New England QSO Party – May 4th and 5th

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 info@neqp.org

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.

BARC Holiday Party, Sunday, January 13

The BARC Holiday Party will be held at the Stockyard restaurant in Brighton at 1:00 pm on Sunday, January 13.

If you have not already returned the reservation form by mail, you may reserve a spot by e-mailing Joe, NV1W, at nv1w@arrl.net. Please include your name, call, and number of guests; you may settle with the Treasurer for $25 per person at the party. Please use the subject line “BARC Holiday Party” and respond by January 6.

BARC Exam Session, Tuesday, January 8

[Note: this session has been cancelled because no reservations have been made.]

The BARC Volunteer Examiner (VE) Team will be conducting an exam session on Tuesday, January 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Brookline Police Headquarters in Brookline. Note the change from the usual Monday date. More information can be found here. Advance registration is required.

To register for an exam or if you have questions, contact Linda Blair, NA1I, or Jim Clogher, N1ICN.

SKYWARN Recognition Day is Saturday, December 1

Once again, BARC will be participating in SKYWARN Recognition Day at Great Blue Hill Observatory In Milton on Saturday, December 1. Our station, WX1BHO, will be on the air from approximately 0900 to 1500 local time. This is a great low-key way to get your feet wet in the HF bands.

Access to the summit is gained by a 20 minute hike from the base of Great Blue Hill located on Route 138 next to the DCR Trailside Museum or (if you arrive early in the day) by car. Further information is available by contacting Mark Duff, KB1EKN, at emgmgt@comcast.net. If you’re interested in hiking up the hill, contact Joe Chapman, NV1W, at nv1w@arrl.net.