Burt Eldridge, W1ZS from the ARRL's W1 QSL Bureau will explain the operation of the Buro's QSL card handling system (and perhaps give you the opportunity to sort some cards.)
First off, I hope everyone had a happy and enjoyable holiday season. And before I forget, best wishes for a prosperous and healthy 1999 (writing '1999' on everything will take some getting used to...)
By the time you read this, BARC's repeater should be more like its usual self. By now you know that we have been having some technical problems with the 145.23 repeater. John Garrett, WN9T, the repeater trustee, and Mike Ardai, N1IST, recently went up to the Fed and discovered that the repeater was interfering with itself! The transmitter power amp was creating spurious signals close enough to 144.63 that the receiver was being desensed. John has lined up a borrowed power amp to replace ours while it is being repaired, and on Saturday the 9th, John plans to install it. At the same time, John and Mike discovered that the cans were the wrong type and were not doing their job. So, BARC will also be buying three brand-new Wacom cans and installing those. These new cans should make the repeater much less prone to desensing and intermod. The cost will be covered (and then some) by the sale of some repeaters donated late last year to BARC. Once our own repaired power amp and the new cans are installed, the repeater will be better than it had been before the problems. Thanks, John, for continually helping the club maintain the repeater.
I recently met with a man whose ham father had passed away. The man was trying to get information on what all of 'that stuff' was and what he should do with it. He related to me a story of two hams that had stopped by the night before. They were rude and showed interest in some HF equipment, but kept saying they'd only pay $200 for one rig or $300 for another and implied that that was all these items were worth. They were worth considerably more than that and the son knew at least that much. He and his mother were angry enough to ask the two hams to leave. (These two were not BARC members, to my knowledge). My point? Remember that we are the ambassadors between the general public and amateur radio. If these men were this person's only contact with ham radio, you can imagine what a bad impression he'd have had. Luckily, he knew how happy his father was as a ham, and he was also grateful that I had stopped by. Always put the best impression forth of amateur radio. Most of us do anyway, but make an extra effort and it will be appreciated.
We need General Meeting speakers! I have a few ideas, but I need more! If anyone has any ideas for speakers to come to a meeting and tell us all about something, let me or any of the officers know. If it's interesting to you, speak up and we'll try to arrange that as a topic.
In the winter, our attention often turns toward public service during severe weather. We have not had a big storm in a few winters, but it's never a bad idea to be prepared. One way to be ready to serve during such an event is to act as net control of the BARC net. This is an easy net to run and practice with, and it is good preparation for taking traffic and running a net in a controlled but unstressful atmosphere. Arthur Ashley, N1NHZ, has written a guide to successfully running the BARC net. Thanks, Arthur. This guide will be mailed out to all members soon, along with the repeater operating guide and some other items in a mailing separate from the SPARC. Also, please contact Mike, N1IST, BARC Net manager, if you'd like to sign up to run the net (Mondays at 9:00 PM).
It's also not too soon to think about Field Day in January. BARC needs a Field Day chairperson. We always seem to have plenty of operators but we really need one ham or a few who will organize the event. And for those who might not be familiar with contesting or HF operation, Ed Parish, K1EP, has volunteered to act as a Club Mentor for Field Day. He will help with all of the aspects of contesting and operating HF at Field Day. Ed is one of BARC's most experienced HF operators and contesters. I for one can learn a lot from Ed. Let's make sure Ed has plenty of mentoring to do that weekend! Thanks, Ed, for stepping forward and offering to help.
And finally, if you are one who is always switching ISPs looking for a good deal, and driving everyone nuts with ever-changing email addresses (and even if you are not), you will appreciate the new service the ARRL will begin in February. Members will be able to have their mail sent to email@example.com and have that mail sent to any address they choose. The sender need only remember one address regardless of where you have your email service.
Take care, and I hope to see you at the General Meeting on the 21st.
73 de Ed, N1PBA
Since this is the January SPARC, it is probably time for a brief "year in review".
This has been a busy year. We had interesting speakers each month at the General meeting and a very enjoyable time at the Happy Haddock last month.
In the Public Service/PR arena, we provided communications support for the WGBH Ice Cream Fest, the Jimmy Fund Marathon Walk, the Walk For Hunger, the MS Walk, and the Boston Marathon, as well as support for SATERN and the Salvation Army. We also were at PR events including Ham Radio Awareness Day, Aviation Expo, the Assistive Technology conference, and the MEMA public safety fair. Over the past year we formed the BARC Emergency Response Team and were involved in forming the Newton Radio Response Team.
Our monthly exam sessions have been well-attended (thanks N1KDA, KA1KHK, N1RLO, KB1DOV, and KA1TUZ - the regulars at the session). We ran two Technician classes, bringing a bunch of newcomers into the hobby and to BARC.
