The SPARC

Volume XII, Number 2; February 1999
Newsletter of the Boston Amateur Radio Club
A Special Service Club of the ARRL

February Meeting

This month's general meeting will be held at the Boston Back Bay Salvation Army Building, at 7:30 PM, Thursday February 18, 1999.



Our President Speaks

Ed Hennessy N1PBA

It may only be February, but it's not too soon to think about Field Day. This year, we should be able to have a very successful event, with your help. Our Cochairmen for Field Day are Mike Koenemund, KB1CKF, and Mike Kass, N1YER. They have begun the task of planning the event. They will be asking for your help. Please answer their requests. They will need help in the form of ideas, equipment, manual labor, vehicles (to pick up and drop off items), and time. If you can offer any of these things, please be sure to contact one of the Mikes. In years past, we have gotten a late start for Field Day. This year, let's take advantage of KB1CKF and N1YER's early start and make it the most successful Field Day ever (and that does NOT mean just the number of stations contacted!). And thanks, KB1CKF and N1YER. (Boy, yell out "Mike!" in this club, and a lot of people answer!)

I have not heard from many of you about events or activities you'd like to see BARC doing. I'm not a mind reader--please let us know what YOU want to do. Remember that a club is not just a group of people--it's a group of people with things in common. The fact that we're all hams is too broad. What is YOUR idea of what BARC is? To me, the Boston Amateur Radio Club is YOUR club. I'm here to facilitate things, not to do them myself. In fact, there's no way a club can survive with only a few people doing everything. If you want something done, volunteer to help out. An easy way to help out is to act as BARC net control for the Monday night club net.

In the same way, what are some of the topics you would like to see addressed at a club meeting? Let me know.

Speaking of events, Mike KB1CKF, has also agreed to take care of publicity for the club, due to the contacts he has in his job. If you are running an event, please be sure Mike knows about the details, so he can get us the notice we deserve.

The repeater has been behaving as of late. No, it's not back to full strength yet, but the tweaks we did as a stopgap seem to have helped. The power amp is being looked at, and the new cans are on order and should arrive by the last week of February. In any event, there's no reason to avoid using the repeater in the meantime. The area of coverage is a bit smaller, but for the most part, the interference is a lot better.

For those that may not have heard, the ARRL is now offering free e-mail addresses to its members. The idea is that you will never need to change your e-mail address (and chase down all of the places and people you gave it to), even if you change ISPs often. Your address will be callsign@arrl.net, and this will forward the message to the mailbox you designate. It will be your permanent e-mail address. Details are on the ARRL web page. If you are renewing or signing up for League membership, contact Jim, N1ICN, our treasurer. If you sign up or renew ARRL membership through BARC, the club gets some money from the League.

One final thought: everyone seems to think that cellular phones are a terrific resource. In most times, they are. But every time the traffic conditions get bad (such as a recent Friday when snow had begun to fall and bottled everything up), the cell sites are easily overloaded in areas near the affected highway. Amateur radio repeaters never have this problem, and offer alternate means of communications. We should be proud of this capability and remind non-hams that the mobile telephone systems do indeed have limitations, and that amateur radio will always be there for emergency communications. We need to keep spreading the word to increase awareness, to avoid threats for our spectrum by other users, the FCC, Congress, and so on. We know what a great asset we have and are--let's be sure everyone else knows it too!

The Boston Marathon Runs Again

As if you didn't know, here comes the Boston Marathon. It's hard to imagine how many people depend on our performance in an activity that we hams see as a way to serve the public and at the same time have a fabulous time. Every year for the many years we have done this, we gather the praise of the people and organizations we serve. If there is a downside, it's that doing such a good job we are asked to do more the next time. For many of our public service activities, especially including the Boston Marathon, we are thanked profusely and given more assignments the next year.

Aside from the athletics and the competition, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) has created one of the safest and user-friendly events of its kind in the world. It takes months of planning and over 6000 volunteers to make it so each year. More than 200 hams contribute time and skills toward a small, but vital, part of this classic event.

