1506 S. Parker Dr.
Evansville, IN 47714
"Because a frequency..
..is a terrible thing to waste"
An ARRL Special Service Club KB9KBT/R Member Indiana Repeater Council
June, 1995 Newsletter
THE NEXT E.A.R.S. "EATING MEETING"
will be at Noble Roman's at Old Country Buffet,
Morgan Ave. & Green River Road in Evansville,
on Friday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. Come join us
and see all your ham friends and enjoy a meal
out together. If you have a prize to donate or a
short program to present at a future meeting,
contact Neil about scheduling. Topics of
discussion include: repeater system progress,
hamfest plans, and future meeting plans. Bring
REPEATER SYSTEM UPDATE:
145.110 - Still no report
145.150 - An audio delay board was placed on the repeater on Tuesday May 16. This eliminated the annoying feedback "chirp" that was present every time someone in Evansville unkeyed. Because audio from Vincennes is delayed 50 ms, the squelch tail drop from Evansville is heard again in Evansville 50 ms later so there is still some noise as you unkey, but at least not the feedback. As soon as the S-Com folks get off vacation, we are ordering an additional delay board to delay the 5.15 audio so that this noise too will be gone. We also have plans to help the reciever overload problem which has been hampering receive coverage since the main receive site was moved last fall. The Petersburg remote receiver should be back on line soon, as a receiver has been tuned to a new link frequency. This frequency move was due to the presence of packet adjacent to the link frequency, which was interfering with the link from Petersburg.
145.25 - One of the amplifiers purchased at Dayton was placed on 145.25 on May 20,
along with the return of audio processing. The
amplifier is not as big as the old one, but has
proven nearly as effective so far. The link to
Vincennes has been re-established. The missing part is now a receiver at Seymour to pick up Vincennes and Evansville. Most of the required materials for this receiver have been obtained and will be installed as time permits.
146.925 - Thanks to Pete, WB9DRB for tuning a new UHF receiver and VHF exceiter for the Vincennes transmit site. We hope to have the 146.925 transmitter back on by the time you receive this newsletter. Keep listening for the return of the 2m transmitter. Listen on 443.925 or 145.15 until this transmitter is back. The inputs to 146.925 still work fine.
443.925 - A storm on May 20 left the repeater
off overnight and thus drained the battery to the
Digital Voice Recorder. This has since been
recharged, and the DVR tracks have been
replaced. The link radio was moved from the
NWS back to 145.25. Plans are to make this
radio switch to NWS as desired. Stay tuned.
TARS (Evansville) Hamfest Sunday, June 4 Vand. Co. 4-H Fairgrounds - Opens 8 a.m. - Admission $4 - VE testing available - Setup begins at 7 a.m. (Thanks KF9DL for providing this information)
Milford, OH (Cinti) Saturday, June 17
8 a.m.-2p.m. Live Oaks Development
Talk in 147.345+ VE exams available
Indianapolis, IN September 2
Indy Armory (Holt Rd. & I-70)
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. T/I 145.250-
(Hoosier Hamfest) - by E.A.R.S.!
Shawnee (Harrisburg, IL) Sunday September 10 - 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission $4. VE Exams at 9 a.m., Southeastern Illinois College
Bedford, IN Oct 8 Lawrence Co. Fgdns.
Louisville, KY Oct. 14-15 KY Fair & Expo Center
Evansville, IN November 25
Vanderburgh Co. 4-H Fairgrounds
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. T/I 145.150-
Sponsored by E.A.R.S.!
Listen on 145.15 (107.2 PL) at hamfests!!
OLD RADIO DAYS will be held Saturday,
June 10 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of
the Thordarson-Meissner Co. in Mt. Carmel, IL.
A parade will be at 10 a.m., followed by opening
ceremonies at T-M Co. plant at 11:30 a.m.
Tours are from 12 - 3 p.m. A special event
station will be operated as well. (Thanks: RADIO
VE TESTING INFORMATION:
Terre Haute, IN - Sunday June 4 - 1 p.m. Red Cross Bldg, Hwy. 41 North
(also see hamfests)
ARRL JUNE VHF contest is Sat. June 10 (1
p.m.) to Sun. June 11 (10 p.m.) A group near
Alto Pass, IL sent us a letter stating that they
would like to work some people in the
Evansville area from EARS. Exchange is
callsign and grid square. Evansville is divided
between square EM-67 and EM-68. The group
will be operating N9LAG from atop Bald Knob
hill on 146.55, 146.58, 223.5, and 446.00 FM
simplex, and 50.185, 144.225, 432.11, and 1296
UPGRADE/LICENSE INFORMATION is
available from the FCC by calling 1-800-322-1117 or via Internet by ftp.fcc.gov, then cd
/pub/XFS_AlphaTest/amateur. New license
Electronic Applications Radio Service, Inc.
1506 S. Parker Dr.
Evansville, IN 47714
issues are listed by day of issue, mon.zip -
sat.zip. W5YI/VEC examinees can also call
817-548-8200 9:30 - 4:30 Cental time if you get
tired of the bust signal at the FCC.
