THE BEACON March 2004 Edition THE VOICE OF THE WHITE WATER VALLEY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, INC. P.O. Box 991 Richmond, Indiana 47375-0991 CLUB CALLSIGN: N9JM REPEATER: 147.270+ SIMPLEX: 146.490 THURSDAY NIGHT NET AT 7:30 PM ON 147.270+ www.qsl.net/wwvarc & www.wwvarc.org YOUR CLUB OFFICERS: President Jeffrey Norris KB9ZJV 969-8817 Vice-President John Strain W9MIU 965-3794 Secretary Steve Shank KB9HQX 962-4163 Treasurer Don Cook K9GT 855-3909 DON’T FORGET THE MEETING: The club’s March meeting will be on Tuesday, March 9th, 2004, at 7:00 PM at the American Red Cross, 1417 North A Street. (Please use the two front doors facing North A Street.) Important: Do to the Red Cross conducting CPR classes in the East classroom on our meeting night in April, on the 13th, we will be using the West classroom. They also ask that we don’t park in the front parking lot, that night. Thank you. (April, next month, not this month.) (I kept this in so I wouldn’t forget to put it in the April Newsletter!) Birthday Wishes: Joseph F. Todd, KB9ICM, on the 1st; Marilyn L. Toschlog, N9VCC, on the 8th; also on the 8th, Malcom (Mac) C. Williams, KC9UW. Wayne C. Klusman, WA8KAZ, on the 20th and Albert (Tom) T. Miller, KA9EZT, on the 27th. License Exams: March 6th at 8:30 AM at the Hartwell Presbyterian Church, 210 Parkway Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio; March 13th at 8:30 AM at the Joint Vocational School, 3603 Hamilton-Middletown Road, Hamilton, Ohio; March 27th at 9:00 AM at Greenfield Central High School, 810 North Broadway, Greenfield, Indiana: March 27th at 9:00 AM at the American Red Cross, 1417 North A Street, Richmond, Indiana. Thanks: We would like to offer our thanks to Gary Green, WB9ZJS & Buster Webb, KG9ND, for getting the 147.270 + repeater back in operation. Mark Your Calendar: QCWA Chapter 205, Breakfast Meeting at the Kountry Kitchen, 1015 East Main Street at 8:00 AM, on Saturday, March 13th. (White Water Valley Amateur Radio Club members are welcome.) Mark Your Calendar: The White Water Valley Amateur Radio Club-VE Team will have a Test Session on Saturday, March 27th, 2004 at the American Red Cross, 1417 North A Street, at 9:00 AM. Mark Your Calendar: Spring National Exam Days-Saturday & Sunday, April 24th & 25th. Mark Your Calendar: Dayton Hamvention at Hara Arena on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 14th, 15th & 16th, 2004. Mark Your Calendar: Fall National Exam Days-Saturday & Sunday, September 25th & 26th. Reminder: Club members meet at J’s II Restaurant, 850 South N Street, on Thursday afternoons at 2:00 PM. Stop by for coffee and good fellowship. Indiana Section News: Since QST doesn’t print Section News anymore and since some of our members do not have Internet access, I’ve decided to include it in our newsletter. INSN0104 Indiana Section News for January 2004 Condolences to the Family and Friends of Charles Franklin Willer WB9ULN, of Fort Wayne. He was a local radio personality and entertainer. Charles arranged the advertising and publicity for the Fort Wayne Hamfest. He will be missed. The Michigan City ARC took part in the BSA's Klondike Derby on January 10. Participants were N9RG, K9ET, N9ZIP, N9RKY, K9RQ, and WD9BDW. An HF station was set up in a cabin at the BSA Campground south of Michigan City. There was an APRS station and a CW demonstration table, also. 17 groups of scouts each spent 30 minutes in the cabin. When possible, contacts were made on 40 meters with the scouts watching and listening. The scouts were shown how APRS works. They were given a demonstration of how Morse code is used in radio communication, and “name exchange” using code practice oscillators demonstrating that information using CW, really works. Congratulations to the members of the MCARC for their efforts in demonstrating Amateur Radio to the Boy Scouts of their area. If your amateur radio group is doing Public Service, please let me, David Pifer N9YNF, and our Bulletin Manager Brian Murrey KB9BVN know about what is happening in your area. Our