Amateur Radio Communications Support Request: Gardner Centennial Parade September 17

Hi all,

Please find the request from Paul Topolski, W1SEX below:

Fellow Radio Amateurs,

The City of Gardner is celebrating our centennial, 100 years as a city, with a large parade on Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 13:00 hours.

The City of Gardner Office of Emergency Management is seeking assistance from the ham radio community to provide safety and parade logistics communications. We need about fifteen hams to shadow division Marshalls and three command/relay trailers. A minimum of nine hams will need to be able to walk the parade route of up to 1.8 miles. The first half mile is on a slight uphill grade but it’s all downhill from there. Hams are requested to marshal at 11:00 hours and the parade steps off at 13:00.

To volunteer, please reply to

Please feel free to forward this message to any hams that you know may be interested in helping out.

Be safe es 73,

Paul Topolski, W1SEX, Director
City of Gardner Office of Emergency Management

Ethan KC1OIP
BARC Public Service Chair

Amateur Radio Communications Support Opportunity: Head Of The Charles 2023

Hi all,
If you’ve volunteered for the Head Of The Charles before then you’ve probably already seen this but if you haven’t and want to apply to be a volunteer read on!

Amateur Radio is part of the Emergency Services team for the HOCR and the shifts are as follows:

Friday, October 20, from 7:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday, October 21, from 7:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday, October 22, from 7:00am to 6:00pm

There are no partial shifts. We ask that you only apply if you’re available for the entirety of one or more of the above listed shifts.  We would like you to be able to do multiple days if possible, but we will allow single shifts. You must posses a Technician license or higher prior to your first volunteer day.

To register, go to and create an account. After logging in you will see two options for Amateur Radio: Land Station and Safety Launch. Please note that Safety Launch is on the water. I don’t believe a PIN is required anymore but if it asks it’s 5713 for all Emergency Services positions.

Finally if you happen to know any certified lifeguards that might be interested please pass the website information along.

Ethan KC1OIP
BARC Public Service Chair

Volunteer Registration Open For The 2023 BAA Half Marathon

Hi all,

Some of you may have already seen this from the B.A.A but Volunteer Registration for the Half Marathon on November 12th is open! Please see the information below from the B.A.A.

The B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, returns to Franklin Park on Sunday, November 12, 2023. We invite you to join us as a volunteer to support the third and final event of the 2023 B.A.A. Distance Medley. 

Volunteer Registration is ongoing within your B.A.A. Athletes’ Village Account:

  • To apply, log in to your B.A.A. Athletes’ Village account or sign up for an account if you have not yet done so already.  
  • All 2021, 2022, and 2023 Boston Marathon volunteer applicants should have an existing Athletes’ Village account. 
  • Navigate to the Volunteers page on your account. Select the “To Volunteer Click Here” button. Follow the instructions on the form. 
  • Your application is complete once you receive an application confirmation number.

The volunteer registration deadline for the B.A.A. Half Marathon is Friday, October 20 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Please note, we do anticipate receiving more volunteer applicants than we are able to accept. 

If you haven’t volunteered at a B.A.A event before you will need to create an account and profile. Unlike the full marathon there is only one option for Amateur Radio which can be found after selecting “General” volunteer. 

Hope to see you on race day!

Ethan KC1OIP
BARC Public Service Chair

SKYWARN mail to charter/hotmail/msn/outlook addresses

Rob Macedo, KD1CY, alerts us to problems receiving where Microsoft is intentionally blocking SKYWARN announcements. The full details are at

I have also noticed a problem where club mail to addresses at have silently disappeared, so I will be contacting the few current members who may have be affected.

BARC VE Session, Monday, July 10, 7:30 pm

The Boston Amateur Radio Club will be holding a volunteer exam session on Monday, July 10, 2023, at 7:30 pm at Artisans Asylum, 96 Holton St., Boston, MA 02135. This is in the Allston neighborhood; directions are here.

We give exams for all licensing levels: Technician, General, and Amateur Extra. The test fee is $15, and if you pass an exam, you can take the exam for the next higher level without paying an additional fee. More information can be found here.

Testing is by reservation only; we cannot take walk-ins. To reserve a spot or if you have questions, please contact Joe Chapman, NV1W, at

Also, please note that the question pool for the General exam will change on July 1, so in the July 10 session we will be using the new General tests.

BARC General Meeting, Thursday, June 15, 7:30 pm

There will be a BARC General Meeting on Thursday, June 15, both at the Artisans Asylum Holton St. building and on Zoom. A period of socializing will start at 7:00, and the meeting proper will start at 7:30.

There is no speaker. We will hold elections and discuss plans for the upcoming Field Day.

Note that we are meeting in the Holton St. Building and not Antwerp St. As previously announced.

Brendan Baldonado, NW1S, will be at the Artisans Asylum starting at 2:00 in the afternoon if you would like to arrive early and see the BARC shack. There will also be an official tour of the facility at 6:15 pm.

Here is the Zoom information. As always, if we have problems with the meeting, we will post any updates on this website.

Meeting ID: 892 6623 9161
Passcode: BARC

There will be a ZOOM mtg. tonight 6/7/2023 to cont. on Field Day 2023 prep

Hello members, there will be a ZOOM meeting this evening to continue our Field Day 2023 preparation. Please join me at 7:00 PM EST

I just tested this link and I was able to share.

Upon joining the meeting, please rename yourself to your FirstName and Callsign if applicable e.g. Scott K1SU.

I will talk to you all this evening!