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WVARC Xmas Dinner

 WVARC Members:  Just a reminder that as per tradition, we will forego our December meeting in lieu of our Xmas Dinner.

2016 Xmas dinner will be at the usual Golden Corral on Tuesday, December 13th @ 6PM.  We have reserved the 'meeting room' on the west side of the building.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Additionally, please remember that 2017 is right around the corner and it's time to pay your dues.  Dues can be paid at the November meeting, Xmas Dinner, or you can contact me to make arrangements:

Ham Radio Technician Level Classes

The Whitewater Valley Amateur Radio Club (WVARC) will be holding classes for the Amateur "Ham" Radio Technician (entry-level) license.  Classes will be held weekly starting Wednesday, October 5th at 7PM, and continue until all material is covered (approx. 10 weeks).  The classes will be located at the VFW Post #1108 at 213 S. 8th St.  To RSVP, or for more information, contact Ken 765-855-2404 or

IMPORTANT: Changes to Sunday night NET

 Greetings Club Members,

Due to the extreme wind conditions yesterday, the antenna on the 147.270 repeater appears to have been damaged and is currently deactivated.  We will discuss ideas on how to get the repeater back online at our next club meeting on 4/12.
In the meantime, Sunday NET will be held on the KB9SJZ repeater at the usual 8PM.  Details follow:
147.180+    (standard .6 offset)   PL Tone 82.5

Please program this repeater ahead of time so you will be ready to check in to the net at 8PM.
Again, it is very important to make sure you have set the correct TONE, otherwise you will not be able to access the repeater.
We look forward to hearing you on the air!  Please pass this info along to anyone who may wish to check in to the NET.
You are welcome to leave comments below if you are registered on the website.

2016 Field Day Packet

 The 2016 Field Day Packet has arrived.  It contains all the vital information for anyone participating in Field Day this year.  Click the attachment link below to download your copy.

New membership cards coming!

 Greetings fellow Amateurs,

I'm happy to inform the group that new membership cards are coming!  Assuming all goes well, we should have your new membership cards ready for you at our March 8th meeting (7PM at VFW Post 1108).

The cards were designed by KS9N, and donated by N9PTK & KB9HQX.  There is a handy reference on the back of the card with a CW-key as well as a listing of the phonetic alphabet.  The barcode on the front (when scanned), brings up the website.

Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

-Sean (KS9N)


Club Picnic Saturday October 3rd at NOON

 Greetings fellow club members,


WVARC will be holding a Club Picnic on Saturday, October 3rd at noon.  The picnic will be held at the Ken Rueth residence on US40, just east of the Wayne County Highway Garage.

All club members and their family are invited.

Anyone planning on participating should RSVP.  Please send an email to, or TEXT (don't call) 765-551-7685.

We need everyone to RSVP so that we have enough food available for everyone.  Feel free to bring a side dish, dessert, or anything you would like to bring (not required).

I look forward to seeing everyone there!!!



Radio Panadapter project

 I recently came across a panadapter buffer board designed by G4HUP  ( and decided that it would be a really nifty feature to be able to have a visual representation the signals adjacent to the tuned frequency.

Thanks to a fellow ham who did the soldering for me (THANKS W8VFR!), I now have the board installed and functional.

Basically, we tapped the radio's IF (at very high impendence, so as to not affect the main receiver sensitivity).  Then this signal is amplified about 1dB, then output to an SMA connector installed in the rear of the radio.  Finally, we connect the buffer board's output to an RTL-SDR USB stick, which interfaces to a modified android device running an app called "RF Analyzer".

The total cost of the project is around $100:  Android device:  $50, RTL-SDR USB stick:  $15, G4HUP buffer board $35, homebrew USB interface cable $0.

The result is a fully functional spectrum analyzer / waterfall display connected to the radio's IF.  This gives me a 30-KHz wide view of the spectrum.  I can see 15Khz on either side of the tuned frequency.

My particular radio has a common IF for all bands (160m - 70cm), so the panadapter works no matter which frequency I'm tuned to.

This is a really neat project, and I feel that I've added alot of value to my Yaesu FT-897d.  This could be VERY useful on field day - use your imagination :)

Attached is a picture of the PAT board installed inside the radio, and also a picture of the panadapter in action on 40m.







Ham Radio Classes Forming NOW!

The Whitewater Valley Amateur Radio Club will be holding a 10 week course where you can learn everything you need to earn your Technician (entry level) FCC Amateur Radio License.

The Technician license is your gateway to the world-wide excitement of Amateur Radio...

...and now you do not need to learn Morse code!

Classes begin on February, 18th 7:00PM

VFW Post 1108, 213 S. 8th St, Richmond, IN  47374

Classes are FREE, but the ARRL Technician Manual is required.  Provide your own copy, or one can be purchased at cost.

Please RSVP

Contact Ken Rueth  765-855-2404

Russian Digital Radio Club MultiMode Contest Nov 15/16

Hi guys.  I received this message through the website's "contact us" form.

Yuri sent a message using the contact form at

Dear Fellow Radio Amateurs,

The Russian Digital Radio Club has the honour to invite the radio amateurs
all over the world to participate in the 1st Russian WW MultiMode Contest
2014. The objective of the contest is to establish as many contacts as
possible between radio amateurs around the world and radio amateurs in

We invite all fans of all modes to take part in contest from 12.00 UTC on
Saturday 15th November till 11:59 UTC on Sunday 16th November, 2014. Types of
modulation: BPSK63, CW, RTTY, SSB. The repeated contacts are permitted on
different bands and different modes providing that a contact will be made not
earlier than in 3 minutes. The output power should not exceed 10 watts on 160
meters and 100 watts on other bands. The operator may change the bands no
more than 10 times within calendar hour (with zero on 59-th minute of each
hour). Only one transmitted signal is permitted at any time. Bands: 160 m, 80
m, 40 m, 20 m, 15 m, 10 m.
Prizes and certificates in all categories:

For more info please visit Russian WW MultiMode Contest 2014 Rules:

You should send your log upload via the Web interface

All logs must be sent no later than 14 days after the contest (23:59 UTC on
30th November 2014).


Amateur Radio Entry-Level Classes available 9-24-14

 WVARC will be offering Amateur Radio Entry-Level Classes in Richmond, Indiana.

Learn about amateur radio and earn your FCC Technician Class License.

Classes are FREE.  Materials required are:  ARRL Technician License Manual.  Provide your own copy or (if available) one can be purchased at cost from the club.

Classes will be conducted at VFW Post 1108 on Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM starting:  September 24, 2014.

For more information, contact:

Ron Weadick 765-969-5767  or

Ken Rueth 765-855-2404

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