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Franklin, Indiana

"Serving Central Indiana Communities for Thirty-One Years”

Friday, November 21, 2014

Homeland Security Plan includes Ham Radio

The US Department of Homeland Security’s 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) has incorporated Amateur Radio in its mix of media that could support and sustain communications in a disaster or emergency

The ARRL reports the 2014 NECP is the first update since the original plan was released in 2008. The NECP is “the nation’s over-arching strategic plan for enhancing emergency communications capabilities and interoperability nationwide,” DHS said in announcing the updated plan on November 12.

“[A]mateur radio operators…can be important conduits for relaying information to response agencies and personnel when other forms of communications have failed or have been disrupted,” the NECP states.

The NECP also describes changes that lie ahead for emergency communication systems, such as 9-1-1 systems. “In the future, Next Generation 9-1-1 will enhance the capabilities of current 9-1-1 networks, allowing the public to transmit pictures, videos, and text messages that will provide additional situational awareness to dispatchers and emergency responders,” the NECP says.

Read the full ARRL story at

Homeland Security’s 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP)

As posted on SouthGate news:   

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Information Regarding FCC Expired License Rule Changes

The FCC now offers partial credit for expired General, Advanced or Extra Amateur Radio licenses. A license that has expired and gone beyond the two year grace period will be canceled in the FCC system. The licensee will not automatically qualify for a new license. At a minimum, previous license holders must take the current 35-question Technician exam at a VE exam session to return to Amateur Radio. The FCC will issue a new call sign and a new license when the Technician exam is passed.

ARRL - Information


Posted 11:09 AM by K9NTZ

Give a kid the thrill of their first contact!
From our friends across the pond – At Southgate News

December is YOTA month!
During the month of December many countries will be on the air with the YOTA (Youngsters On The Air) suffix. It is being used to encourage young people to get on the air with the help of licensed operators or indeed to use their own callsign to gain experience. 

Mentor operators from EI are encouraged to use the EI0YOTA callsign, with a young person to operate. All modes & bands will be used with lots of awards available to stations working the YOTA stations. QSL manager for the event is Brani OM2FY.

If you would like to book a slot to operate EI0YOTA, or need more details, please contact Ger McNamara EI4GXB via email on or 087 2532512.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Jockamo's Pizza Dinner

Jockamo's Pizza Dinner.
Once again, we had enjoyed great pizza, and good conversation with fellow club members and spouses.

Plan to join us next month.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

American Legion: On-air Tribute to Veterans 

There are many things we have to be thankful for in our country. The men and women who have served in the United States military to preserve and protect our country deserve our thanks. This announcement is one example how amateur radio can honor those who have served and I encourage every ham to participate next week.

The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) website at  will operate Special Event Station W9L on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 0900 to 1600 EST from The American Legion’s National HQS in Indianapolis.  An attractive full color commemorative certificate will be available with an SASE.

“Veterans Day is more than just a holiday,” said Marty Justis, W9WMJ – president of TALARC. “It is a time for all Americans to recognize the honorable nature of military service and the men and women who have sacrificed so much in defending our nation through the years.

“This special event operation serves to underscore the importance of Veterans Day via the amateur radio community, to salute the men and women who have served our country honorably in uniform, and to recognize the contributions of so many military personnel who served as radio technicians, engineers and members of MARS (Military Affiliate Radio System), passing messages from war zones, at sea and other overseas locations to loved ones back home.”

Frequencies will be 14.275 MHz USB +/- 5 KHz, IRLP Node 4816, and in Central Indiana 146.46 MHz simplex or the 145.17 MHz repeater in Hamilton County.  After working W9L, send a 9X12 inch self-addressed-stamped-envelop to The American Legion Amateur Radio Club, 700 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

With a short report, SWL certificates will be issued also.

ARRL Indiana Section
Section Manager: Joseph D Lawrence, K9RFZ

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Monday, November 03, 2014

Dinner Social Scheduled


Old Town Greenwood
401 Market Plaza.


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Saturday, November 01, 2014

My DX Summit goes live

Breaking news - My DX Summit goes live. (Click)

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New General Class Question Pool will be released soon

The new General Class Question Pool will be released soon... to take effect on exams begining July 1, 2015. So, if you're a Technician, and want to upgrade, you might want to consider studying, and upgrading before the pool changes. At this time, it is not known, the ratio of questions with schematic diagrams to those without...but, suspect there will be more schematics in the new pool. But, nobody will know until the new pool is released, and "approved as final".

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Posted 2:51 PM by K9NTZ

Spring Forward - Fall Back

It is that time of year again - Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 am (local time) - Turn your clocks BACK one hour (Fall Back). We go from Eastern Daylight Saving Time to Eastern Standard Time.
 UTC (GMT or Zulu Time) does NOT change.
 So, follow me on this..... at 2:00 am (0200) local it will be 0600 UTC or 4 hours behind UTC.
 We turn our clocks back one hour and that makes it 1:00 am EST (0100). It will still be 0600 UTC. We are now 5 hours behind UTC time.
 You get to sleep in one more hour on Sunday morning. But don’t worry, they will take that hour back again in Spring when we turn our clock ahead one hour (Spring Forward).
73, PCARS- Tom, KB8UUZ


Posted 2:01 PM by K9NTZ

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Shortwave's Newest Broadcaster: Global 24 Radio

There is a new shortwave radio broadcaster on the block - Global 24 Radio - an around-the-clock, fixed-frequency, commercial shortwave radio broadcaster, transmitting via WRMI.

