E.A.R.S.

1506 S. Parker Dr.

Evansville, IN 47714

(812) 479-5741

"Because a frequency.. ..is a terrible thing to waste"

An ARRL Special Service Club Member Indiana Repeater Council

March, 1995 Newsletter


THE NEXT E.A.R.S. "EATING MEETING" will be at Noble Roman's, Washington and Boeke in Evansville, on Friday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. Norm Carroll, director of the Evansville office of the National Weather Service, will present a program on severe weather. This is the time of year when we need to be reminded of severe weather procedures and necessary precautions when weather spotting. Don't miss this important presentation! 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.

THE E.A.R.S. WIDE AREA NET AND NEWSLINE has moved! As an effort to get more check-ins across the entire coverage area, especially those in the Eastern time zone, the net has been moved up one half hour to 8:30 Central time (9:30 Eastern during the time change). Short-time check ins are taken first, followed by regular check-ins. After check-in time, the 10 minute Amateur radio bulletin package "Newsline" (via satellite) is aired. Then those that want to stay around can add their comments to the group about a story on Newsline, or anything else! Be sure to check in Monday evenings at 8:30 p.m. Central time on the E.A.R.S. Wide Area Repeater Network!

UPCOMING HAMFESTS:

Cincinnati, OH February 25-26

Cinti Gardens 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Martinsville, IN March 12

Indiana St. Fair (Indy) 8:00 a.m.



Dayton, OH April 28-29-30

Hara Arena & Expo Center

(Dayton Hamvention)

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.!

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 members on 145.15 or 145.25 simplex at hamfests!!

BUY KENWOOD, SUPPORT E.A.R.S.! Kenwood is giving "club points" when members take advantage of the Winter Ca$hback program. If you buy a Kenwood between now and March 20, fill out the green rebate form and YOU get cash back! Then, give Neil your model and serial number, and E.A.R.S. gets club points good for free equipment! Qualifying purchases are: any new TS-950SDX, TS-850S or AT, TS-450S or AT, TS-50S, TS-60S, TM255A/455A, TM-742A, TM-733A, TM-241A, TM-251A, TH-22AT, or TH-28A.

REPEATER UPDATES:

145.11 - The antenna problem is apparently worse than originally thought. Apparently the system has off from time to time. We are looking into the problem, but this may take a while until the weather cooperates with an antenna project.

145.15 - We have discovered that the receive coverage has dropped at the new Evansville site due to receiver overload. We are looking for a more stable, narrower banded exciter at the transmit site that should remedy the problem. Some temporary improvements were made, but coverage is still not what it should be.

146.925 - The exciter at Paxton has been going off the air occasionally. The recievers are working wonderfully, and the 443.925 transmitter is fully reliable. Again, we are looking for a more stable exciter for this location as well. An omnidirectional antenna is also planned to replace the current beam as soon as the weather cooperates. Thanks to Eric N9KDB and Mel N9IZG for taking on the battery project for the DVR again. They have been working on an automatic charging system for the backup battery.

145.25 - The preselector, which splits the antenna feed to the link receivers, has finally arrived from repair and installed. Work now shifts to the Seymour site where the 443.925 (EARS/Vincennes) and 442.750 (WA9FGT/ Petersburg) repeaters will link in. Keep watching for more details on the link to Indy.

VE TESTING INFORMATION:

Paris, IL March 5 at 1 p.m. - Paris Comm. Hospital (217) 466-4315

Mt. Carmel, IL April ?? - Wabash Valley Jr. College (W5YI/VEC) (812) 479-5741

(NRE Commerical exams by appt. only)

Terre Haute, IN April 2 at 1 p.m. - Red Cross







E.A.R.S.

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 [email protected] evsc.com, or via Prodigy at CAEK86A. For the braille edition, contact Tom KE9ZV.