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Things you need to know:

  • The next regular bi-monthly members meeting will be the January Dinner Meeting. It will be on the 3rd Saturday of January at the Lewis Creek Baptist Church. We will post more details on this when we know more.
  • The Silent Auction of Don Miller’s(SK) radio and test equipment was a great success on this past Saturday. We were able to sell all items and raised enough funds to sustain the operations of the Society for quite a few years to come. Our thanks to Sandra Miller for the donation of the equipment to the Society.
  • The BRVARS is now the repeater trustee for the 147.000 MHz and 442.600 MHz repeaters located on the WIFE tower in Northwest Rush County. Both of these repeaters have a 127.3 Hz PL tone. The Rush County EMA is the owner of the repeaters. We hope to link these repeaters to our Shelby County repeaters at some time in the near future. Radio Station WIFE, Rushville, IN is going to allow us to use a vacant cubicle at the base of their tower to house these two repeaters. We will be installing new electrical service to the cubicle in the near future and make preparations for moving the repeaters. Thank you, WIFE.
  • 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 repeater team has the UHF link radio back up and running with the 220 MHz repeater. The UHF link radio links our 220 MHz repeater to the central Indiana 220 MHz repeater network.

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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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

When
Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:30pm – 8:30pm Eastern Time
Where
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).

Hamfest – Columbus Amateur Radio Club

33rd Annual Columbus HAMFEST

April 9, 2016

8:00 am – Noon

Bartholomew County Fairgrounds

Community Building

750 W County Road 200S

Columbus, IN 47201

Prizes awarded every hour

Grand Prize – Yaesu FT-7900 Dual Band Mobile

Talk in: 146.79 MHz (-600KHz, PL 103.5Hz)

Admission $5.00 at the door

Flea market space is available at a rate of $1.00/foot

Setup Friday, April 8, from 7 to 9 PM and 6 AM day of the hamfest.

Food available

VE Testing from 9:00am until 11:00am

For more information contact Matthew Bruner, KC9BWO 812-375-4860 kc9bwo@att.net

http://www.carcnet.net

Hamfest – Fayette County Repeater Group

HAMFEST

April 2, 2016

8:00 am – 2:00pm

Everton, IN on west side of IN Route 1 in the firehouse at the yellow flashing light.

Prizes awarded every hour beginning at 9:00 am

Grand Prize – Jetstream Dual Band Mobile Radio

Talk in on KB9RVR repeater 146.745 MHz, no PL tone

Admission $5.00

8 ft tables $8 per table

Setup at 6:00 am day of hamfest

Food available

For more information call Jack Catron Committee Chair at 765-520-1857