The SPARC

Volume IX, Number 3; March, 1997
Newsletter of the Boston Amateur Radio Club
A Special Service Club of the ARRL

QNC de Mike Ardai, N1IST
Hope everyone is enjoying our mild winter, and looking forward to the warmer months ahead.

Renewals have been coming in, but if you haven't sent yours in, please do so soon. Please remember that the three-month grace period is expiring this month, so if you don't renew soon, your membership will lapse.

Thanks again to all who have been sending in donations with their renewals; they *definitely* help.

If you move (or change your callsign or email address), please let Bob, WA1IDA (erc@world.std.com) know. The post office charges us 50 cents for each forward or bounce, and they do add up.

On a more serious note, NEVER announce over the air when you are going on out of town or on vacation, or say that someone else is on vacation. Unfortunately, there are people out there with scanners and callbooks who are just looking for the chance to empty out your shack. It's a shame to have to worry about this, but it is better to play it safe. Of course, feel free to make us all jealous when you get back :-)

With warmer weather around the corner, we are looking for people to help plan some upcoming workshops, foxhunts, and tours. If you can help (or have some ideas), please contact one of the executive committee.

And finally, we are looking for someone to be the Field Day chairman this year; if you would like to help out, please let me know. We are looking for people to help out organizing the event, and a technical coordinator to help plan the setups. Also, if you have any suggestions on how we could improve Field Day (either technical or to make it more interesting to our members), send them to me at n1ist@netcom.com or call me on .23.

I hope to see all of you at the upcoming meeting.

73,
/mike


Aviation Expo 1997

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 97 will be a further hands on expansion of the highly successful programs of the past several years. The Expo introduces school children and their teachers to vocational and educational opportunities in aviation and related technical fields.

The Boston Amateur Radio Club has been invited again to show the world of communications we enjoy, and to suggest ham radio as an entry to technical fields. We use 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 97 is on Wednesday, 7 May from 0800 to 1500 (shifts are possible) at the United Airlines maintenance hangar at Logan Airport. If you can help, please call:

Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ; 617.969.4880, rcdoherty@juno.com
Bob Salow, WA1IDA; 508.650.9440, erc@world.std.com


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 checkpoints, the hazardous locations and shadow the key people. This year the route starts at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, east along the Boston side of the Charles River to the McGrath Highway bridge (Science Park), and across to Cambridge. Then west along the river to the Weeks Foot Bridge (near Harvard), across to the Boston side, and along the river back to the Hatch Shell.

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


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:

Early AM: 6AM - 11AM
Mid-Day:  10AM - 3PM
Late-Day: 2PM - 7PM

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
r-j-d@msn.com


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 Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ, at 617.969.4880 or rcdoherty@juno.com or Bob Salow, WA1IDA, at 508.650.9440 or erc@world.std.com as soon as possible.


More Hams Needed for the Marathon

The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) has asked for more hams for the 1997 Boston Marathon. BARC coordinates the communications along the 26-mile route from Hopkinton to Boston, and more hams are still needed to do our professional type job.

The date is Patriot's Day, Monday, 21 April. This is a full day of careful and rewarding ham duty. 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 ham radio participation in the 101st running of the Boston Marathon, please immediately contact Bob Salow or Dick Doherty by means shown below. You will then be sent the required forms and information.

Please provide your name, call sign, mailing address, evening phone and (if you have one) e-mail address to:

Bob Salow, WA1IDA
508.650.9440
erc@world.std.com
Or to
Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ
617.969.4880
rcdoherty@juno.com


Multi-Agency Training Exercise (MATE) 1997

Early in the morning of Friday, 2 May the City of Lowell will have a major disaster on its hands. An aircraft with hazardous cargo will crash into occupied buildings and vehicles along the Merrimack River. The crash will be simulated, but most of the response will be real. The many response activities will take place on that day and Saturday, 3 May.

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is planning to support civil authorities and voluntary disaster response organizations from Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire in responding to this extensive and realistic scenario. However, it can't be done without your help. This is one of the few opportunities to get hands on experience in a disaster without the risk of getting hurt. YOU can provide real ham communications and work with the people from the other responding agencies.

As hams have served before, ARES plans to provide communication links for the agencies that respond in disasters such as the Salvation Army, the Adventist Community Services, the Southern Baptist Disaster Service, and the Red Cross. Links will also support the local authorities, the regional headquarters of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and several Federal agencies. Amateur Radio operators will work side by side with the command and staff of all responding agencies, but it can't be done without YOUR help.

