The SPARC

Volume X, Number 11; November 1998
Newsletter of the Boston Amateur Radio Club
A Special Service Club of the ARRL

November Meeting
This month's general meeting will be held at the Boston Back Bay Salvation Army Building, at 7:30 PM, Thursday November 19.


Our President Speaks
Ed Hennessy N1PBA

Can it be November already? My calendar usually doesn't lie, so it must be true. November is a busy month for BARC and amateur radio. It's also the last good antenna-hanging weather before the really cold stuff gets here (please tell the antennas-they would rather need work in the dead of winter!)

For contesters, there are two Sweepstakes which run in November. The first is the November Sweepstakes, CW, which runs November 7-9. The November Sweepstakes, Phone runs on the 21st through the 23rd. There are two contests in December, as well-the 160-Meter and the 10 Meter contests.

The BARC Holiday Party menu is set. The flyer for the dinner will appear in this month's SPARC. It's again buffet style, and those of us who attended last year found the food to be plentiful and delicious. This year's dinner should be no different.

Even if you are not able to attend the dinner, please take a look at the flyer. There's a blank on there for your vote for BARC's "Ham of the Year." Start thinking of whom you would like to recognize this year for their work and dedication to the club. Choose someone, and then send the person's call in to the club PO box on the dinner form in the space provided. The deadline for returning your vote is firm, because we need some time to have a plaque made up in time for presentation at the Holiday Dinner.

Recently, there has been an increase in inquiries at local Radio Shacks about amateur radio and how to get started. At one point, BARC had flyers at several of the area stores. Those are long gone, and they were from the ARRL with BARC contact info on them. We need to again stock the local RS stores with information; it would be better for us if we had a flyer specific to BARC and ham radio in the Boston area. Guy, KB1CRY, has agreed to develop a less generic flyer for us. Thanks, Guy. Once Guy's finished, we will need members to volunteer to take stacks of the flyers to their local Radio Shack. Please volunteer to take some to RS. It will only take a minute or two, especially if you're stopping by already. These flyers will be available to everyone for posting at workplaces, other electronic stores, you name it. Let's talk up amateur radio and BARC every chance we get.

Along the same lines, if you have pictures, flyers, ideas, and/or some time, please contact Mike, N1IST. Mike is working on a display board to bring to public service events and other events where the public may wonder about amateur radio and BARC.

The BARC Repeater Operating Guide will be out soon. It's been completed and is being reviewed and proofread as I write.

The date for the Tour of the Logan Fire Department is December 13th. Details will appear elsewhere in the SPARC.

And finally, we are trying out a "new" format for the BARC net. It's actually the old format, with a true round robin discussion. Each station checked in will be called and asked what they have to bring to the net. The object is to try to make the net more than just a place for officers to announce upcoming events. Everyone is welcome, with whatever questions they may have. Remember-the only stupid question is the one you don't ask! We'll be trying a few different things to encourage net participation and to encourage new hams to check in and say hello. Basically, we want to make the net a friendly place where people participate, not just a place to read or hear SPARC announcements... So check in Mondays at 2100 local time (9:00 PM) and say hello. The first net in this new format will be on Monday November 9th. If there's something you'd like to hear, see, or learn about in the club, this is one place to do it. And remember that if you can't make the net, the other officers and I are always available for ideas, comments, questions, and complaints. BARC is YOUR club, not mine. What do YOU want from BARC?

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, as well.

73 de Ed, N1PBA


BARC Holiday Dinner Again at Ruggeri's

Last year's Holiday Dinner at Ruggeri's Happy Haddock in Medford went so well, we decided to do it again!

Please reserve Wednesday, December 16 for the BARC holiday buffet dinner and awards presentation. The formal announcement and reservation form is enclosed in this month's SPARC. Aside from the food and fun, BARC's Ham of the Year award will be presented at the party. Get out your pen and your checkbook and get ready for some real holiday cheer!


Nominate Your "Ham of the Year"
Bob Salow WA1IDA

Yes, there are many members who contribute to the club in outstanding ways, but one of them must stick in your mind as special. Each year BARC awards the "Ham of the Year" to someone nominated by the membership. This is your chance to make it happen.

