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Chapter 36 - Northwest Indiana

~ Creaky Knees and Rusty Keys ~

We had a great meeting at Gelsosomo's Pizza in Chesterton this month! There were 20 people who turned out, a little less than we have been having recently. But that's okay... 20 is still a very good showing! I think everyone had a good time and there were some interesting items in our show-and-tell.

Joe, WA9MSD, is a time freak! The item he showed us is an off-the-shelf GPS receiver system that captures time signals from the satellites and maintains an accuracy within nanoseconds. An output is available on the unit so it can be used as an accurate time source also.

Ron, WA9RON, and his son Mike, N9MIK, had just completed a bar project in their basement the day of our meeting. They did an excellent job, and it made me thirsty just looking at the pics! There are a few of the pics below that I got from Mike's Facebook page.

Carl, W9CJH, also brought in two time-related entries: a small digital clock that he built to replace a broken automobile clock, and also a home built desktop clock (with alarm). These were both good examples of Carl's excellent engineering skills.

Stan, W4SV, gave out CD's to everyone with the very latest version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system and gave a short introduction on the benefits of using Linux versus Windows. For one thing: Linux is free! Stan is very passionate about Linux and would be glad to help anyone who would like to get started using this powerful OS. So if you want to know more about running Linux on the CD, or installing to a thumb drive or to your computer's hard drive, send him an email or give him a call. Stan's contact info is here.

Pics by Jim, KF9EX (click for larger view):

Pics by Mike, N9MIK (click for larger view):

Pic by Stan, W4SV (click for larger view):

Attending: (in last name order)

Marv Boetcher (WV9O)
Ken (KE9TC) and Jan Brown
Mike Broviak (N9MIK)
Ron Broviak (WA9RON)
Gary (WA6UOO) and Barb (KA6OJX) Cave
Joe Grossbauer (WA9MSD)
Carl Hallberg (W9CJH)
Jim Harney (KF9EX)
Mal Lunsford (W9MAL)
Dave Nicolaus (W9DN)
Paul (AE9P) and Bambi Patterson
Bob Pence (W9ORW)
Dave Reberg (KA9WNQ)
Stan Vandiver (W4SV)
Gene (W9CWG) and Helen Wiggins, and daughter Barb

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