In this realistic scenario, a Command Center will be established near the scene, and the new Lowell Emergency Operating Center (EOC) will be activated. The nature of the disaster will likely demand that shelters be opened for direct victims and for potential victims who might be affected by the hazardous chemicals, as well as those who would be without utilities or other services. Feeding facilities will be set up for the victims and the disaster workers (including hams).

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, ARES is led by the Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) who appoints Emergency Coordinators and other assistants for special liaison with organizations such as the National Weather Service and MEMA.

Since MATE 97 is in the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section, the planning, execution and review is under the direction of SEC Ray Wall, N1KXJ. He needs your assistance, and you can have a great time. Please contact him if you can help represent Amateur Radio on either Friday or Saturday, 2 - 3 May.

Ray Wall N1KXJ
Page:    800.225.0256  #164574
E-mail:  n1kxj@juno.com


10 Ways to Optimize Your Effectiveness in Public Service Events
By Willam L. Continelli, AB2CA

  1. Make sure your radio is in top operating condition. Small problems (such as loose antenna connections, bad microphones, intermittent operation, etc.) may be just annoying during casual operation, but WILL cause major grief under the continuous/severe service of net/emergency operation. If your radio's not in 100% top shape, buy, beg, or borrow one.

  2. Don't operate your handheld with it hanging on your belt. Using the radio while it's strapped to your waist reduces your effective radiated power by more than 10 dB. That's a 90% reduction in power! Hold the radio in your hand, with the antenna in the clear.

  3. Regarding antennas, those 3" rubber dummy loads may be cute, but you're throwing away 3-6 dB of power when using one. (If you're REALLY into math, compute the loss of a 3" rubber dummy load used on a beltclip). A telescoping half-wave has a gain of as much as 10 dB over a 3" rubber duck and a quarter-wave provides a 4-6 dB improvement. Even a 12-15" rubber duck will boost your signal by 3-6 dB over the 3" ones. Remember that one dB can mean the difference in whether or not a critical message gets through.

  4. Have charged batteries and spare battery packs! If you also have a dry cell battery case, fill it with alkaline batteries. Make sure you have enough batteries with you to carry you through, even on high power.

  5. Use headphones or an earphone rather than a speaker/mike. Most earphones will plug directly into your HT. Low cost stereo headphones are widely available and will work perfectly with your HT using a mono to stereo adapter. The headphones also have the advantage of concentrating the communications in your ears, while partially shutting out the outside noise. Headphones will also prolong battery life by allowing the radio to operate at lower audio output. A speaker/mike is the worst thing you can use - it doesn't cut the outside noise, it doesn't save batteries, and where is that HT while you're using the speaker/mike?? (Hint--see #2!)

  6. Speak slowly and clearly when transmitting! You may take pride in your ability to run your words together and mumble, but the station on the other end may be in a noisy environment and may not receive your message.

  7. Check out your ability to use simplex. Even if the operation is being conducted on a repeater, there may be "dead spots", the repeater may go down, or, sad to say, there may be jamming. Even if you can only work the 2 or 3 stations closest to you, a message can still be relayed. To maximize your simplex range, please reread #2 and #3.

  8. Listen to net control and direct all communication through him/her. Identify your station when calling net control and keep all communications direct and to the point.

  9. If you must leave the radio or the area to which you have been assigned, first seek permission and acknowledgement from the net control station, make your "time off" as short as possible, and check back in with NCS immediately upon your return.

  10. Project a good image to the non-hams around you that are part of the event/emergency. This means acting professionally, using basic hygiene skills, etc.

Reprint courtesy of the author and "RF Musings", newsletter of the Schenectady Museum Amateur Radio Association - Schenectady, NY. The author can be contacted on the Internet at 103407.3364@compuserve.com or at his FCC database address.


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 from 1:00pm until 4:00pm at the NYNEX Operations Center, 350 Cochituate Road, Framingham, Massachusetts (Enter rear door).

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.

More information is available at http://www.tiac.net/users/brunelle/nesmc/ or http://nesmc.org

Kevin Keller WB9MUP
wb9mup@amsat.org


1997 Massachusetts QSO Party

Don't forget the 1997 MA QSO party, from 1800Z Sat May 3 to 0400Z Sun May 4 and 1100Z to 2100Z Sun May 4.

For full copy of QSO Party rules, contact: packet KA1USL@K1UGM, e-mail n1tyh@aol.com, or visit our website at http://www.ultranet.com/~fara.


