March 4 Meeting to feature History of Shortwave broadcasting

Our guest for the evening will be Jerry Berg, who will talk about another side of radio–the history of shortwave broadcasting. Jerry has been a shortwave listener since the 1950s, and for the past 30 years he has also been active in researching the history of shortwave broadcasting, and its listeners. He has authored four books on the subject, and his presentation will include many graphics covering stations from the 1920s to the present, and related topics. If you want to do some advance “looking” on the subject, check out Jerry’s website at

Our Guest Speaker:
Jerry Berg is a noted shortwave listener and expert in the history of Shortwave Radio. He is a member of the Boston Area DXers, a local group devoted to radio listening and a major presence amongst shortwave DXers and clubs worldwide.The May 2014 issue of QST reviewed Jerry’s book, “The Early Shortwave Stations – A broadcasting History through 1945”. See the review.

There are two items of Business to be discussed.
1. The BOD met on Monday February 23. The Board is proposing to set BARS membership dues at $10 per year running from September 1 to August 31. This will be presented to the membership for discussion and approval.
2. Peter Speen, K1SUB, has resigned from the BOD. Filling the vacancy will be on the agenda.

March 4th Meeting Location:
BARS meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM. We are pleased to announce a new location which we will use for both the February and March meetings. As discussed at our December meeting, we have been looking for a possible future meeting venue and we agreed to a 2 month trial at St. Michael’s Parish Center, 90 Concord Road, Bedford MA 01730.

Here are the details:
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 PM
Where: St. Michael’s Parish Center, 90 Great Road, Bedford MA 01730
Room: 120 in the Parish Center

Vehicles should be parked in the main parking lot; there are also a few unrestricted spaces on the side of the Parish Center. No parking allowed behind the rectory. No cars allowed in the courtyard leading up the Parish Center entrance.

Other Conditions of use:
Often, staff is in the building working or other groups are meeting. The Parish requires BARS to maintain a respectful environment for all concerned. No smoking in the building; a smoking pole is available outside the front doors. Permission is granted to serve snack and non-alcoholic refreshments, provided BARS cleans up after itself.

Please see the sidebar on this web page for a map.

From Route 128/95 take Exit 31B.
Drive 3 miles.
Bear left at the fork in the road and follow Route 62 towards Concord.
Continue another 0.2 mile. The church is on the left.

From the North
Take Route 4 south towards Bedford.
About 500 feet after passing Minuteman VW, bear right at the fork in the road.
Follow Route 62 towards Concord.
Continue another 0.2 mile. The church is on the left.

The parking lot, the Rectory and the Parish Center are to the rear of the church, accessible via the driveway alongside the church. Note: The meeting is in the Parish Center behind the Church.

Come and Enjoy!

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