SEC, Dave Pifer N9YNF, reports that many local groups are getting started with meetings with local officials and agencies. With the recent flurry of activity in the Homeland Security arena, we can anticipate more meetings and changes in how things are done. There are many new plans within the Homeland Security effort that are redefining how our clients do their business. All EC's and DEC's should be aware of the new Indiana Legislation, IC 10-14-3 which redefines portions of the EMA offices of each county. In particular it now includes statewide Mutual Aid Network (IC 10-14-3-10.6 and 10.7). In addition to this change there is now a public record law IC 5-14-3-4(b)(19) that contains specific wording that gives the right to withhold information from the public if it is deemed as a risk that could be used in a terrorist attach. Item (H) "The emergency contact information of emergency responders and volunteers" come to mind as information that we should guard. From time to time, the subject of a police radio in your car, or on your person, comes up. Every amateur should be aware of IC 35-44-3-12, "Unlawful use of a police radio," and its exemptions. I encourage you to look at the wording closely and see if you can spot the FCC and state law inconsistency. Also, remember that even though you are exempt with a "police radio" receiver in your car, what about your spouse, the auto mechanic, or anyone else who might happen to be driving your car, and isn't a licensed amateur? All EC's and DEC's should be aware that there is a new Public Service Activity Report Form (FSD-212) available on the ARRL's website: http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/forms/ The most significant change is the person-hours vs. man-hours. Please take a look at the forms on the website compared to what you send, and get them up to date. Are you planning to attend a SKYWARN spotter seminar in your area during February or March? I hope so! January Section Net Activity: NET FREQ DAILY TIMES (UTC) QNI QTC QTR SESS ITN 3910 kHz 1330/2130 2344 133 1239 62 QIN 3656 kHz 1430/0000 287 191 1140 62 ARES 3910 kHz 4TH SUN/MO @1300 15 0 25 1 HOOSIER VHF NETS 8 REPORTING 435 13 568 30 HOOSIER DIGITAL NETS (2) 27 22 ?? 62 JANUARY ORS Traffic Reports: KO9D 285, K9PUI 156, WA9JWL 68, KB9TUI 40, K9GBR 37, AB9AA 13, KC9UU 10, N9KNJ 9, W3GQJ 7, WB9NCE 6 JANUARY Public Service Honor Roll Reports CALLSIGN 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL WA9JWL 25 40 10 20 10 105 James S. Sellers K9ZBM Indiana Section Manager Here Are The Minutes Of Our Last Meeting: WHITE WATER VALLEY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, INC. Minutes from February 10, 2004 American Red Cross The February 10th meeting was called to order by club Vice-President John Strain, W9MIU. There was a total of 17 members and guests present, answering the roll call. Devotions and the Pledge of Allegiance were given. The secretary’s report for January, as printed in the February edition of the club newsletter, was approved. The treasurer’s report was given and approved. Announcements that were made during the meeting: 1. Don Honenberger, KA6OSI, thought that the club should hear from fellow club member Ron Stier, W9ICZ, about the honor of being presented an award from the National Catholic Education Association. 2. Mike Chambers, W1IDX, gave an update on the 220 repeater and his attempt to get it operational, again. Mike said that he has ordered a 440 repeater, which will operate on the frequency of 444.350 MHz, with a tone of 127.3. He hopes to have this repeater placed at the #1 Fire Station, located at South 5th & A Street. The antenna would be mounted on the Fire Station’s radio tower. Mike also talked about some work that he had done to his 2-meter repeater to eliminate some erratic operational problems. 3. Mike Chambers, W1IDX, said that the Richmond Police Department is once again allowing citizens to ride along in police cars, if anyone is interested. 