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The Mid-State Amateur Radio Club

Franklin, Indiana

"Serving Central Indiana Communities for Thirty-One Years”

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Get Behind HR 4969 - The "Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014"


Rally ‘round the mast folks !! (Antenna mast that is)


Posted 7:46 PM by Kevin Nuetzman


September dinner meet up is Wednesday, September 10.  

EL MESON, 1057 West Jefferson (next to the licence branch)

on the south side of Jefferson Street. Franklin.

See you there!

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Posted 7:26 PM by Kevin Nuetzman

Saturday, August 30, 2014


Heartnut Festival will be on September 6 and 7, 2014 at the Johnson County Park.

Saturday set up will start at 6 to 6:30 am We have to be completely ready to go by 8 am. 
Saturday event runs until 7 pm.  

Sunday start time will be 10 am. until 5 pm (tear down after 5pm).

Attached is the equipment and worker sign up sheet, please indicate equipment and supplies that you can bring, which day(s) you will be available to attend, AND indicate morning or afternoon shift,(or both)  for your availability.

(The equipment listed is the minium needed, feel free to add additional items as you see fit).

Kevin & Rusty - PIO's


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Posted 9:14 AM by Kevin Nuetzman

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WANTED: ARRL PIO's Needed for Indiana Section.

“WANTED: FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operators with passion about
ham radio, a burning desire to share the joy of that first radio kit and
QSO, commitment to learning the new technologies of
communications are wanted by your Indiana Section. Ability to speak
cogently with passion is vital. Consider becoming an ARRL PIO in
Indiana. If interested in this highly rewarding volunteer position,
contact for details.”

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Posted 7:37 PM by Kevin Nuetzman

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

September Diner at Flap Jacks

See you next month, Mexican in Franklin.

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Posted 9:06 PM by Kevin Nuetzman

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Just a reminder that August Dinner Social will be at Flaps Jacks in 
Bargersville on Tuesday, Aug 12th
Flap Jacks is located on the corner of 135 and Whiteland Rd. 
Gathering at 6 and order dinner about 6:30.

Hope to see you there.

Jacki  KI6QOG


Posted 5:48 PM by Kevin Nuetzman

Monday, August 04, 2014

MidState Amateur Radio Club's Tech to General Upgrade Class

What: Tech to General Upgrade Class
When: 6 straight Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm starting on 10 September 2014
Where: White River Fire Department #51 - 3016 W. Olive Brach Road
Cost: FREE, with the exception of the book.  All students must come ready with their own ARRL General License Exam Book.  The book can be picked up from the ARRL website.


Registration can be done here at this link.

If you are interested in helping out with this class by teaching a subject or two, please reach out to Andrew Murrey, N9AWM.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bob LaGrange - Intro. to Amateur Radio. Click

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Posted 9:12 PM by Kevin Nuetzman

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Heartnut Festival - September 6 and 7, 2014 Johnson County Park.

Heartnut Festival will be on September 6 and 7, 2014 at the Johnson County Park.

Saturday set up will start at 6 to 6:30 am We have to be completely ready to go by 8 am. 
Saturday event runs until 7 pm.  

Sunday start time will be 10 am. until 5 pm (tear down after 5pm).

Attached is the equipment and worker sign up sheet, please indicate equipment and supplies that you can bring, which day(s) you will be available to attend, AND indicate morning or afternoon shift,(or both)  for your availability.

(The equipment listed is the minium needed, feel free to add additional items as you see fit).

Kevin & Rusty - PIO's


Posted 6:20 PM by Kevin Nuetzman

The 1st Greenwood Community Band Festival

The 1st Greenwood Community Band Festival is going to take place on Saturday August 9th at the Greenwood Amphitheater located off Main Street near the Fire and Police Station.  This event is not like the High School Marching Band Invitational in September. The eight bands performing do not have the large trucks or buses.  This event is on an much smaller scale.
If you subscribe to the Daily Journal in the July 24th edition Section "C" there is a good article about the Festival.