The new Global24 will begin broadcasting on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 19:00 EDT (0000 UTC November 1st) on 9395 kHz.

Details and updates here:
Thomas K4SWL (as posted on Southgate Amateur Radio News) 

Posted 4:38 PM by Rusty Kirts

Ham radio CubeSats lost

Two amateur radio CubeSats RACE and GOMX-2 were destroyed when an Antares launcher exploded.

The CubeSats were being launched to the ISS from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Read the ARRL story at

See also:
NASA statement regarding Oct. 28 Orbital Sciences Corp. launch mishap

Posted 7:19 AM by Rusty Kirts

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Outstanding Club Award presented by the Indiana Radio Club Council.

At the October club meeting, the Indiana Radio Club Council (link), presented the M.A.R.C. with the Outstanding Club Award.  

IRCC Vice Chairman, Jim Rinehart, K9RU made the presentation citing the club for outstanding service to the amateur radio community for
holding the series of One-Day Technician Classes.  
The eight hour classes have produced over fifty new Tech Licensed hams in the past three years. 


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Friday, October 10, 2014

Scouting’s 57th Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) Takes Place October 18-19
10/08/2014 (From ARRL News at

Scouting's 2014 Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) is set for the October 18-19 weekend. The annual event links Scouts and Guides around the world via Amateur Radio each third weekend of October. According to the World Scout Bureau, JOTA is the largest Scouting event in the world, with nearly 750,000 Scouts participating from 6000 stations in 150 countries around the world. Scouts of any age can participate, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venture crew members. Not a contest, JOTA’s goal is to foster Scout-to-Scout communication across borders and oceans.

“The idea is to contact other Scout stations and allow as many Scouts as possible to talk to other Scouts and learn about who they are and what they are doing,” the Boy Scouts of America says in its JOTA guidelines, which offer suggested frequencies.

On-the-air exchanges typically include such information as name, location, Scout rank, age, and hobbies, but the conversation can certainly go beyond that. Amateur Radio licensees should be aware that international third-party traffic agreements may prohibit direct person-to-person communication between unlicensed individuals in certain other countries. In those cases, the station control operator may serve as an intermediary.

Licensed mentors often open their stations to Scouts on JOTA weekend, serving as control operators. Radio operation will be on 80 through 6 meters, all modes, and 2 meters and 70 centimeters FM simplex. Upward of 14,000 stations were on the air for JOTA 2013.

A JOTA participant patch is available, as is a certificate/log sheet that can also be used to fulfill a Radio merit badge requirement.

JOTA 2014 gets underway on Saturday, October 18, at 0000 local time and concludes on Sunday, October 19, at 2400 local time. The ARRL website also has information on JOTA.  More at:
Related Story:

Scouting JOTA Founder Les Mitchell, G3BHK, SK
10/08/2014  (From ARRL News at

With JOTA 2014 a little more than 1 week away comes word that its “founding father,” Les Mitchell, G3BHK, died on October 6. Mitchell started JOTA in 1958, after launching the idea a year earlier at the World Scout Jamboree. That was the first year the Jamboree had an Amateur Radio station on site, and it’s had one every year since.

“Little did I think when I drew up the plans and rules for the first event in 1958 that its popularity would increase and spread around the world,” Mitchell reminisced in 2000. “Even more astonishing is the fact that after all this time it still holds its popularity. In fact it has become the largest international Scout event ever.”

Mitchell said that far fewer Scouts were licensed in 1958, but over the years Scouts taking part in JOTA got so interested that they became radio amateurs themselves.

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Posted 3:32 PM by Rusty Kirts

AMSAT Annual Meeting Remote Participation via EchoLink

Posted on October 5, 2014 by WA4SCA 

The 2014 AMSAT Symposium will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Oct 10-12 in Baltimore.  The Annual Meeting will be held Saturday afternoon from 15:45 – 17:15 EDT (19:45z – 21:15z) and will be broadcast via EchoLink on the *AMSAT* channel.  The Annual Meeting includes a report to the membership by the President and Senior

Officers and includes a question and answer session where members may ask senior officers and BoD members questions.  Echolink participants may send questions using the text messaging feature of EchoLink.

Continue reading →  At
Posted in AMSAT-NA News, ANS   

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

[Actor] Tim Allen gets his ham license
Tim Allen, the famous American actor comedian who has appeared in many popular films, has just passed his ham license.  He has the callsign KK6OTD

Tim stars in the weekly Last Man Standing show which is watched by 8 million Americans.
The show features ham radio and on the show Tim uses the fake callsign ka0xtt. 

Over the weekend k6h was on the air on many bands including a live video webcast on batc and w5kub from the Last Man Standing set on stage 9 at CBS tv centre in Hollywood

73 ian g3zhi

Source: Southgate Amateur Radio News (with some spelling changes to American English)

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