The SPARC

Volume IX, Number 5; May, 1997
Newsletter of the Boston Amateur Radio Club
A Special Service Club of the ARRL

QNC de Mike Ardai, N1IST

It was good to see everyone at Deerchester; glad the moat didn't keep everyone away from the BARC table. Special thanks to KA1TUZ for his help.

As the reports trickle in from the various events, I'm hearing some very good comments about everyone who helped out organizing and operating the Marathon, the Walk for Hunger, the Run of the Charles, the MS walk, and Aviation Expo. If anyone can help out with the upcoming Assistive Technology fair, please contact KA1TUZ or WA1IDA. Remember, helping out with these events is great training and preparation for being able to help out for emergencies.

Field day is coming up in the end of June. See the article in this SPARC for more info about the planning. Have you ever

Would you like to? If so, please stop in at Field Day. We will need help with setup on Saturday morning, operating Saturday thru Sunday, and with teardown Sunday at 14:00. I hope to see everyone there (and some more people at the Field Day planning meetings). It's sure to be a lot of fun.

Once again, we will be making some Field Day T-shirts (if we can get 12 orders...) If you would be interested in one, please drop me a note at n1ist@netcom.com, n1ist@K1UGM, or 254-3420.

The BARC elections are coming up. Nominations for officers will open at the May general meeting, and will close just before each election at the June meeting. If you are interested in running for office, contact the nominating committee (N1NHZ) or come by to one of those two meetings.

I guess that wraps it up for the month. Keep your eyes (ears?) open for upcoming club events and field trips! Hope everyone has a great summer.


The 101st Boston Marathon is History
By Bob Salow, WA1IDA

After the mammoth effort for the 100th running of the Boston Marathon last year we thought it would be back to "normal" this year. No way! The number of runners went from 39,000 last year (the largest marathon field in the world) back to a familiar 11,000 this year. However, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) asked BARC to coordinate an even larger task this year.

Once again we enlisted the aid of hams from several Eastern Massachusetts clubs as well as hams from three other states. More than 120 hams responded to staff First Aid stations, water stations and other functions for this major public service event.

To overcome 26.2 miles of topographic conditions and to spread the anticipated traffic load, we used eight repeaters, with four more held in reserve. The weather was ideal (for the runners), and it held through the day, resulting in a very low number of emergencies.

It isn't possible to list here all the hams who participated along the course and behind the scenes, but I would like to note the help of several: Ed Parish, K1EP; Keith Triplett, N1HLK; Mike Ardai, N1IST; Bruce Alexander, KA1IG; and Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ. All the volunteers are to be congratulated and thanked for an excellent job.

Following the Marathon, we received a "Letter of Commendation" from Mike Goldberg, K1LJN, the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section Official Observer Coordinator. I would like to quote from this letter:

"W1BOS, Net Control, operated in the best tradition of Amateur Radio public service. Before, during, and after the race, the operators used good judgement, were helpful to stations not `in the race,' and in general deserve a pat on the back for a job well done. In particular they were very careful to ID and follow the rules.

"I know that many times OOs are looked on as Frequency Police. We do try to point out to our fellow hams operations which do not follow the letter of FCC rules. This is done as a way of `cleaning up our act' internally, hopefully before the FCC takes note. In this case I believe a thank you, well done is due to all. It was an excellent example of how a Health and Safety net should be operated."

Stand by for the 1998 Boston Marathon and all the other emergency and public service opportunities for hams until then.


Hams Help the Boston Multiple Sclerosis Walk

Under the able coordination of Ed Burg, N1VSJ, we supported the 1997 Boston Multiple Sclerosis Walk on 13 April. After quick organization, assignments were made covering administration, check points, support vehicles and hazardous locations. The walk route from the Esplanade around the Charles River Basin was reversed from past years, confusing some walkers. It didn't help that the volunteers assigned to erect the route and checkpoint signs got it backwards. Hams to the rescue - we notified the event coordinator who ordered the correction. The BARC Boston repeater was used.

The following hams participated:

After the walk was completed, the staff of the Boston MS Walk expressed their satisfaction with the communication support we provided and complimented the professionalism of our services.


