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The Mid-State Amateur Radio Club

Franklin, Indiana

"Serving Central Indiana Communities for Thirty-One Years”

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Technician License Class

Saturday's Technician Class Review Session was held at Station 53 today.  M.A.R.C. members helped four to obtain their new amateur radio license.  With a couple in attendance, planning to test next week during our regular monthly meeting.  Congrats to the new Technicians!


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Thursday, February 04, 2016

February Dinner Social

Tuesday,  February 9th.  @ 6 pm.

Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza

401 Market Plaza
Greenwood, IN, 46142



Posted 5:41 PM by K9NTZ

Friday, January 15, 2016

Amateur Radio Parity Act HR 1301 to Get House Subcommittee Airing

Read the full ARRL news story here:

Now that the bill is getting a subcommittee hearing, we wonder just what the next steps are on the bill.  Since it’s a Congress thing and they have an interesting way of doing things that can be confusing to follow.  Below is a link to an in depth explanation of the legislative process for a bill getting passed into law.  The Parity Act bills, both the one here and the one in the Senate, have a few more hurdles to go thru to get a signature to become law.  Here’s what their up against:

If Anyone is still a little puzzled about the Parity Act, there has been a lot of mis-information and rumors about what it is and what it can or will do.  The ARRL has a story and a video to clarify any questions.  See the story and video here:

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Sunday, December 20, 2015


It was standing room only for the 2015 MARC annual Christmas meeting.  The bounty of pitch-in breakfast dishes filled everyone's appetite.  A White Elephant gift exchange added to the festive event which was capped by a 20 minute Year End Video of 2015 club events.  Happy Birthday and not Christmas carols was sung for all those celebrating another year of life with Amateur Radio.  


 Photos by Jack W8ISH

Posted 12:41 PM by Jack

Friday, November 27, 2015

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day is December 5

The 17TH annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) special event will take place Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 0000 UTC to 2400.  UTC.

SKYWARN Recognition Day, co-sponsored by the American Radio Relay League and the National Weather Service, pays tribute to Amateur Radio operators for the vital public service they perform. During the 24 -hour event, Amateur Radio operators visit their local National Weather Service (NWS) office and work as a team to contact other hams across the world.

This event is also aimed at strengthening the bond between Amateur Radio operators and local NWS offices.  The volunteer SKYWARN program comprises nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters — many of them radio amateurs — who identify severe storms and provide NWS forecasters with reports of local weather conditions during severe weather events.

SKYWARN Recognition Day is not a contest. The object is for stations to exchange some basic information with as many NWS stations as possible on 80 meters through 70 centimeters (excluding 1.25meters).  Repeater contacts are permitted. Stations exchange call signs, signal reports, locations, and a one or two - word description of the weather at their respective locations.
The National Weather Service provides event information on this Web site:

Posted 4:05 PM by K9NTZ

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Amateur Radio Parity Act Continues to Gain Traction in US House.

Click this link to read the very latest from the ARRL.



Posted 3:06 PM by K9NTZ

Sunday, November 01, 2015


Steve Ellis-AF9SE checks into the Johnson County Goblin Patrol Net

Johnson County highways and by-ways were rendered safe Beggars Night as sixteen MARC hams watched for possible Pumpkin Chuckers throwing items off I-65 overpasses.  The Mid-State Amateur Radio club in cooperation with the Johnson County Sheriff's department patrolled the interstate overpasses in an effort to thwart mischievous Halloween pranksters.  This is the twenty-eight year for our late night ride.  

Steve Ellis-AF9SE and Jack Parker-W8ISH anchored the Greensburg road overpass in southern Johnson county while dozens of other club members secured I-65 overpasses further up the interstate to make I-65 driving safe for the evening travelers.  Bob Jones-KC9NJM was assigned the new Worthsville road overpass.  He said the deck surface was done but the side walls still needed to be poured making it a dangerous venue for Halloween tricksters.  Bob did not see activity on the bridge all evening.  

Dave Daily-KB9LOT ran the NET from the RACES EOC radio room while ARES EC Bob LaGrange-N9SIU covered another bridge location and monitored the Saturday evening Net.  This exercise not only helped out county law enforcement but counted as an official ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET).   

Our thanks for the great turnout.  Other Goblin Patrol participants will be recognized in the November Spark Gap as the official SET report is posted.  

photo by Jack W8ISH 

Posted 10:01 AM by Jack

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Goblin Patrol for Saturday night (Oct 31). 
Starting at 7pm.  We plan to go until about 10pm.
See you then on 146.835 
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Posted 4:53 PM by K9NTZ

Friday, September 25, 2015


Mid-State Amateur Radio Club held Officer elections last Saturday, September 19. at the annual club picnic. 

Jacki Frederick, KI6QOG

Vice President
Bruce Tisdale, K9ICP

Rhonda Curtis, WS9H

Cy Young, N9CHY

Repeater Trustee
Chris Frederick, KQ9Y

Congratulations, and the club thanks you for serving the club.

Posted 4:14 PM by K9NTZ

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Mid-State ARC members welcomed dozens of visitors to our Heartnut encampment demonstrating Amateur Radio September 12th and 13th.  The two day affair saw lots of club members stopping by to talk ham radio, eat hot dogs and enjoy the festival activities.  

photos by w8ish  

Posted 10:12 AM by Jack

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

30th Anniversary of the Heartnut Festival! 

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Its back!  This will be the 30th anniversary for the Heartnut Festival at the Johnson County Park in Edinburgh, IN September 12th and 13th.  Mid-State Amateur Radio Club will have a demonstration station set up for the public to stop by and see what it’s all about.  Amateur Radio is one of the fast growing hobbies in America today and there are over 730,000 licensed amateur or ham radio operators in the US alone and about 3 million ham radio operators in the world!  Amateur radio operators serve their communities in time of need, storm reporting to the National Weather Service to supporting disaster response operations in their community.  Amateur radio offers something for any interest.  Amateur radio can be used with your smart phone, tablet or home computer to send pictures or messages using a radio and computer over shortwave radio, portable radios or satellites and all without the internet!  Stop by our station and check out the modern day ham radio - This ain't your granddads radio anymore!   Questions?  Email us at

For more information about the Heartnut Festival go to

OR See their Facebook page at

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Friday, August 07, 2015


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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: 
Power Mult
of 2687
(EOC Operations)
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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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:

Amateur Radio Newslines web page is at:

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

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Monday, June 08, 2015


            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:

  2: VE70DAY for VE Day 
Link here:

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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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