- The amendment to our Society’s Constitution concerning Lifetime Membership nominations was proposed at the last member’s meeting. A motion was made and seconded on the proposal and then discussed at length. Many changes were suggested and incorporated into the proposed change from the floor. The motion was tabled and not voted on at the last meeting. The revised amendment will be brought before the membership at the next members meeting in July.
- All work on the Rush County repeater site is coming to a conclusion. The new equipment rack has been installed in the equipment cubical and all of the repeaters, power supplies and duplexers have been moved over from the old trailer. We are only waiting for the tower climber to complete installing the antennas and the repeaters will be back on the air.
- The Shelbyville D Star repeater can be your link to the Indiana Statewide D Star net every Thursday evening at 8:00 PM. If not already linked to reflector 24B you can go ahead and link the repeater to reflector 24B for the Statewide net.
- The Shelbyville DMR repeater is now back on the Indiana DMR Consortium network. The repeater is networked through the W9SMJ c-Bridge. Please note that all 3 DMR networks in Indiana now share the 3118 Statewide talk group.
The National Weather Service Indianapolis has announced that a Skywarn Spotter Training Class is scheduled for Shelby County on Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019, 7pm – 9pm Eastern Time. This class will be held at the Indiana Grand Casino. The Casino is located at 4300 N Michigan Rd, Shelbyville, IN. The location for the training has been confirmed. Please see the additional information contained in the PDF file below.
Rush County Skywarn Spotter Training will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 6:30PM – 8:30PM at the Rush County Courthouse, 101 East 2nd Street, Rushville, IN.
Decatur County Skywarn Spotter Training will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:00AM – 11:00AM at the Lett’s, IN Firehouse, 4474 West 700 South. The Fish Fry starts after the Spotter training so bring your appetite with you.skywarn
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.
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.
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
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
ARRL Indiana Section
Section Manager: Mr Brent A Walls, N9BA