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 high-tech 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 variety of the disabilities, and the need to protect the safety of those attending, the staff has 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) hand held 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 kc1us@ma.ultranet.com or phone at (617) 275-3740 from 1930 to 2200


What is Field Day?

Each June the ARRL sponsors Field Day. The purpose of Field Day is to test the emergency preparedness of radio amateurs throughout the United States, its possessions, and Canada. This year, Field Day will be on June 28 and 29.

Radio Amateurs participating in Field Day set up temporary radio stations away from their homes and operate these stations under emergency electrical power for a 24- hour period. During this time these amateurs attempt to contact as many other Field Day stations as possible. Our primary club goal for Field Day is to provide a learning experience for members, other hams and the general public, and in addition, to have fun, and do well in the contest.

To prompt more participation this year, we will be having a cookout on Saturday evening! We'll attempt feed everyone, so invite your friends, families and potential hams.

Where is it held?

For the past several years BARC has been participating in Field Days in Lars Anderson Park in Brookline. Amateurs are encouraged to put Field Day stations in areas accessible to the public so people can better understand the value of amateur radio in emergency situations. We will have an info tent to promote amateur radio and our club.

Field Day runs for 24 hours beginning at 2 PM on Saturday. The group sets up their station early on Saturday morning and takes it down again Sunday afternoon. A "tree hanging" team works with the town bucket truck on Friday to pre-set antenna supports.

What equipment is used?

The station will be set up on tables in tents. All of the equipment used by the amateurs is powered from an emergency power source. Since the purpose is to try to contact as many other amateurs as possible, the club has chosen to use a generator, allowing us to operate transmitters with higher power.

The participants are grouped into categories depending on the number of transmitters they have operating at any one time. BARC has been using 2 transmitters operating on HF and another in the VHF & UHF. In addition we may have a satellite and packet stations.

Preparation

This year we are trying to get more organized. This means we need to have members take responsibility for ensuring that all parts of Field Day work smoothly. We need you to sign up as either a manager or helper. Managers will coordinate, but are not expected to do all the work.

Field Day Job Descriptions
Field Day Coordinator
Selects Field Day site, coordinates and delegates to maximize bonus points, appoints station managers and other leaders, orients leaders with preparation steps and checklists, report on planning progress during club meetings and nets, work to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment for all participating members, coordinate after-event cleanup. Also leads in after-event evaluation and acknowledgements. Authority to resolve conflicts appropriately.

Station Manager (for each station)
Coordinates to fulfill delivery of a successful and high scoring station, selects station and antenna equipment, recruits and schedules operators and helpers, enforces schedule, resolves schedule and operations disputes, selects and marks station site, instruct operators on station operation and logging.

PR Manager
Coordinates to fulfill PR goals, education of the public, info tables, scheduling people to man the tables, signs, etc.

Food Manager
Coordinates food and drink issues, refrig/cooler, mealtimes to fit contest schedule, transport.

Power Manager
Coordinates generator issues: acquisition, gas, oil, maintenance, and distribution.

Transport Manager
Coordinates transportation issues: truck for setup and teardown, people transport?

Operator/Loggers/Workers
Prepare in advance, maintain contact with leaders, be there early, get guidance as needed, participate, be safe, have fun!

We need:

I'll certainly assist each manager, but I need your help, this is my first Field Day.

Please contact me if you can help me out by assuming one of these jobs! If you want to do something else, let me know as well.

Remember: our goals in Field Day are to (1) enjoy it, (2) education (self and public), and (3) win the contest!

The next Field Day organization meeting will be on May 28 at 6:30pm in the Galleria Mall Food Court (near Lechmere T station).

Glenn Meader KA1LKM, Field Day Coordinator
glenn@progress.com
617-280-4319 w
617-661-3189 h


Nominations Open for Club Officers

Elections for all BARC offices will be held at the June General Meeting. Nominations are now open, and can be submitted to Arthur Ashley, N1NHZ, by mail: c/o BARC P.O. Box 15585 Boston, MA 02215-0011, or phone: 617-661-2988. Arthur will give a report on nominations at the May General Meeting.


May General Meeting

This month, Donna Halper (who has run a radio consulting firm since 1980) will speak about two early hams, Eunice Randall and Irv Vermilya, who were also influential in early Boston professional radio.

