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Chapter 36 - Northwest Indiana

~ Creaky Knees and Rusty Keys ~


So, what's with the weather always threatening our QCWA meetings? I sure don't know the answer, but it was again a false alarm as we had a great time and an excellent turnout (35) at Gelsosomo's Pizza. We were very happy to have join us a new Chapter 36 member, Carl K9LA, and his wife Vicky AE9YL, who made a long drive in from Ft. Wayne to be with us tonight. Also glad to see a couple of other new faces, Shirley K9SAL (Mal's wife) and John W9WY's son Jay. I hope that everyone had a good time!

Sadly, the weather did indeed turn foul in the days following our meeting. A large outbreak of more than 180 tornadoes on April 27-28 killed over 300 people in 8 states, over 200 people in Alabama alone. According to Wikipedia, this is the deadliest year (so far) of tornadoes since 1953. Another Wikipedia article gives further details on the overall outbreak from April 25-28. Our thoughts and prayers go to those who are suffering from this disaster.

We had some great items for show-and-tell tonight (see pics below). John W9ZG showed us some vintage parts including a very fine Vernier reduction dial such as might have been used for receiver tuning, an Eveready Raytheon ER280 rectifier tube, and a small DC motor that probably dates to about 1920. Gary WA6UOO had a very dangerous looking spud gun antenna launcher built from a March 2009 QST construction article. Luckily it was unloaded! Bruce W9OTN demonstrated a very unique Polish series circuit that consisted of two socketed light bulbs and two knife switches mounted to a plexiglas board to show the simple series wiring. In a series circuit, it should only have worked if both knife switches were closed, and then both lights would turn on. But it didn't work like that! Each knife switch activated the light bulb across from it, either one at a time, or both together. Hmmmm?!?!?! Have you figured this thing out yet? I'm usually pretty good at finding stuff on the Internet, but the solution to this one has stumped me. However, I think this trick works on a similar principle. Stan W4SV is still preaching Linux and trying to convert some of you over. He brought a small netbook computer with the Ubuntu operating system running on it. Part of the demo was to show how easy, fast, and user friendly Linux is, but he also showed a few video clips of recent industrial mishaps involving overhead cranes, and an amusing audio clip from WWV. Thanks to all who brought their toys to show us tonight!

Mark K9MQ is organizing an alumni group for students, grads, and faculty who have been involved with the Purdue Calumet Amateur Radio Society club station, formerly W9AUB and now W9PUC. He already has W9AUB assigned as a club call sign and a very nice website is waiting for you Boilermakers to sign up. Mark has also already setup a Facebook page for the new group. An annual reunion get-together will be in the plans soon. Please spread the word to other Purdue Cal hams. Thanks!


Pics by Stan, W4SV. Click for larger view.


Attending: (in last name order)

Bruce (W9OTN) and Pam Balsley
Marv Boetcher (WV9O)
Ron Broviak (WA9RON)
Gary (WA6UOO) and Barb (KA6OJX) Cave
John (W9WY) and son Jay Gianotti
Carl (W9CJH) and Lila (N9ESS) Hallberg
Jim Harney (KF9EX)
Troy (KC9E) and Claudette (KA9IXZ) Harrison
Chuck (KC9OYE) and Cheri Hill
Carl Konefsky (W9TAD)
Matt Lasayko (KC9KUD)
Carl (K9LA) and Vicky (AE9YL) Luetzelschwab
Mal (W9MAL) and Shirley (K9SAL) Lunsford
John Miller (W9ZG)
Dave (W9DN) and Fran Nicolaus
Dave Reberg (KA9WNQ)
Tom (W8FIB) and Cindy Ruggles
Dan (W9DWS) and Heather Scheetz
Don (KD9HI) and Marie Sims
Stan Vandiver (W4SV)
Gene (W9CWG) and Helen Wiggins, and daughter Barb


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