Volume X, Number 6; June 1998
Newsletter of the Boston Amateur Radio Club
A Special Service Club of the ARRL

June Meeting
This month's general meeting will be held at the Boston Back Bay Salvation Army Building, at 7:30 PM, Thursday June 18. Elections for all club offices will be held at this meeting.

QNC de Mike Ardai, N1IST

Once again, as the number of people helping plan Field Day shows, BARC has a serious problem with participation. I hope to see a lot more people stop in at Field Day and help with setup, takedown, and with operations. We will be at Larz Anderson Park (the usual place) from 0900 on Saturday thru about 1600 on Sunday. The actual contest runs from 1400 Saturday to 1400 Sunday.

As most of you know, BARC elections are coming up. Nominations opened at the May business meeting, and will remain open until each election at the June general meeting. If you are interested in running for office, please come to the June general meeting on the 18th.

Thanks to everyone who has helped BARC out at the various public service events and drills this past month, including Aviation Expo, the Assistive Technology fair, the Chelsea fire, and the hurricane and airplane crash drills. Not only does this help the community, but also it helps publicize BARC and ham radio. As we have discovered at so many of these events, we are often called in to operate in some agencies' facility or vehicle. Often, these have ham antennas already installed, but many people couldn't take advantage of them because they didn't have the right adapters with them. Please take this time to gather up the following adapters and keep them in your jump kit:

Total cost of this stuff is under $10, much less if you scrounge bits, and it will save lots of hassles when trying to set up an emergency station.

With summer (and vacation) season upon us again, I once more have to remind people not to discuss vacations and trips on the air until after they get back. Remember - anyone with a scanner can listen in on the ham bands, and the callbook will tell them where you live. By telling your ham friends that you will be at Disney World starting on July 1st (or telling them that the reason they haven't heard n1xyz lately is that he is traveling for business and won't be back for another two weeks), you are also letting the bad guys know that they can find an unoccupied house, likely loaded with valuable electronics, and they have plenty of time to clean it out.

If you are an ARRL member, you might also want to look into their radio insurance. It's a very good plan that even covers your gear when it is portable (just in case someone drives over it at Field Day :-)


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 27 and 28.

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.

We need people to help with food, transportation, PR and operating equipment. Anyone who can help please contact me as soon as possible.

Ed Burg N1VSJ
978-952-6474 (Home)

Assistive Technology Conference 1998
Bob Salow, WA1IDA

As a public service opportunity for hams, this was an experience like no other. On Friday May 29, twenty-seven hams supported the Massachusetts Assistive Technology Partnership (MATP) in managing a conference and exhibit of technological equipment, services and information for persons of all disabilities and the providers of their support.

About 3500 people attended a full day of seminars and workshops, and met over 100 high (and a few low) tech exhibitors. The hams provided communication for special needs of the attendees and the resulting administrative issues. The event used the exhibit floor and six meeting rooms of the World Trade Center in Boston.

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 found this activity so rewarding that they thanked the sponsors for letting them serve. It was truly an experience to be there.

Our commitment to public service is illustrated by the fact that this was a full day on a weekday. Some of the hams took the day off from work to serve. While most hams were BARC members, some came from other areas of Eastern Massachusetts.

In addition to the communications support, we were given our own large exhibit booth to promote ham radio. This year we found an unusually strong interest in ham radio as a hobby among the attendees. In addition to local interest, we had inquiries from Western MA, NH, ME and RI.

The hams that participated were:

We Could Not Have Done It Without You
Bruce Pigott KC1US

Those are the words of David Hirschberg, director of the Walk for Hunger. He went on to complement the dedication and skills of the hams. All the Project Bread staff were extremely happy about the work the radio operators did, both communicating and making the coordinators' jobs easier. Also overheard were comments about some cell phones not working, but 'Those Amateur Radios all worked!" The May 3rd walk generated pledges totaling $2.8 million, which was $100 thousand above Project Bread's plan. The food banks and pantries throughout Massachusetts, and the families using them will benefit by our efforts.

I want to thank each operator whether was it working mobile with a Marshal, at the checkpoints and buses, on the vans, as a coordinator shadow, or at net control. This event is a long day between setup and the last station shut down. It is your initiative and experience that make a very large event like this a success. This was my first year coordinating activities, and many comments were heard on how smoothly the day went. We are all part of a team supporting over 40,000 walkers and more than 1,000 volunteers.

If you have any comments on the day's activities, please send a note to, or to my callbook address. See you next year on May 2nd.

