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Franklin, Indiana

"Serving Central Indiana Communities for Thirty-One Years”

Saturday, December 20, 2014

YAESU DR-1X 144/430 Dual Band (C4FM/FM) System Fusion Digital Repeater - APPROVED.

Today, at the Mid-State Amateur Radio Club December meeting, discussion was held, a unanimous vote was passed to proceed with the purchase of Yaesu's latest in digital repeater technology.

YAESU DR-1X 144/430 Dual Band C4FM/FM Digital Repeater

The YAESU DR-1X is a digital/conventional FM dual mode repeater that covers the VHF and UHF amateur radio bands.
It was developed for use with System Fusion.
Replacing your conventional FM repeater with the DR-1X
will provide continued use of conventional FM
communication while integrating the use of digital communication
functions through its unique AMS  (auto mode switching) capability.

YAESU DR-1X  (Click the link to go to the YAESU web site for additional information).

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Friday, December 19, 2014

New Element 3 (General Class) Question Pool released

The Question Pool Committee of the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) has released the 2015-2019 Element 3 (General Class) question pool. The new question pool becomes effective for all Element 3 examinations administered on or after July 1, 2015, and it remains valid until June 30, 2019.

The question pool files are available in PDF, Microsoft Word (.doc), and ASCII text formats. Section G7A requires the use of one illustration, a schematic identified as G7-1. This drawing file is published separately.

Further information can be found on the web at,

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Friday, December 12, 2014

SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station

The Russian ARISS team members plan to activate SSTV from the ISS on Thursday December 18 and Saturday December 20, 2014.

Expected SSTV mode will be PD180 on 145.800 MHz with 3 minute off periods between transmissions. A total of 12 different photos will be sent during the operational period.
Start time would be around 14:20 UTC on December 18 and 12:40 UTC on December 20. The transmissions should terminate around 21:30 UTC each day. 

Space X 5 will be launching this week and delays in the launch could adjust SSTV operational times.
Gaston Bertels – ON4WF
ARISS-Europe chairman

Additional information Per wIKI:

Slow-scan television (SSTV) is a picture transmission method used mainly by amateur radio operators, to transmit and receive static pictures via radio in monochrome or color.

A technical term for SSTV is narrowband television. Broadcast television requires 6 MHz wide channels, because it transmits 25 or 30 picture frames per second (in the NTSC, PAL or SECAM color systems), but SSTV usually only takes up to a maximum of 3 kHz of bandwidth. It is a much slower method of still picture transmission, usually taking from about eight seconds to a couple of minutes, depending on the mode used, to transmit one image frame.

Since SSTV systems operate on voice frequencies, amateurs use it on shortwave (also known as HF by amateur radio operators), VHF and UHF radio.

Thanks to Mike Terry for the additional information
Source:  SouthGate News

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

W1AW Centennial Operations Up Next in INDIANA and Montana

W1AW Centennial Operations Up Next in Indiana


Posted 8:01 AM by K9NTZ

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Ham-TV on the ISS

The ARRL report the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) organization is continuing to explore the possibility of establishing a network of ground stations to enable the use of the Ham TV video system during ARISS school contacts

Mark Steiner, K3MS, updated the ARISS International team on the topic during its November meeting, conducted by teleconference.

Kerry Banke, N6IZW, who works on ARISS hardware issues, reported that a document under development will describe just what is required to build a ground station. He and ARISS International Project Selection & Use Committee representative Lou McFadin, W5DID, have successfully received Ham TV transmissions.

The officers elected for new 2-year terms starting on January 1, 2015 were ARISS Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO; ARISS Vice-Chair Oliver Amend, DG6BCE, and ARISS Secretary-Treasurer Rosalie White, K1STO.

Read the full ARRL story at

Read the minutes from the ARISS International November 18 meeting at

Previous ARISS International meeting minutes

Source: Southgate Amateur Radio News

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Monday, December 01, 2014

YOTA month starts today 

Youngsters On The Air month starts today, [Dec 1st] 35 Callsigns with a YOTA suffix will become active during the whole month of December.

This year stations widely spread through Region 1 will be taking part, not only Europe, but also from Africa and Middle-East, even two stations outside the Region from Asia and the Caribbean's are part of this event.

Feel free to make a QSO with the youngsters, they are happy to get some attention and exchange information. Licensed and unlicensed youth will be making QSO's, be aware this could be their first radio contact ever and give them a chance to experience a possible new hobby.

There is a special award available for working more YOTA stations.

All information, also about QSLing, is available on the December YOTA month website.

Source Southgate Amateur Radio News

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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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