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Chapter 36 - Northwest Indiana

~ Creaky Knees and Rusty Keys ~

In a very strange turn of events, our March meeting took place after the foul winter weather passed. Maybe I'm losing my touch?!?! But we had a great turnout of 27 people at the Golden Corral, and the food was delicious, as always.

We didn't have any show-and-tell items, but we did have a nice awards presentation to all of those who are eligible so far this year. Jim KF9EX got his 55-Year Award, John W9ZG got his 60-Year Award, and our newest member Dennis K9JZZ cleaned up with three awards: 50-Year, 55-Year, and 50-Year Continuously Licensed. Congratulations to all of you on achieving these milestones! Click on the thumbnails below to see the nice awards.

One of the announcements at the meeting was to let everyone know about the nice video interview that was posted online of QCWA Executive Administrator, Ken Simpson W8EK, as he details a very good summary of the QCWA, its goals, and the recent changes that were necessary to keep the organization from going bankrupt. The interview was conducted at the 2013 Orlando HamCation Hamfest by Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, of Ham Radio Now. If you haven't seen Ham Radio Now on the web before now, check it out! They have some really nice programs and guests with tons of amateur radio news and information. Click here for the full W8EK interview on Ham Radio Now, or you can also click here to watch the video on YouTube.

Dennis, K9JZZ, announced that he is the Vice Chairperson of the Indiana Radio Club Council, Inc. (IRCC), and that they are always looking to have more Indiana clubs join their association, and also to have people nominated for two annual awards that they offer. They have presented the Outstanding Amateur of the Year Award since 1949, and the Technical Excellence Award since 2001. These are both very prestigious awards and you would likely recognize a number of names on the rosters of past winners, including our Chapter 36 member Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, who won the Technical Excellence Award in 2011. Membership dues are only $10 per year, and Chapter 36 is now signed up as a member for 2013. If you know someone who would be deserving of either of the IRCC awards, please email and he will get you in touch with Dennis for more details.

By the way, did you see that Carl, K9LA, had TWO articles in the latest (March) issue of QST? Way to go, Carl!

The QCWA Spring QSO Party is March 16th starting at 1:00pm CDT and runs for 24 hours. The N1MM Logger program (freeware) has been updated to properly handle this event. Read the instructions and download here. The QSO Party Rules and other info is available here.

Membership Drive Contest Update: Dennis, K9JZZ, is our current leader with one new member signed up... himself! But a score of one should be easy to beat, so come on out and play, and get some new members signed up with QCWA! The latest contest updates will always be kept current on the Contest Page.

Two photos below were digitally enhanced. Can you tell which ones?    ;-)

Photos by Stan W4SV. Click for larger view.
(Higher resolution photos are almost always available. Email if you want a better copy.)









Attending: (in last name order)

Bruce (W9OTN) and Pam Balsley
Ron (W9FB) and Renee (W9MDF) Banaszak
Don (K9WHK) and Verneice Buchanan
Gary (WA6UOO) and Barb (KA6OJX) Cave
John Gianotti (W9WY)
Dennis Gilbey (K9JZZ)
Jim Harney (KF9EX)
Troy (KC9E) and Claudette (KA9IXZ) Harrison
Chuck (KC9OYE) and Cheri Hill
John Miller (W9ZG)
Dave (W9DN) and Fran Nicolaus
Ed Perosky (K9TZT)
Mike Rohwedder (WU9D)
Tom (W8FIB) and Cindy Ruggles
Danny Scheetz (W9DWS)
Mark Skowronski (K9MQ)
Stan Vandiver (W4SV)
Larry (N9GRJ) and Sue (KB9QDY) Wigent

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