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Franklin, Indiana


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Sunday, June 28, 2015

MARC Hams score in FD 2015

Several dozen club members and guests stopped by the EOC radio room to lend their support of Field Day 2015.  Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox stopped by to check out our emergency radio operations.   

Ron, K9THR operated his HF rig in the grassy area outside the jail most of Saturday afternoon.  His efforts were hampered by high winds and cooler temperatures.  Many mid-west Amateur Radio Field Day efforts reportedly were scaled back and moved to dryer locations due to flooded park and field venues.  

 At least three newly licensed hams made their first HF contacts.  Saturday our FD event was made even more special with a visit by Pearl Harbor veteran Bob Glamm, W9UGN.  Bob was responsible for breaking radio silence and sending a Morse Code message to the Pacific Fleet HQ when his flight crew spotted the Japanese sailing near the Midway islands.

Total contacts will not be known for a couple of days.  Thanks to everyone who came down and made FD 2015 a success. 

 -photos by w8ish  

Posted 1:10 PM by Jack


Thursday, June 18, 2015




ITS BACK!!   Field Day Is Almost Here!
June 27th and 28th


ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada.  For the MidState Amateur Radio Club we will again use the station at the Johnson County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for our field day operations.  If you want to locate us or any other stations that will be operating on field day use the ARRL’s FD locater here.  We plan to have a public display and a GOTA (Get On The Air!) station so the public can stop by and see amateur radio in action.  Read the ARRL’s Field Day flier here.




Field Day 2014 Results from Steve, K9DY

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



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

 Total Contacts = 287                           In addition, we worked:
 Total Points = 368                               41 States, 3 Canadian Provinces and 8 Countries

 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

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. 

The ARRL 2014 Published Results Are: 
Rank
Call
Score
Category
Contacts
Power Mult
Section
Participants
Club
1380
of 2687
WA9RDF
1,206
4F
(EOC Operations)
287
2
IN
25
Mid-State ARC


Field Day - Some tidbits and stats

1: The 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.  Click here to Read more on the history of Field Day in the story by Rol Anders K3RA published in QST magazine December 1999.

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

4: 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 its field day, SSB only, the first weekend in September.

5: For FD 2014 - Using the Numbers - Nationally - The Overall Field Day Stats are:
a) Total number of Contacts - 1,285,589
b) Total number of CW Contacts  – 555,912    (Who said Morse Code was dead?)
c) Total number of Phone Contacts  – 675,128
d) Total number of Digital Contacts  – 54,549
e) Total number of Operators – 37,428
f) There were 56 field day sites listed for Indiana in 2014.

Those national numbers break down to:
1) Every operator handled an average of 34.35 Contacts in the operating period.
2) An average of 47,614 Contacts an hour!
3) An average of 794 Contacts a minute!
4) An average of 13.23 Contacts a second!



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Posted 1:32 PM by Rusty Kirts


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sad news in the Amateur Radio world 

Bill Pasternak WA6ITF (SK)

President and Co-Founder of the much loved and popular Amateur Radio Newsline program is now a SK.  Our condolences to his family and loved ones as they say goodbye to him. 

Read the ARRL story of his life at:  
http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-newsline-co-founder-editor-bill-pasternak-wa6itf-sk


Amateur Radio Newslines web page is at:  http://www.arnewsline.org/


Author's personal note; I believe that the poem "The Dash" by Linda Ellis couldn't be a more fitting and appropriate way to remember his life.  You can find the poem at her web site. - Rusty
http://www.linda-ellis.com/the-dash-the-dash-poem-by-linda-ellis-.html

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Posted 3:27 PM by Rusty Kirts


Monday, June 08, 2015

HAMS  HOTDOGS SHORTCAKE & SHORTWAVE

            MARC Meets the Public at Annual Strawberry Fest



With a little help from White River Township Firefighters,   MARC hams were able to erect the Steve Ellis AE9SE  mast and antenna farm.  MARC amateur radio operators have provided ham radio demonstrations for the annual Strawberry Fest for 20 years.  Promoting the No Code them with new banners, nearly a dozen people signed up to learn more about the hobby. 

pics by Jack W8ISH

Posted 8:48 AM by Jack


Friday, May 08, 2015

Amateur Radio Special Event Stations Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of VE Day

 (End of WWII in Europe)

 Courtesy of our friends at Southgate Amateur Radio News

 1:  SQ70VD Scout Victory Day Station

Link here: 
 http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2015/may/sq70vd_scout_victory_day_station.htm#.VU0D4fDbflc

  2: VE70DAY for VE Day 
  
Link here: 
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2015/may/ve70day_for_ve_day.htm#.VUzk2PDbflc

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Posted 2:46 PM by Rusty Kirts


Monday, April 27, 2015



 

Morse Code Day!! - April 27th 


Commemorates the birth of the inventor of the Morse Code – Samuel Morse in 1791.

Here’s a link to one website with a lot of interesting history and facts about Morse Code.




Watch Morse Code beat SMS texting in a speed contest –

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Posted 3:22 PM by Rusty Kirts


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