Boston Amateur Radio Club

Business Meeting
February 3, 2005

Recorded by Paul Olivieri, N1ZKR, Secretary
The meeting was called to order at 1835 hours.

Those attending:
Mike Ardai N1IST
Arthur Ashley N1NHZ Membership
Hank Buccigross K1QK
Rick DeSisto NG1L
Mark Duff KB1EKN
Eric Falkoff K1NUN President
Joe Harris KB1IXK
Dan Malloy KA1RDZ
Bill McIninch KA1MOM
Frank Murphy N1DHW
Paul Olivieri N1ZKR Secretary
Bob Salow WA1IDA Public Service


Committee Reports:

VEC At the January exam session, four candidates came and all four passed the exams that they wanted.

Membership Arthur, N1NHZ, said that he currently has no new candidates for membership. Bob said that renewal memberships are still coming in and that we are at the same level that we usually are at this time.

Program The speaker for the February General meeting will be Bill Ohm, W1OHM, who will speak about contesting and DXing.

Public Service Bob, WA1IDA, said that there are seven events in the upcoming year that are currently being planned. Bob also told us about a new event to be held in Boston called “Boston’s Run to Remember”. It will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2005 and involves a 5K run and walk and a half marathon run. The event is sponsored by the State Police and Boston Police. More information will follow when available.

Repeater Mike, N1IST, told us that the problem with the UHF (447.175) repeater is the power amplifier and that John, WN9T, has removed the amplifier for service. The machine is currently working with only the exciter, so the range is reduced. As soon as the repairs have been made, Mike will continue work to link the repeaters.

Old Business:

Eric, K1NUN, was unable to attend the ARRL New England Division cabinet meeting in Springfield, but Mark Duff, KB1EKN, did attend and briefed us on some of the topics that were discussed.

The donation of books to the Parlin Library took place at a brief ceremony before the Business meeting. Photos of the presentation will be sent to the local newspaper by the library staff and will also be available on the BARC website and in a later The SPARC.

On Line Survey There have been fourteen responses so far. A complete analysis has not been done, but most people seem to think that the survey is a good idea. A reminder will go in the February issue of The SPARC to encourage members to take the survey so we can get a broader view of members’ interests.

By-Law Review The committee is continuing to work and has no final recommendations at this time.

Brochure Blake, K1BTH, has forwarded what he had to Eric who printed it out and distributed it for further comment, corrections, additions, and deletions. Hopefully some graphic/photos can be
added and it will be produced sometime in the near future.

New Business:

A motion was moved, seconded and passed to buy a season pass for space at the 2005 MIT Flea Market.

Field Day We have the permit and confirmation for the site at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline for our use for Field Day on June 25 – 26, 2005. We still need a Chairperson and committee to do planning.

Boston Marathon 2005 A consortium of several clubs is being formed to coordinate ham radio support for portions of the event. Eric has appointed Mark Duff, – KB1EKN, to be our representative to the consortium formation. The group will meet the week of February 7, and Mark will report the results for BARC consideration. Blake has also received a request for BARC support for the Boston Marathon from the Boston Emergency Management Agency. Blue Hills Observatory Mark, KB1EKN, told us that they would like us to have a BARC display and possibly a station on the air at their open house on Saturday April 30.

The meeting was adjourned at 2045.

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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, March 3 (first Thursday of the month), starting at 6:30 pm. We meet at the Parlin library 410 Broadway (Rt 99),
Everett MA. Parking is available on the street or across the street behind the post office.  The #110 T bus from Wellington stops across the street