The February 2021 edition of the SPARC is now available!
This is Morgan (KB1ZFP) writing to you from Somerville, MA. I’d like to apologize for the issues we had tonight with connections to our monthly Zoom meeting. Going forward we’re going to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.
To do this, we’ve added two things to our monthly to-do list:
- We will update the Zoom link each month instead of trying to use the same link each time.
- We will send out a reminder email the Wednesday before each meeting happens so that everyone on our lists will have valid meeting connection details.
Once again, please accept my apologies and I hope to see you all on the air ways very soon!
We just discovered that the meeting link in the SPARC was invalid. The Zoom Meeting link for the January Meeting is:
The January 2021 edition of the SPARC is now available.
The Club PayPal system has been restored! All praise and thanks for this goes to Joe Harris, N1QD. We had a perfect storm over here where the person who normally dealt with the site was unavailable, and I myself was in Somerville Hospital for a diagnostic test.
Again, many, many thanks to N1QD, and we’re back on the Net (as it were)!
The December 2020 edition of the SPARC is now available!
The November 2020 edition of the SPARC is now available!
New England Vice Director, and BARC member, Phil Temples, K9HI, reminds us of the new FCC Notice for Proposed Rulemaking about increased/reinstated fees that are being considered for the Amateur Service.
We need to have a flood of high-quality comments in response to the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking to reinstate fees for amateurs. The story linked here supplies some strong talking points, courtesy of ARRL Washington Counsel K3ZJ, that should be included in our individually filed comments.
We encourage all BARC members to file comments to FCC 20-116, MD Docket No. 20-270.
In a VERY exciting development, BARC member Brendan Baldonado, the newly licensed KC1NEF, lets us know about an upcoming Parks On The Air (POTA) activation he’s about to attempt. He says:
“As you may know I am getting ready to take my General and Extra exam, but thought it could be a fun challenge to “Activate” a park using only Tech bands and Abilities. My Plan is to activate using 5 bands, if I can, with no data and no CW and mostly VHF!
The activation is not a contest so spotting is allowed, I only need to make 10 contacts to activate. For more information on POTA, go to http://parksontheair.com/
I am asking for help in activating the park by trying to contact me on the frequencies and modes listed below. I will submit a log through Parks On The Air where your callsign will receive hunter credit for you as well as activation credit for me! In addition to uploading the logs to eQSL and LoTW, I plan to buy either post cards as QSLs, or take a few pictures and turn them into Special Edition QSL cards for all the people who help me activate.
I plan to activate on Wednesday October 21, 2020. I’ll be at the Bunker Hill Monument and Park, a registered National Park, with my battery powered FT897 and Matchbox Random Length End Fed Dipole in a Tree. I’ll be starting around 2:00 PM (1800z) and going until about 6:00pm (2200z).
If you can reach out via these frequencies and let any other hams know to try and reach me I would be greatly appreciative.
Wednesday OCT 21 2020
10 Meters: 28.450 – USB
6 Meters: 50.294 – USB
2 Meters: 146.450 – FM
1.25 Meters: 223.450 – FM
70 CM: 446.00 – FM
For the most up to date spots please look at www.pota.us and look for my callsign: KC1NEF