Nominations Open for 1998-9 Club Officers

BARC will elect our President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary for the 1998-9 term at the June 1998 meeting. Any club member can nominate a person for these offices. Nominations should be given to a member of the nominating committee:

Paul Carter N1TMF

Renato Donadio N1XBR

My Antenna Story
Bob Wondolowski, N1KDA

I write this in the hopes that those who are in difficult antenna situations may find their gears turning and maybe find a solution to being radio inactive.

When I lived in Swampscott I had sort of an absentee landlord. My putting up an antenna and a few eye hooks into the roof for guy wires was probably an improvement to the house. When I moved to Millbury it was quite a different situation. I live on the top floor of a triple-decker, each floor of which is separately owned. My brother-in-law and his wife own the apartment we live in, and they have no problem with my putting an antenna on the roof (which, incidentally, is easily accessible from our deck). The two women on the first and 2nd floors, however, are not as sympathetic.

When we first moved in my first radio goal was to get set up to be able to hit 145.230. Being unable to use the roof for an antenna, I came up with the following plan. I bought a 42-gallon waste paper basket, filled it with 2 80-pound bags of cement, which I mixed right up on the deck, and left a hole in the middle for a mast. I also put in several metal posts for attachment to a U-bolt around the mast. I purchased a 36 foot telescoping mast from Radio Shack and the usual 100 lb. monofilament fishing line which I use as guy wire (it is strong, transparent, and has give at the same time). As soon as I started to assemble the mast I was visited by the woman on the first floor, whom I reassured that all would be safe, that the antenna would not put a hole in the roof or tear down the deck, and that the antenna would be properly grounded so as not to serve as a lightning rod. I also told her that if I ever saw that the antenna was unsafe I would take it down. I was the last one who wanted to see anything happen. I assured her also that if any damage were ever caused by my work, then I would take care of it. With that reassurance she left and promptly called my brother & sister -in-law to complain.

It turned out that I had to enlist the help of my friend, Ken, and my Dad, N1LST to raise the mast, which was pretty heavy. After all was said and done and we had it up about 28 wobbly feet, guyed it down temporarily, and tried to hit 145.230, we found that I could barely make the repeater. KA1KHK and I had a brief QSO in which he could hardly read me. I wasn't comfortable with raising the last section of the mast, because the area on the deck where we had located it didn't lend itself to great guying opportunities, nor was the deck the strongest that had ever been built. So we took it all down, and I built a table on top of the bucket, utilizing the mast hole as a space for an umbrella holder. (The following week we were away and apparently we had 70 mile an hour winds here, so my decision was a good one).

A few weeks ago I noticed that the table that I had built was pretty rotted. The gears started to spin. I discarded the table, moved the bucket to a corner of the deck, and pulled out my R-5. I assembled the R-5, put it up, and guyed it down, to my satisfaction. I tried it out, and it tuned to everything but 17 meters. Later on it tuned even to 17. The next step was to ground it. I waited until both of my neighbors had gone to watch a high school baseball game, pulled out the rather thick ground wire that I had used in Swampscott, measured it, and found that it would more than sufficiently reach the ground. I had purchased an 8-foot copper ground rod from the Shack in anticipation of this momentous event, and I pulled that out. Inch by painful inch I pounded it into the ground, under the 1st floor porch. I secured the wire to the mast & antenna, and let it down. I secured it to the grounding rod and pounded the rod below the surface. Then I secured the heavy gauge ground wire to the deck at various heights so that it would remain rather unseen, and not bang against the porch when the wind blew.

Lo & behold, they came home just as I was finishing. They asked me what the wire was, and I came down and explained to them how a ground rod works, the importance of reaching the water table, etc. I also explained to them that the antenna was supported by 1) an inner wooden mast 2) 6 feet of a Radio Shack mast and 3) the thick pipe which was the actual mast, the cement, the guy wires, etc. I couldn't believe it when they said that they didn't have a problem with it and we went on to talking about the Internet. There was much rejoicing in Mudville that day.

I think that my explanations of how I had covered all the bases, and of how I really had tried (and succeeded!) to make the ground wire inconspicuous and safe had a lot to do with their acceptance. Needless to say, I will keep an eye on it, especially when high winds and hurricanes come along, but I am slightly ecstatic that my Plan D (A=roof; B=5 foot mast; C=table) finally worked. There is hope!!!

June General Meeting

This month's general meeting will be held at the Boston Back Bay Salvation Army Building, at 7:30 PM, Thursday June 18. Elections for all club offices will be held at this meeting.

BARC General meetings are held at the Boston Back Bay Salvation Army Building, corner of Berkeley St. and Columbus Ave. near Copley Square, in the third floor auditorium.

