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December 2019 SPARKS

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The December 2019 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached.

The next regular club meeting is Thursday December 12th, 7:00 pm. at Red Cross.
The meeting program is GO-BOX Kits and related ideas.  If you have a Go-Box or other portable station or related that you would like to bring and share ideas.

Eat'n Before the Meet'n will be at Zaxby's, 5:30 pm.

It's now DUES time. Attached is the 2020 membership form along with the Feb Banquet Reservation form.
To attend the Banquet your DUES and Reservation must be paid before Jan 30th.

All the details and more are in this edition of SPARKS.

Reminder that the January TARS meeting will be our Annual Auction.
Clean up your shack, get rid of your excess or unwanted items and get a few bucks to buy something you can't resist.
You never know what might turn up for the auction.

For the latest news check in to the Tri-State Emergency Net Wednesdays at 8:00 pm on the 146.790 repeater.

 

November 2019 SPARKS

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The November 2019 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached.

The next regular club meeting is Thursday November 14th, 7:00 pm. at Red Cross.
The election of TARS 2020 Officers will be at this meeting and meeting program will be by Tom Washburne WB9ZFN.

Eat'n Before the Meet'n will be at Panera Bread Co, 5:30 pm.

For the latest news check in to the Tri-State Emergency Net Wednesdays at 8:00 pm on the 146.790 repeater.

Breaking NEWS!!!
Congratulations to TARS on a 4th place ranking in
the 2019 Field Day 3F category.

Check out the club web site www.w9og.net
Follow us on FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/groups/TARSw9og

 

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Download this file (member_app_form_2020.pdf)member_app_form_2020.pdfTARS membership app 202045 Kb
 

October 2019 SPARKS

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The October 2019 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached.

The next regular club meeting is at Central Dispatch, Thursday October 10th, 7:00 pm.
See details in SPARKS

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Just a quick reminder for the meeting tomorrow night, Thurs 10/10 at Central Dispatch.
There are not many parking spots at Central Dispatch so please park at the West Side EMA Training Center [WEMA] which is located just north of the dispatch center.

Central Dispatch is located at 1331 Harmony Way,   https://goo.gl/maps/txu9AJXd615kH4P77
WEMA is located at 1440
Harmony Way, https://goo.gl/maps/7WFQmhhKh9E8JTSx6

PLEASE meet us before 6:45 so we can walk over to dispatch by our appointment time of 7:00 pm.

Eat'n before the Meet'n will be 5:30 at the Twisted Tomato located on the corner of Maryland St. and Harmony Way.
Their parking is located off Maryland street to the east at the old funeral home lot. Watch for the sign.

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TARS Second Annual Hamtober Fest
Saturday October 26th 2019, 7am - Noon
Talk it up, this is YOUR HAMFEST !


For the latest news check in to the Tri-State Emergency Net Wednesdays at 8:00 pm on the 146.790 repeater.

 


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September 2019 SPARKS

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The September 2019 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached.

The next regular club meeting is the CLUB PICNIC, Saturday September 14th.

TARS Second Annual Hamtober Fest
Saturday October 26th 2019, 7am - Noon
Talk it up, this is YOUR HAMFEST !


For the latest news check in to the Tri-State Emergency Net Wednesdays at 8:00 pm on the 146.790 repeater.

Check out the club web site www.w9og.net
Follow us on FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/groups/TARSw9og

 

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August 2019 SPARKS

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The August 2019 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached.

The next regular club meeting is August 8th 7:00 pm at the Red Cross.
Eat'n Before the Meet'n 5:30, Mo's Mexican

TARS Second Annual Hamtober Fest
Saturday October 26th 2019, 7am - Noon
Talk it up, this is YOUR HAMFEST !

In this issue:
“Happy 150!” Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration
Brag Rag - W9FHA and history
SKYWARN spotter training online webinars
2019 Field Day
WMPLOTA 2019
2-Meter Simplex Contest Winner
Club Picnic SAVE THE DATE!!! SEPTEMBER 14th


For the latest news check in to the Tri-State Emergency Net Wednesdays at 8:00 pm on the 146.790 repeater.

Check out the club web site www.w9og.net
Follow us on FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/groups/TARSw9og

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For the latest announcements and information join us on the air for the Tri-State Emergency Net, Wednesday night at 8:00 pm on the TARS 146.79 repeater, pl 88.5.

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Newsflash

ANNOUNCING W9OG WMPLOTA operation

 

Several members of TARS will be participating in the Walmart Parking Lots On The Air (WMPLOTA) event this coming weekend. WMPLOTA is a special event and award scheme for amateur radio satellite operators that encourages the practice of portable operation in the ubiquitous and easily accessible location of Walmart parking lots. For an overview of the event see:  http://wmplota.org/

 

The contest exchange must include at least the station call signs and either the Walmart store number or 4 digit maidenhead grid square(s) at the discretion of the operator. “Associate” stations are defined as operating from an allowable store and “Shopper” stations are from a location other than those defined as an Associate.  There are several multipliers and bonus points available. For a complete list of the rules and awards see:

http://wmplota.org/wiki/index.php/WMPLOTA_Rules_and_Awards

 

The goal for our team will be to set up at and make contacts from all Evansville area Walmart, Walmart Neighborhood Market and Sam’s Club locations.  Cory KD9MHB, Dave WB9YIG and Len N9QVQ will be the intrepid operators.  The contest runs from 00:00 UTC Saturday 7/6/2019 (19:00 Friday evening local) until 23:59 UTC Sunday (18:59 Sunday evening local) but exact times for our operation will be tempered by family commitments and XYL tolerance. We will be using the W9OG call and attempting both FM and Linear satellites.

 

As usual, Dave WB9YIG is concocting a mobile setup that will be ripe for Murphy ’s Law to visit. The set-up will include an Az-El rotor using an Arrow antenna on rear of his RV (gotta keep an eye out for low trees) and a brand new IC-9700 (should probably read the manual).  Cory has a new MFJ antenna that we will try. You never can tell what we will come up with.

 

We will try to announce our location on the W9OG repeater so if you get a chance, come out and join the fun.

 

 

REMINDER
13 Colonies Special Event now going on!

2019 Event Dates / July 1 (9AM Eastern) to July 7 (Midnight Eastern)

(July 1, 2019-1300 UTC to July 8, 2019-0400 UTC)

YOU DO NOT NEED ALL 13 COLONIES TO GET THE CERTIFICATE

YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET THE 2 BONUS STATIONS FOR A CLEAN SWEEP

Get all the information at http://www.13colonies.net/

 

You still have a couple of weeks to come up with a homebrew key!!!

Not sure what a cootie key is check out these links.

http://www.mtechnologies.com/wordpress/?p=26

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on6-elo2NJE

http://www.k4icy.com/weekend_radio_depot_cootie.html

 

Club Code Key Contest

This contest is a just for fun event and will have certificates awarded for various categories.

Judging will happen in the time between the meeting program and the business meeting.
A code oscillator will be set up to check the operation of the keys.

The fun started in March and the next installment will be at the July meeting with Bug or Cootie Key competition.


The rules have been kept simple.

  • You must have built the key YOURSELF.
  • It may be a KIT or Homebrewed.
  • It must WORK.

The schedule is.

July - Bug or Cootie Key

September - MacGyver Key / Rube Goldberg Key

Even if you don’t work CW, this can be a fun contest just to get everyone up and doing something. Perhaps we could even get a CW learning net on the air and put them to use.

Winner of the May home brew paddle key was Dennis WA2USA.