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The Official 
Newsletter of the 
Mid-State Amateur 
Radio Club 


Mid-State Amateur 
Radio Club 

P.O. Box 836 
Franklin, IN 46131 

It has been a busy 
two years as MARC 
president. Thanks to 
the efforts of two great 
officer groups we have 
accomplished a great 
deal. Passing the gavel 
on to Steve Carmean- 
K9DY caused me to 
reflect on two years of 
club accomplishments. 

In the fall of 2007 
we moved the repeater to high ground with 
new antennas, coax, voice controller and 
backup power. Once again we had handheld 
coverage across Johnson County. 
Unfortunately, our hopes of getting the 
Franklin Link up is still in the testing and 
planning process. We expect Repeater 
Trustee Jay Chrisman AAYYP to have 
everything linked by the end of the year. 

We did witness instant success from our 
repeater move. Outlying stations began 
checking in to the Sunday night net. Club 
membership grew at 10 percent each year 
and we put our MARC repeater back on the 

Getting 501c3 status with the IRS led to 
equipment donations which were used to 
purchase the initial repeater upgrades. A 
grant from the Johnson County Foundation 
led to further upgrades. As we receive radio 
equipment donations we have followed the 
local hamfest circuit to sell the equipment for 
funding future club projects. 

In the last 24-months we have taught 
and licensed nearly 50 new hams. Last year, 
under the guidance of Linda Harshbarger 
KC9GCH, we sponsored three Tech 

with our first ever General Class course. We 
even helped local Boy Scouts earn 
Communication merit badges. Back in the 
club meeting room Brian Murrey KB9BVN 
had many members fire up soldering irons to 
build multi-meter kits. This gave our newer 
hams a better understanding of how 
components are put together. 

Emergency training was high on our list 
of things-to-do. Another five club members 
were trained in CERT classes. Using a 
FEMA grant we added three new radios, 
antennas and digital interfaces to the EOC 
radio room. Adding an 80-meter dipole 
antenna to the mix will complete our 
communications abilities in case of a disaster. 

Being Club Prez for two years put me in 
an ideal position to enjoy the 25th 
Anniversary of the Mid-State ARC. As the 
club’s third president, way back in the 
1980’s, I had an opportunity to invite past 
club presidents and members to our 
February Celebration Breakfast. It was a 
trip down memory lane that gave newer 
members a chance to meet and greet many of 
the hams who actively participated in past 
Field Day and other public service projects. 
We followed up with a day long Special 
Event station in May. Nearly 700 contacts 
were recorded from around the world. We’Il 
be sending out W9M Special Event QSL 
cards for the next few years. 

I can’t emphasize how much I 
appreciate the support of our officers and all 
the club members who have volunteered for 
the many activities, special events and 
projects. I leave the gavel in Steve’s hand 
knowing he will continue to lead the club 
toward greater growth. 73, Jack W8ISH ™ 

License Classes. This year we followed up fn iene Bee ae | 26 Issue 10 


Steve Carmean, 

Vice President: 
Dave Daily, 

Robert Jones, 

Jacki Frederick, 

Repeater Trustee: 
Jay Chrisman, 

Spark Gap Editors: 
Bob LaGrange, 


Update on Recent Events 

Hilltopper Event 

The Indianapolis Radio Club’s 2009 
Hilltoppers 3rd annual Hilltop on the air 
(OTA) event was held September 19, 2009. 
Bands used were 2, 6, or 40 meters, SSB or 
FM modes. The objective was to work all 
other registered Hilltop stations on as many 
bands and modes as possible. Several 
MARC members participated in the activity. 
Jay (AA9YP) was on the air from Donald’s 
Knoll near Franklin, Chris (KG6ZIJ) oper- 
ated from Independence Hill in Greenwood. 
Jack (W8ISH) and Steve (KODY) ventured 
the farthest and tried their luck from Brown 
county’s Bean Blossom overlook. 