I was approached by the Greater Greenwood Community Band president after a rehearsal and they would like for us to help with public safety and attending the parking lots.  There may be as many as four parking lots around and near the amphitheater that should have someone there to help direct the public and band members to the location of the event and provide a level of safety for those attending. 

It looks like there will be a need for at least two amateur operators per parking location. Since the lots will be spread out there will be a need for amateur radio to take care and report any issues etc.  So a total of eight operators should work out fine.  

Those wanting to help should have there gear like there HT, extra battery pack, safety vest, comfortable shoes, hat/cap, water and a snack,a chair to sit on and amateur radio stuff like call sign etc. The ones helping out will be getting a tee shirt for the event, so I will need sizes of those volunteers.  They may also feed us lunch for helping them out.

Since the ARRL is gravitating to the area of Public Service and we need events like this to put Amateur Radio in the public view as much as possible.  This is not only to show the public that Amateur radio is still around but we are able to provide public safety and assist the community at large.  As amateur radio operators we should approach every event like this as an exercise and training to improve our skills in handling a local event in small areas. It would be great to have some of the new HAMS to help out if at all possible.

If you can help please contact Bob N9SIU  I should have more information this coming week on the event to pass along to you.  

Thanks and 73,

Bob LaGrange N9SIU 

Posted 5:45 PM by Kevin Nuetzman

Monday, July 21, 2014

Build A Kit Day - October Meeting

MARC Members Kit Building Day - October 2014

1. OHR RFL100 - See ($39.99 plus shipping)
This is a easy to build yet very useful 100w HF dummy load.  Protect
your finals in your HF rig, use this dummy load to check your tuning,
and take accurate measurements of your power output, and use it to help
troubleshoot potential transmitter issues.

2. Arrow Open Stub Dual Band J-Pole antenna for 2m and 440 Mhz
($37.50 plus shipping in a bulk order, we need to order 10 to get this
Can be mounted outside on a mast, a fence post, or just about anything.
Can also go in the attic.

If you need to learn to solder, we are putting together a soldering
class sometime in September.  Ken KD4ALA has agreed to assist with the
teaching of the soldering class.  You can get a simple yet fun to do,
practical soldering kit from Ramsey Electronics for about $10 plus


Harbor Freight at Southern Plaza has a nice soldering kit, it's a 30
watt, light weight soldering pencil for about $5.00 - DO NOT buy a
soldering GUN for these projects as they get way too hot.  You just need
a small soldering pencil in 25-30 watt range to build any of these

Send me an email if you want to build the Arrow antenna kit.  I am
making a list, as soon as we have at least 10 I will notify you that we
will be placing the order.  You will then be required to pay by cash or
check for your kit.  You can build both kits if you want to.  Order the
dummy load kits as soon as possible.

73 de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey

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Posted 4:14 PM by Andrew Murrey

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

One (1) day Technician Training Class.

Mid-State Amateur Radio Club.

What: Technician Class
When: Saturday, August 9  @ 8:00 am 
Where: Johnson County Emergency Operations Center (Basement C.R.).

Cost: FREE, with the exception of the book. (Book can be picked up from the ARRL on-line Store here).

All students must have their own ARRL Technician License Training Book.  Start studying now!

The one day training session will cover all of the required topics at an accelerated pace.

Testing at the end of the session.  (Lunch will be provided).

Please register online (Click here).


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Posted 10:20 PM by Kevin Nuetzman

Monday, July 14, 2014

From SouthGate Amateur Radio News - Free Online Electrical Engineering Course

Free On-line Electrical Engineering Course
A new Massive Open On-line Course (MOOC) covers Analogue/Digital Electronics, AC/DC Circuits, Electro mechanics and an introduction to C programming.

Over the last few months here at Liverpool we have been putting together a MOOC (Massive Open On-line Course) which introduces aspects of electrical engineering. The course starts in September, but you can sign up now. It's free and there are no gimmicks.
The link to the MOOC info is here:

Any ideas on how to make this course better are welcome.

Matt O’Rourke
MOOC developer
Liverpool University On-line Electrical Engineering Course

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Posted 11:16 AM by Andrew Murrey

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Monthly Dinner- Get Together!

Jockamo Pizza was the place.  

