Minutes of the Boston Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting
March 1, 2001
Recorded by Guy Bzibziak, KB1CRY, BARC Secretary
- Mark Duff, KB1EKN, President
- Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ, Vice-President
- Jim Clogher, N1ICN, Treasurer
- Guy Bzibziak, KB1CRY, Secretary
- Arthur Ashley, N1NHZ, Membership Services, ERT Leader
- Paul Carter, N1TMF, SPARC editor
- Bob Salow, WA1IDA, Public Services
- Mike Ardai, N1IST, Executive Committee
- Bob Cassell, N1ENS, Executive Committee
- Dan Malloy, KA1RDX
- Paul Olivieri, N1ZKR
- Mike Coffey, KB1EZL
- Rick DeSisto, N1IWE
- Peter Grace, KB1CVH
- Bill Ricker, N1VUX
- Ed Hennessy, N1PBA
The meeting started at approximately 1846hrs.
The meeting adjourned at 2034hrs.
Reports were received from the various committees regarding various
ongoing concerns of the club, such as emergency response, education
and public service.
The chairman for Field Day 2001 is Mike Coffey, KB1EZL. The vice
chairman is Leo Burke, KA1LN. Contact either to volunteer. A
volunteer meeting will be held soon.
The club purchased a Barker & Williamson broadband folded dipole
antenna (full size) for use at field day and other events requiring HF
capabilities, and discussion ensued on proper storage of same with a
dedicated length of antenna lead, either coax or ladder line, in the
same storage container.
Bob Salow, WA1IDA, reported that the next scheduled public service
event is on 1 April 2001, the Multiple Sclerosis Walkathon. This is a
qualifying event for hams who wish to volunteer for the Boston
Marathon, which is 16 April 2001. The next event in April is the
``Run of the Charles'' on 29 April 2001. Contact Bob Salow, WA1IDA
for further details.
Bob also mentioned that those who wish to work the Marathon who have
not mailed in their forms must do so without delay.
Work on BARC's participation in JOTA [Jamboree On The Air] proceeds.
There may be a committee to head up the effort being appointed next
month. Contact Mark Duff, KB1EKN to volunteer or for further details.
The club has purchased a table-top display for use at Field Day and
Public Service events where the club has a table or booth. This will
provide a more coherent way to promote the Club and Amateur Radio with
pictures and text.
Bill Ricker, N1VUX, reported that the Boston Flotilla of the Coast
Guard Auxiliary is making inquiries as to ham radio support or
participation in their activities. More information on this as it
There was discussion on the possibility of the club purchasing an
antenna mast. One such model mentioned was the the AB-577/GRC mast,
which is an all-aluminum tower designed to be field deployed by one or
more people. It does not require a prepared surface. The kit consists
of a launcher, eight tube sections, guy wires and all hardware and
tools to assemble a 50 foot mast. The topic was tabled until next
month, when more information will be made available as to the
feasibility of such a purchase, and the experience of other clubs in
using such a tower.
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.
The next Boston Amateur Radio Club business meeting will be held Thursday,
5 April 2001 (1st Thursday of the month), 6:30pm. Check the Web page
and/or listen to the repeater for a new location to be announced. Failing
that being arranged in time, we will meet at the food court of the
Cambridgeside Galleria Mall, down by the windows facing the lagoon.