Thanks to KA1TUZ (and myself) for showing up at some ungodly hour each month. We have had a BARC table at all but one MIT flea and at both mudbowls in Rochester. Thanks to everyone who helped man the tables and to NC1V for donating all those solar panels to BARC for us to sell.
Field Day 1998 worked out well, with a reasonable score. Band conditions were quite good, and the food was even better. Hopefully, we will be able to do an even better job in 1999.
That all adds up to a great year. So what would I like to see in 1999? The same and then some. We have a very good lineup of public service events and a good bunch of people to help staff them. All we need is for even more people to volunteer to work these events.
One of the big problems that we have as a club is a lack of volunteers. It is always the same 6 of us doing all the work, and frankly, I could use some more help. If you don't want to see the club stagnate, please come to the business meeting and help out. We need more people to run events, more to come up with ideas for events, speakers, workshops, and tours, someone to help coordinate Field Day, people to help operate and log on Field Day net control stations for the BARC net, someone with a spare room to donate to BARC for a club shack (hey, I can always hope :-).
So let's all make 1999 a great year for the club!
There will be an Emergency Communications Workshop on Saturday January 23rd from 9 AM-4:30 PM at the Marlborough Central Fire Station, in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
This Emergency Communications Workshop will provide the background and information to serve Amateur Radio Operators when they need to respond to a communications emergency. It will feature an Introduction and Conclusion to Emergency Communications, and five 1- hour training sessions on topics including:
This training will also feature a 1-hour lunch that will be provided at no coerced cost to any Amateur who attends the session.
Amateur Operators well versed in these topics will do the presentations. The training will be a worthwhile endeavor not just for emergency communicators but for anyone who is an amateur radio operator, and wants to learn more about the hobby.
Pre-registration is requested but is not required in case anyone would like to attend at the last minute. If you pre-register, please try to do so by Saturday Jan 16th, 1999 so that we can get an approximate head count. We will, however, accept any pre- registrations after that day or any walk-ins as long as space permits. We, also, can not guarantee a lunch for you if you do not pre- register.
This training should be a worthwhile endeavor for anyone interested in learning more about emergency communications and amateur radio in general.
Talk-in: 146.61 MMRA repeater (-Offset, No PL).
Weather cancellation via the MMRA repeater network or call (508) 384-7697
Directions to Marlborough Central Fire Station
The fire station is located on the west side of Maple St. (Rt. 85) 0.4 miles south of Main St. (Rt. 20) in Marlborough MA.
From Rt. 495: Exit 24A Rt. 20 East. Take Rt. 20 1.9 miles into downtown Marlborough. Take right onto Rt. 85 (Maple St.). Fire station is on right 0.4 mile.
Via Rt. 20 from Sudbury/Wayland: Follow Rt. 20 into Marlborough downtown area, take left onto Rt. 85 (Maple St.). Fire station on right 0.4 miles.
Via Rt. 9 westbound from Framingham: Exit (left fork) shortly after Sheraton hotel. Signs "To Rt. 30 Southboro/Marlborough". Follow signs to Marlborough. Road will merge with Rt. 85 in Southborough. Fire station is on left shortly after McDonalds (on right). Total 4.7 mi. from Rt. 9.
For any additional information and to pre- register for the workshop, please contact:
N1VUX, Bill Ricker Via NTS traffic message.
KD1CY, Rob Macedo Email firstname.lastname@example.org
W3EVE, Steve Schwarm (508) 384-7697 no later than 9PM please
This month's general meeting will be held at the Boston Back Bay Salvation Army Building, at 7:30 PM, Thursday January 21, 1999.
Burt Eldridge, W1ZS from the ARRL's W1 QSL Bureau will explain the operation of the Buro's QSL card handling system (and perhaps give you the opportunity to sort some cards.)
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).
Every fourth full weekend in June, Amateur Radio operators in the United States and Canada hold Field Day. This is a combination emergency communications exercise, publicity event, contest and social event in which we set up our stations "in the field" under less than optimal conditions, and try to communicate as best we can.
BARC always has a good Field Day; we set up several tents at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline and operate the entire time. We need a volunteer to be our Field Day Coordinator for 1999. This, as the name implies, involves coordinating the activities of the other BARC Field Day volunteers in the weeks leading up to Field Day and at the event itself. If this sounds like fun to you, please step up and contact Mike Ardai N1IST. You won't be doing all the Field Day work yourself, but someone has to see that we're all on the same page.
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.
The problem with doing a good job is being 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:
PO Box 3773
Natick MA 01760
Yes, you will have a great time, but you can help now by acting now.
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 email@example.com: your name, call sign, e-mail address, Web URL, packet address. If you got 'em, send 'em.
