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November 2015 SPARKS

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

The November meeting program will be New Ham Night.


Eat'n Before the Meet'n
The November Eating Before the Meeting will be at Tom+Chee 2121 N Green River Rd, before the regular TARS club meeting Nov 12th. Drop by for food, socializing, "story tell'n" and whatever else comes to mind. Join the group at 5:30, or when 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 2015 SPARKS

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The October 2015 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached below.

Eat'n Before the Meet'n
The October Eating Before the Meeting will be at Jason's Deli 943 N Green River Rd, before the regular TARS club meeting Oct 8th. 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.

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September 2015 SPARKS

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The September 2015 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is attached.
Please note it 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.

Interested in learning about the latest in digital voice communications? Perhaps you’ve heard something about DMR and MotoTRBO, but not quite sure what they’re all about? Then you need to attend the DMR Demystified presentation being held at the monthly meeting of TARS at the Evansville Red Cross 29 N Stockwell Rd, Evansville on September 10th at 7:00pm CST to learn all about the exciting world of Digital Mobile Radio (DMR).

Tony Tolbert, W9AMT, Indiana’s ARRL Technical Specialist will be providing an overview of DMR and how it’s being adopted by hams all over the world, including a live demonstration of world wide communications using DMR.

Indiana Section Emergency Coordinator Brent Walls N9BA will also be attending our meeting.

 

The September Eating Before the Meeting will be at Firehouse Subs 1031 N Green River Rd, before the regular TARS club meeting September 10th. 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.

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August 2015 SPARKS

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The August SPARKS is now available.

The August meeting is Thurs. 8/13, 7:00 pm @ the Evansville Red Cross.
The meeting program will be Raspberry PI and ice cream.  Come find what that's all about.

Eat'n Before the Meet'n
The August Eating Before the Meeting will be at Jason's Deli 943 N Green River Rd, before the regular TARS club meeting Aug. 13.
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.

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July 2015 SPARKS

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The complimentary July 2015 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.

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 a Skype presentation with George Thomas from AmateurLogic.TV and Ham Nation.

Eat'n Before the Meet'n
The July Eating Before the Meeting will be at
Fazoli's Eastland Place 899 N Green River Rd before the regular TARS club meeting July 9th. 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.



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June 2015 SPARKS

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TARS radio operators in 24-hour national off-grid field exercise at USI June 27th-28th.

Amateur Radio Operators of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society are participating in a 24-hour, off-the-grid national field exercise to set up and operate emergency communication systems using using digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications, radio and even Web hybrid systems along with historic Morse code showing ham radio is at the forefront of technology. Ham radio developed the original texting technologies so popular today.

Get On the Air (GOTA) operations are set up for the public. If you have any interest we will have someone available to help you Get On The Air and join in the fun.

TARS FD Location Map

During fires, earthquakes, tornado and other crises, Amateur Radio is often the only way by which people communicate. Amateur Radio operators are often the first to provide critical early information and observations to responders in crisis situations when cell phone towers are out and power lines down cut Internet access. This exercise provides a chance for the public to meet and talk with the hams and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about.

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May 2015 SPARKS

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The complimentary May 2015 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.

Eat'n Before the Meet'n

Eating Before the Meeting will be at CiCi's Pizza before the regular TARS club meeting May 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.

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April 2015 SPARKS

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The complimentary April 2015 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.

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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March 2015 SPARKS

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The complimentary March 2015 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.

The monthly TARS membership meeting is 3/12 the second Thursday, 7:00 PM at the Evansville Red Cross Building, Stockwell Rd at the Lloyd.

Eating Before the Meeting will be at Fazoli's Italian eatery 899 N Green River Road before the TARS club meeting.
Drop by for food, socializing, "story tell'n" and whatever else comes to mind.

Join the group at 5:30 and 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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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.