March 2, 2016 – Member Meeting – LOTW for Beginners

Meeting Time: 7:00-9:30 PM
The next meeting of the Billerica Amateur Radio Society (BARS) is Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

Topic: “Log Book of the World (LOTW) for Beginners” plus Members Roundtable
Last month we discussed NPOTA as a club activity to an enthusiastic response. Tonight we follow up with some basics on LOTW so you too can join in on the NPOTA fun.

Also, new this meeting is our “Members Roundtable”. We noticed lots of energy last month in our NPOTA roundtable so we are going to promote the roundtable format for a while. This is a chance to engage with other members, solve problems, ask for help, and have fun. A similar format is working well on the weekly net. So while we’ll provide some guidance, its open forum on your amateur radio interests.

Location
Our new meeting location in Chelmsford is working out beautifully and we invite everyone to join us for the sixth meeting to be held at:

Matthews Memorial Church
128 Gorham St. (Route 3A)
East Chelmsford, MA 01824

Please park in back and enter by the rear door. A map is on the sidebar.

Message from the President, Mike K1TWF

“It’s been a while since I’ve put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard ?). It’s been a busy winter this year. But spring is around the corner – the woodchuck didn’t see a shadow, so the nice weather must be coming soon. And the discussion at the last meeting of the National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event seems to have struck a resonant chord. For next week, we’ll continue in that vein with a discussion of the Logbook of the World (LOTW) system. I must admit that, although I signed up for it in its early days, I’ve never done anything with it, despite having about 25,000 log entries that need to be posted there. With luck, I’ll learn enough next week to do just that. And perhaps we can continue our discussion of how the club might participate. I’d like to spend a sunny afternoon or two playing radio in some of our local parks. Lowell, in particular, might be a good place, since it’s within walking distance of so many nice eateries (and watering holes.)

So please do come. Perhaps you can find a ham (or aspiring ham) friend to bring along. And bring some ideas, too. We probably have 30 nice weekends between now and next winter that could be spent sitting in the sun and showing off radio to the public.”

Note: The BARS Wednesday night net will not meet because of the club meeting. Members are encouraged to get on Billerica (147.12) on their way to/from the meeting instead.

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