Volume X, Number 9; September 1998
Newsletter of the Boston Amateur Radio Club
A Special Service Club of the ARRL

September Meeting
This month's general meeting will be held at the Boston Back Bay Salvation Army Building, at 7:30 PM, Thursday September 17.

Hams Needed For Jimmy Fund Marathon Walk

To benefit the Jimmy Fund, a walk along the 26-mile Marathon route will be held again this year on Sunday, 27 September. The event is sponsored by the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to support cancer research for children, and the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) produces it.

The BAA has once again asked BARC to coordinate the emergency and administrative communications along the route of the Jimmy Fund Marathon Walk. Some of the technical operations are tested here for the Boston Marathon, increasing the value of the participating hams.

The event is smaller than the "real" Marathon, and is an excellent opportunity to gain public service experience with less stress. Working directly for the BAA, we have been requested to staff the 13 Walker "Refueling" stations. All these stations provide water, food and rest. All stations will provide water, food and rest. The Red Cross plans First Aid services at all stations. The Finish Medical areas and the supervisory functions will also be covered.

Our ham operation is expected to be on 2 meters and 70 cm, with approximately 20 to 25 hams needed. Your help is valuable. If you are available for this important public service event (even if you have not participated before), please call Bob Salow, WA1IDA, at 508.650.9440 from 0900 to 2300 or send email to as soon as possible.

All You Can Eat And Public Service, Too

Here's a ham public service event where the reward might be better than the job. WGBH, the public TV channels 2 and 44, and FM radio, will its annual FunFest on both Saturday, 12 Sept. and Sunday, 13 Sept. at and around the station on Western Avenue in Allston.

As in past years, thousands of people are expected. We have been asked to provide communications for the safety and management of the crowd and their vehicles. It's a compact area, so 2-meter simplex HTs can be used. About 10 hams are needed each day.

Although such a good cause (and good publicity for us) doesn't need it, here's the good part: all volunteers get to eat all the ice cream you can consume (urp!).

If you can help either or both days (from 1100 to 1600), get more information by calling Mike Kass, N1YER, at 781.891.1682, or Bob Salow, WA1IDA, at 508.650.9440.

Ham Awareness Day

Saturday, September 19 is Ham Awareness Day, during which, we attempt to bring Amateur Radio to the attention of the general public (favorably!) This year, BARC will have an information table at the Boston Back Bay Salvation Army, Columbus Street side from 10am to 4pm. Members should find manning the table a lot of fun, and don't forget your radio!

Contact Dick KA1TUZ for more details.

Newton Forming ERT

The City of Newton is forming an Emergency Response Team, and BARC members who live in Newton are invited to join. Jay Moskow WA1WIS is in charge of the effort now, with Dick Doherty KA1TUZ and Bob Salow WA1IDA assisting. Interested members can contact the team via the club post office box:

Boston Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 15585
Boston, MA 02215-0011

MEMA Public Safety Fair Saturday, September 26, 1998 9a.m. - 2p.m. State headquarters Rte. 9, Framingham, MA

Free admission - free parking, entertainment & information for the whole family! See the latest technology in Public safety.

Attention local emergency managers! Display your equipment! Bring your emergency vehicles, antique fire trucks, D.A.R.E. car, motorcycles etc....!

Call 508-697-3600 for more information.

September General Meeting

This month's general meeting will be held at the Boston Back Bay Salvation Army Building, at 7:30 PM, Thursday September 17.

This month, Terry Strader KA8SCP will speak on "Emergency Communications Update for Eastern Massachusetts". Topics will include RACES, ARES and Skywarn activities as well as what is happening within MEMA.

If there is time, he will discuss how AOL and the Radio Communications Forum are setting up a model for emergency communications via AOL and Amateur Radio operators.

Terry Strader is MEMA Area 1 Communications Officer, ARRL EMA District Emergency Coordinator for RACES-NE, Skywarn Net Control Station and the past President of PART of Westford. Also, he is the AOL Radio Communications Forum Leader.

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).

Will the Postal Plot Slow Down Your Newsletter?

