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The Mid-State Amateur Radio Club

Franklin, Indiana

"Serving Central Indiana Communities for Thirty-One Years”

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

                                          WHAT'S NEXT ?

After guest speaker Dave Arland talked about the next step to Ultra High Definition TV
the MARC PR committee and other club members displayed newly printed banners to attract public attention to club activities.  The large No Code message is designed to get people to stop and Talk about ham radio.  They will be displayed at the Strawberry Fest, Field Day, Heartnut Festival and other club sponsored events.

photos by 
Jack w8ish

Posted 5:00 PM by Jack

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Attached are some pictures of the Independence Park group for the Hilltoppers, sent in by Chris Frederick KQ9Y.

Posted 12:32 PM by Matt

Friday, April 17, 2015

ARES Hilltop Exercise 
                                 Tests Simplex Operations

Emergency communications moved to a higher level of readiness April 11th as Johnson county ARES members set up and operated VHF simplex from hilltops.  The Saturday morning  simulated emergency was an  exercise to test our ability to quickly set up in a park, parking lot or other elevated location to test simplex communications.  A dozen club members participated by addressing questions about on hand first aid supplies as well as specialized disaster kits.   
The main objective was to operate simplex using portable masts, antennas or tree strung antennas.  Most stations reported running 25-55 watts of power.  Several operators tried using their HT with rubber ducky antennas but switched to elevated wire or ground plane antennas for greater range.    
The longest reported contact was between Jack-W8ISH in northeast Greenwood to Steve-N9LC in Johnson county park.  That is a twenty mile throw.  This emergency radio exercise confirmed our ability to operate simplex throughout the county using portable batteries, antennas and 2-meter radios. 

Posted 9:57 AM by Jack

Sunday, April 05, 2015

El MESON - Dinner Get Together, Wednesday, April 8. -- 5:45pm

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1053 W Jefferson St, Franklin


Posted 7:21 PM by K9NTZ

Friday, March 27, 2015

HamRadioNow # 195: Digital Voice Comparisons (D-Star vs Moto Turbo vs System Fusion).

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HRN 195: DV System Comparison on HamRadioNow

Published on Mar 21, 2015
 The Charlotte NC Digital Radio Group is kinda nuts for the DV systems. They don't pick favorites – they put them all up. Their D-STAR system is older and more evolved (multiple sites on 144, 440 and 1200), but they've added DMR/MotoTRBO in a big way, and recently installed one of the Yaesu C4FM "Fusion" repeaters (though they're not "fusing" it - they run it digital only). They've got an NXDN repeater on the bench. Only P-25 is missing.

In this talk from the Charlotte Hamfest, Roland Kraatz W9HPX presents the research he's done on D-STAR, DMR and Fusion. No on-the-air comparisons (see Episode 161 for that). This is a slide show that compares operational capability and some tech specs.

We're a few weeks away from Yaesu's North America release of WIRES-X, the Internet linking system for Fusion, so Roland only has a few details on that based on manuals.

Here are links to some of the resources Roland talks about: - The Charlotte Digital Radio Groups site - Roland's slide show PDF - KI4ZD's slide show on Fusion

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HRN 195: DV System Comparison on HamRadioNow

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

      Mark your calendar!!                                                                    

                     April 18th - 
    World Amateur Radio Day 2015  

On April 18th 1925, members of 25 countries meet in Paris France and formed the International Amateur Radio Union also known as the IARU.  The creation of the IARU led to the International Radiotelegraph Conference 2 years later.  At this conference Amateur Radio was granted the frequency allocations still used today on 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters.  To celebrate this landmark event amateur radio operators recognize April 18th as World Amateur Radio Day.  Groups will promote their activities on social media by using the hash tag #WARD2015 on Twitter and Facebook.  IARU will list all WARD activities on this page.  More information at their web page

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

How Electronic Devices Work

For many years young electronic technicians have been taught the "hole” theory of electronics. This theory explains how electrons move along conductors and semiconductors. The theory has been good enough to satisfy or keep at bay anyone who might otherwise question the theory.
However, after a number of years working in the electronics industry we have come to realize that the hole theory may not be correct. My theory which has been proven time and again by personal observation is that electronics works on smoke. Yes – that’s right. I recently learned that every manufacturer encapsulates a certain amount of smoke in every electronic component they build. The smoke is what does the work. You have probably noticed that a component will quit working when you let the smoke leak out.
Conclusively proves my theory. I have documented this many times and it this theory sure beats the "hole” theory. I’ve never seen holes in a wire and why don’t the electrons pour out of the end of the wire if it is broken? 
From: W6SA in Radio World 1985

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Spring Tech Class brings Mixed Results

Last week, in an effort to continue our regular One-Day Technician License Class, we reduced the class to a half day review.  The class went well giving our instructors food for thought on making future classes a half day test review. 

