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Evansville Day School ARISS Contact

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Status of the Evansville Day School ARISS Contact

EDS, Evansville Day School, has announced our contact with the ISS, so it is now public knowledge.  The School has communicated to NASA that we would like any Monday in September (except the first which is Labor's Day) and we are waiting on their response, which may come in late July or August.  NASA warned us of choosing Mondays, but if we are to use the new planetarium (the  Koch Immersive Theater) we are limited to Mondays when it is not in public use.  Actually this is too far out to be establishing a date, but we have asked, and we'll see what happens.

Actually our TARS ARISS Team has been very active preparing for the contact.  This may seem like a simple QSO, but it is a much larger project than that.  We have held several meetings and many emails/discussions with our team and with the School.  To us it is not a simple task.  Our Team Managers have been busy planning and preparing for the Contact.  Dave, WB9YIG, has spent many hours acquiring and testing, equipment for the Contact.  Equipment that must be placed in service in a public auditorium which normally doesn't have ham radio equipment.  He is tasked with establishing a complete 2-meter station and a complete backup station because we have only a ten-minute window for the students and we don't want to miss that opportunity.  Dave also acquired 2 meter satellite antennas, 150 ft of coax and rotator control wire, az-el rotators, writing to connect this into the plaitarium sound system.

The Press Release from the School was published today (Sunday, May 25) in the Courier and Press.  Look at the bottom of page 1 Section B.  Thanks to you all for keeping this contact under wraps, so now we can discuss EDS openly.  Remember that this is the School's project and we are simply providing the Ham Radio portion of the Contact.  NASA makes this available to provide students with a touch of space, to inspire them in science and aerospace fields of study and occupations; what teachers call STEM:

Just last week, Brian and Rick made a presentation to two of the School's physics classes about physics and ham radio.  It was well received and very exciting for the students.  Brian will also teach high school students in preparation for a Technician license class this summer July 7-11

TARS ARISS Team Leaders

Mark Thienes  KC9TYA
David Vogel   WA9C





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:


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:


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.



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)



Get all the information at


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.


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.