BARC General Meeting, Thursday, Nov. 17, 7:30 pm

BARC’s November General Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 17. Rob Steenburgh, AD0IU, will be our guest. Rob worked for the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center and will be discussing Space Weather and how it affects Amateur Radio. The meeting room will open for a period of socializing at 7:00 pm and the meeting will start at 7:30. Please use your name and call sign (if you have one) as your meeting name.

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Meeting ID: 870 1943 6001
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BARC open for renewals for 2023

Every year, BARC offers current members a 20% discount on renewals made before January 31. You should receive a package in the mail with a stamped return envelope sometime in early December; just return it with your dues before the end of January and you’ll be all set!

Of course, you may always renew using this website, by clicking on the Join button on the menu along the top of this page.

If you would prefer not to receive the mailing and do everything on-line (saving the club the cost of two stamps), you may contact the Secretary, Joe NV1W, at You’ll receive an email reminder if you haven’t renewed a week before the January deadline.

Free Weekly General Class on Zoom

From Rol, K3RA:

A free, weekly, live, Amateur Radio General Class Licensing course on Zoom will begin on Thursday, Oct 27 and will run through Thursday, January 5. There will be 9 sessions, with two breaks for holidays. The three-hour sessions will start at 6:30 PM Eastern Time. Sessions will be recorded. These are the classes that we have been holding for years sponsored by the National Electronics Museum. Please publicize this with anyone that you think would be interested. Those wishing to sign up should email

BARC VE Session, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7:30 pm

BARC will be holding its first post-pandemic volunteer exam session on Tuesday, October 18, at 7:30 pm at Artisans Asylum in Allston. You must register for the test in advance with either Joe Chapman, NV1W, at, or Jim Clogher, N1ICN, at

The test fee is $15 and you must have an FCC registration number (FRN). More information on the test can be found on the BARC Exam Sessions page on this website. Directions to the Artisans Asylum are here.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Joe Chapman, NV1W at the above address or at 617-267-6349.

BIG E Space Chat is a “Go” on September 27, 2022

Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, writes:

The pre-contact program for our upcoming ISS contact at the BIG E will begin at 1:20 pm ET on Tuesday, September 27. Our astronaut will be Bob Hines, KI5RQT. Our ground station for this contact will be ON4ISS in Belgium.

Parking and the walk to The BIG E arena will take some time so be sure to get there early. Remember to bring a printed official copy of your Amateur Radio license and you and up to 3 family and friends will get free admission to The BIG E on contact day.

The arena will hold well over 1,000 people. The BIG E is helping us to publicize the event and arrange for TV coverage for the program and the contact. We would appreciate everyone’s help in getting the word out!

Our pre-contact program will begin with a series of videos about space, NASA, ARISS, going to Mars, and more. Our pre-contact program speakers will include:

  • Gene Cassidy, CEO Eastern States Exposition
  • David Minster, CEO ARRL
  • Fred Kemmerer, Director ARRL New England Division
  • Bob Phinney, President New England Sci-Tech

We hope to see you and many folks across the New England and Hudson Division at the BIG E next Tuesday!