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May 2018 SPARKS

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The May 2018 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached.

No regular TARS meeting this month. The meeting will be the PICNIC / Indiana QSO party this Saturday May 5th.
Set up 9:00 am and lunch at Noon. TARS will provide fried chicken and drinks, we ask that members bring a covered dish to share.
To help eliminate too many duplicates attached is a list of foods members signed up for at the last meeting.

The next regular club meeting June 14th 7:00 pm. at the Red Cross.

Talk up Hamtober Fest !!!
Mark your calendar for October 27th 2018.
Anyone attending an area hamfest please contact Raymond W9KHP for fliers to distribute.

In this ISSUE:
One Man's Opinion - Bill K4LRX
Hamfest Calendar
ARES/RACES News
AND MORE.....

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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April 2018 SPARKS

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The April 2018 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached.

The next regular club meeting April 12th 7:00 pm. at the Red Cross.
Eat'n Before the Meet'n  CiCi's Pizza 5:30

Talk up Hamtober Fest !!!
Mark your calendar for October 27th 2018.
Anyone attending an area hamfest please contact Raymond W9KHP for fliers to distribute.


In this ISSUE:
One Man's Opinion - Bill K4LRX
“It’s not real Ham Radio!” by Chris G7DDN
SKYWARN elite training
Hamfest Calendar
ARES/RACES News
AND MORE.....

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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March 2018 SPARKS

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The March 2018 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached.

The next regular club meeting March 8th 7:00 pm.
Meeting program, FT8 digital mode by Raymond Edge W9KHP.

Eat'n Before the Meet'n Mo's Southwest Grill 5:30


Announcing the First Annual Hamtober Fest !!!
Mark your calendar for October 27th 2018.
Watch for more information on this event SOON !
Flier attached.

In this ISSUE:
One Man's Opinion
SKYWARN training
Contacts, latest from K4LRX
ARES/RACES News

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 TARS on FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/groups/TARSw9og
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Download this file (1st Annual Southern Indiana Hamtober Fest (1).pdf)1st Annual Southern Indiana Hamtober Fest (1).pdf 333 Kb
Download this file (2018-03-Sparks.pdf)2018-03-Sparks.pdf 924 Kb
 

February 2018 SPARKS

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The February 2018 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached.

The next regular club meeting for those with their reservations is the TARS Banquet, February 8th 6:00 pm at the Log Inn.

It's Dues time! Attached is the 2018 membership form. Your regular membership dues are due the month of January.


In this ISSUE:
One Man's Opinion
SKYWARN training
Contacts, KJ4DVR congratulations
ARES/RACES News

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

Attachments:
FileDescriptionFile size
Download this file (2018-02-Sparks.pdf)2018-02-Sparks.pdf 881 Kb
 

January 2018 SPARKS

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The January 2018 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached.

The next regular club meeting is January11th 7:00 pm at the Red Cross.
Meeting program is the Annual Club Auction.
A special election will be held to fill a vacancy for the remaining term on the TARS Board due to Max KD9ABT being elected Vice President.

It's Dues time! Attached is the 2018 membership form. Your regular membership dues are due the month of January.


In this ISSUE:
Meeting Programs
One Man's Opinion
Eat'n Before the Meet'n
Winter Field Day
Contacts, K4LRX latest QSL's
Register for the February Banquet

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 TARS on FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/groups/TARSw9og

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Download this file (formmbrapp18.pdf)formmbrapp18.pdf 221 Kb
 

December 2017 SPARKS

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Correction!!!
The Dec SPARKS file has now been uploaded.

Sorry for the confusion.

 

The December 2017 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached.

The next regular club meeting is December 14th 7:00 pm at the Red Cross.

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) takes place on Saturday, December 2, from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones).

It's Dues time! Attached is the 2018 membership form.

December meeting program  Dennis WA2USA discussing solar events during his SOTA operations.

In this ISSUE:
Officer Election Results for 2018
One Man's Opinion
Eat'n Before the Meet'n
Club Shirts
Winter Field Day
ARRL International Grid Chase
...... and much more!

Wishing you a jolly and blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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 TARS on FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/groups/TARSw9og

Attachments:
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Download this file (2017-12-Sparks.pdf)2017-12-Sparks.pdf 1606 Kb
Download this file (formmbrapp18.pdf)formmbrapp18.pdf2018 membership form221 Kb
 

November 2017 SPARKS

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The November 2017 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached.
As always, the file is sent in .pdf format and requires Adobe Reader to open and read.
Adobe Reader is free software that may be downloaded from the www.adobe.com web page.

The next regular club meeting is November 9th 7:00 pm at the Red Cross.
Eat'n Before the Meet'n will be at Mission BBQ

November meeting program  USI Professor Glen Kissel on the Cube Sat Project
and Election of Officers for 2018. Attached is your ballot for voting.


In this ISSUE:
One Man's Opinion
Eat'n Before the Meet'n
Club Shirts
S.E.T. Reports
NWS Winter Weather Workshop
...... and much more!

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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October 2017 SPARKS

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The October 2017 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached.
As always, the file is sent in .pdf format and requires Adobe Reader to open and read.
Adobe Reader is free software that may be downloaded from the www.adobe.com web page.

The next regular club meeting is October 12th 7:00 pm at the Red Cross.
Eating Before the Meeting at Cici's Pizza.

In this ISSUE:
One Man's Opinion  "A Tribute"
October meeting program  Go KITS
Eat'n Before the Meet'n
A call for candidates
New Bands coming soon
Hamfest calendar
...... and much more!

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 2017 SPARKS

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The September 2017 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached.

As always, the file is sent in .pdf format and requires Adobe Reader to open and read.

Just a note that upon updating the e-mail list I noticed several members that had never renewed their membership for 2017.
I will start removing old member e-mails soon, so if you haven't renewed or don't remember if you did, you can verify your membership status with the TARS Treasurer.

The next regular club meeting is September 14th 7:00 pm at the Red Cross.
Eating Before the Meeting at Fazoli's.

In this ISSUE:
A double header One Man's Opinion
September meeting program
Eat'n Before the Meet'n
A call for candidates
A question on club shirts
Hamfest calendar
...... and much more!

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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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.