February 9th 2017 Test session

During our general class we help a practice test like no other.   It was an actual VE session for the students to get a feel for the real test coming in 4 week. We had 3 amateurs upgrade to General (Jeff KD9FTA, Jay K9NDY and Todd KC9NEG)  during this practice test and we also had a guest visitor Grzegorz from Poland stop in to visit.  Grzegorz took his US Tech…

Troop 97 Digital Station at Ransberg

The long trek was made to Ransberg scout camp to expose the scouts to the digital HF world. I arrived about noon and the setup of the antennas began. This went relatively easily and after about 30 minutes, the coax hook up to the radio was ready. There were several scouts, Steve-W9THR and Barry-KC9MWZ helping in the installation of the antenna. At this point, this is where the gremlins crept…

IEN VE Team statistics for 2016

We have concluded our testing for the year and I wanted to share some of our stats with our members. We had 4 exams. We had 14 VEs help with exams. We tested 25 individuals and passed 19 individuals. New technicians 16 New generals 4 New Extras 1 I would like to personally thank each of the VEs that helped administer the tests: Brian KB9BVN Steve W9THR Gary KA9ZYL Erik…

IEN VE Teams test session to be hosted at Aviation Institute of Maintenance

The Laurel VE Teams will now be setup for testing on the Third Thursday of each month starting in January of 2017. Jason N9IMU help gain permission to use the facility for Classes and Amateur Radio testing. The classrooms are located at 7251 West McCarty Street in Indianapolis. The plan right now is to share the testing dates with the IEN VE group and the WD9BSA VE group.   Other groups…

KC5DOT’s 10 meter dipole adventure

On 6/28/2016 a group of elmer’s from the group pack up there gear and headed out to Andrew’s (KC5DOT) in attempt to make a 10 meter wire dipole. Gary (KA9ZYL) was the first to arrive. Andrew and Gary started right to work the measured off the wire and soldered the pieces in and ran the wires out. The only thing was they were having struggle tuning the antenna. That’s when…

WIRES-X Node for Fusion (C4FM) radios

Wires-x operates in a similar fashion to EchoLink or IRPL. You can connect to different rooms and chat around the world. One main difference is you must use a HRI-200 interface and with wires-x and a fusion radio you can access voice memos, text messages and photos. It does require a computer and internet for connecting. The antenna I chose is a arrow style JPole and only about 15 feet…

IEN Giveaway

IEN had a give-away on the facebook page. The results are here: Jim Curly — winner of the jpole Winners of the tester: Charles Phillips Donny Davis William Bill Ward Nicholas Shotwell Chuck Davis These items can be picked up at the Indiana elmer network table at the Indianapolis hamfest in July. If you can’t make the hamfest…… contact w9thr or ac9hp…. and the items can be shipped…… But the…

Chuck KD9DHT Gets his antenna raised

Sunday Cal AB9D and Pat N0XFU reached out to Chuck and they were able to get his long leg of his Carolina Windom OCF dipole up about 60ft into his neighbors tree.   Chuck greeted his neighbor and ask for permission and his neighbor did not mind as long as no RFI would happen with his cable TV. Chuck has reported a lower noise floor for 20 meter and said the…