The Boston Amateur Radio Club is asked each year to coordinate hams for emergency communications along the 26-mile course. In recent years about 130 hams from all over New England (and beyond) have turned out, but there has been a need for even more. For 1999, the BAA wants us to enlist more hands, eyes, ears and radios to support safety and comfort for the runners and spectators.

The BAA requires each ham serving at the Marathon to have at least minimum experience in ham radio public service or emergency communications. This experience can be gained by participating in a public service event before the Marathon on 19 April 1999. The Marathon is an exciting and intense day, so duty at other events can serve as a lower key introduction.

Your help is needed for the 103rd running of the Boston Marathon. Whether you have volunteered before or you're new and haven't done it before, contact Bob Salow, WA1IDA, promptly to get on the mailing list for more information. You will have a great time.

To get the ball rolling, send Bob your name, call sign, mailing address, evening and day phone numbers, and e-mail address. To reach Bob use one of these:

<wa1ida@mediaone.net>

(508) 650-9440

PO Box 3773

Natick MA 01760-0030Yes, you will have a great time, but you can help now by acting NOW.

Hams Needed For the Multiple Sclerosis Walk

The Boston Multiple Sclerosis Walk will be held on Sunday, 11 April from mid-morning to mid afternoon. We have supported this event for many years, protecting the safety of thousands of walkers, and earning the gratitude of the sponsors.

We need about 20 hams to staff the checkpoints, the hazardous locations and shadow the key people. The present plan (like last year, but subject to change) is for the route to start at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, proceed along the Boston side of the Charles River to the Eliot Bridge near Harvard. Crossing into Cambridge, the route continues back along the river to the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge, crossing again into Boston, along the river, finishing at the Esplanade.

While this is a valued ham public service, it is one of the few just before the Boston Marathon. Your help is needed here and at the Marathon. If you are new to ham public service, this MS Walk will give you the required experience to participate at the Marathon. Contact the Coordinator, Ed Burg, N1VSJ to sign up or for more information. You can reach Ed by email at mooseeb@aol.comor by phone at 978.952.6474.

Are You Y2K Ready? We Are!

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has asked the Amateur Radio community to examine its readiness for repeaters to support RACES requirements when 1999 rolls over to 2000. BARC has verified that its Boston repeater on 145.230 MHz will comply. Fortunately, it wasn't much of a problem, since the repeater controller watches only the time and the days of the week, and it doesn't care what year it is.

February General Meeting

This month's general meeting will be held at the Boston Back Bay Salvation Army Building, at 7:30 PM, Thursday February 18, 1999.

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).

Club Officers Needed

BARC will elect our club officers, President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, at the June 1999 meeting. It is not too early to think about running for office, or persuading others to run. We don't have officers for life here, so you have the opportunity to put your ideas for running the club into practice. Responsibility and fame (if not fortune) are there for the willing! Think about it.

Cyberinfo Needed

Really, it was the computer's fault. There was no human intervention. Well, maybe the human should have intervened and checked the computer's sleazy attitude. The problem on the 1999 BARC Membership Information form is that the computer omitted the line asking for electronic addresses. We need this information.

Here's how to show the computer who's smarter: If you are reading this, everyone (member or not), quickly go from the couch to your computer and send the following data to wa1ida@mediaone.net: your name, call sign, e-mail address, Web URL, packet address. If you got 'em, send 'em.

Thanks.

Bob Salow WA1IDA

For Your E-Mail (If You Are An ARRL Member)

Starting 1 February 1999, a new membership service will be available for those wishing to have an ARRL e-mail address, and you won't have to switch Internet providers to do it. In fact, you can change providers any time and your e-mail address need not change. This forwarding service will be free to League members.

The new, personalized League e-mail addresses will consist of the member's call sign @arrl.net. Mail sent to that address will be forwarded automatically to any e-mail account you choose. As long as you remain an ARRL member, you'll never have to notify people of an address change - even if you change Internet service providers.

As soon as the service becomes available, members will be able to sign up quickly and easily through the ARRL Members Only Web Site. If you are not already registered for the Members Only Web Site, you can do so at http://www.arrl.org/members/. Have your ARRL membership number ready; it is found on your QST mailing label.

