Minutes of the Boston Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting
March 4, 1998
Recorded by Paul Carter N1TMF, SPARC Editor
Present were Mike Ardai, N1IST, President; Arthur Ashley,
N1NHZ, Membership Services; Paul Carter, N1TMF, SPARC Editor; Mike Kass,
Bob Cassell, N1ENS, EC; Jim Clogher, N1ICN, Treasurer; Dick Doherty,
Steve Feinstein, KB1CIX; Bob Salow, WA1IDA, Public Service;
Bill Ricker, N1VUX; Ralph Walton, N1KOI.
The meeting began at approximately 6:55 PM.
- Mike, N1IST, announced that we have a new meeting place! Thanks
to Mike Koenemund, KB1CKF, we will be able to have our General
meetings at the Boston Salvation Army building in Berkeley St. This
location meets our needs of having parking, T accessibility and
handicap access. We also don't have to pay, saving the club $78 a
month. The new general meeting date will be the third Thursday of the
month (conflicting only with the Wellesley club.) A formal vote to
move the general meeting to the Salvation Army building starting in
April was taken, the Executive Committee approving the move.
- Although not a requirement for letting us use the space, Boston
Salvation Army would like to see BARC members helping them with SATURN
and Canteen Service.
- BARC will be giving preparation classes for the Technician
Class license exam. The classes will be every Monday and Wednesday
night, 7pm to 9pm, from Mar. 23 to April 8 at the Pierce School - the
same place and room where we hold the VE session. Mike is looking for
people to teach - not necessarily all classes, one topic in one
session is fine.
- Mike also points out that the club needs a new president this
- Arthur, N1NHZ asked if there is going to be any follow-up for
people who volunteered for ARES. N1VUX said that there will soon be
- Mike, N1YER is continuing the research and paperwork on the
club's tax-exempt status. Since no state agency seems to have a record
of us, he gets to start from scratch!
- He also announces that this month's speaker at the general
meeting will be National Guard Colonel Gavigan.
- Bob, WA1IDA asked if any action has been taken on making
general meetings more attractive to attend. Aside from our new
location, there were refreshments at the last one!
- Bob points out that the BAA is requesting 30% more hams for the
Marathon this year than last, so we need more volunteers. To get the
"one previous event" experience required for the marathon, there is
the MS walk on Mar 28. Ed Berg, N1VSJ is coordinator.
- Bob, N1ENS provided N1IST with copies of the BARC constitution
and bylaws, which Mike will update and distribute.
- Bob asks if he should try to contact the USS Salem again to see
if BARC can set up a shack there. Everyone thought that would be a
good idea and he will. If we do get space, BARC has radios and
antennas already, and N1ENS will be the control operator.
- Bill, N1VUX notes that APRS will be moving to 144.39, probably
in May or June. 2M AM operations will have to move (again!) and they
want a new frequency recognized in ARRL Band Plans. This is in the
- Bill will also work on getting room at Northeastern University
for another BARC exam class, probably in May.
- Steve, KB1CIX, asked if the club has some of the ARRL video
library for new hams. We have videos on packet and hams in space -
getting more is a good idea. He asked if the Salvation Army could be
persuaded to bring a canteen truck to Field Day, and he pointed out
that www.qsl.net offers free web pages and e-mail to hams.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:10 PM.