The announcement for the BARC Holiday Dinner, which is included with this issue of The SPARC, has a place for you to state your choice. Even if you can't make it to the dinner (and miss the great time), you can still nominate your choice. Think about it.


Logan Airport Fire Department Tour

BARC will have a tour of the Logan Airport Fire Department on December 13th. Contact Dick Doherty KA1TUZ if you are interested.


Newton ERT To Meet

BARC is sponsoring a Newton Emergency Response Team meeting on Thursday, November 12th, 7:30 PM at Newton Police Headquarters, 1321 Washington Street, West Newton, MA.

Please contact Dick Doherty KA1TUZ or Bob Salow WA1IDA for further details.


November General Meeting

This month's general meeting will be held at the Boston Back Bay Salvation Army Building, at 7:30 PM, Thursday November 19.

Peter Ostroskey will speak on the implementation and operation of 9-1-1 in Massachusetts from the SETB Agency perspective. He will include some information on the Mobile PSAP, which was on display at the MEMA Public Safety Fair.

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).


Correction:
Eastern Mass Web Page Is Alive (Really!)

The URL for the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section web page in last month's SPARC was incorrect. The actual address is http://www.qsl.net/ema-arrl.

(Ed.: I checked this URL personally. It was correct as of the morning of 11/8/98.)


BARC Member Webpage Exchange

Recognizing the popularity of personal web pages, BARC is now publishing the URLs of member webpages on our webpage. To be linked to one of the best ham radio webpages available, please send your URL to: Mike Ardai N1IST n1ist@netcom.com


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 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.


Latest FCC Sequential Calls

The following is a list of the FCC sequentially assigned call signs issued in the First District as of October 5, 1998:

ExtraAdvancedGeneral/Technician/Novice
AA1UCKE1KJKB1DHK

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


Got A Question?

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.


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: erc@world.std.com


I See the Future
Events Ahead

21 NovWARA/1200RC Auction (Newton)
16 DecBARC Holiday Dinner
23 JanNE Antique RC Flea (Nashua NH)
7 MarMt Tom ARA Flea (Westfield)
18 AprMIT Flea
7-8 MayHoss Traders Flea (Rochester NH)

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


SATERN Net on 145.23

BARC is pleased to host the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network Net on Friday Nights at 9pm on the 145.23 repeater.

The SATERN Net is much like the public safety net, but is used to pass information on The Salvation Army Disaster Services, and Disasters throughout the US and the World. SATERN members as well as the general Amateur Radio community in general are invited to join the net and participate. The first few nets will be a time to get organized, but we hope to get this up and running quickly.

Anyone wanting more info on SATERN can contact Mike Koenemund KB1CKF at: 147 Berkeley Street Boston, MA 02116-5197 KB1CKF@qsl.net or MassDisaster@juno.com KB1CKF@KA1TUZ.7N42JH.MA.USA.NA


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 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)

  • 16 December 1998 (Holiday Dinner)
  • 21 January 1999
  • 18 February 1999
  • 18 March 1999
  • 15 April 1999
  • 20 May 1999
  • 14 December 1998
  • 11 January 1999
  • 8 February 1999
  • 8 March 1999
  • 12 April 1999
  • 10 May 1999
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 www.barc.org/barc. 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.

Now on our web page are the club articles: www.barc.org/barc/articles.html and bylaws: www.barc.org/barc/bylaws.html. 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, December 14th. 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 wondobob@juno.com


The BARC Business Meeting

Read the November 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, December 2nd. 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
PresidentEd Hennessy N1PBA (617) 391 8257
ehenness@natick-amed02.army.mil  n1pba@ka1tuz
Vice PresidentDick Doherty KA1TUZ (617) 969 4880
rcdoherty@juno.com   ka1tuz@ka1tuz
SecretaryMichael Ardai N1IST (617) 738 8652
n1ist@netcom.com   n1ist@k1ugm
TreasurerJim Clogher N1ICN n1icn@ka1tuz
VE (Exam) TeamBob Wondolowski N1KDA (508) 865 5822
wondobob@juno.com
MembershipArthur Ashley N1NHZ (617) 661 2988
 Patricia Allen KE1GD barcmember@aol.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 1998, 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.