The event runs from 0800 until 1200, so 
avery early morning start was required to 
have everything ready to go. Jack and Steve 
arrived at the overlook at 0730, in the pre- 
dawn light to begin antenna assembly and 
mast mounting of the 2 meter yagi and 6 
meter stressed moxon, and hanging a 40 
meter half-dipole. Batteries and coax were 
soon connected to the three radios. One for 
AO meters, another with transverter for 6 
meter SSB, and the third for 6 meter FM, 
and 2 meter SSB/FM. 

All eight other hilltops were contacted 
on multiple modes from Bean Blossom 
overlook. This was a very good location to 
work the other stations in Brown, Hendricks, 
Johnson, Morgan, and Shelby counties. All 
stations were strong on 2 and 6 meters, but 
AO meters was very difficult for nearby 

Results were announced at the October 
9th IRC meeting. Jay received a nice plaque 
for winning the Single Operator category, 
while Jack and Steve placed second in the 
multi-op, losing a tie-breaker for first place 
by only 4 total contacts. MARC members 
made a good showing against some very stiff 

-Steve, K9IDY - 

Greenwood Band Contest 

The Greenwood Marching 
Invitational went very well this year with 14 
bands partisipating. Due to the rain a day 
before the contest, plans were made to use 
parking facilities for fans at the Greenwood 
Middle School and in frount of the High 
School. It was very busy at times and 
even had a couple of calls for an ambulance. 
The weather started out fine and all was 

going well until......... the rains came. 
However we all stayed with it and kept things 

I would like to thank the following hams 
that gave up their afternoon and evening on 
Saturday September 26 at Greenwood High 
School: K9DY - Steve, KC9QCD- Rich- 
ard, KC9EBL - Brenda, Wd9DVA - Ed, 
Kc9owd - Myron, AASGY - Paul, 
KC9INJM - Bob, KC9ODS - James and 
KA9IOOH - Dave. 

73, Bob N9SIU 

Jay Chrisman, AA9YP, photo by Jack 
Parker, WISH 

| Spork Gop Gap 

Class Update 

The Technician level amateur radio class 
was cancelled as not enough potential hams 
signed up for the class If you know of 
anyone wishing to take a class, please have 
them contact me at 317-887-2558 or at We will be 
attempting another class beginning in 
February or March 2010. 

Class size is limited to 14 students so 
registration will close when all 14 spaces are 
filled. The class will not be held if there is a 
lack of students. Please check around and 
let anyone know who is interested. Let's do 
what we can to get the spring 2010 class 

October Meeting 

New officers will chair the October 
meeting. Please try and make the meeting in 
order to meet and greet those holding office 
for the first time. They need the support of 
the membership. Also if you haven't gotten 
your picture taken for the ID badge please 
stay after the meeting to get that done. 
Applications for club membership and 
ARES/RACES applications will also be 
available. As areminder, if you area 
member and also a member of the ARRL you 
can renew your ARRL membership via our 
club. When you do so, the club receives 
$2.00 of the membership fee in order to help 
support the club. Also remember that 
MARC is considered a Special Services 
Club of the ARRL and receive discounts and 
other perks. We need for a percentage of 
MARC members to also be ARRL members 
in order to maintain that status. If you are not 
an ARRL member, please pick up an ARRL 
membership form at the meeting and consider 
joining today. 


Hamfest/Event Info 

The 37th Annual Ft. Wayne Hamfest 
& Computer Expo, sponsored by the Allen 
County Amateur Radio Technical Society 
(ACARTS) will be held on Saturday, 
November 14 and Sunday, November 15, 
2009 at the Allen County War Memorial 
coliseum Exposition Center. For directions 
go to Times 
are 9 AM to 4 PM EST on Saturday and 9 
AM to3 PMEST on Sunday. Admission is 
$6.00 on Saturday (good for both days) and 
$4.00 on Sunday. Coliseum parking is $4.00 
per vehicle. Lat. N41 06.878/Lon. W 85 