Skywarn Training Session

SKYWARN is a program sponsored by the National Weather Service (NWS), which trains volunteers to be weather observers for reporting destructive storms or other severe, unusual or abnormal weather conditions. Hundreds of hams in this area have been trained, but the program is open to anyone.

Ground reports from SKYWARN observers are used in conjunction with radar observations assisting the NWS in issuing Severe Weather Warnings. Ground reports also help to validate forecasts. Your observational training will give your report special access to the NWS.

The instructor is Glenn Field, Senior Warning Meteorologist, at NWS, Taunton.

WHEN: Thursday, May 1, 1997, 7 to 10 PM
WHERE: Walpole Town Hall, Senior Citizen's Room, 135 School St, Walpole, MA.

For questions, directions and registration contact Roger Turner W1SZA, Director, Walpole Emergency Management at 508.668.2237.

Talk in: 146.895/295.


Our Bands are Again in Danger from WRC97

Last week, the WRC 97 committee added the 220Mhz Amateur band to the list of target frequencies to be utilized by the little LEO organization. The deadline for responding to this threat is March 4,1997. Please send a brief email message regarding this situation to:

wrc97@fcc.gov

Be sure to reference the following number in the SUBJECT of your message:

Reference No. ISP-96-005 IWG-2A

My sample response follows.

Please add my name to the list of people who support the opposition of allocation of any of the amateur radio frequencies (regardless of current allocation basis, either primary or secondary) for use by the Little LEO organizations. It is preposterous that these frequencies be considered.

I don't believe that you would consider use of police, fire, or medical emergency frequencies.

These services as well as the American Red Cross have long utilized the amateur community in times of local, regional, and/or global emergencies.

Example:
After the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma, The American Red Cross utilized amateur communications to support the local authorities. This was REQUIRED because all local communications were overloaded and no other means of communications were possible.

Thank you for considering this matter.

Louis D. Harris N1UEC
1110 Main St.
Walpole, MA 02081
n1uec@kersur.net


New Impetus to the Safety Regulation of Mobile Ops

Broadcast news-radio reports (WBZ) say the New England Journal of Medicine (the premier medical journal this side of the Atlantic and possibly in the world) today has a call for banning of mobile use of mobile phones.

This is an apparently erroneous interpretation by reporters who read the press release without reading the abstracts closely. However, expect a rallying cry from the safety cartel and politicians to over- regulate instantly.

If I understood the news, and our SGL's accounts of the last proposal before the Massachusetts legislature, correctly, they'd lumped the Amateur Radio Service together with CB and cellphones under an outright ban on mobile communication by non- public-safety or some such thing; it went down in flames, thanks partly to our SGL's efforts, I think.

The WBZ radio report interpreted this article as calling for exactly that! Please note that the attached extract indicates that that is NOT what the papers call for.

Attached are: (a) WWW citations for the abstract of today's article and today's editorial in NEJM (b) my comments.

73 de N1VUX, proudly BPL with No-Code-Tech

=== The articles ===

NEJM February 13, 1997 -- Volume 336, Number 7

Original Article: Association between Cellular-Telephone Calls and Motor Vehicle Collisions, Donald A. Redelmeier, Robert J. Tibshirani http://www.nejm.org/publicM/1997/0336/0007/0453/1.htm
"Conclusions. The use of cellular telephones in motor vehicles is associated with a quadrupling of the risk of a collision during the brief period of a call. Decisions about regulation of such telephones, however, need to take into account the benefits of the technology and the role of individual responsibility. (N Engl. J Med. 1997; 336:453-8.) "

Editorial: Cautions about Car Telephones and Collisions http://www.nejm.org/publicM/1997/0336/0007/0501/1.htm
"Similarly, laws banning all telephone use while driving would be premature without better data and a thorough assessment of the contributions of car telephones to roadway safety."

=== Suggestions from N1VUX ===

  1. Follow NEJM editorial line: Mobile phone industry should cooperate with further study, and regulation should be deferred until there is adequate study.

  2. Regulations should distinguish between licensed radio services (public safety, utilities, amateurs, GMRS) and unlicensed services (PCS, Cell, older mobile phones, maybe CB/11m, FRS)

  3. Regulations should distinguish between point-to-point/party-to-party true full- duplex communications (handset or speakerphone), versus push-to-talk half- duplex or simplex communications in party line or round-table format.

  4. Regulations could distinguish safety- relevant and emergency communications on mobile phones (e.g. calling the state police on a cell-phone while in motion to report other vehicles in distress; relaying amateur radio reports of vehicular distress via mobile phone; use of voice-response traffic information "SmartTraveller", maybe alerting a second party that due to traffic one will be late, as this may reduce risking driving to make time) from non-safety/non- travel conversational or other use that is unrelated to travel, e.g., business negotiations, arguing with spouse, grocery lists, voice-response banking.

