BARC General Meeting, Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:30 pm

The Boston Amateur Radio Club will hold its February meeting on Thursday, February 15, at the Artisans Asylum in Allston and on the Zoom platform. The meeting will begin at 7:30 pm EST, preceded by a half hour of socializing.

The agenda will be a recap on Winter Field Day as well as discussing some new interests from club members in classes and activities for BARC to host and participate in. We welcome all members of the club to bring ideas and thoughts about interesting events new or old, that we as a club can host or help facilitate. These events are for the benefit of YOU our distinguished membership. We especially welcome input from those rarely seen at club meetings or events, let us know what gets you excited about Ham Radio and what we as a club can do to support, host or facilitate and event or activity that you would love to go to.

As always, when attending via Zoom, set your name to your name plus call sign (if you have one) so everyone will know who you are.

Zoom information:
Meeting ID: 860 0184 6590
Passcode: BARC

Discounted renewals end January 31

The discount period for membership renewals ends on Wednesday, January 31. Renewals made on PayPal on or before that date, or mailed renewals postmarked by that date, receive a 20% discount. On February 1, dues will be $25.00 for regular members, and $12.50 for senior, junior, and family members.

To renew via PayPal, go to the Join page, fill out the form, and click through to PayPal to pay your dues.

BARC General Meeting, Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:00/7:30 pm

We will have a General Meeting of the Boston Amateur Radio Club tonight, Thursday, Dec. 21, on Zoom only. A period of socializing will begin at 7:00 and the meeting proper will begin at 7:30. There is no speaker; we will discuss the Holiday Party and Winter Field Day.

Topic: Boston ARC’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Dec 21, 2023 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 838 0253 4391
Passcode: BARC

It’s membership renewal time!

The packages for 2024 Boston Amateur Radio Club membership renewals will be mailed out some time next week. If your membership expires at the end of 2023, you will receive the mail by default. Current members are eligible to renew at a 20% discount—$20 for general members, and $10 for juniors, seniors, and family members. You must renew by January 31, 2024 to take advantage of the discount. The grace period for renewals extends through March, 2024.

You can renew (as well as join) on the web by going to the Join page. When you click through to the PayPal payment page, you will see a section for renewals at the bottom of the page.

If you do not want to receive the mailing (thereby saving the club the cost of two stamps), please send me a message at saying so, or renew on the web before Wednesday, December 6.

If you wish to join as an Advanced Member, please do not renew using this website or the paper renewal form; instead, you should contact a member of the Executive Committee or send mail to Current Advanced Member dues are $1400 annually and there are a limited number available.

Both renewals and new memberships made now using the website will give you BARC membership through December 31, 2024.

Thank you in advance for your support of the club and its activities and repeaters.

New editor of The SPARC

Shirley Dulcey KE1L is taking over editing The SPARC as of the October 2023 issue (the next one). All submissions for that issue and subsequent issues should be sent to her at and not to Joe Chapman. (Joe will send along anything that he has already received.) The deadline for submissions for the next issue is still Saturday, October 7.

Shirley has been a ham since the summer of 1970, receiving her ticket just a bit too late to ever operate her junior high station. (All was not lost; the high school had an even better station.) She is active in the New England QRP Club and especially enjoys operating from field locations. (She is likely to sneak some QRP content into this newsletter, especially if you don’t submit articles!) She has published newsletters for other organizations, including the Boston Computer Society and the Eastern Massachusetts unit of the American Contract Bridge League. She was a member of BARC in its early years, and rejoined in December 2022 to become active in the BARC at Artisans Asylum station and to participate in Winter Field Day 2023, and later at the ARRL Field Day station.

A big thank you to Joe for his service as editor.

BARC General Meeting, Thursday, Sep. 21, 7:30 pm

There will be a BARC General Meeting on Thursday, September 21, both at the Artisans Asylum Holton St. building and on Zoom. A period of socializing will start at 7:00, and the meeting proper will start at 7:30.

Our speaker will be John Portune, W6NBC, and he will be talking about: A Double Inverted Delta No-Radial All-Band HF Vertical. A 30 ft, lower, horizontally polarized vertical with the azimuth gain less noticeable but comparable to a small beam on a tower but with similar electrically-steerable azimuth gain. Excellent for Field Day and portable operation.

Information about John:
– Licensed Advanced WB6ZCT 1965 Extra 1972 Commercial Licenses: GROL, General Radio Telegraph
– Bachelor’s degree, Physics, Oregon State University 1960
– Career (Retired) Television broadcast engineer/instructor KNBC Ch 4 Los Angeles, Sony Broadcast
– San Francisco Ham magazine author: QST/OTA (over 35 to date) and others
– Frequent Zoom live radio club and ham expo presentations
– Active on HF, VHF, UHF – SSB, FM, digital modes and ham satellites
– Native of Los Angeles, CA 10 yr. resident of UK. Ham license MØGCK
– Married KF6OEB. 3 children, 12 grandchildren
– Steam railroading, pipe organ and sushi enthusiast
–, website:

Here is the Zoom information. As always, if we have problems with the meeting, we will post any updates on this website.

Meeting ID: 817 3252 2755
Passcode: BARC