Bob Salow WA1IDA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The City of Newton wanted to establish a team of ham communicators to assist the City during disasters and other public needs. With the assistance and sponsorship of BARC and several of its members, an appeal was mailed to the more than 270 hams in the city, and by the second meeting the Newton Radio Response Team (NRRT) was under way.
The Newton Director of Emergency Management is Jay Moskow, WA1WIS. Jay wanted the ham support to be able to cross the lines between ARES and RACES. Rich Barnett, KA1PYJ, agreed to lead the Team. NRRT will be organized to be flexible and to meet any appropriate communication need the City may have. Of course, the resources of BARC and the hams of Eastern Massachusetts will also be available to assist. Some of the NRRT members will be attending the Emergency Response training soon to be held in Marlboro. Another similar training session is planned in Newton at a later date.
The NRRT has a net that meets the first Monday of each month at 8:30p.m. on the Newton repeater, 147.360 (+), PL 67 Hz. All hams are welcome to check in.
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 email@example.com , snail mail at 11 Commonwealth Court Apt#15, Brighton, MA 02135, and most if not all BARC club nets and general meetings.
I was recently given a Kenwood TH-215A HT. Everything works, and seems to work well. This HT is approximately equivalent in age, size, features, etc to the Icom IC- 02AT.
Since this is an older model, there is not a whole lot of information available. I have noticed that the TH-225A seems to be exactly the same radio in features and appearance, but I have no idea why the model number is different...
Does anyone have any comments, suggestions, real-world experiences, etc. they could pass along? I'd appreciate it.
Ed Hennessy N1PBA firstname.lastname@example.org
I am having trouble connecting to W1MX in Cambridge via "telnet gw.m1mx.ampr.org" and via "telnet 126.96.36.199" which I believe is the Internet address. Does anyone have any idea how to connect to it?
Billerica, MA email@example.com
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.
Between Christmas and New Years, I got a call from a gentleman whose ham father passed away. He and I went through the equipment (he's not a ham) and inventoried it. He thought either the club or individuals might be interested in it. He'd like to get a fair price from someone who would use the equipment, in memory of his dad.
The man and I decided that the best way to contact him would be through me, since, although he's willing to speak with interested people, he would prefer that I not post his phone number publicly. Contact me with your name and phone and/or email address and I will forward them to the gentleman.
This equipment is all in great shape. I did not see/hear it operate, but it had been used fairly soon prior to the man's death. It is located on the North Shore not that far from Boston. A list follows. The equipment may be sold separately or together.
TM-2570 2m mobile
TL-922A linear amp
TS-940S HF transceiver
MC-60 desk mike
IC-781 HF transceiver with accessories
SM-8 desk mike
Alinco 25 amp power supply
Advanced Radio Devices 230A linear amp and controller
B&W 370-15 folded dipole (new in sealed box)
2 40' towers (looks like Rohn 25; still in place at house) 2 HF beams (beam brands unknown--they are still on the towers, which I did not climb...)
2 rotators and control boxes (rotators are on towers; didn't record brand, one may be Yaesu)
HyGain 18TD reel tape portable dipole (80- 10 meters)
Miscellaneous cables and connectors (mostly uninventoried)
73 de Ed Hennessy, N1PBA
Cushcraft AR-270 2m/70cm vertical.
It is in very-good/excellent condition. I put it up during the summer, took it down during Thanksgiving, and overall used it very little.
Also: New Wave Antenna's Explorer collapsible mast with park-on base.
Offers welcome. I ask that you pick up the items. I am in the Boston area.
Scott Ehrlich WY1Z
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.
|21 Jan||BARC General Meeting|
|23 Jan||Emergency Response Training (Marlboro)|
|23 Jan||NE Antique RC Flea (Nashua NH)|
|4 Feb||BARC Business Meeting|
|8 Feb||BARC License Exams|
|18 Feb||BARC General Meeting|
|4 Mar||BARC Business Meeting|
|7 Mar||Mt Tom ARA Flea (Westfield)|
|18 Apr||MIT Flea|
|19 Apr||Boston Marathon|
|7-8 May||Hoss 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on packet to N1GJO Tom Mc Laughlin (Newton FD) at N1GJO@KA1TUZ.FN42JH.MA.USA.NA
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
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 email@example.com, or Treasurer Jim Clogher via the club PO box.
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|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact him if you have any comments.
We also run a club e-mail list. To subscribe, send a message to email@example.com with the body (the subject is ignored)
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...)
The Boston Amateur Radio Club holds its monthly VE session on the second Monday of each month. The next session will be on Monday, February 8th. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Starting in January, the business meeting will be held on the first Thursday of each month, not Wednesday. That will guarantee two weeks between the business meeting and the general meeting and makes sure the SPARC makes it out before the meeting.
Read the January Business Meeting minutes.
The Boston Amateur Radio Club holds its monthly business meeting on the first Thursday day of each month. The next one will be on Thursday, February 4th. 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.
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.
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.