Minutes of the Boston Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting
January 7, 1998
Recorded by Ed Hennessy, N1PBA, Secretary
Present were Bill Ricker, N1VUX; Bob Salow, WA1IDA, Public Service; Arthur
Ashley, N1NHZ, Membership Services; Paul Carter, N1TMF, SPARC Editor; Dick
Doherty, KA1TUZ, VP; Mike Ardai, N1IST, President; Ed Hennessy, N1PBA,
Secretary; Rusty Hemenway, K1GGS; Jim Clogher, N1ICN, Treasurer; Bob
Cassell, N1ENS, EC.
The meeting began at approximately 1858.
- Mike addressed the problems associated with the loss of the booth at this
year's First Night. He said that for most of BARC's events, contact and
planning info rests with one or two people. This could be disastrous if an
emergency arose and the planners could not complete planning or run an
event. Mike proposed that a list of contact info and planning timelines be
compiled, so that others in the club can take over planning if necessary.
- Speakers for the January and February General Meetings are set. The
January speaker is Lew Collins, speaking on RF safety. The February
speakers are Tom Kinahan and Steve Schwarm, who will speak on APRS. Arthur,
N1NHZ, suggested that we read the RF safety article in the January QST
(p.50) as a good prep for Lew's talk.
- Mike will write an article for the SPARC on the repeater, explaining some
recent developments (like the '1' it speaks at the top of the hour) and he
has a digitized picture of it as well.
- The group discussed the progress of the formation of an ARES group and an
emergency response team in the club. Details will follow as the group
continues to form. Mike Kass, N1YER, is heading the formation of the
emergency response team.
- The club would still like to have a Tech Plus class, but the member who
offered to teach had to back out due to new job responsibilities. Anyone
interested in teaching should contact a member of the Executive Committee.
- Paul, N1TMF, mentioned he joined the Amateur Radio News Service (ARNS) on
behalf of BARC. The membership provides service similar to the AP and
Reuters for amateur radio. ARNS also sponsors a newsletter contest, and
Paul has sent in the December issue of the SPARC as BARC's entry in the
The meeting was adjourned at 2100.