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Tri-State Amateur Radio Society W9OG

TARS was founded in 1947 to support the Amateur Radio hobby in the Tri-State area and has a membership of ~80 Amateurs. It is affiliated with the ARRL and is an ARRL Special Service Club . TARS is a designated 501c3 not for profit organization.
The Club exists to provide service to our community and advance all aspects of Amateur Radio. TARS has provided communication support to a number of community activities such as: Southern Indiana Classic Marathon, Hoosier 200 Relay, Red Cross Soccer Tournament, Welborn Soccer Tournament, Freedom Festival Parade, Thunder on the Ohio Race, Freedom Festival Balloon event, Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks Display on July 4th, Drums on the Ohio, Fall Festival Parade, Diabetes Association Walk, Evansville Bike Club's Great Pumpkin Metric Bike Ride, and assistance to the Henderson Amateur Radio Club on the Shrine Club Christmas Parade. TARS has also provided communication for Habitat For Humanity when "Blitz" building projects are undertaken.

TARS holds monthly meetings on the second Thursday of each month which gives us a chance to share experiences, have some fun and be updated on some aspect of amateur radio. Some of our meetings have included: a used equipment auction, bingo, EME, a tour of a local cable TV facility, talk by the President of the ARRL, ATV demonstration, Contesting, Skywarn, tour of central dispatch, new ham equipment The Ham Station, DX activity.  TARS also holds an annual Club Auction in January along with a Banquet in February.
A newsletter titled "Sparks" is mailed to members monthly.

TARS provides close cooperation with various emergency organizations:
Evansville Vanderburgh County Emergency Management Agency - with participation in disaster practice exercises.
American Red Cross - by providing support for both emergency and other communication needs. TARS maintains a fully equipped amateur station at the Red Cross offices.
National Weather Service - by working with the NWS Skywarn program to distribute and collect weather data during severe storms.

TARS maintains two repeaters, 146.79 and 147.15, which provide excellent coverage of the Tri-State area. An Autopatch with access to Evansville, Newburgh, Boonville, New Harmony, Mt. Vernon, Chandler, McCutchanville, St. Joseph, St. Philip and Elberfeld is on the 147.15 Repeater.
TARS sponsors the Tri-State Emergency Net each Wednesday night at 8:00 pm local time on the 146.79 repeater.
TARS holds a number of classes to help individuals obtain their first license or upgrade their license. VE's provide test sessions which are coordinated with the classes as well as special exams upon request.
TARS operates a Field Day station (for both points and fun) and has placed fourth nationally in category 3A Battery and has ranked very well a number of times. TARS also participates in Winter Field Day the IN QSO Party and Indiana Parks On The Air. TARS members also support the Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air and other events.

TARS mailing address is:

TRI-STATE AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY, W9OG
PO BOX 4521
Evansville, IN 47724

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2019 Club Officers and Board members

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Vice President Max Wilkinson KD9ABT
Treasurer Jeff Holt AA9WJ 
Secretary Dave Sandine KC9UVG

Board of Directors
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Len Schmitt N9QVQ (2018-2019)
Herb Alvey KB9MZH (2019)
Rick Jackson K9EXY (2019-2020)
Dennis Martin WA2USA (2019-2020)
Mike Townsend W9KXP (2019-2020)

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Repeater Committee
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Field Day Chairman 2019 John Van Vorst N9oL
McCutchan Award Chairman

Vanderburgh County
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Warrick County
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TARS ELMERS
Kit Building, Antennas, QRP, General Information John Small W9FHA (812) 401-0433

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Would you like to volunteer to be an Elmer?

 

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.