The SPARC

Volume XII, Number 3; March 1999
Newsletter of the Boston Amateur Radio Club
A Special Service Club of the ARRL

March Meeting


 


This month's general meeting will be held at the Boston Back Bay Salvation Army Building, at 7:30 PM, Thursday March 18, 1999. Peter Cantara, KI1M and Salem Ham Radio Outlet Assistant Manager, will tell us about some of the latest radio gear to hit the market.



Our President Speaks
Ed Hennessy N1PBA

It's another month closer to January, and with that, the hype about the Y2K problem increases again. Regardless of what may or may not happen at midnight on the 31st of December, it should not be any big deal for us hams. Our services may be required, but then, we're usually ready for any disaster, ready to assist with communications when the need arises. Let's not do anything special for Y2K, but rather, we should continue to keep our equipment and ourselves ready as usual should the call come. This may also be a great opportunity for hams to show off a little, and demonstrate the capabilities that we, but maybe not the general public know that we have. You can be sure this will be the League's focus in the months ahead.

Otherwise, life with BARC moves on. The repeater is now functioning at its former level. The new Wacom cans have been installed, all of the jumpers have been replaced with 1/4-inch heliax, the power amp is A-OK and transmitting at 37 watts, and the sensitivity is back where it belongs. Spread the word that 145.23 is back to normal to other hams who may have been forced to use other repeaters while ours was sick. Thanks to Mike Ardai, N1IST for ordering the cans and handling their shipping. Thanks as well to Mike, John, WN9T, and Tom Orsay, KA1GXR, for installing the cans and putting everything back together.

Field Day planning has begun. Look elsewhere in the SPARC for details on when the next meeting will be held. We can use help in all aspects of Field Day. Contact Mike Kass, N1YER, or Mike Koenemund, KB1CKF, if you'd like to be involved with Field Day. And, no, you do not need to be named "Mike" to be involved!

The public service event schedule has been filling up. The 'biggie,' as usual, is the BAA Marathon. Other events include the Walk for Hunger and the March of Dimes Walk. If you're interested in any of these events, check out the 'upcoming events' calendar in each issue of the newsletter, and pencil them in on your calendar.

I am going to try to set up the next few months' speakers for our general meetings in the next few weeks. Now's the time to let me know what areas of ham radio interest you most. Are the topics we have too broad? Too narrow? Too technical? Not technical enough? You be the judge. Let me know at

n1pba@qsl.net.

We're fortunate this month to have Peter Cantara, KI1M, assistant manager of HRO in Salem, NH, take some time from his busy schedule to join us at out March meeting. He said he'd round up some 'freebies' and bring them along. I don't think that these freebies come in metal and plastic boxes and use nickel and/or cadmium, but I'm sure it will be something interesting. He'll also be bringing catalogs and some of the latest gear to show and tell with us.

If you see something at the meeting you just have to have, you can always get rid of some of the older stuff at the MIT flea market. The first one of the season will be April 11. Again this year, BARC has a season pass and will have a table. Thanks to Mike, N1IST, for always getting there (way too) early to get a good spot.

Also, look for a BARC foxhunt some time later this year. Mike, N1IST, reports that he's obtained a fox box recently, and he will begin planning a hunt soon. I have begun thinking of devious and sneaky hiding spots... It will certainly be an interesting time for those who enjoy foxhunts.

Have a great Evacuation Day, or Saint Patrick's Day, whichever you choose!

Ed, N1PBA

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.

This is a valued ham public service, and 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.com> or by phone at 978.952.6474.

The Boston Marathon Still Needs Your Help

It's hard to imagine how many people depend on our performance in an activity, which we hams see as a way to serve the public, and at the same time have a fabulous time. 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. The result is that we need more hams for more assignments this year. For 1999, the BAA wants us to enlist more hands, eyes, ears and radios to support safety and comfort for the runners and spectators.

