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Chapter 36 - Northwest Indiana

~ Creaky Knees and Rusty Keys ~

Dinner at the Golden Corral always brings out a good crowd... well, at least when the weather is nice. And the weather could not have been much better! We had an excellent crowd (31 people) and an excellent meal, with many very cool show-and-tell items too. It was a great honor to present Tom, W8FIB, with his 50-year Anniversary Award at tonight's meeting. Congratulations Tom! You can see Tom's award here.

Carl, W9CJH, brought a home-built function generator, and an oscilloscope to demonstrate the nice waveforms generated by his cool project. Carl actually etched the circuit board inside with a Dremel tool! He also provided the project diagrams which were all nicely done, and he described his upcoming project to make a frequency multiplier addition so that lower frequencies (like 60 Hz) can be better generated and measured.

John, W9ZG, brought a copy of Reminisce magazine that featured an article on Ted's Drive-In movie theater by Fay Keenan Price. Ted's Drive-In was one of the first and largest in Gary, IN. Ms. Price worked there as a carhop in 1951, as well as her two sisters. Maybe some of you remember this place too? Those sure were some nice outfits back then... beautiful legs! WOW!

Bruce, W9OTN, never disappoints us! Tonight he brought a home-built balun. The case was opened so you could see the large transformer inside and nice clean workmanship. Of course, I'm sure all of you know that a balun is an impedance matching device to make a balanced antenna (ie, dipole or driven element) work with a unbalanced transmission line, such as coax cable.

Tom, W8FIB, brought a beautiful McElroy key, circa 1938, and also a well crafted shipping box with product information embossed on the end of the box. The paddle-style key had a finish that looked like it was made of polished marble. Ted 'Mac' McElroy was a champion telegrapher and renowned maker of telegraph keys. He held the 1939 record for fastest copy, in excess of 75 wpm. His keys are very collectible now. Tom got his on eBay, but he was too shy to tell me how much he paid for it. (His wife Cindy was there with us, so maybe that was a factor!) The Internet is a great resource for anything though, and you can find some details about Mac and his keys here and here.

Stan, W4SV, followed up from last month's report of using our Chapter 36 club call sign, W9EGQ (Herb Brier's call) for a packet QSO with the International Space Station... and this month he brought the QSL card that was received to acknowledge that contact. The space station always send very nice QSL cards. Also, Stan passed around a photo of the new mobile antenna mount that he bought. Apparently, there was some confusion and some folks thought the large electric utility pole was somehow attached to the truck. That is not the case, but it now seems like a good idea!

Pics by Jeff KC9TEW (click for larger view)

Pics by Stan W4SV (click for larger view)

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Attending: (in last name order)

Bruce (W9OTN) and Pam Balsley
Marv Boetcher (WV9O)
Kenny (KE9TC) and Jan Brown
Don (K9WHK) and Verneice Buchanan
Gary (WA6UOO) and Barb (KA6OJX) Cave
John Gianotti (W9WY)
Carl Hallberg (W9CJH)
Jim Harney (KF9EX)
Troy Harrison(KC9E)
Jeff Kohn (KC9TEW)
Levi (WB9CAO) and Sue (N9EOX) Mayes
John Miller (W9ZG)
Dave (W9DN) and Fran Nicolaus
Tom (W8FIB) and Cindy Ruggles
Danny (W9DWS) and Heather Scheetz
John (W8OCG) and Margie (W8MSN) Schick
Mark Skowronski (K9MQ)
Tom Troike (W9QN)
Stan Vandiver (W4SV)
Gene (W9CWG) and Helen Wiggins, and daughter Barb

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