If you live in a community that had only one ZIP Code, and after the change your community still has only one ZIP Code, skip this article and enjoy the rest of the SPARC. But, if the Postal Plot added more ZIP Code(s) to your community, do this now: Notify Bob Salow, the Keeper of the Database at 508.650.9440 or

Please do this promptly since incorrect ZIP Codes will soon delay your mail and cost the club significant expense in forwarding notices. The USPS has told the local residents (that's you) their new ZIP Code assignments (including all nine digits), but have made it difficult for small mailers like BARC to determine these changes. We depend on you, the afflicted, to help yourself get your mail more quickly and to help BARC save money.

ARRL Website for Members Only

In case you didn't see the reference to it in September QST (p.58), the ARRL web site has a new section for ARRL members only.


To join the members section you must give your: Callsign/ID Membership number Password

Here's what is there already (or will be added soon):

Searchable QST/QEX index QST Product Review archive Expanded ARRL Lab reports Membership status (update/renew/etc)

Advanced look at the next issue of QST including full copies of: Product reviews Announcements Contest results

You can sign up for e-mail delivery of: ARRL Letter W1AW bulletins The new ARRL E-Magazine Receive a reminder when your license is about to expire New product information

When? It went live on September 1st!

Tom Frenaye, K1KI
ARRL New England Division Director

Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF
ARRL New England Division Vice Director

Eastern Mass Web Page Is Alive

After months (years?) of rigor mortis, the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section now has a revived web page. You will find news and data of interest to clubs, local hams and hams everywhere. There are links to the web pages of many clubs and to all kinds of technical information.

It is continually being updated with the latest news and connections. Of course, if you would like to have something linked or added, or have a suggestion, just send a message to the webmaster by clicking on the EMA-ARRL button.

You will find the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section web page at The web page has been resurrected by, and will be maintained by, BARC member Elaine, N1GTB.

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

Editor's Notes

The "red-eye" from the left coast to Boston has taken its toll on me this weekend, and I don't know how coherent I can be. It looks as if band underutilization is as common in SoCal as here. Looking at all the 1200 MHZ repeaters in the ARRL directory for SoCal, I decided to take my HT for the band and see what these folks were up to. Unlike here, some of the machines in the directory existed. Like here, there was almost no 23cm activity. One repeater near Mt. Wilson, which had great coverage, was dead the entire time I was listening.

When the FCC auctions off almost all our UHF and microwave bands, will you be able to object: "Hey! I use those frequencies!" Will you be able to say that you were ever there?

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.

For Sale: Shelf Unit for Radio Stuff

I have a 7' X ~30" upright shelf unit with a foldout "secretary" type table that I once used for my radio shack. It is not beautiful but I found it to be quite functional. Moving stuff around and it is in the way nowadays. How about $10?


Ham Gear for Sale

I am still looking for a buyer for a 6-month- old, brand-new Yaesu FT-900/CAT HF transceiver.

I have placed it back in its original box, and it has all the manuals.

Also included is a Bencher low-pass filter and CAT controller.

I paid about $1300, and am looking for $1000 or best offer.

Please email directly to (or

Scott Ehrlich WY1Z

Are you a BARC member and you have a treasure you must turn to cash? 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.

It is simply not true that life is one damned thing after another. It's the same damned thing over and over again.

Latest FCC Sequential Calls

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


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.

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:

I See the Future
Events Ahead

12-13 SeptWGBH Ice Cream Festival
13 SepSEMARA Flea (S Dartmouth)
19 SepHam Awareness Day
19 SepRIFMRS Flea (Forestdale RI)
20 SepMIT Flea
26 SepMEMA Public Safety Fair
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)
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 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)

  • 15 October 1998
  • 19 November 1998
  • 17 December 1998
  • 21 January 1999
  • 18 February 1999
  • 18 March 1999
  • 5 October 1998 (Note date)
  • 9 November 1998
  • 14 December 1998
  • 11 January 1999
  • 8 February 1999
  • 8 March 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 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

Now 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, October 5th. 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 September 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, October 7th. 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  n1pba@ka1tuz
Vice PresidentDick Doherty KA1TUZ (617) 969 4880   ka1tuz@ka1tuz
SecretaryMichael Ardai N1IST (617) 738 8652   n1ist@k1ugm
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.