NESMC Announcement

New England Spectrum Management Council, NESMC, the authorized frequency coordination agency for Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island is pleased to announce that Greg Richardson N1QLS is the Director servicing the Eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod area.

Questions regarding repeater coordination, misuse of frequencies and other spectrum issues can be directed to:

Greg Richardson N1QLS

n1qls@juno.com

NESMC coordinates all repeaters, auxiliary, and links from 10 meters and above. Frequency Spectrum is an amateur radio operators most valuable resource. Please use it wisely.

http://www.nesmc.org

Minutes of the Boston Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting

February 4, 1999

Recorded by Michael Ardai N1IST, Club Secretary

Present were:

Mike Ardai, N1IST, Secretary
Guy Bzibziak, KB1CRY
Paul Carter, N1TMF, SPARC editor
Bob Cassell, N1ENS, Exec committee
Jim Clogher, N1ICN, Treasurer
Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ, Vice President
Ed Hennessy, N1PBA, President
Paul Katz, N1LRT
Mike Koenemund, KB1CKF
Ed Parish, K1EP
Walter Pienton, AA1MA
Bob Salow, WA1IDA, Exec committee

The meeting was called to order at approximately 6:47 p.m.

We are in need of speakers for the general meeting. If you have any ideas who we should get (or what topics you would like to have covered), please let one of us know.

Thanks to AA1MA and KB1CKF for helping out with the BARC audit.

Some GPS receivers will have trouble when the date rolls over this August - contact your vendor for more information.

The duplexers for the repeater will be in mid-February. Meanwhile, whatever has been gronking the repeater has quieted down a bit lately.

We seem to be having trouble finding Net Control stations for the BARC net. Some of this may be due to the recent repeater problems, but, regardless of why it is happening, we need to track down more net controls. If you can help out, contact N1IST or sign up on the BARC web site.

We are considering some changes in the membership categories for next year, including a choice where you only get the SPARC electronically with a discount on the membership rate.

More orange "Emergency Communications" hats will be in soon. They are still only $7.

Guy showed the first prototype of the PR flyer (to be used at Radio Shack, HRO, the MIT Flea, etc.)

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:55 p.m.

The Boston Amateur Radio Club holds its monthly Business meeting on the first Thursday of each month. The next one will be on Thursday March 4, 1999 in the food court of the Cambridgeside 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. All members are welcome (and encouraged) to join us at this meeting.

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 at 7pm on Monday, March 8, 1999 at the Pierce School at 50 School Street in Brookline, Room 110 next to the cafeteria.

There is a free parking garage at the circular driveway. If driving, enter School Street from the Washington street side (opposite 394 Washington,) rather than from Harvard Street. Check:

http://www.barc.org/barc/school_map.gif

for more info.

For those traveling via public transportation, take the "D" branch of the Green Line to the Brookline Village station. Walk north along Harvard street 0.2 miles to School Street, turn left. The Pierce School is on the left. The #66 bus runs on Harvard street, crossing School street.

Talk in 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

(508) 865 5822

wondobob@juno.com
 

Future Meeting Dates
(Third Thursdays at 7:30 pm)
Future Exam Dates
(Second Mondays at 7:00 pm)
  • 18 February 1999
  • 18 March 1999
  • 15 April 1999
  • 20 May 1999
  • 17 June 1999
  • 15 July 1999
  • 19 August 1999
  • 8 March 1999
  • 12 April 1999
  • 10 May 1999
  • 14 June 1999
  • 12 July 1999
  • 9 August 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

BARC Growth

It's a rare month when we fail to add a few new members. Periodically we publish their names so that you can give them a special welcome. There may also be some long lost members who rejoin, so greet them, too.
 
