Minutes of the Boston Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting
February 4, 1998
Recorded by Ed Hennessy, N1PBA, Club Secretary
Present were Bob Cassell, N1ENS, EC; Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ, VP; Mike
Ardai, N1IST, President; Paul Carter, N1TMF, SPARC Editor; Arthur Ashley,
N1NHZ, Membership Services; Ed Hennessy, N1PBA, Secretary; Frank Murphy,
N1DHW; Bob Salow, WA1IDA, Public Service; Jim Clogher, N1ICN, Treasurer;
Bill Ricker, N1VUX; Ralph Walton, N1KOI.
The meeting began at approximately 6:55 PM.
- Mike, N1IST, mentioned that donations to the club are strong this year.
Many people have been donating to BARC with their membership renewals.
Mike felt that there is a higher percentage of members donating this year
than in the past.
- The group discussed ways to save money on the newsletter, one of our
major expenses. Right now, the newsletter costs approximately $125 per
month to print, and 32 cents per issue for postage. Split another way,
it costs $8.14 per year for issues of the SPARC (some of these issues go
to non-members), or 68 cents per issue for printing and postage. We will
try to cut back to four sheets per issue plus inserts (rather than 5 plus
inserts), which will save approximately $25 per month.
- The club needs to find a new meeting location for General Meetings.
Not only is our sponsor at the Volpe Center retiring, but it costs the
club $78 per meeting to pay for the security guard. We MUST find a new
location, and soon. Several people will look into leads, but all members
are encouraged to help find a new spot. The only stipulations are that
it be in Boston (or Cambridge), be T accessible, have reasonable parking
available, and be handicapped accessible. Any and all suggestions are
welcome -- contact any Executive Committee member.
- The group also addressed ways to get more people to attend meetings.
One suggestion was made to make meetings more social. Food and drink are
prohibited in the Volpe auditorium, but if they are allowed in Room 120,
then at the next meeting we will try to have some munchkins or some
- BARC's Emergency Response team is being formed. Ed Burg, N1VSJ, has
volunteered to head this up (Mike Kass, N1YER, had to step down). More
info will follow, since there are still some administrative details Ed
needs to take care of.
- The ARES training for BARC ARES team members will be held soon. The
EMA section ARES team is just getting started, and their training program
needs approval before they can use it. As soon as it is approved, a 2
hour ARES training session will be held. Details will follow as soon as
the training is ready to go.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:55 PM.