The 17th Annual Evansville Hamfest, 
sponsored by EARS and The Ham Station, 
will be held on Saturday, November 28, 
2009 at the Vanderburgh County 4-H Center 
Auditorium, Evansville, Indiana. Times are 
from 8 AM to 1 PM Central Time. Talk-in is 
on the EARS Wide Area Repeater Network 
145.150- Evansville, 146.925- & 443.925+ 
Vincennes (all use 107.2 tone). For more 
information go to 

VEC Testing 

Our Volunteer Examiner Coordinator 
(VEC) team is ARRL accredited, and 
capable of administering any amateur radio 
test. As a public service, the Mid-State 
Amateur Radio Club sponsors test sessions 
after all but one of its monthly meetings. 
(September testing is done prior to the 
picnic.) Meetings begin at 8:00 AM with 
testing following the meeting (begins about 
9:30 AM until 11:00 AM). We would love to 
have you join us for the meeting. Please 
check out our website at for directions. = 


146.235 MHz 
151.4 Hz PL 

Weekly Net 
Every Sunday 

at 7PM ET 

Tune in to hear 
the ARRL 

The Mid-State 
Amateur Radio Club 
sponsers a weekly 
traffic and social net 
on our repeater. The 
net begins at 7:00 
p.m. local time, and 
features local news, 
announcements, and 
NTS traffic, as well as 
rebroadcasts of 
Amateur Radio 
Newsline. This is a 
great chance to 
meet other local 
amateur radio 
operators and test 
your operating 

K9DY and W8ISH at 
Columbus. Photo by 
Mrs. K9DY. 

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2009 Schedule of Events 

4 48th Annual Hoosier Hills Hamfest; Lawrence Co. 4H Fairgrounds, Bedford, IN 
Talk-in 146.730 (-) (107.2 PL); for more information go to website 
10 Lake County Amateur Radio Club Hamfest; Lake County Fairgrounds, 
Crown Point, IN 
Talk-in 147.00 (PL 131.8) or 146.52 Simplex 
10 IRCC Meeting Starke County Library 2-4 PM 
Contact Jack Parker, W8ISH, for more information. 
17 MARC Meeting - 8:00 AM, Franklin, IN 
Located at the Johnson County Emergency Management Agency, 1111 Hospital Road, 
Franklin, IN. VEC Testing after the meeting (approx. 9:30 am to 11:00 am) 
17 Indianapolis Marathon 
Contact Mike Palmer, N9FEB to volunteer or for more details. 
31 Halloween (Goblin Patrol) 
Dave Daily, KBOLOT, will have additional information closer to the event date 

14-15 Indiana State Convention (Fort Wayne Hamfest & Computer Expo) 
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 
Talk-in 146.88 (-); for more information e-mail to 
21 MARC Meeting - 8:00 AM, Franklin, IN 
Located at the Johnson County Emergency Management Agency, 1111 Hospital Road, 
Franklin, IN. VEC Testing after the meeting (approx. 9:30 am to 11:00 am) 
28 Evansville Hamfest 
Vanderburgh County 4-H Fairgrounds Auditorium, Evansiville, IN 
Talk-in 145.150 (-) Evansville; 146.925 (-) and 443.925 (+) Vincennes (All use 107.2 PL) 
For more information contact Neil Rapp, 2744 Pinehurst Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403 


19 MARC Meeting - 8:00 AM, Franklin, IN 
Located at the Johnson County Emergency Management Agency, 1111 Hospital Road, 
Franklin, IN. VEC Testing after the meeting (approx. 9:30 am to 11:00 am) 

Mid-State Amateur Radio Club 

Mid-State Amateur The Mid-State Amateur Radio Club meets the THIRD SATURDAY of each month 
Radio Club 

P.O. Box 836 in the basement of the Johnson County Emergency Management Agency, 1111 
Franklin, IN 46131 Hospital Road, Franklin, Indiana 46131. 

See our website,, for maps on how to get to our 

Spark Gap meeting. 

Mid State Amateur Radio Club 
MA R C P. O. Box 836 
Johnson County, IN 46131 

October 2009 Newsletter — Photo Pages 

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