  5. We might wish to encourage informal drive-time nets to not use the roundtable format so as to reduce pressure on people to pick up the mike when they're in heavy traffic. However, it's probably adequate to remind people that just as we don't require Mobiles to get clearance to leave our VHF NTS nets, we don't expect mobiles to pick it up every time we pass to them, in the interests of safety. We want to distinguish our good practices from those of the commuters who read the newspaper, drink coffee and talk on the cell-phone all while driving.

-73-
DE N1VUX Bill Ricker


March General Meeting

Public Service and Emergency Service Events: What should I bring? What will I do? I'm a new ham - am I qualified and can I help out?

Come to the March BARC meeting and find out the answers to these and other questions, and be prepared for all the upcoming walkathons, parades, and no- name storms. Our speakers will be Mike Ardai, N1IST and Bob Salow, WA1IDA. If you have a topic you'd like to talk about, let one of us know.

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


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:

Roger CooperN1XKB
Eric HahnNU1V
Mike KassN1YER
Jim MarrsN1PXY

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 under way, it's possible to have 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 erc@world.std.com.

Call sign and grade changes
NameOldNew
Jane DionneN1UGAUpgrade to Advanced
Bernie GardnerAA1LIW1AZ
David HegartyN1SOVKA1EDX


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:

Treasurer
Boston Amateur Radio Club
P O Box 15585

Please make your checks payable to:

BOSTON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB


I See the Future
Events Ahead

21-23 MarFramingham ARA License-in-a-Weekend
29 Mar Interstate Radio Soc. Flea (Hudson NH)
6 Apr Framingham ARA Flea
13 Apr Multiple Sclerosis Walk (R)
18 Apr QRA Auction (Wakefield)
19 Apr NE Antique RC (Nashua NH)
20 Apr MIT Flea
21 Apr Boston Marathon (R)
7 May Aviation Education Expo
9,10 May Hoss Traders (Rochester NH)
17 May RIAFMRS Flea (Forestdale RI)
18 May MIT Flea
21 May Assistive Technology Conference
30 May - 1 Jun ARRL Atlantic Div Conv (Rochester NY)
15 Jun MIT Flea

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.


EMA ARRL Section Net

It's time again for the Eastern Massachusetts ARRL Section Net. This net is held the fourth Sunday of each month (Sunday, March 23) on the MMRA linked repeater system at 21:00 local time. Each club should send a representative to the net. Please stop on by and find out what the section and various clubs are doing.

These machines include:

We are also looking for net control stations for upcoming nets. If you can run the net one of these nights please let me know. I'll include the net preamble at the end of this message.

For further information, contact: Mike Ardai, N1IST n1ist@netcom.com

EMA/ARRL Section Net Preamble

Any further business for the repeater before we begin the Eastern Mass. Section Net? This is YOUR CALL. Calling the Eastern Mass. ARRL Section net. This is YOUR CALL, my name is YOUR NAME and I am located in YOUR TOWN. This net meets on the fourth Sunday of each month at 9 PM local time on the MMRA linked repeater system. This net is an informal round table discussion to improve communication between the ARRL field organization and the Eastern Mass. amateur radio clubs and among clubs themselves. 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. Please also list any field appointments you hold and clubs you represent. Since we are using a linked repeater system, please wait a couple of seconds after you key down before speaking to let the links come up. All amateurs are welcome to join the net. Any checkins for the Eastern Mass. section 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 Eastern Mass. ARRL Section Net. I would like to thank everyone who participated in the net and those who stood by while I ran the net. I also would like to thank the Minuteman Repeater Association and its licensees and trustees for the use of their repeater system. The Eastern Mass. Section net will return on the fourth Sunday of NEXT MONTH at 9 PM local time. This is YOUR CALL returning the repeaters to general amateur use. 73.


Editor's Notes
Don't shoot the editor, shoot the computer!

What does an editor of a newsletter need most of all? Something to edit, and many members have provided me with very fine articles indeed. At the risk, however, of nitpicking, authors could do a few things to make my job even easier:

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


A Letter to BARC

I started in ham radio about a year ago. I got my ticket in May of 1996 and went right out and bought a HTX-202. I was looking forward to getting into the hobby. I programmed all of the repeaters in and started putting my call sign out.

