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The Mid-State Amateur Radio Club

Franklin, Indiana

"Serving Central Indiana Communities for Thirty-One Years”

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:
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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
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Posted 8:33 AM by Rusty Kirts

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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Sunday, September 28, 2014


All photos by Jack Parker W8ISH

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All photos by Jack Parker W8ISH


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Radar-gunlike device to detect texting?

A Virginia company ComSonics claims to be developing a Radar-gunlike device that can tell if a driver is texting. Alexander Watters KV4PW explains why this may be bad for radio hams

Texting while driving has been banned in a number of US states including Virginia and ComSonics are seeking to develop a Radar-gunlike device to detect when a driver is texting.

A story about the detection device appeared in the Virginian-Pilot in which Malcolm McIntyre, Mobile Calibration Manager at Comsonics is reported as saying a text message, phone call and data transfer emit different frequencies that can be distinguished by the device. [Strange as they use the same frequencies].

Alexander Watters KV4PW took advantage of the story to get an article published which suggesting problems this device could cause amateur radio operators and other volunteers who use texting technology for APRS. He also got in a plug for the role of radio hams in natural disasters and in developing many of the technologies we take for granted today.

Read his story at

Read the Virginian-Pilot story

Source: Southgate Amateur Radio News - posted 9-23-14

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Posted 2:26 PM by Rusty Kirts

Free Gray-line software
Simon Brown G4ELI has released a simple Windows program which displays Gray-line, Geomagnetic Indices, Solar Data and Sunrise and Sunset

Download it from his website at

Source: Southgate Amateur Radio News - posted 9-24-14

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Posted 2:12 PM by Rusty Kirts


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