Parking is available; the entrance to the parking lot is from Columbus Ave. (across the street from the firehouse). It is also T accessible, the nearest T stations are Back Bay on the Orange and Purple lines (exit the rear of the station by the busway and walk down Columbus) and Copley or Arlington on the Green line (use the Berkeley Street exit).

Editor's Notes

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 , snail mail at 11 Commonwealth Court Apt#15, Brighton, MA 02135, and most if not all BARC club nets and general meetings.

Latest FCC Sequential Calls

The following is a list of the FCC sequentially assigned call signs issued in the First District as of June 3, 1998:


Note: All Technician/General 1x3 calls have been assigned; calls will now be assigned from the Novice group.

Got A Question?

Ed Hennessy, N1PBA is in the market for a dual-band HT and wonders what people think is the "best". The main requirement is that it puts out 5W, simultaneous receive on both bands is not necessary. What is your favorite dual-bander and why?

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.

Senator Barry Goldwater, K7UGA, SK

Former US Senator, onetime presidential candidate, and noted radio amateur Barry Goldwater, K7UGA, died May 29. He was 89. Goldwater had suffered a stroke in 1986 and had been in failing health.

A staunch conservative, Goldwater was the 1964 Republican presidential nominee and served five terms in the US Senate. He also authored the book Conscience of a Conservative. Goldwater retired from politics in 1986. His home was in Scottsdale, Arizona.

As a Senator, Goldwater's legacy included several pieces of Amateur Radio-related legislation. In 1964, Goldwater's bill to allow reciprocal operating agreements between the US and other countries was signed into law. It was his work on the bill that prompted the Arizona Senator to renew his interest in ham radio after a long absence.

Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign tried to tap into his ham radio connections with a "Hams for Barry" fundraising effort. He took time out of the campaign to address the ARRL National Convention in New York City, on the occasion of the League's 50th anniversary. In his remarks, Goldwater reminisced about his youthful foray into Amateur Radio as 6BPI. He was first licensed in 1921, and joined the ARRL in 1923. "You can't imagine what a relaxation ham radio is for me," the campaign-weary Goldwater told the gathering. He related how, during the GOP Convention earlier that summer, he'd made several hundred contacts from his hotel room using a borrowed Collins S-line. The convention presented Goldwater with a certificate of appreciation for his work on behalf of the hobby (see QST, Oct 1964, p 80). Goldwater lost the 1964 election to Lyndon Johnson.

While serving as chairman of the Senate Communications Subcommittee in 1981, Goldwater introduced landmark legislation proposing several changes to the Communications Act affecting amateurs. In 1982, Congress finally approved and President Reagan signed what came to be known as the Goldwater Amateur Radio legislation, enacted as Public Law 97-259. The measure established the Amateur Auxiliary and the volunteer examination programs, permitted 10-year license terms, and exempted Amateur Radio from the secrecy provisions in the Communications Act. The Goldwater bill also ended years of Congressional wrangling and authorized the FCC to set RFI susceptibility standards for home electronic devices.

A year later, President Reagan signed into law a bill including a Goldwater amendment that allowed the recovery of costs in the Volunteer Examiner program (the FCC didn't authorize the plan until months later, however).

At one point in his ham radio career, Goldwater operated as K3UIG from his Senate office and as K7UGA when he was home in Arizona. He called his Arizona ham shack "bash-hal-ne-ae," which he said was Navajo for "music from iron" or "metal that talks."

Goldwater was a life member of the ARRL. He was elected president of the Quarter Century Wireless Association in 1971. A pilot during World War II, he held the rank of General in the Air Force Reserve and was an active member of Air Force MARS. During the Vietnam War era, Goldwater handled hundreds of thousands of phone patches. He also held a pilot's license and occasionally operated aeronautical mobile.

In 1983, Amateur Radio paid homage to Goldwater as "its governmental protector and advocate" by establishing the $5000 ARRL Scholarship to Honor Barry Goldwater, K7UGA. In announcing the scholarship, then-ARRL Washington Area Coordinator Perry Williams, W1UED, said that Goldwater's Amateur Radio involvement had "brought joy to thousands of members of the armed services stationed overseas, and through his professional career, he has exemplified the principles of commitment and service to one's country and fellow citizens."

Then-FCC Chairman Mark Fowler said the Amateur Radio community was lucky to have Goldwater as its "elder statesman" in government and noted that the FCC often had Goldwater review ham-related proposals before it took action on them.

The Goldwater scholarship, administered by the ARRL Foundation, is awarded each year to a deserving radio amateur to encourage a spirit of achievement and dedication in the field of communication.

