Things you need to know:

  • 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.