What rig was your first contact made with?

    Looking back at the rigs we used over the years, is always fun. I would love to hear about the rig each of you used during that first Amateur Radio contact or HF contact.

    Mine was a Heathkit DX100B transmitter and a Hallicrafters SX 110 receiver. I got it from a neighbor when I was 15 years old, he was a ham, his last name was Larman, lived on Cart road. I got the TX and RX plus a Hallicrafters T.O. Keyer and a vibroplex key. I paid $50.00 for the whole works; he knew I had an interest in it and 5 years later in 1980 at age 20 I got my novice ticket. I used that setup for a few years, and it was some of my best times since I had to always be tinkering with it to keep it working. 

   I am slowly rebuilding my first station, I have the SX110 and the T.O. Keyer, I still need the DX100B,


Here are what they look like for those who may not know..


Learn CW Online

 Here's a good website to learn morse code on: lcwo.net

I'm currently trying to learn morse code on that site. They've got a bunch of different practice sessions and an entire 40 lesson KOCH method training. If you create a user account on that website then it will save your progress. There's options to download practice files in mp3 format (which I believe Windows can burn to an audio cd if you want it to). The website has a neat feature where you can create and join groups for the purpose of discussion and competition. Each group will let you compare your highscores with the other users of that group.

Let me know if anyone else uses this website. I've started a group "Whitewater Valley Indiana" on the lcwo.net website if anyone would like to join me.

James Hall

Field Day 2010

The video of our 2010 Field Day is finally immortalized online. Thanks to Leon, KD8BO for the camera work, editing and DVD.

73s, James Hall N9XLC

Results of the November 6th Test Session

From the email of Steve Shank, KB9HQX: 

Fellow Members:

Here are the results of our final test session of the year.



Did you hear the crickets chirping?

Well, your VE Team had fun swapping stories.

Those on hand were: Fred Adelsperger, W9PBY;Mike Chambers, W1IDX; Don Cook, K9GT; Charles Philhower, WA9KZC; Steve Shank, KB9HQX & Ron Showalter, KA9EEA. Lending moral support, Jerry Bussen, KC9NPQ.

Our next Test Session will be on Saturday, February 5, 2011. As always, breakfast beforehand at the VFW.

Thanks Steve!


Veterans day parade

 Thanks to Steve Shank, KB9HQX, Mike Chambers, W1IDX, Leon Jobe, KD8BO, Ed Anderson, N9NEI, Dave Sloan, N0EOP, Ralph Bane, KC9PKF, Fred Adelsperger, W9PBY, Ron Weadick, K9WE  and Terry Mathews, KC9ITS for all your help at the Veteran's parade. Without all your help it wouldn't have been a success..

Give yourselves a big pat on the back. Great job!!! I hope I didn't leave anyone out.
Mark, WN9L


(Mike emailed me a couple that were missed, so I added them. 73's James Hall N9XLC)

1929 QSO party

  Thought some people would be interested in this.. It's a contest where you built a tube transmitter in the style of those used in 1929 or before and then make contacts with it. The actual on-air portions run Dec 5/6 and 10/11. I guess most of the activity will be on 80m.

See this link for more details. Here is a Youtube video of one transmitter made by w0vlz.


Veterans day parade

 Hey guys, I've been told we need more help for the parade this Saturday, 6 Nov 2010. Apparently we're a few people shy. Anyone who wants to volunteer can contact Mark Lasley via email or phone 993-2166.


Final Thursday at J's

   Sadly, this is the last Thursday lunch at J's Restaurant. They are closing at the end of business on Sunday, 7 November 2010. I know I'm going to miss the food! The group has decided to try Joe's Pizza starting next week. Gary, K4IFA has reserved a table for us for the next couple of months. From what I gather the meeting time is the same.


See you guys at J's on Thursday and Joe's next week!


North American Repeater Directory

Hi All,

    I just found this on-line repeater directory. Indiana repeaters have not been populated. I have volunteered as an admin for Indiana. I should get information this evening on the tools that I will have available as an admin. Individuals can make entries or send them to me and I will add it for you. Try to provide as much information about any repeater that you want added. To see what I will be trying to enter see the Colorado state page.

   The URL is http://www.repeaterbook.com/index.php

This site includes the most up-to-date amateur radio repeater listings (updated by you and our admins) for the US and Canada. We are adding repeaters everyday, but need your help. Please submit new updates to repeater data whenever you see something outdated or incorrect.

What makes this site different than others? We use admins located in the states and provinces that we cover to collect repeater data and add it to the site. This is not just some outdated and stale repeater directory with copied information from the ARRL.

Repeaterbook is more than a repeater directory. We also cross-reference with EchoLink and IRLP status to give you a comprehensive view of a repeater. There are also many export functions for Google Maps, Google Earth, Excel, or your favorite rig programming software.

Any questions please contact me desloan @ earthlink.net (take out the spaces).



New Feature: Members-only pages

 It is now possible to post pages with content for member's eyes only. I have posted a couple such pages in the History section of the "Books". One of the pages is the most recent copy of the roster for download.

The only way to view these pages is to have an active account here that has been upgraded to Club Member or Officer and to be logged in. You can't even see the links to the pages if you are logged out or if you are logged in as an unauthenticated member.

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