Clear Your Calendars!!

This Thursday evening, LIVE, on your computer – the Boston Amateur Radio Club’s July Meeting!

Again, due to COVID, etc, we’ll be meeting as we did last month via Zoom. Not only will we be able to check in with each other and share what we may be doing during this odd time, but we’ll be having a speaker, Charles Bures, WA3ITR, talking about FT8.

There seems to be a new digital mode nearly every month on HF (and they’d work on VHF and UHF as well!), and FT8 has proven itself to be among the most popular. We’re looking forward to this talk since the last time I was active before I moved to MA, FT8 didn’t even exist!

Club members will be getting an email with the Zoom Meeting ID that you’ll need to have to get into the meeting.

For those of you for whom this is new, check out zoom.com to download the free software available for Windows, AndroidOS and iOS, as well as extensions for Firefox and Chrome (if you want to try coming in from a Chromebook!).

An Important Edit to the July 2020 SPARC!

As new people take over and get used to the infrastructure, some glitches are going to happen. This is the first, and it is totally the new folks fault.

In respect to what has been published in the SPARC, it turns out that we’ll be welcoming and looking forward to Charles Bures, WA3ITR, speaking to us during our Zoom Meeting this month.

We very much regret the confusion and are looking forward to Charles speaking to us!

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Share How You’re Spending Field Day!

Today is the eve of the most atypical Field Day in the history of the League! Field Day was first done in 1933 and the only pandemic event that can rival what we are going through today was the Spanish Flu in 1917, years before.

The purpose of Field Day is to demonstrate Amateur Radio’s flexibility to both the public and to ourselves.

How are you spending this historic Field Day?

Send your quick stories and pictures to “w1bos@arrl.net” and we’ll be sharing these through the weekend on our Facebook page.

If you choose to “aggregate” your score as a club – and I hope you do – please sign us as “Boston Amateur Radio Club” as NV1W suggested.

Good Field Day, everyone! “Neither rain, nor snow, nor COVID-19” can stop us!

Field Day is this Weekend, June 27-28

Field Day is this weekend, June 27–28. As noted in the current issue of The SPARC, there have been some temporary changes to the rules. Most notably, if you’re operating in class D (home stations using commercial power) you can count contacts with other stations in that class for points.

When you submit your logs, please set the “Club” field to “Boston Amateur Radio Club” to ensure that your points are added to the BARC total.

Several club members will be active; listen for us!

A Quiet Revolution…

On the evening of June 18th the Boston Amateur Radio Club went through a quiet revolution.

BARC is one of the older Amateur Radio Clubs still going in Eastern MA right now. For the last decade or more the club has been wonderfully run by a tight, core group of people who have done yeoman’s work navigating the organization through the honestly chaotic times of the 21st century. On June 18th these magnificently hard working folks got a bit of a much deserved break.

Holding its first meeting since their January Holiday Party – and its first meeting ever via Zoom, thanks to Phil Temples, K9HI – BARC elected the first new people to its major offices in years.

Taking over from Joe Chapman, NV1W, as Secretary, is Doc Kinne, KE1ML.

Taking over from Mark Duff, KB1EKN, as Vice President, is Morgan Johnstone, KB1ZFP.

BARC was unanimous in the gratitude it holds for the officers stepping down – they are the reason BARC continues to thrive at all! Past Vice President Mark Duff, as he stepped down, expressed appreciation that “new blood” had stepped into leadership roles.

(Photo courtesy of K9HI)