We want 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 such as the MS Walk (on 11 April) 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. Contact Bob Salow, WA1IDA, at once to get more information. Bob needs your name, call sign, mailing address, evening and day phone numbers, and e-mail address promptly. To reach him use one of these:

<wa1ida@mediaone.net>
(508) 650-9440
PO Box 3773
Natick MA 01760-0030

Yes, you will have a great time, but you can help now by acting NOW.

BARC Net Tutorial

On Monday, March 22, immediately following the 9:00 PM regularly scheduled BARC Net, there will be an "on the air Tutorial" on how to be an effective Net Control Operator. This will be a learn by doing, hands on the equipment experience, for all who participate. That evening, please have pencil and lined paper at hand, ready to copy.

All hams in the Greater Boston Amateur Radio Community (can reach the Boston Repeater) are invited to participate, regardless of club affiliation or previous experience as a Net Control Operator.

Hams who have an expressed an interest in "emergency radio communications" are especially invited to participate in this tutorial and then to become active, frequent net control operators. This is an opportunity for hams to gain and to use additional skills that will be needed sometime in the future. Being a BARC Net control operator is one of the few opportunities that we have to practice and sharpen our skills in this area on a continuing basis.

There is also a very relevant Web Site, entitled, "Training Documents, Amateur Radio Education Alliance to be found at:

http://www.area-ham.org/tngdocs/tngdocs.html

which I recommend to you all.

Arthur, N1NHZ, BARC Membership Services Committee

Notes for Running the BARC Net

Mike Ardai N1IST

First, check that the repeater is free. If there is a QSO going on, and it is a few minutes into the net, break in and gently remind them that it is net time. Remember that we can't force them to leave; most will QSY to let the net go ahead. If it is a few minutes into the net and there is still no net control, jump in and pick up the net.

Make sure you have a pen and a sheet of paper. The important thing to copy down is the call; it's nice to get the name and QTH, but that will come easier later on.

For logging, make three columns on the page, one for name and callsign, one for checkmarks for those with traffic, and one for notes. Leave a blank line between entries for additional notes.

This net doesn't have any logging requirements; the logs are for your use when running the net. Other nets may require a specific log to be sent to the net manager. If you have email access and you would like to, format the logs like n1ist's regular ones and send them to barc-list.

A question was raised about what equipment you need to run the net. If you use a HT, don't move around during the net (the signal flutters) and make sure you have a spare battery handy if it dies. For a mobile rig, you will usually have a hand mike. I mounted the mike hook on my radio rack; the side of a shelf next to your table works well. Be careful with desk mikes; it is too easy to drop some papers or a book on the PTT switch and lock up the repeater for an hour or so. If you have a boom mike with a foot switch, that would be a good choice.

73,
/mike

BARC Enters Its Eleventh Year

By Bob Salow, WA1IDA

February 1999 marked the tenth anniversary of the founding of what is now the Boston Amateur Radio Club. As we enter our second decade, let's review how we got here. The mid-1980s was a time of modest ham support for the Red Cross in Boston, but it was handled by only a few such as WB1DNZ, N1ATT, WA1VSY, N1DDU, WA1IDA, and several others. By early 1988 it became clear to the Red Cross that a larger, organized group of hams would be beneficial.

Flash back a bit to the early 1980s. As an Assistant Director for the ARRL New England Division, WA1IDA was frequently receiving inquiries from hams looking for clubs and other help, and from prospective hams looking for assistance. It was evident that there was a lot of interest in the immediate Boston area that could not be met by the suburban clubs. ARRL records showed that the last time a general interest club existed in Boston was in the 1920s.

How's about an urban, general interest, Amateur Radio club, meeting the needs of Boston and supporting the Red Cross? Talk, talk, a lot of talk. By mid 1988, there were stirrings of action. Led by WA1IDA, about 10 hams met periodically in the next few months structuring a club using the best formation principles, and learning from experiences at other clubs. Since the potential for early membership was high, one objective was to have the organization formed with by-laws, officers, newsletter, and meeting place arranged before announcing to the world. It was a good idea because the first general meetings (of strangers) could focus on ham radio, and the attendees were spared the agony and discord of only then starting a club.