Pics w8ish

Posted 2:22 PM by Jack

Saturday, March 14, 2015


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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Magic of Amateur Radio - Library Presentation

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - Noon

The Training and PIO groups will be presenting.

M.A.R.C. members are more than welcome to attend!

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Sunday, March 08, 2015


TUESDAY, MARCH 10    6 pm

Old Town Greenwood
401 Market Plaza.



Posted 11:10 AM by K9NTZ

Mid-State hams attend IRCC Workshop

Several Mid-State ARC members participated in a half day Building Stronger Clubs workshop on March 7th.  Attending were Ken KD9AMA, Rhonda WS9H, Steve N9DC, Bruce K9ICP, Sam WA9VBG, Joe KZ9H and Jack W8ISH.  The Indiana Radio Club Council workshop focused on problems and solutions for boosting attendance at club meetings and public service events.  Nearly two dozen hams from around the state offered ideas to solving club related problems.  

Posted 9:45 AM by Jack

Saturday, February 21, 2015

ADVANCED Storm Spotter Training - ON-LINE WEBINAR - 4/7/15

ADVANCED Storm Spotter Training - NWS Norman - 4/7/15
 NWS Norman OK will be conducting a special ADVANCED storm spotter training class via webinar on Tuesday April 7th beginning at 6:30 pm CST  (7:30 PM local). This training is intended for spotters who have completed a webinar or live training class. Although anyone can participate, the training is geared toward storm spotters in the NWS Norman county warning area, including central and western Oklahoma

Link to regester for the webinar...

ADVANCED Storm Spotter Training - NWS Norman - 4/7/15

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Technician Review and Testing Session Scheduled!

Technician Review and Testing Session - Saturday, March 14

For more information, click the link below;

Technician Review and Testing Session info.

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Sunday, February 08, 2015




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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The ARRL January VHF Contest Offers a Break from Winter’s Doldrums

Getting cabin fever?  Well here’s a chance to get ‘shack’ fever to brighten your mood.  Its time for the January VHF contest!   Don’t be fooled into thinking this means 2 meters only, its ALL frequencies above 50 MHz.  Think of it as a frozen field day staring at 1900 UTC on Saturday, January 24, and it wraps up at 0359 UTC on Monday, January 26.  Just like field day your challenge is to work as many stations possible in as many grids possible.  

For 2015 three new categories have been introduced. The league does ask that you keep the calling frequencies open in their respective bands such as the 146.52 MHz on 2 meters.  

More details and log submission info at the ARRL link below:

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The ARRL Library is now live!

After several months of planning, The ARRL Library is now live! The online Library is a free repository of educational presentations and oral histories. It is aimed at helping to preserve Amateur Radio’s history and to educate clubs and individuals.

Message from the ARRL

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Sunday, January 11, 2015



Old Town Greenwood
401 Market Plaza.



Posted 7:05 PM by K9NTZ

REMINDER - Centennial QSO Party

Jan 15th is deadline for LoTW submissi0ons for anyone that participated in the Centennial QSO Party.  More information is at the ARRL website at link below.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

CQ combining January/February issues, closing CQ Plus Digital supplement

CQ magazine today announced that it will be publishing a combined January/February 2015 issue and will be ceasing publication of its 'CQ Plus' digital edition supplement as of the March 2015 issue.

Both moves are intended to help restore the magazine's normal schedule for its print edition and to strengthen its foundations moving forward as it enters its eighth decade of publication, said Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA.

"These decisions were not made lightly," he added, "but in recognition of the realities of the publishing industry. It's a tough time to be in the magazine business, and we appreciate the patience and loyalty of both our readers and our advertisers."

CQ will continue to publish both print and digital editions, but the digital edition will no longer contain the 50-60 additional pages each month that constituted " CQ Plus." Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, noted that he hopes to include some former CQ Plus content within the pages of CQ, but says ham radio will remain the magazine's primary focus, as it has been for the past seven decades. CQ is marking its 70th anniversary of publication as of its January/February issue.

As a consequence of the changes, CQ Plus Editor Richard Fisher, KI6SN, will be leaving the CQ staff after serving for many years as a columnist for, and then as editor of, Popular Communications, WorldRadio Online and CQ Plus. He was also CQ magazine's Emergency Communications Editor. "We will miss Richard's many contributions to CQ's products," noted Moseson, "and thank him for his many years of service to our readers."

Subscribers to both the print and digital editions of CQ will have their subscriptions extended by one month due to the combined January/February issue.

Courtesy of Southgate Amateur Radio News

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

We made it thru 2014 – Welcome 2015!!

Last year was a busy year no matter if you count the events in our personal or ham radio lives.  In the world of ham radio we saw a LOT of happenings.  Not only was it the year we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the American Radio Relay League, Log Book of The World took off in popularity, SSTV was coming from space and interest  in amateur radio continues to grow as we venture into a new millennium.  
Check out the following link for a story about the year in review by Jeff KE9V.

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