This month's general meeting will be held at the Volpe Transportation Center, 55 Broadway, Cambridge, at 7:30 PM, May 21. 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


Editor's Notes

Not enough space for my wanderings this month, please come back in June. Gotta get this thing done, then I'm off to Deerchester!

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.


Edward P. Tilton, W1HDQ, SK

ARRL Headquarters was saddened to learn that VHF pioneer and former QST VHF Editor Ed Tilton, W1HDQ, of Spring Hill, Florida, died March 1. He was 89.

In December 1939, Tilton inaugurated the first QST column devoted to VHF. Originally called "On the Ultra Highs," it eventually became "The World Above 50 MHz." Tilton edited the VHF column until he retired from the ARRL staff in 1960, reporting on-the-air activity and encouraging experimentation initially on the then 56 and 112-MHz amateur allocations and, later, on all VHF and UHF bands. The UHF DX Records box-the precursor of today's standings boxes- debuted in 1940.

During World War II, Tilton worked as a field engineer for the military on radar projects-mostly at Pearl Harbor and Guam, and became acquainted with the great technological progress the military was making in the VHF-UHF spectrum. Even while occupied with his military duties, he still managed to file occasional columns throughout the war years.

In 1947, Tilton established the first WAS standings box for 6 meters. In 1955, he proposed establishing the first calling frequencies for the 6 and 2-meter bands. Following his retirement, Tilton remained a QST Contributing Editor. He was the author of the ARRL's first VHF Manual and wrote numerous articles for QST.

Tilton's column inspired an entire generation of VHF and UHF enthusiasts and encouraged such activities as EME, meteor scatter and auroral propagation. He was considered an authority on sunspots and solar flares and their effects on propagation. As ARRL Executive Vice President David Sumner, K1ZZ, put it: "Ed Tilton was one of the outstanding amateur scientists of his generation. Perhaps more than any other individual, he led the exploration of the extended-range properties of the VHF and UHF bands."

Tilton was a life member of the ARRL. He also belonged to the QCWA and the Spring Hill Amateur Radio Club. He was a native of Springfield, Massachusetts. His wife, Leitha, died in 1995. His sister, Ruby, is among the survivors. He is to be interred in Canton, Connecticut. Donations in Ed Tilton's name may be made to the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 300 E Bay Dr, Largo, FL 34640.

Special Bulletin 8 ARLX008
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT April 18, 1997


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:

Jim MelloN1YRM
Boyan DugicYT1RBY
Louie HappasN1VUW
Keith TripplettN1HLK
Bob ShediacN1K1PKX

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.


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

17 May RIAFMRS Flea (Forestdale RI)
18 May MIT Flea
21 May Assistive Technology Conference
25-26 MayWhitman ARC Flea
30 May - 1 Jun ARRL Atlantic Div Conv (Rochester NY)
15 Jun MIT Flea
28-29 JunField Day
19 JulNE Antique RC (Nashua NH)
20 JulMIT 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.


Eastern Mass Public Safety Net

The EMA Public Safety Net will be held every Tuesday at 2100hrs on 145.230 The net is a forum type net for Public Safety subjects. All Amateurs are welcome.

Any input for the net should be sent to net managers: KA1TTG Bob Ankenbauer (Somerville Ma PD) at ka1ttg@juno.com or on packet to N1GJO Tom Mc Laughlin (Newton FD) at N1GJO@KA1TUZ.FN42JH.MA.USA.NA

73 Dick
rcdoherty@juno.com
KA1TUZ@KA1TUZ.FN42JH.MA.USA.NA


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, May 25) 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

Here's the preable for the EMA Section Net.


FCC Issued Call Sign Update

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

ExtraAdvancedTech/GenNovice
AA1SDKE1HPN1ZDCKB1CDN


Got A Question?

Ed. Sorry, no space for questions this month, but keep them coming and come back again next month.

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)
  • 21 May 1997
  • 18 June 1997
  • 16 July 1997
  • 20 August 1997
  • 17 September 1997
  • 15 October 1997
  • 9 June 1997
  • 14 July 1997
  • 11 August 1997
  • 8 September 1997
  • 13 October 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, June 9th. 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 May 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.