1506 S. Parker Dr.
Evansville, IN 47714
"Because a frequency..
..is a terrible thing to waste"
April, 1996 Newsletter
THE NEXT E.A.R.S. EATING MEETING will be
held on Friday, April 12, at 6:30 PM Central at Old
Country Buffet, Morgan Ave. and Green River Road
in Evansville, IN. Don't miss this meeting! Those
people who attended the Christmas party can pick up
their free world maps, courtesy of Kenwood. Also,
we will GIVE AWAY a "Power System" unit donated
by Barry Tate KE4OXZ. It is our hope to increase
meeting attendance by offering some incentives to be
there! Tickets are FREE...but you must be present to
win!!!. Come see this versatile device! It is a small
power supply, complete with built-in work lamp,
battery charger, and multiple voltage supply. It will
power just about anything!! At the last meeting, Gail
KA0ZMF won an EARS Wide Area Repeater Network
original sweatshirt, donated by Debbie Roush, XYL of
THE 146.925 TRANSMITTER IS BACK ON THE AIR!!! On Saturday, March 16, David Lynch from Lyntronics climbed the tower at Paxton and placed the new 4-dipole array in place about 25 feet above where the 4-element beam used to reside. The project went very well. Thanks to Mel N9IZG, Eric N9KDB, and Mike M9JMT for their assistance on the project that day. Also a big thanks to Steve NO9N and Willie K9IHU for making those brackets for the antenna that made the project so much easier and sturdier! The antenna is on the southeast leg of the tower at about 250 feet. We had planned on going up to about 325 feet, but other antennas had already been placed in the spot we previously ran feed line to. Regardless, the signal has been excellent in all directions, even through the tower to the northeast. We now have a hand-held signal in the Terre Haute region. Mobile coverage on I-70 goes to about Putnamville. Folks to the south of Paxton may notice a slight drop in signal since we have less gain pointed south now that we have an omnidirectional pattern.
THANKS TO ALL THOSE who have donated to
EARS since the last newsletter! I inadvertantly
missed Willie Sage K9IHU of Vincennes last time.
WIllie has been a tremendous help to EARS both on
and off the air. Thanks again, Willie! Others who
have donated recently include: Alan Cox N9TCV and
Matt Boggs KB9MXL.Thanks to contributions to
EARS, more repairs and upgrades are under way on
REPEATER STATUS... It sure is nice to sit here
and type this newsletter and know that the Evansville
and Vincennes repeaters are working very well. It's
been a long time! Winter just did not cooperate with
us this year. The autopatch on 5.15 was off for a
couple of days in early March due to phone line
problems. A trip to the site revealed that a mole had
eaten through a splice in the phone line! So a few
pieces of duct tape later, it was back in business. No
new news yet on 145.11 and 146.895.
VISIT THE E.A.R.S. WORLD WIDE WEB PAGE! Get E.A.R.S. history, information, and the latest repeater info by visiting us at http://members.aol.com/earsham/earsham.html on the internet! You can write to us on the Internet as well ! Our Internet e-mail address:
MAKE PLANS NOW FOR THE DAYTON EATING MEETING... Saturday, May 18, 6 p.m. Dayton time, at Skyline Chili, I-75 and Sharon Rd., in Sharonville, OH (North side of Cincinnati).
Dayton, OH Hamvention May 17-18-19, 1996
Evansville, IN November 30, 1996
VE TESTING INFORMATION:
Paris, IL - Sundays at 1pm Central at the
Community Hospital on May 5,
July 14, Sept. 8, and Nov. 3. Call John Welch
at (217) 466-4315 for more information.
Danville, IL - Sundays at 1pm Central at the
VCARA Club House on Apr. 14,
Jun. 9, Aug. 25, Oct. 6, and Dec. 8. Call
John Welch for more information. For
directions, call Wm. Wright at (217) 442-3916
TEST SESSIONS, continued...
Terre Haute, IN - Sundays at 1pm EST at the
Terre Haute Red Cross on Hwy 41 North on
Apr. 14, June 2, Aug. 4, Oct. 6, and Dec. 1.
Call Fred K9EBK at (812) 466-2122
CONGRADULATIONS to all those who passed
tests or upgraded at the recent test session
sponsored by the Harrison H.S. ARC. Beth Staker,
KB9MXM, Matt Boggs KB9MXL, and Sylvester
Johnson KB9MXK all received their new callsigns on
Thursday, March 7, LESS THAN 48 HOURS after the
test session. (The FCC is finally getting quick these
days!) Also congrats to Nick N9WYG, Tim KB9FRR,
Bruce Mabis, Tammy Couch, and Matt Shepherd
who passed various tests that evening.
R&L ELECTRONICS is closing its INDIANAPOLIS
store only. The original HAMilton!, OH store will
remain open. You can reach them at 800-221-7735.
KENWOOD has announced the release of
BACKLIT microphones and a new version of the TM-733A dual bander, now with an EXTERNAL duplexer.
See your favorite Kenwood dealer for details.
TRI-STATE ARS (TARS) now has a site on the
World Wide Web. Their address is:
VANITY CALLSIGNS, continued.. Further delays
in the vanity callsign program are being caused by
further petitions to the FCC by amateurs to make
changes in the program. By law, each petition must
be reviewed before the program is implimented. The
form 610-V is now available, but they will not be
accepted until all petitions have been reviewed.
Forms are available from your FCC field office or
ARRL for an SASE, or electronically by fax at (202)
418-0177, ask for Form 006108. Forms are
available on Internet on the WWW at
http://www.fcc.gov/Forms/Form610V, or by FTP at
Newsline and WVARA Bandspread)
Electronic Applications Radio Service, Inc.
1506 S. Parker Dr.
Evansville, IN 47714-3154
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