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Things you need to know:

  • The next members meeting will be held on Monday, November 16, 2020 at the Hopes Point Baptist Church, 1703 Miller Ave, Shelbyville, IN 46176. Meeting time is 7:00 PM. We need to decide on a slate of Officers for 2021 and also discuss/decide if we will be holding the annual dinner meeting in January. Your input on these matters is needed. See you at the meeting.
  • The annual BRVARS Tailgate is a go for the third Saturday in October(17th). It will be held at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, 500 Frank St, Shelbyville, IN 46176. We will open at 7:00 AM for setup and at 8:00 AM to the public. There is no admission charge and an no charge for inside table space. All spaces are on a first come first serve basis. We close up shop promptly at Noon. Talk-in is on the 145.48 MHz repeater(88.5 Hz PL). The Shelby County Board of Health has placed restrictions on the event. They are as follows: Wear a mask, maintain 6′ social distance when inside the building. Maintain social distancing outside or wear a mask. Hope to see you there.
  • The local DStar repeater has been out of service for the past week due to equipment failure. We pulled the RF unit and sent it back to ICOM for repair. Yesterday, we got the estimate for the repair and gave them the go ahead to fix the unit and ship it back to us. I estimate that we will probably get the unit back to us in about a week to 10 days. A couple of component parts were burnt out on the PA board, probably from a static discharge from nearby lightning.
  • There is a new repeater located in Southern part of Shelby County just East of Edinburgh. The repeater is on 443.025 MHz with a plus offset and a PL tone of 103.5 Hz. The repeater is sponsored by the Jennings County Amateur Radio Club and operates under the N9JWR callsign. The repeater seems to have wide area coverage and I would encourage you to program it into your radios.
  • A motion was made, seconded and approved by the membership at the January Member’s Dinner Meeting to lower the Society’s annual membership dues to $5.00/Yr. Five years ago most members took advantage of the 5 Year member dues offer. That program expires at the end of this year. So, effective immediately yearly membership dues are $5.00/Year. This applies to both new and existing members.
  • The 444.975 MHz Yaesu System Fusion repeater is now connected to Wires-X AmericaLink Room. There seems to be quite a bit of traffic on the AmericaLink Room most of the day. This is a Yaesu System Fusion digital voice connection and requires a Fusion digital capable radio in order to work. If you have a Yaesu System Fusion capable radio tune to the repeater frequency with the radio in digital voice mode and give it a try.
  • The Yaesu Fusion repeater is back in service on the 145.48 MHz frequency. It is operating in FM analog mode only at this time.
  • Both Rush County Repeaters are back on the air. There is a net held on the 147.00 MHz repeater on Monday evenings at 7:00PM. Please try to check in if possible. Both repeaters carry a 127.3 Hz PL tone.
  • The Indiana Statewide DStar net is held every Thursday evening at 8:00 PM on Reflector 24B. Our local DStar repeater is always on Reflector 24B on Thursday evenings.
  • You can catch up on your CW and Digital Slow Scan TV on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:50 AM on 144.36 MHz. If you are not fluent in CW, then we invite you to cheat a little and fire up FLDIGI and join on in. After CW we then fire up the Digital SSTV program EasyPal and send pictures back and forth over the airwaves.
  • There is a 2 Meter SSB simplex roundtable on 144.20 MHz on Sunday evenings at 8:30PM. They are on Upper Sideband. For further details about this roundtable and other simplex 2 meter activities, check out the Indiana Simplex Operators Facebook page. There is more and more 2 meter simplex activities going on these days. Don’t get left out of the fun.

W9JUQ Past Society Call Sign Picked Up By Son of Bob Eberhart

I received the following email on September 18 from Steve Eberhart, son of Bob Eberhart(SK), indicating that he was in the process of picking up his Dad’s former call sign that was held by the Society for many years.

Last year, the Society decided to pick up the call sign of Don Miller(SK), W9NTP, at the request of his Widow, Sandra Miller.

Hi John,

After my father, Bob Eberhart’s death the Blue River Valley Amateur
Radio Society (BRVARS) applied for and was issued his call sign W9JUQ. 
I now see that BRVARS has been issued Don Miller’s W9NTP call sign and
has turned back my father’s W9JUQ.

My current call sign is W9BOJ (General class) which was my mothers.
Today I applied for my father’s original W9JUQ call sign under the close
relative provision for Vanity call signs.  I anticipate the two year
wait being waved.  I know my father would have been very pleased that
BRVARS used his call sign for all these years and I also know that he
would have been a huge supporter of the club adopting Don’s call sign.

Thank you for honoring my father like you did.

Steve Eberhart

I think that our concerns over the disposition of the W9JUQ call sign can be set aside now that Steve will be picking up the call as his own. Sometimes, things just seem to fall right into place as they should.

John Walker, Secretary


Support the Amateur Radio Parity Act – You can make a difference!

Fellow Indiana Hams,

We have an opportunity to positively affect Amateur Radio for years to
come.  H.R. 1301, the Amateur Radio Parity Act, has unanimously passed
the House of Representatives and moved on to the Senate for
consideration.  All you need to do is spend two minutes of your time
send an email to your two Senators supporting the Bill.  By doing so,
you will have helped the future of Amateur Radio by guaranteeing our
ability to have an effective outdoor antenna in a deed-restricted

The number of people living in such communities grows exponentially
each year.  Often, a ham homeowner has no choice but to live in a
community restricted by covenants.  There are nearly 3/4 of a million
licensed hams in the United States, more than ever before.  But that
may change if we are forced to live in a community that refuses to
allow an antenna.

Help yourself and help your fellow hams.  Go to this link:


Enter your zip code and follow the prompts.  The letters are there.

All you need to do is fill in the blanks, hit save, then send.

That’s it.  Under 2 minutes and you’re done.

If you haven’t yet done so, please do so today. Your voice counts!

Please be sure to share this message with everyone you know regardless
if they are a licensed ham or not.  We can use all the support that we
can get!

ARRL Indiana Section
Section Manager: Mr Brent A Walls, N9BA

220 MHz Repeater Net, Thursdays @ 8:00PM

The weekly 220MHz repeater net runs every Thursday evening now at 8:00PM. You can join in on the net on the BRVARS 220MHz repeater located here in Shelbyville. The repeater frequency is 224.44 MHz. There is no PL tone on this repeater. Say you have no 220 MHz radio, then tune your UHF radio to either 443.900 or 441.350 MHz with a 77 Hz PL tone and you can get on the network through one of the UHF hub repeaters.

Shelby County Severe Weather Spotter Training Session

The National Weather Service is offering Severe Weather Spotter Training here in Shelby County on March 17 at the Indiana Downs, 4200 Michigan Road, Shelbyville, IN. All are encouraged to attend this session.

Spotter Training – Shelby County

Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:30pm – 8:30pm Eastern Time
Indiana Downs, 4200 Michigan Rd, Shelbyville, IN (map)

Frequently Asked Questions about Spotter Training Sessions

  1. Do I need to preregister for these sessions? No. All you need to do is arrive at the proper time and location.
  2. About how long do the sessions last? Approximately 2 hours.
  3. Do I have to live / be a spotter in the county that I take the training session? No. The training sessions are identical. 
  4. Is there a fee to attend? There is no fee to attend. (Note: The Central Indiana Severe Weather Symposium is not a regular spotter training session, and there is a fee for that event only).