ARRL Executive Director David Sumner, K1ZZ, said that of amateurs in the public sector, Goldwater was "without peer." Southwestern Division Director Fried Heyn called Goldwater "a super ham" who was "concerned about the future of Amateur Radio."

Goldwater's first wife, Peggy, died in 1986. The couple's two sons and two daughters and Goldwater's second wife, Susan, are among his survivors.

ARRL Bulletin 39
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 29, 1998

BARC Member Classifieds

Depressed because you have a treasure you must turn to cash and you couldn't make it to the last flea market? 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.

BARC Growth and/or Vanity

It's a rare month when we fail to add a few new members. We publish the names of new members periodically. Please make a special welcome for the following new (or long lost) BARC members:

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:

We Need Your Numbers (Again)

The US Postal Service has announced that starting this month there will be ZIP Code changes for some communities in Eastern Massachusetts. As soon as you find out any change to your ZIP Code, please notify Bob Salow, the keeper of the database, at 508- 650-9440 or

The Postal Service will also tell you the full nine-digit code which can save the club money in mailing costs. After the transition period, an incorrect (old) ZIP will delay your mail, and the resultant address correction notices are expensive to the club. Please help us.

I See the Future
Events Ahead

13 JunBarnstable ARC (Dennis)
21 JunMIT Flea
27-28 Jun Field Day
18 JulNE Antique RC Flea (Nashua NH)
18 JulWARS Flea (Wellesley)
19 JulMIT Flea
8 AugMARC Flea (Gardner)
16 AugMIT Flea
23 AugNoBARC Flea (Adams)
28-30 AugARRL NE Div Convention (Boxboro)
13 SepSEMARA Flea (S Dartmouth)
19 SepRIFMRS Flea (Forestdale RI)
20 SepMIT Flea
27 SepJimmy Fund Marathon Walk
27 Sep Framingham ARA Flea
9-10 OctHoss Traders Flea (Rochester NH)
18 Oct MIT Flea
24 Oct NE Antique RC Flea (Nashua NH)
7 NovIRS Flea (Londonderry NH)
21 NovWARA/1200RC Auction (Newton)

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 or on packet to N1GJO Tom Mc Laughlin (Newton FD) at N1GJO@KA1TUZ.FN42JH.MA.USA.NA

73 Dick

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, or Treasurer Jim Clogher via the club PO box.

Future Meeting Dates
(Third Thursdays at 7:30 pm)
Future Exam Dates
(Second Mondays at 7:00 pm)
  • 18 June 1998
  • 16 July 1998
  • 20 August 1998
  • 17 September 1998
  • 15 October 1998
  • 19 November 1998
  • 17 December 1998
  • 13 July 1998
  • 10 August 1998
  • 14 September 1998
  • 5 October 1998
  • 9 November 1998
  • 14 December 1998
Meetings are at the Salvation Army,
Berkeley and Columbus, Boston
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 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

New on our web page are the club articles: and bylaws: We also run an FTP site at 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, Contact him if you have any comments.

We also run a club e-mail list. To subscribe, send a message to 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...)


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, July 13th. It will be held at the Pierce School at 50 School Street in Brookline, Room 110 next to the cafeteria. The session begins at 7 pm. There is a free parking garage at the circular driveway. If driving, enter School Street from the Washington street side (opposite 394 Washington). Check this this map 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.

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

The BARC Business Meeting

Read the June Business Meeting minutes.

The Boston Amateur Radio Club holds its monthly business meeting on the first Wednesday of each month. The next one will be on Wednesday, July 1st. They are held in the food court of the Lechmere Galleria Mall in Cambridge. We meet at 6:30pm in the lower level, down by the windows facing the lagoon.

This is where the real business of BARC is conducted. If you have any suggestions, questions, or comments, this is where to bring them. Everyone is welcome (and encouraged) to join us at this meeting.

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) 738 8652   n1ist@k1ugm
Vice PresidentDick Doherty KA1TUZ (617) 969 4880   ka1tuz@ka1tuz
SecretaryEd Hennessy N1PBA (617) 391 8257  n1pba@ka1tuz
TreasurerJim Clogher N1ICN n1icn@ka1tuz
VE (Exam) TeamBob Wondolowski N1KDA (508) 865 5822
MembershipArthur Ashley N1NHZ (617) 661 2988
 Patricia Allen KE1GD
Public ServicesBob Salow WA1IDA (508) 650 9440   wa1ida@wa1phy
Newsletter EditorPaul Carter N1TMF (617) 232 6982
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 1997, 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.