DON'T FORGET THE E.A.R.S. WIDE AREA
NET AND NEWSLINE....Every Monday at 8:30
Central on the EARS Wide Area Repeater
THE E.A.R.S. NEWSLETTER is a monthly production of
Electronic Applications Radio Service, Inc., a non-profit,
charitable, tax-exempt organization. Neil Rapp, WB9VPG,
editor. Send donations, articles, comments or information to
E.A.R.S. at the address at the address below or call (812) 479-5741. E-mail can be sent via Internet to Neil.Rapp@evsc.com,
or via Prodigy at CAEK86A. For the braille edition, contact Tom
E.A.R.S. Information Sheet
What is E.A.R.S.?
Electronic Applications Radio Service, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization formed to "further public
knowledge of electronic fundamentals associated with
federally licensed radio services." Some of the goals of
E.A.R.S. are to: 1) provide Amateurs with wide area
repeater coverage; 2) provide oppertunities for
alternative, experimental and new technologies to be
used in repeater operation; 3) encourage cooperation
between already formed local clubs and organizations;
4) provide the area with reliable, handheld, long-distance communications in the event of an emergency;
and 5) promote fellowship and proper operating
practices among amateurs. E.A.R.S. is NOT a club, at
least as you would normally think of one. E.A.R.S. is
not in competition with ANY club or organization; it is
simply an alternative organization that supports wide
area and experimental repeater projects specifically.
"Members" of E.A.R.S. are also members of many,
many other Amateur radio clubs and organizations.
What does E.A.R.S. do for me?
While the list is long and we don't have enough room to list everything that E.A.R.S. does for hams, these are some of the more obvious services:
Monthly "Eating Meetings provide oppertunities to meet hams and fellowship, as well as learn about associated topics and events
Provides FREE autopatch service to any licensed amateur upon request in Evansville and Vincennes
Provides FREE temporary autopatch service to hams traveling through Indianapolis for a short period of time
Provides low-cost full-time autopatch services in Indianapolis ($20/year)
Provides FREE access to amateurs to all repeaters, as long as proper courtesy and operating practices are followed
Maintains the 145.15 Wide Area Repeater serving Southwestern Indiana, Southeastern Illinois, and Western Kentucky, with up to four remote receivers around Evansville and vicinity, also linked to Vincennes and Indianapolis
Provides HAND HELD coverage across Evansville on 145.11 and 145.15
Maintains wide area 145.11 repeater serving Southwestern Indiana, Southeastern Illinois, and Western Kentucky, but not linked to Network for longer usage in the Evansville area
Maintains wide area 146.925 repeater, which transmits from north of Vincennes. Two remote receivers are available: one at Vincennes, the other at Farmersburg; also linked to Indianapolis and Evansville
Maintains wide area 443.925 repeater, at 400 feet in Vincennes; also linked to Indianapolis, Evansville, and 146.925
Maintains legendary 145.250 Wide Area repeater in Indianapolis; also 147.135 linked repeater in Corydon; also linked to Vincennes and Evansville
Sponsors Commercial license testing for GROL, MROP, and other commercial FCC licenses
Operates annual winter hamfest in Evansville; one of the largest hamfests in Southern Indiana (Saturday after Thanksgiving)
Operates annual Hoosier Hamfest in Indianapolis (Saturday of Labor Day Weekend)
Sends FREE reminders to amateurs whose licenses are due to expire, with FREE instructions as to how to renew
Provides monthly newsletter, which includes news about the repeaters, VE testing, hamfests, Amateur radio in general, and other related information
Operates weekly Wide Area Net Mondays evenings at 8:30 p.m. Central time on the Repeater Network to test coverage area (not a traffic net), offer announcements and swap shop items
Retransmits weekly amateur bulletins from Newsline each week during Wide Area net with 10-15 minutes of national and international Amateur news
Provides newsletter in printed, ASCII, on-line, or braille forms upon request
Provides information to new hams about repeater courtesy and operating practices
Provides Severe Weather watches and warnings as they are issued on repeater network
Full-service, repeater integrated real-time voice
mailbox service on 443.925 and 146.925 repeaters
How can I help E.A.R.S.?
There are many ways you can help E.A.R.S.
continue serving the VHF/UHF amateur community.
Perhaps the most important help would be simply to
make good use of the services provided. Monitor the
repeaters. Help hams passing through town if possible.
Use good repeater courtesy. Another way is to
volunteer your talents. Perhaps you can help maintain
some equipment, repair equipment, monitor the
repeaters as a control operator, help put up antennas,
sell tickets at the hamfest, or help with mailings.
Whatever help you can offer will be appreciated. Of
course, repeaters are expensive to purchase and
maintain, as we must pay for electricity, phone lines,
and maintenence of some sites. Your financial
contributions are greatly appreciated. E.A.R.S. is
recognized both by Indiana and the IRS as a not-for-profit, charitable corporation. We do not have
"membership dues" since we are not a club. We do not
recommend any amount for a donation, as some are
able to give more than others. But, in order to pay for
specific services, we do ask for a $10/year minimum
contribution if you wish to receive the newsletter. For
Indianapolis autopatch access, we ask for a minimum of
$20/year. Otherwise, your donation is entirely up to you.
If you need additional information, call (812) 479-5741
or (317) 253-7985.