Discounted Membership Renewals Through January 31, 2018

To all club members: By now, you will have received a letter in the mail detailing the annual membership renewal discount. To recap: if you renew your membership with the club by January 31, you may take a 20% discount on your 2018 dues! This will reduce Regular membership dues to $20, and Senior, Junior, and Family membership dues to $10.

You can renew by mail by with the membership form that was sent in the mailing, or online.

If you would like to donate to the club, you can also do so online or via mail.

SKYWARN Recognition Day is This Weekend!

SKYWARN Recognition Day runs from 7pm EST Friday  December 1 to 7pm EST Saturday December 2.

From the NWS Website:

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN™ volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN™ volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative. During the SKYWARN™ Special Event operators will visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

The Boston Amateur Radio Club will be on the air from the Blue Hill Observatory using the callsign WX1BHO on Saturday from approximately 9am-3pm EST. Look for us on 40, 20 and 15 (Phone, CW, digital), as well as on 2 meter simplex and the NEDECN DMR network (MA Statewide & Region North TGs). See you on the air this Saturday!

BARC General Meeting October 19

On Thursday, October 19, join the Boston Amateur Radio Club at 7:30PM for the monthly meeting at the Brookline Police Headquarters Community Room.

The featured speaker at out October General Meeting will be Rob Macedo, KD1CY. Rob is the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator as well as the MEMA/FEMA Region 1/NWS Taunton SKYWARN Liaison. Rob will give an updated overview on SKYWARN and ARES in Eastern Massachusetts. As the Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net, he will speak on the recent hurricane net operations over the past 6 weeks including the recent Amateur Radio Operators deployment to Puerto Rico for relief efforts on the island.

Antenna / Coax Work Party October 21

At Field Day this summer, it was discovered that the club’s triband beam antenna was not performing as desired. Specifically, a high SWR was noticed on the 15m and 10m phone bands. On Saturday October 21, the club will have an antenna work party at the home of Mark KB1EKN, near the 220 bus out of Quincy Center Station. We will erect the beam on a mast, and sweep it with an antenna analyzer. If anything appears to be a problem, we will re-tune the antenna as needed. While we have the crew together, we will also take the time to test and inventory the club’s coax. If there are enough people on site, we will break up into teams to work on both tasks in parallel. Sign up for the work party here​. The club will pick up lunch for volunteers. Contact Mark KB1EKN with additional questions.

Hello world!

Welcome to the beta version of BARC’s new website, a joint effort by Joe Harris, N1QD, and Joe Chapman, NV1W. We hope to deploy this new club website sometime in early summer 2017.

For now, our focus is on getting the membership form and PayPal link working and on moving over information from the old website. Design, photos, and cleaning up minor nits will follow. Comments and offers to help may be sent to N1QD or NV1W.

 

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