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Franklin, Indiana

"Serving Central Indiana Communities for Thirty-One Years”

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

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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.  

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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.



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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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Monday, December 29, 2014

Bob Heil Receives Honorary Doctorate From University of Missouri

The University of Missouri-St. Louis granted an honorary Doctor of Music and Technology to Bob Heil during its December 20th commencement ceremony. Heil is recognized by the university for his contributions to the world of broadcast, live and studio sound, and innovations to the Amateur Radio industry. In addition to receiving the honor, Bob spoke at the commencement.

"Bob Heil's lifelong accomplishment and ongoing innovation speaks for itself," said Marcel Bechtold, the manager of information technology at UMSL who nominated Heil for the honorary doctoral degree. "He continues to add to his many years of research in sound reinforcement and shares his wealth of knowledge in workshops, conference presentations, authored books, podcasts and at educational institutions worldwide. His passion for playing the theater organ and his interests in electronic technology gained in amateur radio at an early age were great foundations, allowing his creative juices to flow through the decades."

"I am humbled and thrilled to receive this honor," said Heil. "Throughout my life I have held the belief that human stories, whether told through conversation or song, help tell who we are as people. I’ve been blessed to be part of how those stories get conveyed to the world."
The University of Missouri System is a state university system providing centralized administration for four universities, a health care system, an extension program, five research and technology parks, and a publishing press. More than 75,000 students are currently enrolled at its four campuses. The health care system operates several hospitals and clinics in central Missouri, while the extension program provides distance learning and other educational initiatives statewide. 


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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Ralph Baer: the man you never heard of who changed technology forever.

The one man who has had a so much of an impact on the lives of the modern era passed away December 6th, 2014 at 92 years old.  He was a genius of electronic design and innovation, the technologies he developed still drive a multi-billion dollar a year industry.    

Although we don’t know his name easily as we do Thomas Edison, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs his work was just as revolutionary in its lasting impact on our lives of today and tomorrow.  Read this fascinating story about his life and the technology he created courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Red Badges on the Air Day 

Are you still looking for points in the ARRL Centennial QSO Party?  All is not lost; you can still work those high point and valuable “Red Badges” on December 31st up to 23:59Z for credit.  

As 2014 closes, so does the ARRL Centennial QSO Party.  The Centennial QSO party has been a yearlong activity of hams making contacts and earning points in the Centennial Points Challenge.  The other benefit is for anyone needing to make QSO’s for your ‘WAS’ certificate, here’s your chance to knock’em out.   Now – What’s a “Red Tag”?  Those are the big points!  (Cha – Ching!)  They are the ARRL elected officials and representatives across the nation, their going to be out in force on New Year’s Eve.  Don’t forget to calculate the time zone your in and the difference from the GMT time zone.  

More details on the “Red Badges on the Air” at

Centennial QSO Party - Full details at

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