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July 2014 SPARKS


The complimentary July 2014 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.

The July 10th TARS meeting program will be dipole antenna building.
If you would like to build a dipole antenna bring your supplies or just a diagram of your favorite home built antenna.
See you at 7:00 pm or join us for eat'n before the meet'n at 5:30.

Eat'n Before the Meet'n

July Eating Before the Meeting will be at CiCi's Pizza before the regular TARS club meeting July 10th. Drop by for food, socializing, "story tell'n" and whatever else comes to mind. Join the group at 5:30, check in on 146.79 if you need directions or just bored on your drive in. Everyone is welcome to join us.

CiCi's Pizza is located at 101 North Green River Road, just North of the Lloyd Expressway next to Burlington Coat Factory.

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Field Day 2014


TARS radio operators in 24-hour national off-grid field exercise at USI June 28th-29th. fd 2014 logo

Amateur Radio Operators of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society are participating in a 24-hour, off-the-grid national field exercise to set up and operate emergency communication systems using using digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications, radio and even Web hybrid systems along with historic Morse code showing ham radio is at the forefront of technology. Ham radio developed the original texting technologies so popular today.

Get On the Air (GOTA) operations are set up for the public. If you have any interest we will have someone available to help you Get On The Air and join in the fun.

TARS FD Location Map

During fires, earthquakes, tornados and other crises, Amateur Radio is often the only way by which people communicate. Amateur Radio operators are often the first to provide critical early information and observations to responders in crisis situations when cell phone towers are out and power lines down cut Internet access. This exercise provides a chance for the public to meet and talk with the hams and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about.


June 2014 SPARKS


The complimentary June 2014 issue of SPARKS, newsletter of the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, is now available.

Eat'n Before the Meet'n JUNE 12th
We will meet for food, fellowship socializing, "story tell'n" and whatever else comes to mind before the regular June 12th TARS meeting at Mo's Southwest Grill 6401 E Lloyd Expressway, in the plaza directly in front of Target.  Moe's offers a variety of build your own Southwest/Mexican foods at reasonable prices.
As usual we will be monitoring the 146.79 repeater if you need directions or just want to chat on the way. Meet the group at 5:30 (you can get there sooner if you want) or whenever you can make it. Check in on 146.79 if you need directions or just want to chat on your drive in. Everyone is welcome.


Also in this issue

2m simplex contest June 14th.

Field Day June 28-29.

CCC special event station in August.

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Evansville Day School ARISS Contact

Status of the Evansville Day School ARISS Contact

EDS, Evansville Day School, has announced our contact with the ISS, so it is now public knowledge.  The School has communicated to NASA that we would like any Monday in September (except the first which is Labor's Day) and we are waiting on their response, which may come in late July or August.  NASA warned us of choosing Mondays, but if we are to use the new planetarium (the  Koch Immersive Theater) we are limited to Mondays when it is not in public use.  Actually this is too far out to be establishing a date, but we have asked, and we'll see what happens.

Actually our TARS ARISS Team has been very active preparing for the contact.  This may seem like a simple QSO, but it is a much larger project than that.  We have held several meetings and many emails/discussions with our team and with the School.  To us it is not a simple task.  Our Team Managers have been busy planning and preparing for the Contact.  Dave, WB9YIG, has spent many hours acquiring and testing, equipment for the Contact.  Equipment that must be placed in service in a public auditorium which normally doesn't have ham radio equipment.  He is tasked with establishing a complete 2-meter station and a complete backup station because we have only a ten-minute window for the students and we don't want to miss that opportunity.  Dave also acquired 2 meter satellite antennas, 150 ft of coax and rotator control wire, az-el rotators, writing to connect this into the plaitarium sound system.

The Press Release from the School was published today (Sunday, May 25) in the Courier and Press.  Look at the bottom of page 1 Section B.  Thanks to you all for keeping this contact under wraps, so now we can discuss EDS openly.  Remember that this is the School's project and we are simply providing the Ham Radio portion of the Contact.  NASA makes this available to provide students with a touch of space, to inspire them in science and aerospace fields of study and occupations; what teachers call STEM:

Just last week, Brian and Rick made a presentation to two of the School's physics classes about physics and ham radio.  It was well received and very exciting for the students.  Brian will also teach high school students in preparation for a Technician license class this summer July 7-11

TARS ARISS Team Leaders

Mark Thienes  KC9TYA
David Vogel   WA9C


TARS 2m simplex contest


Contest details and LOG Sheet forms are below.

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For the latest announcements and information join us on the air for the Tri-State Emergency Net, Wednesday night at 8:00 pm on the TARS 146.79 repeater, pl 88.5.

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