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Things you need to know:

  • The next members meeting is the January Dinner Meeting. It will be held on the 4th Saturday of January, 2022. Location will be the First Presbyterian Church on West Broadway St in downtown Shelbyville. The cost for dinner is $20/person. Please get your reservations in as soon as possible so we can finalize food arrangements. You can pay at the door. We will assemble for dinner at 5:30PM. See you there. 
  • Ham Breakfast with the Hams:  Breakfasts are always held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month at 8:30AM at the Shelbyville Denny’s restaurant located on the East side of Shelbyville at the I-74 and SR44 interchange. See you there.
  • Indiana QSO Party 2022 Is Coming:Hello Indiana Radio Club Leaders, Yes, it is already time to be thinking about INQP 2022–the contest runs twelve hours beginning Saturday, May 7, 11:00 AM EST (10:00 CST).  It is a great opportunity for members of your club to have fun and for the club to benefit from the many activities the event provides. Club competition is one fun aspect of the QP, offering the satisfaction of joint club effort toward a common goal and possibly just sharing time together.  Multi-op stations can help new ops learn from old hands while still providing individuals the fun of managing pile ups.  Club members operating alone at fixed stations (home) or in other classes can identify their club affiliation on their log for an aggregate club score with the top club earning a trophy sponsored by the ARRL Indiana Section. Rare counties will be a focus again this year.  The counties identified as “rare ones” for 2022 are Benton, Carroll, Cass, Dearborn, Fountain, Randolph, Rush, Scott, Spencer, and Switzerland.  More detail to follow. The hope is that Covid-19 will be sufficiently under control by May to have a “normal” pre-covid format.  However, if the situation warrants, the 2022 rules will be adjusted as appropriate.  The 2022 Rules will be posted on the web later. We hope to see your club in the Indiana QSO Party on May 7th.

    73,

    Len Litvan AE9LL Member, HDXCC

  • The 220 MHz repeater has been repaired under warranty by the manufacturer. Issues were diagnosed and repaired in the receiver section of the repeater. We will get it back in service as soon as we can. We will be connecting this repeater to the Central Indiana 220 Repeater network.
  • Both Rush County repeaters will be getting some new hardline and antennas in the very near future. Funding was obtained for the antennas and hardline by the Rush County Emergency Management. This should make for a vast improvement in the coverage area for those two repeaters.
  • 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.
  • On Sunday evenings you can get your fill of 2 meter simplex activity. Starting around 8:00 PM there is an FM roundtable on 146.52 MHz. Immediately thereafter, there is a 2 Meter SSB simplex roundtable on 144.21 MHz. 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

BRVARS

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
to
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
community.

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:

https://arrl.rallycongress.net/ctas/urge-senate-to-support-amateur-radio-parity-act

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!

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ARRL Indiana Section
Section Manager: Mr Brent A Walls, N9BA
n9ba@arrl.org
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