We are counting down the days to the 2019 edition of ARRL Field Day! Setup will begin at 8:30 am on Saturday, June 22 at the Bare Cove Fire Museum in Hingham. The plan is to repeat the 3A with VHF setup that has been used the past few years. Logging will be done with N1MM+, and there will be opportunities for phone, CW, and digital ops. Will the stars finally align for a satellite QSO? Will 15 or 10 open? Will there be another 6 meter opening? Find out June 22 & 23!
If you are planning on attending Field Day, please mail Mark Duff, Vice President and Mr Field Day, at the email address given in the “Officers and Staff” section of The SPARC. Let him know which day(s) you’ll be attending and whether you will be staying overnight.
The June General Meeting of the Boston Amateur Radio Club will be held on Thursday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m., at Brookline Police Headquarters in Brookline Village. Annual elections will be held and final preparations for Field Day will be discussed.
The June, 2019, issue of The SPARC is available.
The May, 2019, issue of The SPARC is available.
The April, 2019, issue of The SPARC is available.
The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries. You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations. We’re working to make sure that all of the New England counties are active again this year and would appreciate your help. Get on for at least an hour or two and join in on the fun. Please let me know if you can put in any time at all so we can work on activity from the rarest counties. Will you be QRV? Let us know which county you’ll be on from with a message to email@example.com
Oh yes, the NEQP is also lots of fun when mobile. Every time you cross a county line the action starts over again. It’s amazing what a 100w radio and mobile whip can do. The QSO Party is 20 hours long overall, in two sections with a civilized break for sleep Saturday night. It goes from 4pm Saturday until 1am Sunday, then 9am Sunday until 8pm Sunday. Operate on CW, SSB and digital modes on 80-40-20-15-10 meters. For each QSO you’ll give your callsign, a signal report and your county/state. Top scorers can earn a plaque and everyone who makes 25 QSOs and sends in a log will get a certificate.Last year we had logs from 166 New England stations and 387 more from around the country and world. The full NEQP rules are here -> http://www.neqp.org/rules.html
The 2018 results are posted (and the results since 2002 are also available) -> http://www.neqp.org/results.html
It’s just a few weeks until the 2019 NEQP. Please make some QSOs even if you don’t want to send in a log.
The March, 2019, issue of The SPARC is available.
Due to difficulties finding an acceptable meeting venue, the March General Meeting, scheduled for March 21, will not take place.
Our friends at the Northeastern University Wireless Club are selling some used gear to clean out their shack and raise money for the club. All the items have been checked out and are operational, though some items may need some TLC like replacement capacitors and the like.
You can find an illustrated list of the loot here. To discuss price and availability, contact David Potter, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The February, 2019, issue of The SPARC is available.