Everyone, the National Weather Service is reporting icy conditions are forecast for Wednesday night in Northern Middlesex County beginning at 7 PM. Chelmsford is in Northern Middlesex and of course, 7PM is our start time. After much thought, I had planned on perhaps keeping the meeting short and ending at 8 PM but it seems wiser to simply cancel. I am sorry for the short notice but I must err on the side of caution where our members would be traveling after dark in icy conditions. Please be safe and stay home.

Please pass the word to anyone who might miss this announcement.



President, Billerica ARS

PS – It is likely Mike and Tom will speak for the March 6, 2019 meeting instead – original announcement is below for reference.

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Please join us for the February BARS meeting as we have two home-grown speakers planned.


Mike, K1TWF, ARRL New England Division Vice Director: Mike is just back from the first meeting of the new ARRL Board meeting. He will have a lot of interesting news to share with our members about the ARRL following the Board meeting. This is an opportunity to ask Mike questions about the ARRL, tell him what you like or want to see changed.

The new Board is already making big news by withdrawing the December 18 “Petition for Rulemaking” to the FCC, which sought to amend the Part 97 Amateur Service rules to incorporate the provisions of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (ARPA). The ARRL Board of Directors decided that the organization needs to “review, re-examine, and reappraise ARRL’s regulatory and legislative policy with regard to private land use restrictions”. Bring your questions to Mike on this and other pressing interests you have regarding ARRL.

Background Note: Every year, about one third of the Director positions stand for election. In total, of the six Directors slots up for election, five new folks will be representing their Divisions after the election. This year, we elected a new Division Director, Fred Hopengarten K1VR to represent the New England ARRL Division. Fred replaces Tom Frenaye, K1KI who has served New England for many years.


But wait there is more. Tom K1TW, the ARRL section manager for Eastern Massachusetts will also be on hand to update folks on happenings in Eastern Massachusetts. Tom manages a staff of 11 volunteers who in turn guide close to 100 section volunteers involved in activities ranging from emergency communications, traffic handling, nets, technical volunteers, government liaison, and club support. Among the biggest topics in Eastern Massachusetts to discuss is the “Proposed MA Legislation Seeks to Require “Hands-free” Cell Phone Use While Driving”.

Proposed MA Legislation Seeks to Require “Hands-free” Cell Phone Use While Driving



Meetings begin promptly at 7:00 PM, first Wednesday of the month.

Our meeting location in Chelmsford is at:

Chelmsford Bible Church
128 Gorham St. (Route 3A)
Chelmsford, MA 01824

Please park in back and enter by the rear door. A map can be accessed by the “Club Meetings” notice on the right side of the website.

The Billerica ARS encourages members to get on the air! (GOTA). There are many exciting operating events over the coming cold months to enjoy. Let us know what you’re interested in.

Bring a friend (or aspiring ham) and join us!

Note: The weekly BARS Wednesday night net will not meet on this evening 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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