Mark Allyn WA1SEY
Rich Barnett KA1PYJ
Elliot Belin K1PAV
Mike Blackwell KE3IG
Ned Bolle N1IRS
Roberta Crocker  
Kevin Dawson KB1CRX
Rick DeSisto N1IWE
Pat Dever KB1DKT
Dave DiGennaro N1ZDZ
Richard Malone  

In addition, we would like to note here any call sign changes you have made, and honor all members who upgrade. If you fit any of these categories, please promptly notify the Keeper of the Database, Bob Salow, WA1IDA at: 508.650.9440 or email: <wa1ida@mediaone.net>.

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

Catch us on the Internet!

The Boston Amateur Radio Club has a web page at http://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.

New on our web page are the club articles:

http://www.barc.org/barc/articles.html

and bylaws:

http://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. Cheyenne Greatorex, n1qzs@magrathea.com, maintains the FTP site. 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

I See the Future
 
13 Feb MA Algonquin ARC (Marlboro)
18 Feb BARC General Meeting
4 Mar BARC Business Meeting
7 Mar Mt Tom ARA Flea (Westfield)
13 Mar MARC Auction (Gardner)
18 Mar BARC General Meeting
28 Mar Contoocook VRC (Henniker NH)
1 Apr BARC Business Meeting
11 Apr Walk for Multiple Sclerosis®
11 Apr FARA Flea (Framingham)
18 Apr MIT Flea
19 Apr Boston Marathon®
24 Apr NE Antique RC (Nashua NH)
7,8 May Hoss Traders Flea (Rochester NH)
15 May RIAFMRS (Forestdale RI)
16 May MIT Flea

® = Repeater may be used 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.

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.

BARC Net Preamble

Any further business for the repeater before we begin the Boston Amateur Radio Club Net? This is <<YOUR CALL>>.

Calling the Boston Amateur Radio Club net. This is <<YOUR CALL>>, my name is <<YOUR NAME>> and I am located in <<YOUR TOWN>>. This net meets each Monday evening at 9 PM Eastern Time on the 145.23 Boston repeater, PL 88.5. This net is an informal round table discussion concerning matters of interest to the members of the Boston Amateur Radio Club and the Boston Amateur radio community in general. When checking into the net, please say "this is" and drop your carrier to check on doubling. Then give your call sign, name and location. All amateurs are welcome to join the net. Any checkins for the Boston Amateur Radio Club net please call now.

Is there any further business for the net before I close?

Hearing nothing, this is <<YOUR CALL>> closing tonight's session of the Boston Amateur Radio Club Net. I would like to thank everyone who participated in the net and those who stood by while I ran the net. The Boston Amateur Radio Club net will return next Monday evening at 9 PM Eastern Time. This is <<YOUR CALL>> returning the repeater to general amateur use. 73.

Amateur Station Sequentially Assigned Call Signs

The following shows the last call sign in each group to be assigned for each VEC Region under the sequential call sign system as of the 5th of January 1999.
 
Extra AA1UH
Advanced KE1KU
General/Technician/Novice KB1DPL

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.

King Hussein, JY1, SK

Radio amateurs around the world joined in mourning the death over the weekend of Jordan's King Hussein, JY1. Hussein, 63, died Sunday morning. The Middle East's longest-reigning ruler, he'd been Jordan's king for 47 years, taking the throne when he was just a teenager. His son, Abdullah, 37, succeeds him.

Hussein had earned a reputation as a catalyst for peace and as a conciliator in the Middle East. President Clinton is among the heads of state from around the globe gathered in Jordan today for King Hussein's funeral.

Hussein was a life member of the ARRL. ARRL Executive Vice President David Sumner, K1ZZ, called him ''an enthusiastic radio amateur whose support was invaluable to us in obtaining new amateur bands at the 1979 World Administrative Radio Conference.'' Sumner recalled that in May 1979, International Amateur Radio Union President Noel Eaton, VE3CJ, was invited to Amman to meet with King Hussein.

''Jordan's support of the Amateur Service was much in evidence at the conference that fall, and was a crucial element in our success,'' Sumner said. The WARC-79 resulted in Amateur Radio's gaining the 30, 17, and 12-meter bands. That same year, JY1 was featured in the film, ''The World of Amateur Radio.'' Hussein regarded his 1983 contact with Owen Garriott, W5LFL, on board the Space Shuttle Columbia, as a high point in his Amateur Radio activity.

