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February 2015 SPARKS

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

 

2015 TARS Annual Banquet


ATTENTION ! ! !
February Meeting will start at 6:00 pm and be at a different location ! ! !

The TARS Banquet will be on Thursday Feb. 12, 2015 at Teppanyaki Grill & Supreme Buffet.

Ask for the TARS Party when you enter. Teppanyaki is located in the quad of stores just north of the Lloyd on Green River Road, 201 B North Green River Road.

This is where CiCi's Pizza, Burlington Coat Factory and the Donut Bank are located.

Teppanyaki does serve Chinese and Japanese food, but it also has American Cuisine.

If fact it offers a very large buffet service. And similar to Charlie's Mongolian: "We have a Hibachi section where you can pick and choose to make up your own menu, so we can cook it on the Hibachi for no additional charge.

"We offer Rib-Eye Steak, Salmon Fish,Butter Shrimp, Black Pepper Shrimp, Crab-meat,Cheese, General's Chicken and Different Selections of Sushi and a large selection of salads, fruits, and desserts.

 

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January 2015 SPARKS

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The complimentary January 2015 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.
The monthly TARS membership meeting is 1/8 the second Thursday, 7:00 PM at the Evansville Red Cross Building, Stockwell Rd at the Lloyd.

Annual TARS Auction

Once again the TARS auction will be held at our regular meeting on January 8th 7:00 pm.
Hosted by Auctioneer Extraordinar Little Ed K9HVI.
Bring lots of money as there will be all kinds of treasures you will want to bid on. All proceeds to go to the Club. You may also bring items you want to sell on consignment.  This year we have several scanners to auction off. Many are programmable and others require crystals. They have been well cared for and several are still
in the box. I saw one with the price tag still on it for over $300. We have pocket sized portable ones to desk top fancy ones.

Eat'n Before the Meet'n
The January Eating Before the Meeting January 8th, is at Moe's Southwest Grill 6401 E Lloyd Expressway, in the plaza directly in front of Target.
Moe's offers a variety of build your own Southwest/Mexican foods at reasonable prices. Drop by for food, socializing, "story tell'n" and whatever else comes to mind. We will be able to finish up and get to the TARS meeting to check out the items in the annual TARS Auction.
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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December 2014 SPARKS

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The complimentary December 2014 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.
The monthly TARS membership meeting is 12/11 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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October 2014 SPARKS

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The complimentary October 2014 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.

The program for the Oct 9th meeting will include PSK31 and a presentation on the ARISS contact,
Also Chris N9JCA will kick off the TARS member HF ladder contest.

See you at 7:00 pm or join us for Eat'n Before the Meet'n at 5:30.

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October 9th Eating Before the Meeting will be 5:30 at McAlister's Deli, 2220 N Green River 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.
McAlister's Deli: Home of hand-crafted sandwiches, always fresh salads, giant stuffed spuds and our Famous Sweet Tea !
Everyone is welcome to join us.

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September 2014 SPARKS

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The complimentarySeptember 2014 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.

The September 11 TARS meeting program will be WEATHER Spotting.

See you at 7:00 pm or join us for Eat'n before the Meet'n at 5:30.

 

Eat'n Before the Meet'n
September 11th 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 whwnever 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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July 2014 SPARKS

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The complimentary July 2014 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.

The July 10th TARS meeting program will be dipole antenna building.
If you would like to build a dipole antenna bring your supplies or just a diagram of your favorite home built antenna.
See you at 7:00 pm or join us for eat'n before the meet'n at 5:30.

Eat'n Before the Meet'n

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

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 2014 SPARKS

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The complimentary April 2014 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.

Eat'n Before the Meet'n

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

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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March 2014 SPARKS

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The complimentary March 2014 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.

Eat'n Before the Meet'n
We will meet for food and fellowship before the regular March 13th TARS meeting for food, socializing, "story tell'n" and whatever else comes to mind, at Moe's Southwest Grill 6401 E Lloyd Expressway, in the plaza directly in front of Target.

Moe's offers a variety of build your own Southwest/Mexican foods at reasonable prices.

Meet the group at 5:30 or whenever you can make it.
As usual we will be monitoring the 146.79 repeater if you need directions or just want to chat on the way.
Everyone is welcome.

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December 2013 SPARKS

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The complimentary December 2013 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.

Eat'n Before the Meet'n
We will meet for food, fellowship socializing, "story tell'n" and whatever else comes to mind before the regular December 12th TARS meeting at Jason’s Deli 943 North Green River Road.

As usual we will be monitoring the 146.79 repeater if you need directions or just want to chat on the way.  Meet the group at 5:30 (you can get there sooner if you want) or whenever you can make it. Check in on 146.79 if you need directions or just want to chat on your drive in.

Everyone is welcome.

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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.