4. Ron Stier, W9ICZ, the Emergency Coordinator for Wayne County, said that the EC’s (Emergency Coordinator’s) Annual Report has been submitted to the ARRL. Ron said that he need’s to get with his Assistant EC’s to set up a phone list and also to have a “table-top” exercise, to practice emergency procedures. 5. Don Honenberger, KA6OSI, has copies of an electronic data sheet from Cleveland Institute of Electronics, for those who may be interested. 6. Cliff Rummel, W9LCE, said that he just recently purchased through the ARRL, a set of QST’s from 1930 to 1939, on CD-ROM. 7. Ron Stier, W9ICZ, gave a report on those who normally meet at J’s II Restaurant, meeting at Kenny, N9KM, and Janet, N9KL, Marker’s, since Kenny hasn’t been able to get out do to the cold temperatures. Ron said that they had cookies, ice cream, soda & coffee. Ron said that there was a nice little group assembled and that Kenny & Janet really enjoyed the company. 8. Larry Toschlog, K9VD, said that he and his wife Marilyn, N9VCC, visited with Dick Fry, K9JRB. Dick is doing a lot better. He’s able to get in and out of bed on his own and is sitting in his wheel chair. He has walked around 60’, using his artificial leg. Dick has been in the hospital since November the 10th. He would appreciate any visitors. 9. Mike Chambers, W1IDX, told about acquiring an atomic wall clock from Heartland America. He said that he has checked it with WWV and that it has been right on. It cost $19.95 plus shipping and handling. Old Business: 1. John Strain, W9MIU, brought up the subject of our next test session, which will be held on Saturday, March 27th. The test session is listed on the QRZ and ARRL web sites and Buster, KG9ND, has made arrangements with the ARRL VEC to have testing materials available. John said that he would take care of getting an announcement on WCTV, local cable access, as to when & where the test session will be held. 2. Cliff Rummel, W9LCE, gave an update on the antique radio station. Seems that no one wants it. It was decided to try and salvage the tubes. Cliff said that he would be willing to purchase the receiver and exciter and offered the club $25.00 for each item, for a total of $50.00. The club agreed to this and decided that the rest could be hauled off to the dump. 3. Buster Webb, KG9ND, gave an update on the repeater controller situation and the problem with the phone patch. We have received another unit from the company, for us to try. Buster hopes to be able to re-install the unit and repeater on Thursday. Ron Stier, W9ICZ, also brought up the fact that since the tower where the repeater is presently located, may be coming down soon, that the club may want to consider moving it to the Red Cross. A discussion followed and the general consensus was that it was a good idea. 4. Herb McAdams, N9XC, said that the QSL cards for those who made contact with the Special Event Station, K9D, at the McMaze, are ready to be picked up. Larry Toschlog, K9VD, said that he would be able to pick them up. 5. John Strain, W9MIU, reminded members about the March of Dimes “Walk-A-Thon”, which will be held on Saturday, April 24th. John urged members to think about helping out with this good cause. 6. Don Honenberger, KA6OSI, along with John Strain, W9MIU, once again talked about having a “project night”, sometime during a club meeting. Something along the lines of building a QRP transmitter or simple receiver. John also talked about an article in World Radio about an SWR meter, in the form of a kit, for $25.00. John thought that this would make a nice birthday gift. His wife agreed. John, now will be able to give a first hand account about the meter, at a future meeting. New Business: There was no new business to report. Drawing was held. Meeting was adjourned. Serving the Whitewater Valley since 1974. The White Water Valley Amateur Radio Club, Inc. is an ARRL affiliated club. The White Water Valley Amateur Radio Club-VE Team. Support your club & attend a meeting. 73 - Your Newsletter Staff - Steve, KB9HQX. Jim Scherer, K9UGX, mails our club newsletter. A big thanks to Jim.
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