA team (5 MA single ops), MA Nov/Tech, MA Club

Exchange: RS(T) and QTH (State/Province/DXCC Country/MA County)

Scoring : Count 1 point for Phone and 2 for CW/Digital/Video. Multipliers are MA counties (max 14 per band), (plus States & Provinces & DXCC Countries per band for Massachusetts stations).

Scoring : Final score is total QSO points times total multipliers

Frequencies: Any authorized amateur bands except 30, 17 and 12 MHz

CW - 1810, 3550, 7050, 14050, 21050, 28050, 144.070, and 432.090 MHz.
SSB - 1850, 3890, 7290, 14270, 21390, 28390, 144.220 (SSB), 146.550 (FM), 432.150 (SSB), and 446.000 (FM) MHz.
Novices - 3705, 7130, 21130, 28130.

Awards : Certificates awarded for highest scores in each contest class, State, Canadian Province and DXCC Country and to entrants working all 14 MA counties.

Postmark entries by June 6th. Send logs to FARA POB 3005 Framingham MA 01701, or electronically (ASCII or CT bin format only) to For full copy of QSO Party rules send an SASE to above address, packet KA1USL@K1UGM, e-mail

Cape Cod ASM appointed

I am pleased to announce that Brad Erickson, N1SGL has accepted the position of Assistant Section Manager for the Cape Cod region. This position fills a geographic void in our Section.

Larry Ober, W1MW
Section Manager, EMA Section

February General Meeting

Our speaker this month will be Michael J. Klein, NV1L, who will share his expertise in soldering with us.

This month's general meeting will be held at the Volpe Transportation Center, 55 Broadway, Cambridge, at 7:30 pm, February 19. 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.

To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs -- it will let you go instantly.

BARC Growth And/Or Vanity

It's a rare month when we fail to add a few new members. We plan to publish the names of new members periodically. Please make a special welcome for the following new (or long lost) BARC members:

Jack AbelowW1VCF
Perry Anderson 
Bob AnkenbauerKA1TTG
Andy CerierN1XZI
Joe DaleyWA1EAT
Peter GreisN1YDE
Fred HamiltonK1OZN
Bob JamesN1PAY
Larry LeDrewKD1GO
Joe LeemanN1YGO
Glenn MeaderKA1LKM
Frank MurphyN1DHW
Samuel Pagan 
Jim ShanksN1VBN
Jay TarantinoN1JOU

In addition, we would like to note here any call sign changes you have made, and honor all members who upgrade. With the FCC "vanity" call sign program in full swing, there are likely to be a number of changes in our ranks. 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

Call sign and grade changes:
Bob LevineKD1GGAE1M
Howard MintzWA1CFXUpgrade to Extra

It's Bandwagon Time -- Get On It

BARC Membership renewals are rolling right along. If you have not yet joined the stampede, use the enclosed Application/Renewal Information form to send your dues for 1997. If you have already paid your 1997 dues, use the form to recruit a new member.

Dues categories are on the form. Our membership year is the calendar year. Please fill out the enclosed form with the information requested.

Please note the space on the form to give any added support you can to the club's activities and the repeater. As we are a 501c(3) organization, your contribution may be tax deductible. This is an excellent opportunity for you to add to our enjoyment of the hobby and to boost the presence of Amateur Radio in the community.

Treasurer Arthur Ashley, N1NHZ, has asked for your assistance by promptly sending your remittance to:

Boston Amateur Radio Club
P O Box 15585
Boston MA 02215-0011
Please make your checks payable to:


I See The Future Events Ahead

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.

Editor's Notes
Time to upgrade?

It seems that the hopes of Technicians who were counting on WRC99 to abolish the CW requirement for HF licensing have been dashed. The League appears determined to keep some kind of CW testing (and the FCC likely will go along) regardless of whether or not it is required by international treaty. All Hams should give close attention to the ARRL proposals for license class and testing changes which will appear in this month's QST, and let your opinion be known to the League. BUT - CW testing will likely be with us through the next sunspot cycle. SO-if you want to do DX, you've got little choice but to get cracking and learn the code. (or wait for especially good openings on 6M!) Like Jimmy Carter (no relation) once said: "Life is often unfair."

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, snail mail at 11 Commonwealth Court Apt#15, Brighton, MA 02135, and most if not all BARC club nets and general meetings.