Everyone seemed to enjoy getting together.  

Good conversation. Great food. 

Hope everyone can make it next month!

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Posted 9:10 PM by Kevin Nuetzman

Wednesday, July 02, 2014


July 9th. at Jockamo Pizza located at 401 Market Plaza, 
in Greenwood.  Between Smith Valley and Main Street (off Madison Ave). 
Gathering starts at 6, order dinner about 6:30 Everyone welcome!

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Posted 5:27 PM by Kevin Nuetzman

Monday, June 30, 2014

Field Day 2014 Results

Field Day Results from Steve, K9DY!

Here are the results after I input and merged the paper and computer logs:

 Total Contacts = 287
 Total Points = 368

 Operating Period: 2014/06/28 19:05 - 2014/06/29 04:04

 Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

 Band     CW   Phone  Dig   Total       %

   80         7       9        0       16       6
   40         4      88       0       92      32
   20       50      82       0     132      46
   15       20      27       0       47      16
 Total      81     206       0     287     100

In addition, we worked:
41 States
3 Canadian Provinces
8 Countries

Based on results posted for 2013 Field Day, this score would have put is in #12 of 17 stations in that class.  None were in Indiana.

Steve K9DY

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Posted 4:41 PM by Andrew Murrey

Sunday, June 29, 2014

More Field Day Pics

Some more folks running the station!  This youngster scored us several points with some great Field Day contacts!

First time Field Day participant, KD9BCS makes her first contact using the WA9RDF station!

Future MARC member checking out the station.

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Posted 7:16 PM by Andrew Murrey

FIELD DAY PHOTOS - 2014 (Click to enlarge)


Posted 9:25 AM by Kevin Nuetzman

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Field Day

Just a reminder that Saturday June 28th is the start of Field Day. The club station will be on the air from the EOC operating continuously for 24 hours from 2pm Saturday through 2pm Sunday. Set up will start about noon. I know an operators schedule was not posted so feel free to come down to the EOC anytime. All operators will be appreciated.

If you cannot make it down to the EOC at least “work” us for the points!!

We will provide hot dogs and chips. Feel free to bring a side dish if you would like but not required.

Hope to see you there.
Jacki, KI6QOG

Posted 8:53 AM by Andrew Murrey

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Field Day - some tidbits and stats

1: First field day was on June 10, 1933 and has been held consistently, with one exception. During the silent years of WWII, 1942 thru 1945, there was no field day – or any amateur radio activities during the war years.

2: It was originally organized to “schedule field activities and excursions with concentrated operation of portable transmitters and receivers and had the described objective for each ‘portable’ station to work as many amateur stations possible.

3: Check out a VERY interesting story by Rol Anders, K3RA at this web page

4: The ARRL Field Day has become one of the single largest radio contests for amateur radio in North America.

5: The ARRL Field Day is not the only one there is. IARU Region 1 (Europe – America is in region 2) Great Britain and Germany holds a separate contest with CW and phone on different weekends in June. And Greece holds it field day, SSB only, the first weekend in September.

6: 2013 Field Day Stats are:
a) Total number of QSO’s - 1,268,916
b) Total number of CW QSO’s - 528,569 (Who said CW was dead?)
c) Total number of Phone QSO’s - 689,224
d) Total number of Digital QSO’s - 51,103
e) Total number of Operators - 36,560
f) There were 44 field day sites listed for Indiana in 2013.

That breaks down to:
1) Every operator handled an average of 38.68 QSO’s in the operating period.
2) An average of 46,997 QSO’s an hour!
3) An average of 783 QSO’s a minute!
4) An average of 13.05 QSO’s a second!

Total Entries2,6572,6662,6482,6422,4092,3312,199
Total Participants37,56739,28737,76437,59235,79834,83332,056
Total QSO's1,400,2581,434,3631,329,7101,360,4011,236,8551,212,8551,236,825
CW QSO's592,094577,181540,419556,525506,139511,580518,799
Digital QSO's50,90845,09941,87238,34027,86922,11221,459
Phone QSO's757,256812,083747,419765,536702,847679,240696,567
Post provided by Rusty

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