King Hussein also participated in the historic 1995 joint Israel-Jordan JY74X operation on Mt Nebo, where hams from both countries participated in a Field Day-like operation. The King put in appearances both on the air and in person, much to the delight of the participants and those waiting to work him and JY74X.

Hussein's friend Bruce ''Blackie'' Blackburn, W4TA/JY9BB, of St Petersburg, Florida, called him ''one of the world's most respected amateurs'' and recounted many stories about King Hussein as a person and an avid Amateur Radio operator. ''He was a wonderful guy, interested in everything and everyone,'' he said.

Blackburn said King Hussein ''promoted Amateur Radio to the hilt in Jordan'' and saw to it that Amateur Radio classes were instituted in elementary schools. King Hussein also dropped in on meetings of the Royal Jordan Radio Amateur Society in Amman. King Hussein also was involved with the early satellite experiments.

Hussein had been active in recent months from the US while seeking cancer treatment at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic. A QSO with JY1 was considered by many hams to be both an honor and a privilege. His elegant QSL card was prized. AMSAT Area Coordinator Bruce Paige, KK5DO, in Houston, worked JY1 while the king was in the US last summer. ''That was a very exciting moment for me,'' he said.

Pat Kilroy, WD8LAQ, says he enjoyed a three-minute contact on 20 meters with King Hussein in the fall of 1995. ''JY1 was traveling aeronautical mobile, enroute to the United Nations. He insisted on me addressing him simply as 'Hussein','' he said. ''In one of the oldest traditions in Amateur Radio, Hussein upheld that this kinship transverses not only age and nationality, but also between citizen and head of state.

All members of the Jordanian royal family automatically have Amateur Radio privileges in Jordan. Although the new king does not appear to have a call sign, King Hussein's widow--the American-born Queen Noor--is JY1NH. King Hussein's brother, the former Crown Prince Hassan, is JY2HT, while his cousin, Prince Raad, JY2RZ, is chairman of the Royal Jordan Radio Amateur Society.

Special Bulletin 1 ARLX001

From ARRL Headquarters

Newington CT February 8, 1999

FCC Official Meets Hams On Their Own Turf

The FCC's Amateur Radio enforcer, Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, turned up in an unexpected place January 13--75 meters. In what could be an unprecedented move, Hollingsworth, legal advisor for amateur enforcement within the FCC's Compliance and Information Bureau, showed up at around 3894 kHz to discuss enforcement and encourage compliance.

''A couple of them were pretty shocked,'' he said. ''This has never been tried before,'' Hollingsworth said the next morning. He said he broke in on an argument that was growing increasingly nasty in an effort to settle things down, then stayed to discuss enforcement with the hams on frequency.

Hollingsworth says he thinks one key to compliance is just getting people to listen to what he has to say. ''Most people, if you can just get to them on a one-to-one basis, they'll listen,'' he said, reflecting his overall enforcement approach to attempt to reason violators into voluntary compliance rather than writing them up. During his time on the air, Hollinsgworth confronted one individual he'd already been in touch with about alleged on-air misbehavior.

Among other things, he told those on hand that noncompliance and inappropriate on-air behavior could even threaten the hobby's HF allocations. Hollingsworth advised hams to be more tolerant and patient and to avoid confrontation or retaliation.

''We all have to realize we're on a mission here: to save Amateur Radio,'' he said the day after his 75-meter appearance. ''There are going to be licenses lost and fines owed.'' The jammers already are well on their way to ''hanging themselves'' right now, he said.

Even as he preached better behavior, Hollingsworth says he understood from the others on frequency that someone was attempting to jam his signal. ''I hope the monitoring folks were on the frequency too,'' he said.

Hollingsworth advised the hams on 75 to contact him with enforcement problems, and he gave out his e-mail address and telephone number, rholling@fcc.gov, 717-338-2502. ''I don't know what effect it will have,'' he said of his on-air foray. Hollingsworth says he'll ''do what it takes'' to improve amateur compliance, and that could include future on-air visits with amateurs.