FCC Issued Call Sign Update

The following is a list of the FCC's most recently issued callsigns for District 1 (NE) as of January, 1997.


Got A Question?

You have a question - technical, operating, equipment, club activities, ham radio, computer, whatever. You asked on the air. You asked at a club meeting. You asked your friends (maybe even your enemies). No useful answers. Next step?

The Reader's Forum in The SPARC. This space will be devoted to your questions, problems and grief relief. If we can't get you quick internal solutions, there are 300 other readers who can take a crack at it. Contact the Editor by e-mail, snail-mail, phone, or in his face. You'll be glad you did.

By the way, if you have something to sell or you're looking for a special part or equipment, The SPARC is the place to let the ham community know about it. These notices are free for members.

Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself.

Youth Net Formed

A 75-meter youth net meets on 3970 kHz Sundays at 2030 UTC. For more information, contact Jack Hamm, N1REU, 806 Bay Rd, Stoughton, MA 02072; e-mail

75 Meter Youth Net Featured In Newsline, ARRL Letter

The 75 Meter Youth Net, created by youth hams in Eastern Massachusetts, was featured in last week's edition of Amateur Radio Newsline and the ARRL Letter, two national amateur radio bulletins. Thanks to net manager Jack, WA1CFS <ex N1REU>, we can benefit from this great publicity opportunity. Both Newsline and the Letter reach more youth hams than any other mode previously used to publicize the net. As always, we encourage any and all youth hams to check in, and I'm happy to say that after getting some much needed antenna work done today that I will be able to return as one of the net control stations of the 75MYN. Kudos to Jack and the editors of both Newsline and the ARRL Letter.

Transcripts of these publications are available at the following addresses:

Amateur Radio Newsline:

ARRL Letter:

Best 73,

Assistant Section Manager - Youth Activities

Interest Exchange

For those who knew the call KA1IYR (Kathy Pate, silent key) they will be happy to know that the call is back on the air as the club call of the CROTCHET MOUNTAIN Amateur Radio Club.

The club applied for the call with Kathy's parents permission. It was recently granted, and the first QSO's with the new call took place Friday Feb 7, 1997!

Richard Amirault N1JDU

USS Olympia Radio Amateur Club O.R.A.C.
Independence Seaport of Philadelphia
211 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

January 18, 1997

Special Event

The Olympia ARC will operate WA3BAT from 1300Z May 3, 1997 until 2000 Z May 4, 1997 to commemorate the 99th anniversary of Admiral Dewey's triumph over the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay. SSB/Phone - 3.898.5 - 7.248.5 - 14.248.5 - 21.368.5 - 28.368.5 - 145.270 FM; CW - 3.710 - 7.030/7.110 - 14.030 - 21.040/21.110 - 28.025. For certificate, send QSL and a 9 x 12 inch SASE to Olympia ARC, Independence Seaport of Philadelphia, 211 South Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106.

Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

Contact me at home, evenings or weekends:
David G Mack WA1TON
5 Jennifer Dr.
Nashua, NH 03062

Several Hundred Boston Area Hams Could Be Reading Your Ad Right Now

Bring your product or service to the attention of some of E. Mass's best and brightest by advertising in the SPARC. Business card sized ads: $10/month. Other sizes available by request. Please contact Treasurer Arthur Ashley at, or via the club PO box.

BARC Member Classifieds

It's shack-cleaning time!
Mike Ardai, N1IST

As you can imagine, stuff tends to accumulate in my shack. In order to make some space (and get ready for flea season), I'm selling these radios and other widgets. I'm open to reasonable offers on most of this stuff. I can be reached at or (617) 254-3420.

Alinco DX-70T $700
This is a mobile HF (100W) and 6 meter (10W) all-mode rig, complete with box, manuals, and warranty card. Never used mobile.

Atlas 210-X $300
This is a (large) older mobile HF (about 70W, no WARC bands) radio. Comes with mike and a beat-up mobile mount. Has a CW position which may not work (or maybe I'm just doing something wrong - it transmits but doesn't receive in CW mode).

Motorola N1274A $60
A 2-meter amp for HTs. 3-5 watts in gives about 40W out. Runs on about 5A at 12 volts.

Set of 3 Icom 22S radios $150
10W 2 meter radios, condition unknown. 2 diode programmable (one 146-148 MHz, one with a crystal that gives 2M packet freqs (145.01 etc.) but no repeater offsets) and one with a bandswitch that gives freqs in the 146-148 range). One has a PL encoder.