For almost two weeks I put out my call sign and maybe two people came back, so I decided I had enough and was going sell my radio and get out of the hobby.

But then one Monday night, I put my radio on and listened to the BARC net. I heard Mike N1IST, Arthur N1NHZ, and a few other more experienced hams encouraging us new guys to get involved. So I picked up the mike and started checking in. Now every Monday I check in and I'm not afraid to ask questions, because in most cases, someone will have the answer.

If you're a new ham or just someone like me who got discouraged, I urge you to listen and check into the net. Don't worry if you're not a member of the Boston Amateur Radio Club, because they make everyone feel welcome. So don't get discouraged, listen to the net every Monday at 9:00 you'll be glad you did!

David N1XJC


FCC Issued Call Sign Update

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

ExtraAdvancedTech/GenNovice
AA1RUKE1HGN1YQPKB1CCJ


Got A Question?

Dear Boston A.R.C.

I am searching for an old army buddy. His name is Robert Murphy. He was from Boston, and entered the 1st Infantry Div. US Army in about Feb. of 1972. He was a tech. before entering the service. I was hoping one of your members might know of him, yes it's a long shot, but if anyone thinks they know him; please drop me a line.
Sincerely,
Jim Vaughn KA9VSM
moose@csinet.net

 

I am looking for ideas on location to store my radio towers for a couple of years. I would like to find some place outdoors that is less expensive than indoor. I will not need access to the equipment for couple of years at least, so ready access is not a big problem. The key issues are costs and safety. I would like to find an affordable storage location rather then selling, which I am prepared to do, if I couldn't locate something in the near future.

If you have any ideas, suggestions or experiences in the New England area, I would very much appreciate hearing from you.

73,
Don Price KB5VP
pricedw@cris.com

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.


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

Commercial advertising in the newsletter provides important services to our members. Besides bringing income to defray the newsletter production costs, you can learn about and patronize those who support us.

We limit the ads to electronics related businesses and to professional ads from members. Advertisers can display a business card size (3.5 x 2 inches) space for $10.00 per month or $48.00 for the same ad for six consecutive months. If camera ready copy is not provided, there may be an additional charge.

However, you play a part. Your effort as a member is needed to present the advantages to advertisers. Businesses and professionals can reach our circulation of over 300 in Greater Boston. Show your copy of this newsletter to businesses that should be looking for our kind of readers. For more information, contact Paul Carter at pvc@tiac.net, or Treasurer Arthur Ashley at arthura@ix.netcom.com, or (both) via the club PO box.


BARC Member Classifieds

Depressed because you have a treasure you must turn to cash and the flea market season is not quite here? 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
  • 17 September 1997
  • 14 April 1997
  • 12 May 1997
  • 9 June 1997
  • 14 July 1997
  • 11 August 1997
  • 8 September 1997
Meetings are at the Volpe Transportation Center,
55 Broadway, Cambridge
Exams are at the Pierce school,
50 School Street, Brookline
Free parking and T access available at both locations


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 session will be on Monday, April 14. This month, it will probably be held at the Pierce School at 50 School Street in Brookline, Room 110 next to the cafeteria. The session begins at 7pm. There is a free parking garage at the circular driveway. If driving, enter School Street from the Washington street side (opposite 394 Washington). Check: http://www.barc.org/school_map.gif for more info.

For those traveling via public transportation, take the 'D' branch of the Green Line to the Brookline Village stop and walk down Harvard street to School Street, or take the 66 bus and get off at School Street. Talkin on 145.23.

NOTE: This is not a guaranteed location. Please check BARC nets for last minute changes.

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 wondobob@juno.com


Read the March 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.


Here's a listing of Eastern Mass. Nets.


BARC Officers and Staff
PresidentMichael Ardai N1IST (617) 254 3420
n1ist@netcom.com   n1ist@k1ugm
Vice PresidentJim Clogher N1ICN n1icn@ka1tuz
SecretaryEd Hennessy N1PBA (617) 391 8257
ehenness@natick-amed02.army.mil  n1pba@ka1tuz
TreasurerArthur Ashley N1NHZ (617) 661 2988
arthura@ix.netcom.com
VE (Exam) TeamBob Wondolowski N1KDA (508) 865 5822
wondobob@juno.com
MembershipArthur Ashley N1NHZ (617) 661 2988
arthura@ix.netcom.com
Public ServicesBob Salow WA1IDA (508) 650 9440
erc@world.std.com   wa1ida@wa1phy
Newsletter EditorPaul Carter N1TMF (617) 232 6982
pvc@tiac.net
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.