Appropriately, the club was named the "American Red Cross Amateur Radio Club," and we immediately became an ARRL Affiliated Club. There was distaste for speaking the acronym as "Ark-Ark," so we were known by our full name. The first officers were Bob Salow, WA1IDA, President; Steve Brown, N1ATT, Vice President; Rich Roth, WA1VSY, Secretary; and Jim Walsh, N1DDU, Treasurer. To start under controlled conditions, only casual announcements were made about the first meetings. Within a few months we had more than 60 members and growing.

The early and existing philosophy of the club is that it exists as a platform upon which any member or members can congregate, build or lead to the interests of hams and ham radio.

We met monthly at the Red Cross building on Brookline Avenue in Boston. Every meeting had an interesting speaker, and we owned a 2-meter repeater. The first major activity for the four-month-old club was Field Day 1989. The SPARC newsletter was first published in May 1989 with Bill Stanwood, KA1ELU, as Editor. We formed a Disaster Response Team; specifically to meet the needs of the Red Cross with hams who were also Red Cross Disaster Service qualified. The months and years rolled on successfully.

In the summer of 1991, we and the Red Cross learned that there were legal problems if the club incorporated the name of the Red Cross in our own when we were, in fact, a separate organization. This appeared to be true nationally regarding all such relationships, Red Cross, Civil Defense, etc. The September 1991 issue of The SPARC announced our new name: Boston Amateur Radio Club. This was not unwelcome, as it better defined our function as a general interest club. Looking for better meeting places, we eventually left the hospitality of the Red Cross and held our meetings in a series of locations through the years.

By the fall of 1993 we felt we met the stringent requirements to become an ARRL Special Service Club. We applied for and were granted that status based on our high level of activity. BARC has continued this activity in many ways, such as Public Service Awareness Day, licensing classes and exams, and the response to emergencies and public service communications. BARC has also coordinated and provided communications support for the Salvation Army Disaster Service, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), local communities, the Boston Marathon and many public charitable events.

Since we began we have had over 550 members pass through our rolls. On our tenth anniversary we had more than 180 active members. Many hams, as people do, move, change interest, or die, but the common element has always been a strong interest in relating with other hams and furthering the Amateur Radio Service. This will be our guide for the future.

The Roster is Coming

Once again, we will be publishing the BARC roster. The roster will be in the April issue of the SPARC. The roster will only contain people who have renewed by the March general meeting. If you haven't renewed by then, you will be left off.

This year, the roster will be available in two forms - sorted by name and sorted by callsign (I don't have the space for the translation table any more.) The one in the SPARC will be sorted by callsign; if you want one sorted by name, please come to the April general meeting.

73,
/mike

March General Meeting

This month's general meeting will be held at the Boston Back Bay Salvation Army Building, at 7:30 PM, Thursday March 18, 1999. Peter Cantara, KI1M and Salem Ham Radio Outlet Assistant Manager, will tell us about some of the latest radio gear to hit the market.

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).

Speaker Ideas Wanted

Each month, we try to invite an interesting speaker to talk at the general meeting. We are looking for ideas for speakers and topics to present at the meeting. If you have any ideas, please let Ed or me know or send us a note from the BARC web page (there is a new box asking for suggestions).

Mike Ardai N1IST

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.
 

Minutes of the Boston Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting

March 4, 1999
Recorded by Michael Ardai N1IST, Club Secretary

Present were:
Mike Ardai, N1IST, Secretary
Arthur Ashley, N1NHZ
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
Walter Pienton, AA1MA
Bob Salow, WA1IDA, Exec committee

The meeting was called to order at approximately 6:55 p.m.

We have a speaker for the March general meeting - Peter Cantara from HRO will be talking about all those neat goodies out there.

