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Chapter 36 - Northwest Indiana

~ Creaky Knees and Rusty Keys ~

Weather seems to threaten our meetings every month at this time of year, but the rain that did finally join us at the Golden Corral was light and didn't deter a record crowd of 47 people from coming out and enjoying a fine meal and wonderful fellowship. We had a good number of new people (7) visit us for the first time, and I hope that all felt welcome and will return.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of QCWA longevity awards to four of our members after the dinner. Gary Cave WA6UOO, Jim Millsap W9CTO, and Allen Jones W9DZ all received 50-year Anniversary Awards and 50-year Continuously Licensed certificates. Gene Wiggins W9CWG received a 65-year Anniversary Award! Another member, Ed Moskalick W9ABN, also received a 50-year Anniversary Award which was mailed to him since he was unable to attend our meeting. Congratulations to all of you for your achievement of these milestone awards! I hope to have images of them posted on each person's Member page soon (I goofed up a didn't scan them before our meeting - oops).

Wouff Hong pin After Bruce Balsley W9OTN gave us a great show-and-tell in December on the history of the ARRL Wouff Hong (and showed his Wouff Hong ashtray), I thought that the Wouff Hong pin would make a fun door prize at a meeting. I gave the first five pins to all of tonights award winners as an added bonus to their certificates. The winners of the other twenty pins were picked in a random drawing (thanks to Jan Brown and John Schick W8OCG for helping). By the way, Troy Harrison KC9E found another nice little article concerning the Wouff Hong ash tray that was written by W1UJR (ex-KG2IC)... but this article refers to the ARRL Convention in Chicago in 1938, a decade earlier than the 1948 Milwaukee convention and Wouff Hong ashtray like the one that Bruce showed us in December. The Wouff Hong pin drawing was open to all licensed hams, both members and guests. And the 25 pin winners were:


For this months show-and-tell, Carl Hallberg W9CJH showed us a multiplexed display digital clock that he designed as a student. Here is his description (see pics below): This clock was built for a requirement of the Electronic Control Devices class at Valpo Tech for Larry Hall's class in December 1979. The main chip is a MM5314 PMOS device that has a multiplexed display output, but still needs the driver transistors for the seven segment LED displays. Multiplexing in this example allowed for (6+7) 13 wiring circuits instead of (6x7) 42. The pictures show the clock with 6 digits, then 4 digits selected with the slide switch. I added a larger selectable capacitor to the multiplex timing circuit (MULTI pushbutton) to show how each LED display is turned on, one at a time, from right to left. The HOLD slide switch allows for accurate time setting. The master clock source (battery backed up) is a TV color crystal (3.579+ MHz) in an oscillator circuit with 17 stage divider (MM5369 AAN) to provide 60Hz. The pushbutton at the bottom of the clock allows the time to be displayed when 120VAC isn't available; for example, power failure. The circuit board was made by drawing the LANDS (VIAs) with a Sharpie™ pen and then etched using ferric chloride. We used to use this as our bedroom clock, but the RFI was so bad from the multiplexing, it is now in the basement.

Purple Heart Also for show-and-tell, John Schick W8OCG showed us the Purple Heart medal and citation awarded to his son Kevin who was wounded in Afghanistan when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb. Though not fully recovered from his injuries, Kevin is doing well and we all send him our best wishes and gratitude for his service and sacrifice for our country. Here is a pic of John W8OCG receiving Kevin's Purple Heart and Citation from the Indiana Patriot Guard.

Professor Yagi Gene W9CWG spoke for a few minutes about his time in WWII when he was deployed from the Philippine island of Luzon as part of the first troops sent to occupy the main island of Honshu, Japan. His LST's (Landing Ship, Tank) landed at Sendai where the recent earthquake and tsunami have cause so much destruction. Sendai is also the home of Tohoku University where Professor Hidetsugu Yagi and his student assistant Shintaro Uda designed the now famous Yagi-Uda antenna in 1926.

Thanks to Andy W9FXT who gave me an old QCWA Journal (Spring 1995) at the meeting. This Journal was addressed to Andy's good friend John Hollis N9MRS/W9MRS. Although Chapter 36 seemed to be dormant at that time (no chapter report) it was interesting to find that John was listed as running an active 2m net for Chapter 36 in the Chapters On The Air section. Also interesting find was old friend Barney Szymanski W9CWO (SK) listed as a new QCWA member in this edition.

Thanks to all who came to this evenings dinner and made it a very special event. See you next month in Porter County!

Pics by Barb, KA6OJX. Click for larger view.

Pics by Troy, KC9E. Click for larger view.

Pics by Stan, W4SV. Click for larger view.

Attending: (in last name order)

Bruce (W9OTN) and Pam Balsley
James (KC9KTV) and Nancy (KC9NEB) Beckner
Marv Boetcher (WV9O)
Ken (KE9TC) and Jan Brown
Ron (WA9RON) and Mike (N9MIK) Broviak
Don (K9WHK) and Verneice Buchanan
Gary (WA6UOO) and Barb (KA6OJX) Cave
Andy Finick (W9FXT)
Joan Geoffrion, YL of Phil WD9BDW (SK)
John Gianotti (W9WY)
Carl Hallberg (W9CJH)
Troy (KC9E) and Claudette (KA9IXZ) Harrison
Chuck (KC9OYE) and Cheri Hill
Allen (W9DZ) and Carol Jones
George Kelly (K9WWT)
Carl Konefsky (W9TAD)
Bob (K9ET) and Dorothy (KA9PGA) Lyles
John Miller (W9ZG)
Jim Millsap (W9CTO)
Dave (W9DN) and Fran Nicolaus
Bob Pence (W9ORW)
Ed (K9TZT) and Carol Perosky
Chuck (K9OVC) and Greg (KB9ENH) Runions
Tom (W8FIB) and Cindy Ruggles
Dan Scheetz (W9DWS)
John (W8OCG) and Margie (W8MSN) Schick
Mark Skowronski (K9MQ)
Al Simpson (KC9SNS)
Stan Vandiver (W4SV)
Gene (W9CWG) and Helen Wiggins, and daughter Barb

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