BARC Field Day, June 24–25, 2023

Once again, BARC will be holding Field Day in 2023 at the Andrew Cucchiara Learning Center at Hale Education in Westwood, MA. Directions are here. Note that if you are coming to this event, you do not need to pay the normal entrance fee to enter the Hale Education site. Everyone, including guests and those who are not yet licensed, is welcome.

Operating times are from 2:00 pm Saturday, June, 24, until 2:00 pm Sunday, June 25. We will be in class 3A, operating 3 HF stations and a VHF/UHF station using SSB, CW, and digital modes. We are also planning to make a satellite contact. People who wish to participate are encouraged to help with setup on Saturday morning and/or teardown on Sunday afternoon.

We will have pizza on Saturday evening, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday will be provided. Spots for tent camping will be available, though facilities will be minimal (portable toilets and a small sink but no other running water).

Talkaround will be on the BARC simplex frequency, 147.420 MHz.

If you are planning on coming, please let us know using the Google form at

More information on Field Day can be found on the ARRL website and questions about BARC should be sent to

BARC General Meeting, Thursday, May 18, 7:30 pm

BARC’s March General Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 18th. There is no speaker scheduled. The meeting will be held at Artisans Asylum, 96 Holton St. in Allston. Directions are here. You may also join the meeting on Zoom.

The meeting will open for a period of socializing at 7:00 pm and the meeting will start at 7:30. On Zoom, please use your name and call sign (if you have one) as your meeting name.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 875 5771 4647
Passcode: BARC

127th Boston Marathon Amateur Radio Volunteers Still Needed

Please forgive the lateness of this post as I realized I forgot to post to the website!

Volunteer applications for the 127th running of the Boston Marathon and BAA 5K are open and are still looking for volunteers! I’m sure some of you have already gotten some emails about this if you’ve volunteered before but I’ve included the instructions from the BAA Communications Committee below. Please consider volunteering!

Volunteer registration for the 2023 Boston Marathon is open.  Returning volunteers will get an email from the BAA later this morning with instructions.  In order to make registration as smooth as possible we are providing specific instructions for our Amateur Radio Operator (ARO) volunteers.

If you haven’t previously volunteered, or have a friend who would like to volunteer, please go directly to the Volunteer Registration page after 10:00 AM EST and follow the instructions for new volunteers.

Step by Step Sign Up Guide:

A few notes for volunteers:
Almost all amateur radio positions are single person assignments.  We are not able to group people on a single assignment, but we will try to accommodate which segment you are assigned to in order to allow for similar start/end times.

Don’t delay! Volunteer registration closes on Friday, February 10 at 5:00 PM EST. It would help our planning processes if you could please complete your registration by Friday, January 27.

Help us get the word out by forwarding this email to your club and other amateur radio operators who might wish to volunteer. Most volunteers first learn about the event through word of mouth. If you know new licensees who might like to join us, please make sure to let them know about it. Even just a quick mention at your club meeting can be a big help.

If you have any questions about the upcoming volunteer registration period, or the 2023 Marathon generally, please get in touch anytime. Volunteering at the Marathon is a big job and we appreciate the time and effort everyone puts into it. We’re happy to do what we can to make your work fun, comfortable, and effective.

We look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Thank you, and 73,

Boston Marathon Communications Committee

BARC Holiday Party, Sunday, January 8, 1:00 pm

BARC will hold its annual Holiday Party on Sunday, January 8, starting at 1:00 pm at The Stockyard in Brighton. We will be ordering off the menu, and the cost will be $25 per person; you will be responsible for your own bar bill. Vegetarian options will be available.

Please RSVP to Joe Chapman, NV1W, by January 3. Use the subject “Holiday Party RSVP” and provide your name, call sign (if any), and the number of people.