1506 S. Parker Drive
Evansville, IN 47714
"Because a frequency is a terrible thing to waste"
April, 1994 Newsletter
The next EARS "Eating Meeting" will be held on Friday, April 1, at Noble Roman's Ross Center Location, near Washington and Boeke in Evansville. Meeting time is 6:30 (Central). See all your ham friends and enjoy a night out! Don't miss it!
A special eating meeting will be held at the
Salem Mall food court in Dayton, OH on
Saturday, April 30 at 12 Noon Dayton time.
Check in on 145.15 simplex.
THE NEW SATELLITE RECEIVER for
the 145.15 Evansville repeater will be
coming online shortly! The additional
"satellite" receiver will expand the wide
area coverage of the repeater network, just
as the Petersburg, Evansville-East and
Evansville-West satellite receivers. The
new receiver is scheduled for launch on
April 1 by NASA. This new satellite
receiver, in geostationary orbit, should
provide tremendous handheld coverage for
North America. Thus, continent-wide
autopatch will be available! The receiver
was made possible by some fine
engineering work by Brian Esche
WB9QVR and Joe Salee KB9GMC who
developed the battery-powered solar cell
for this project. Many thanks, guys, for
those long hours! (Happy April Fools'
THE 443.925 Vincennes repeater is
experiencing some minor squelch
problems. A new receiver will be installed
shortly. The Farmersburg (Terre Haute)
remote receiver is still in the testing mode
at 50 feet. The 146.925 main transmitter
finally came back online March 13.
The FCC has announced that ONLY the
November 1993 version of Form 610 will
be allowed after March 1. All 610s sent in
to the FCC or used at test sites effective
immediately MUST be on the NEW form
April 29-May 1 Dayton, OH
Hara Arena, Admission $14 (at door)
ARRL/VEC testing available
Don't miss the Dayton EARS
Eating Meeting! Official EARS simplex
freq. at Dayton: 145.150.
Several problems have been noticed on various repeaters in the local area with amateur operating practices. One in particular seems to be common place on VHF and UHF. Often times, people break into conversations when two people are trying to relay information and made contact perhaps 30 seconds before. The proper procedure is to WAIT TO CALL SOMEONE UNTIL THEY SIGN OFF WITH THE OTHER PERSON! Break-ins should ONLY occur when 1) there is an EMERGENCY; or 2) if there is important, PERTINENT information that you can provide. Simply wait until the station you want to talk to has idenified as "clear" and then call. Let's set an example on the EARS network for the entire region by following standard operating practices!
Your help would be tremendously
appreciated! For more information, consult
the EARS repeater users guide, or the
ARRL publication "How to Operate an
Amateur Radio Station".
HAMVENTION UPDATE! Many rumors
have been flying lately about bus service at
Dayton. Here is the offical word, according
to the latest edition of the W5YI Report.
Apparently, free bus service has cost the
DARA folks about $94,000 a year. So, free
bus service to the HOTELS has been
dropped. Some hotels have volunteered
their own transportation to and from Hara
Arena. Free bus service WILL continue to
run to the campgrounds and the remote
parking areas (the malls). Most hotels will
run vans, but some have not yet decided.
We have also heard that some vendors
will not attend this year's hamvention
thanks to the Ohio Dept. of Revenue.
Supposedly, all vendors at the hamvention
this year will be asked to register with the
Dept. of Revenue and...
1506 S. Parker Drive
Evansville, IN 47714
provide financial information from the last
5 years. Back taxes must be paid in order
to return to Dayton. Not only will this cost
many companies a lot of dollars, but also a
lot of paperwork!
The EARS display and coverage maps
will appear at the next Old Post ARS
meeting in Vincennes on Wednesday, April
6th. The meeting will be held at the Civil
Defense office at 5th and Hart.
NRE COMMERCIAL TESTING:
$35.00 per license (GROL or MROP)
April 23 - Vincennes University
Technology Bldg. 10 am
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