There will be a Field Day planning meeting soon, probably 3/9 at the Cambridgeside Galleria mall food court at 6:30 p.m.

The repeater is back to its old self.

There are still quite a few people who haven't renewed. They will all get Godzillas in the next SPARC, and if they don't send them in, they will be left off the roster.

We will do another badge run shortly.

The audit is proceeding well. Initial results were presented at the Business meeting.

Should BARC do anything for the upcoming VHF/UHF contests?

Aviation Expo will be on May 19. KD1NX will be organizing it again this year.

We have received more of the orange "Emergency Communication" hats - they are still $7 each. Contact WA1IDA if you want one. These hats are only to be used at emergency or similar events.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:47 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 April 1, 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.

Editor's Notes

Club participation - the eternal quest.

The last few months, I've heard a lot from club regulars about how we don't see many club members at our meetings and events. Often it is said that the same six people do most of what BARC is doing.

I see two reasons why more people are not active in BARC, reasons beyond our control. There is, of course, the lack of a club shack for folks to operate and socialize in apart from regularly scheduled meetings. This is a lack that various people have been working to remedy, but with no result yet. There's no blame for it, after all, with real estate so dear in Boston, we'd need a real "sugar daddy" to set us up with our own shack (if there be such reading this, please contact Ed Hennessy immediately!)

We have an excellent repeater (now that it's fixed, we really do) in an excellent location. Unfortunately, given that location, most club members are not able to visit the repeater and get the chance to work on it. Security and insurance constraints require that only a few approved individuals be allowed access to the machine.

There's nothing that can be done about this, so people who are mainly interested in hanging around the shack or fiddling with the club repeater are out of luck. BARC, however, is open to many other activities.

If you've been reading The SPARC, then you know our intense involvement with public service events and emergency communications. You should not, however, get the idea that BARC is just a public service club.

We do Field Day every year, with an eye to both the emergency communication and the contesting aspect. We will probably be doing some foxhunting when the weather becomes clement. There is some interest in doing some of the VHF contests this year. Packet Radio in Eastern Massachusetts is in a state of flux, and some people are looking at building a new FlexNet based system - experimenters are wanted and needed!

Nothing involving Amateur Radio is banned or even frowned upon in BARC. If it seems as if we are just a public service club, well, it's because almost all of our currently active members are mainly interested in public service. If you want something else out of the club, get on barc-list, write to The SPARC, come to club meetings, get on the club net...whatever it takes to make your interest known. Quite possibly, you'll find some like-minded people to help make it happen.

In BARC, you can get as much Ham Radio action as you want - but you might have to make some of it yourself at first!

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.

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, April 12, 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.

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 March 1999
  • 15 April 1999
  • 20 May 1999
  • 17 June 1999
  • 15 July 1999
  • 19 August 1999
  • 16 September 1999
  • 12 April 1999
  • 10 May 1999
  • 14 June 1999
  • 12 July 1999
  • 9 August 1999
  • 13 September 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.
 
Rick DeSisto N1IWE - upgrade to Advanced
Gary Oty K5OTY
Pris Richardson N1VQY

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 Mar MARC Auction (Gardner)
18 Mar BARC General Meeting
22 Mar Net Control 101
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
19 May Aviation Expo
26, 27 Jun Field Day

® = 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 1st of March 1999.
 
Extra AA1UI
Advanced KE1KZ
General, Technician, Novice KB1DSM

For more information about the sequential call sign system, see FACT SHEET PR5000 #206-S dated May 1998. Further questions can be directed in writing to:

Federal Communications Commission, 1270 Fairfield Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325-7245

or by e-mail to
FCCITD@fcc.gov.

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.

Hard Drives For Sale

Over the years, I have accumulated a few extra PC bits (A few? Yeah, right...) I have the following size IDE drives (all working): 172M 121M 170M 406M 212M 255M. I am looking for $.10/meg. If you are interested, please let me know and I will bring it to the April business or general meeting.

Mike Ardai N1IST

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@arrl.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.