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February 2017 SPARKS

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The February 2017 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.
As always, the file is in .pdf format and requires Adobe Reader to open and read.

February Meeting

Reminder the TARS meeting this month will not be at the Red Cross but the Log Inn for members that have turned in their reservations. The meeting will start at 6:00 pm Thursday Feb 9th and includes your meal served family style with choice of meat and drink.  If you plan to have any extras such as dessert, you will need to use cash or check, as the Log Inn doesn’t take any form of plastic. After the meal we will have a few presentations, awards, drawing for the 2016 attendance raffle and presentation of the McCutchan Award.

Map to Log Inn: https://goo.gl/maps/QDraxD6kfqn

 



It’s that time again.

Weather spotter classes have been scheduled for the area.

Feb 8, 6:00 pm Oakland City

Feb 16, 5:00 pm Owensboro

Mar 14, 6:00 pm Evansville, Red Cross

Mar 28, 6:30 pm NWS Webinar

 

Elite Spotter Workshop

Apr 4, 5:00 pm Owensboro

Apr 6, 6:00 pm Evansville, Red Cross

 

All classes now require registration, are free of charge, open to everyone and last 2 to 2.5 hours.

For details about the classes and to register visit

www.weather.gov/pah/spottertraining

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January 2017 SPARKS

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The January 2017 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.
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Time for the Annual TARS Auction

At our January 12 meeting we will again have the annual TARS auction. This is where you can find some outstanding bargains (and some neat junk).
Again the auctioneer king himself K9HVI, Little Ed will officiate the event. He always makes it a fun and exciting event.

You can bring your items to be sold or donated at the auction. Funds from donated items will go to the club. If you sell something TARS asks for a small percentage as a contribution to the club.

This is one of the few ways TARS uses to raise funds for the club each year.
So clean out that shack and pack up those spare parts, pieces and unused gear and bring it to the auction.

Eat'n Before the Meet'n

January 12th Eating Before the Meeting will be at CiCi's Pizza 101 North Green River Road, located just north of the Lloyd Expressway next to Burlington Coat Factory before the regular TARS club meeting.
Drop by for food, socializing, "story tell'n" and whatever else comes to mind.
Join the group at 5:30, check in on 146.79 if you need directions or just bored on your drive in.

Everyone is welcome to join us.

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

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December 2016 SPARKS

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The December 2016 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.
It's dues time again.
A new year is almost upon us. If you haven't yet paid dues for 2017, it's time. We have a new Treasurer starting this year. Be kind to him and mail in your dues. Or make out a separate check for dues and put it in an envelope with your completed membership form and turn it in at the January meeting. Be sure you include your email address and name/call sign at least on the form. The membership form is the ONLY sure way we can be sure to get your correct email
address in the books AND submit any changes so that you will receive your copy of SPARKS.


December Meeting Program

The TARS December 8th meeting, 7:00 pm at the Red Cross, program will be a QLF contest and year end celebration. 
Everyone is invited to bring a desert or snack for a pitch in celebration while watching the QLF contest.

TARS will provide drinks, plates and tableware.
Ideas might include cookies, brownies, cheeseball, snack mix or anything you would like to share.

Now you are probably asking yourself, self what does QLF mean?


From Q signal list in the Old Timers Handbook

QLF - I am sending with my left foot.

QLF? - Are you sending with your left foot?

Are you starting to get the idea?  QLF is a derogatory word kind of like LID, but we are going to have a little fun with it. 
Yes that’s right YOU will be sending CW with your left foot.

Eat'n Before the Meet'n

December 8th Eating Before the Meeting will be 5:30 at Pangea 111 S Green River Road
Website:  http://www.tastepangea.com
Drop by for food, socializing, "story tell'n" and whatever else comes to mind. Join the group at 5:30, or whenever you can make it. Check in on 146.79 if you need directions or just bored on your drive in.

Everyone is welcome to join us.

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October 2016 SPARKS

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The complimentary October 2016 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.

Eat'n Before the Meet'n

October 13th Eating Before the Meeting will be 5:30 at Penn Station Subs 137 North Burkhardt Rd.

Drop by for food, socializing, "story tell'n" and whatever else comes to mind. Join the group at 5:30, or whenever you can make it. Check in on 146.79 if you need directions or just bored on your drive in.

Everyone is welcome to join us.

If you have any suggestions on where you would like for us to meet, contact Chris (KE9YK @ arrl.net).

The monthly TARS  meeting is the second Thursday of the month, 7:00 PM at the Evansville Red Cross located at 29S Stockwell road in Evansville.

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June 2016 SPARKS

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The complimentary June 2016 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.

 

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April 2016 SPARKS

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The complimentary April 2016 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached.

The monthly TARS  meeting is the second Thursday of the month, 7:00 PM at the Evansville Red Cross located at 29S Stockwell road in Evansville.

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March 2016 SPARKS

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The complimentary March 2016 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached.

The monthly TARS membership meeting is the second Thursday of the month, 7:00 PM at the Evansville Red Cross Building, Stockwell Rd at the Lloyd.

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January 2016 SPARKS

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The complimentary January 2016 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached along with a membership application.

The monthly TARS membership meeting is the second Thursday of the month, 7:00 PM at the Evansville Red Cross Building, Stockwell Rd at the Lloyd.

The program for this month will be the annual Club Auction.

Attention!! This coming Thursday evening 7PM at the Evansville Red Cross- The TARS annual Auction Night! The club will have some surplus items for auction, including several HF rigs!! These rigs are priced to sell. And for new hams licensed in the past year, or new General class hams upgraded in the past year we will give an additional discount on the HF rigs. You wont want to miss Auction Night! And... if YOU have any items in your garage or shack that you want to get rid of, bring them and auction them off. The club only asks for a small donation if you sell your items and then pocket the rest! Come join us THIS COMING THURSDAY, 1/14/2016 at 7PM!! See you there.

 

Eat'n Before the Meet'n
January Eating Before the Meeting will be at CiCi's Pizza before the regular TARS club meeting January 14th. Drop by for food, socializing, "story tell'n" and whatever else comes to mind. Join the group at 5:30, check in on 146.79 if you need directions or just bored on your drive in.

Everyone is welcome to join us.

CiCi's Pizza is located at 101 North Green River Road, just north of the Lloyd Expressway next to Burlington Coat Factory.

If you have any suggestions on where you would like for us to meet, contact Chris (KE9YK @arrl . net).

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December 2015 SPARKS

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The complimentary December issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached below along with a membership application for 2016.


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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.