BARC Holiday Party, Sunday, January 14, 2018

The BARC Holiday Party will be held at the Stockyard restaurant in Brighton at 12:00 noon on Sunday, January 14. (Note the time change from previous years.) We ask that people RSVP by January 5 to allow enough time for the Ham of the Year plaque to be ordered. The reservation form is here.

You’ll also note that you can use this form to nominate the 2017 Ham of the Year. The rules stipulate that the winners from the previous five years (W1JJF, NV1W, N1QD, AB1RL, NA1I) are ineligible. A list of Hams of the Year can be found here.

Discounted Membership Renewals Through January 31, 2018

To all club members: By now, you will have received a letter in the mail detailing the annual membership renewal discount. To recap: if you renew your membership with the club by January 31, you may take a 20% discount on your 2018 dues! This will reduce Regular membership dues to $20, and Senior, Junior, and Family membership dues to $10.

You can renew by mail by with the membership form that was sent in the mailing, or online.

If you would like to donate to the club, you can also do so online or via mail.

SKYWARN Recognition Day is This Weekend!

SKYWARN Recognition Day runs from 7pm EST Friday  December 1 to 7pm EST Saturday December 2.

From the NWS Website:

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN™ volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN™ volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative. During the SKYWARN™ Special Event operators will visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

The Boston Amateur Radio Club will be on the air from the Blue Hill Observatory using the callsign WX1BHO on Saturday from approximately 9am-3pm EST. Look for us on 40, 20 and 15 (Phone, CW, digital), as well as on 2 meter simplex and the NEDECN DMR network (MA Statewide & Region North TGs). See you on the air this Saturday!

Halifax Explosion Centennial Special Event

From December 2 through December 10 the Halifax Amateur Radio Club will be holding a special event using the call CK100VDA to commemorate the Great Halifax Explosion of 1917. More information can be found here.

The explosion occurred on the morning of December 6, 1917, when a naval mishap set off a fire on the loaded munitions ship Mont Blanc. The explosion, which killed 2000 and leveled much of the city of Halifax, was the largest man-made explosion until the atomic age.

Fortunately, Boston was able to send a lot of aid quickly. Halifax sends Boston its official Christmas tree each year to mark the friendship between the two cities, and you can do the same by working CK100VDA this month.