1506 S. Parker Dr.
Evansville, IN 47714
"Because a frequency..
..is a terrible thing to waste"
An ARRL Special Service Club Member Indiana Repeater Council
KB9KBT May, 1995 Newsletter
REPEATER SYSTEM UPDATE:
E.A.R.S. repeaters have a new callsign!
KB9KBT, the new club callsign, was placed
on the repeater on Tuesday, April 25. The
call was issued that day, and was obtained
via the Internet at 4:00 p.m. that day. The
original license has since been received.
For those who may not be aware, you can
call the FCC at 1-800-322-1117 for callsign
information. If they can find your callsign,
you may operate with it immediately!
Receipt of the actual license will follow in
about a week. Or, if you have access to
Internet, access the FCC using ftp.fcc.gov.
Login with anonymous and use the
password provided on the screen. To get to
the amateur license information directory,
type: cd pub/XFS_AlphaTest/amateur. The
dir command will give you a list of the
available files. Then use the get command
to download the desired file.
Documentation is available by downloading
the readme.txt file. Updates are posted
daily, by day of issue. The complete list of
amateurs is available, but is rumored to take
7 hours at
145.11 - No news to report
145.150 - no news to report
146.925 - The transmitter is still having problems. We were able to find some parts at Dayton to get a new transmitter running. Hopefully this will be in place soon. A new omnidirectional antenna was also purchased at Dayton for the 146.925 transmitter.
443.925 - Since the Indy link transmitter was damaged in a storm last week, the still one-way link went down. While we are waiting on repairs, the link receiver has been moved to receive the National Weather Service office in Evansville.
145.250 - Some programming is being done
to correct some mistakes, and the new call
will be placed on the system soon. A new
amplifier for the Indy transmit site was
purchased at Dayton, and should be online
Paducah, KY May 20
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.!
Bedford, IN Oct 8
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 for EARS on 145.15 (107.2 PL) at hamfests!!
VE TESTING INFORMATION:
Test fee: $5..90 Must have 2 IDs, Form 610,
photocopies of licenses/CSCEs, and
originals to verify photocopies
Paris, IL May 7 at 1 p.m. - Paris Comm.
Hospital (217) 466-4315
Mt. Carmel, IL May 10 - Wabash Valley Jr. College (W5YI/VEC) 6 p.m. (812) 479-5741
(NRE Commerical exams by appt. only)
Vincennes, IN May 20 - Vincennes Univ.1
ARRL/VEC exams at 9 a.m. (812) 886-9765
NRE commercial exams by appointment -
Call (812) 479-5741
From the home office in Lebanon, OH:
TOP 10 Stupid Things heard at Dayton
10) Isn't there parking available at Hara Arena?
9) Well then,what's the regular price on this?
8) It just doesn't seem like Dayton without the rain flooding the flea market
7) Does this bus go to Salem Mall?
6) Is there any activity on 145.19 this weekend?
5) Sqqquuueeeeeeeeeeeeek! (The brakes on all of the shuttle buses)
4) Gee, this bus driver sure is going too fast
3) From the flea market: "Does it work?"
2) Look for me in the main arena...I'll be the one wearing the H.T.
1) Is this frequency in use?????
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
1506 S. Parker Dr.
Evansville, IN 47714
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, Incorporated 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
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
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; when in
full operation, remote recivers stretched
from Muncie to New Albany to Terre
Haute to Richmond, also 147.135 linked
repeater in Corydon; also linked to
Vincennes and Evansville
Sponsors Commercial license testing
for GROL, MROP, and other commercial
Operates annual WINTER hamfest in
Evansville; one of the largest hamfests in
Southern Indiana (Saturday of
Operates annual Hoosier Hamfest in
Indianapolis (Saturday of Labor Day
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
Provides Severe Weather watches and
warnings as they are issued on repeater
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.
Where do I get more information?
For information about the Indianapolis repeaters, contact Marty Hensley KA9PCT at 7205 Mohawk Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46260 or (317) 253-7985. For information about the Vincennes or Evansville repeaters or the newsletter, contact Neil Rapp WB9VPG at 1506 S. Parker Drive, Evansville, IN 47714 or (812) 479-5741.
* We appreciate your patience as a larger system takes longer to maintain! There is a LONG list of repairs that are scheduled to be made, especially after the Indy fire. Not
all services may be available at the present time. Please accept
our apologies for any service not currently functioning.