Gonset Communicator (Civil Defense yellow) $50
Untested 2M AM radio, slope-detects FM.

Panasonic KX-P1180 *SOLD*, DEC LA-50 $40 each
2 dot-matrix printers. The 1180 is a PC- compatible parallel printer; the LA-50 is serial.

DEC MicroVAX II and DECStation 2100 $???
If you're interested, let me know... Nope, they're not PC compatible.

3 boxes of Byte magazines from the early '80s. FREE
(if you pick them all up at my QTH :-)

Looking for a control head for an Icom IC-900 radio. If you have one for sale (or one I could borrow to test out my radio), please let me know.

That's it for now; I'm sure I'll find some more as I clean up a bit :-)



FOR SALE-- Bearcat programmable scanner. 177XL base, 16 channels, 11 bands (aircraft, no 800), programmable search, full LCD display, one button WX. Very good to excellent condition. $45/BO. Contact Ed Hennessy, N1PBA (contact info elsewhere in SPARC).


Beam: TH-11DX, log periodic $400
Amp: Ameritron AL-82 $1100

Bill Welch K1CLN
10-11 PM


Depressed because you have a treasure you must turn to cash and the flea market season is over? Well, cheer up, Bunky! SPARC will run your (non-business) ad for free. Of course, a 10% donation will be cheerfully accepted. Just send your ad to Editor Paul Carter, N1TMF.

Future Meeting Dates
(Third Wednesdays at 7:30 pm)
Future Exam Dates
(Second Mondays at 7:00 pm)
  • 19 March 1997
  • 16 April 1997
  • 21 May 1997
  • 18 June 1997
  • 16 July 1997
  • 20 August 1997
  • 10 March 1997
  • 14 April 1997
  • 12 May 1997
  • 9 June 1997
  • 14 July 1997
  • 11 August 1997
Meetings are at the Volpe Transportation Center,
55 Broadway, Cambridge
Listen to the BARC net for location
Free parking and T access available at both locations

Catch Us On The Internet!

The Boston Amateur Radio Club has a web page at 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

We also run an FTP site at 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, Contact him if you have any comments.

We also run a club e-mail list. To subscribe, send a message to 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...)


BARC VE Session

The Boston Amateur Radio Club holds its monthly VE session on the second Monday of each month. The next will be on Monday, March. 10. The location will be announced on the BARC net before the exam.

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: (508) 865 5822 or

Read the February Executive Committee Meeting minutes.

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.

Here's the preable for the BARC Net.

BARC Officers and Staff
PresidentMichael Ardai N1IST (617) 254 3420
Vice PresidentJim Clogher N1ICN n1icn@ka1tuz
SecretaryEd Hennessy N1PBA (617) 391 8257
TreasurerArthur Ashley N1NHZ (617) 661 2988
VE (Exam) TeamBob Wondolowski N1KDA (508) 865 5822
MembershipArthur Ashley N1NHZ (617) 661 2988
Public ServicesBob Salow WA1IDA (508) 650 9440
Newsletter EditorPaul Carter N1TMF (617) 232 6982
The fine print
The Boston Amateur Radio Club is a non-commercial association of persons interested in the Amateur Radio Service. The Club is organized for the promoting of interest in Amateur Radio communication and education; for the establishment of emergency communications in the event of disasters or other emergencies; for the advancement of the radio art and the public welfare; for the representation of the radio amateur in legislative and regulatory matters, and for the maintenance of collegiality and a high standard of conduct.

The Club is open to all persons interested in Amateur Radio without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, disability, or sexual preference. Our General and Executive meeting locations are handicap accessible. Other meeting and activity locations may be handicap accessible by arrangement.

The club is an ARRL-affiliated Special Service Club, and is a member of the Council of Eastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Clubs (CEMARC) and the New England Spectrum Management Council (NESMC). The Club is a participant in Partnerships Advancing Technical Hobbies Which Attract Youth to Science (PATHWAYS). The Club is also an assoiciate member of the Courage Handi-Hams system.

The SPARC is published monthly by the Boston Amateur Radio Club. The design and content are Copyright 1996, all rights reserved. Permission is hereby granted to reprint or distribute by electronic or other means any material herein, provided this publication and the issue date are credited. Such permission is limited to use for non-commercial purposes for the benefit of the Amateur Radio community. Permission for other purposes must be obtained in writing.