On Monday October 11th, both the 145.23 and 449.175 repeaters will be in use supporting the Boston Marathon. The DMR repeater will not be connected to the standard NEDECN network during the event. Please defer to Marathon traffic throughout the day.
Additionally, the DMR repeater will be disconnected from the NEDECN network starting this weekend to allow for Marathon communications testing. The Monday night DMR net will be also taking a week off and will be back on the 18th.
Thank you for your continued support, and thank you to all volunteers who are working the event!
Joe Harris, N1QD
W1BOS Repeater Trustee
BARC Vice President
Our friends down at the K1USN club are organizing an Autumn New England Parks on the Air (POTA) Day from 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC on Saturday, October 16 (8 pm Friday–7:59 pm Saturday). From their newsletter:
The goal would be to have one group/individual at each site to enable the activation of as many NE POTA’s as possible.
Officially listed POTA’s from throughout New England would be required. Maps and lists can be found here — parksontheair.com.
Since this is not a “contest”, official log submissions will not be required, but summaries would be encouraged. [NV1W comment: I think it’s polite to submit logs to the POTA website so hunters get credit.] A post-event link will be available at www.k1usn.com.
Remember that this will be a New England wide event so folks that attend Nearfest on Saturday, Oct 16th in Deerfield, NH may wish to activate a NH park on the way home.
Okay… Who is interested in jumping onboard the NE Autumn POTA event?
BTW, Bob, WC1N, has created a spreadsheet so that we can keep track of individuals/clubs as they sign on. You can sign up here — http://www.ilovepota.com/index.php.
The speaker at the April BARC General meeting will be Joe Harris N1QD. Joe will give a presentation on DMR basics, with a focus on how to get set up on the club’s UHF repeater! The meeting will be on the Zoom platform at 7:30PM EDT.
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!
This year’s BARC Holiday Party will be held once again at The Stockyard in Brighton on Sunday, January 5 at 1:00 p.m. The cost will be $25 per person excluding bar bills. Please RSVP by Saturday, December 28, using this form or by sending email to Joe Chapman, NV1W, at email@example.com.
Our friends at the Northeastern University Wireless Club are selling some used gear to clean out their shack and raise money for the club. All the items have been checked out and are operational, though some items may need some TLC like replacement capacitors and the like.
You can find an illustrated list of the loot here. To discuss price and availability, contact David Potter, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BARC Holiday Party will be held at the Stockyard restaurant in Brighton at 1:00 pm on Sunday, January 13.
If you have not already returned the reservation form by mail, you may reserve a spot by e-mailing Joe, NV1W, at email@example.com. Please include your name, call, and number of guests; you may settle with the Treasurer for $25 per person at the party. Please use the subject line “BARC Holiday Party” and respond by January 6.
[From Phil Temples, K9HI]
The IEEE is holding an antenna conference in Boston in the Seaport District in July. They’ve approached Tom Walsh, K1TW, the Eastern MA Section Manager to see if we would staff a booth and provide VE exams for conference attendees interested in ham radio. Parking fees would be waived, and they would hold a free reception for the ham volunteers.
“The 2018 IEEE AP–S Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting will be held on July 8–13, 2018, at the Westin Waterfront hotel in Boston, MA. The combined symposium and meeting are cosponsored by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP–S) and the U.S. National …” The conference URL is: https://www.2018apsursi.org.
Would you have an interest in being involved in this project? It should be a lot of fun! We still need a few more volunteers. You can find more details and a sign-up link at: https://ema.arrl.org/hamradio-ieee-ap-s-2018-seeks-volunteers-july-8-12-2018/.
April is always a jam-packed month for public service events, and we always close it with the Run of the Charles. This is a really unique and fun event, a series of canoe and kayak races to support the Charles River Watershed Association. The organization works to protect the natural ecology of the Charles River, and keep it safe and clean for people to enjoy as well.
At this event, we handle on-site registrations, reports of rules violations, and of course we’re always keeping an eye on participants’ safety. All the rain over the week prior made for strong currents, which unfortunately led to a lot of boats capsizing, including one that got stuck on a bridge and needed emergency assistance. That didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits, though; we handled 24 registrations throughout the day, which is in line with most years, and everyone had a safe race.
Thanks to all twenty volunteers who came out to support this event and the Charles River: Jeff PinterParsons, W5UVO; Alan Lewis, K1ALL; Mark Richards, K1MGY; David Cantrell, WH6DSN; Henry Brown, K1WCC; Rick Savage, KB1LYJ; Kathy Savage, KB1LPW; Gary Schwartz, N1ZCE; Bill Bridgham, N1RYT; Keilin Bickar, KE1LIN; Cheyenne Greatorex, N1QZS; Dave Allen, KC1GEQ; Jim Clogher, N1ICN; Ed Curley, KC1CLA; Lyman Smith, W1LKS; Lela Smith, KC1ACV; John Marcus III, W1JWM; Dave Gilman, KC1DDH; Brian Mallory, KB1WZU; and Thomas Achtemichuk, W0ZIO.