''I've gotten a lot of feedback this morning by phone and e-mail asking me to do it more often,'' he said. ''We'll be listening more and asking to be allowed in QSOs more.''

Hollingsworth, who's based in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, took over the FCC's most recent Amateur Radio enforcement initiative last September.

ARRL Bulletin 4 ARLB004

From ARRL Headquarters

Newington CT January 14, 1999

FCC Warns Alleged Major Amateur Offenders

The FCC has issued strong warnings to two amateurs in Indiana and a third in New York who are on the Commission's top ten list of alleged major amateur offenders. The FCC's amateur enforcement point man, Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, says the warning letters sent earlier this month are the last step before the FCC initiates formal enforcement proceedings. One case primarily involved malicious interference on VHF repeaters, while the other two involved interference to a HF net.

''We have been cutting bait a while, now it's time for us to fish,'' said Hollingsworth, the legal advisor for enforcement within the FCC's Compliance and Information Bureau.

The FCC did not make the names or call signs public, but Hollingsworth said all those who received the letters were put on the FCC's Alert List with FCC field offices. ''The Alert List is the FCC equivalent of an all-points bulletin,'' Hollingsworth explained. He said Field Office monitors would be making a special effort to listen for further violations by stations on the Alert List.

Since taking over Amateur Radio enforcement within the CIB last fall, Hollingsworth says he's sent out dozens of warning letters of a much milder nature. ''Now, we're distilling that activity to the worst offenders,'' he said, adding that similar actions were imminent in other major cases.

The letters sent out January 7 and 8 spell out the agency's expectations in no uncertain terms. In the case of the alleged HF offenders, Hollingsworth's letters state that the Commission ''has additional evidence that you have been deliberately and maliciously interfering with the operations of other licensed amateurs,'' primarily a 75-meter net. Both hams--whose cases are related--already had received official Notices of Violation last fall for similar conduct, and the FCC had imposed restricted operating hours on one of them. But the FCC says that the troublesome behavior has continued.

Hollingsworth said the alleged illegal activities not only put the hams' licenses in jeopardy but also open them up to possible fines and even put transmitting equipment at risk of seizure. He said he also has cautioned the controllers of the net involved to not engage hecklers or those attempting to harass or interfere, nor to call up the net on a busy frequency. ''One thing these nets have to understand is that the nets don't own the frequency,'' he said.

The case of the alleged VHF offender had a similar pattern. The amateur license of the ham in question already had been suspended at one point, but violations are said to have continued, even during the suspension period. Beyond amateur violations, Hollingsworth said that the FCC's evidence indicated the amateur had threatened FCC employees and others. He told the ARRL that additional warning letters went out to eight other individuals whom he described as ''cohorts'' to the alleged prime VHF offender.

Hollingsworth requested that all of the amateurs involved contact him immediately to discuss the allegations.

ARRL Bulletin 3 ARLB003

From ARRL Headquarters

Newington CT January 14, 1999

Your Ad Could Have Been Here

Are you a depressed BARC member 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! The SPARC will run your (non-business) ad for free. Of course, a 10% donation if you sell it (and of course you will) will be cheerfully accepted. Just send your ad to Editor Paul Carter, N1TMF.



 


BARC Officers and Staff

President Ed Hennessy N1PBA (617) 391 8257
n1pba@qsl.net  n1pba@ka1tuz
Vice President Dick Doherty KA1TUZ (617) 969 4880
ka1tuz@gis.net   ka1tuz@ka1tuz
Secretary Michael Ardai N1IST (617) 738 8652
n1ist@netcom.com   n1ist@k1ugm
Treasurer Jim Clogher N1ICN n1icn@ka1tuz
VE (Exam) Team Bob Wondolowski N1KDA (508) 865 5822
wondobob@juno.com
Membership Arthur Ashley N1NHZ (617) 661 2988
  Patricia Allen KE1GD barcmember@aol.com
Public Services Bob Salow WA1IDA (508) 650 9440
wa1ida@mediaone.net   wa1ida@wa1phy
Newsletter Editor Paul 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 1999, 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.