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Chapter 36 - Northwest Indiana

~ Creaky Knees and Rusty Keys ~

Here are some pictures from our Apr. 4th meeting, with the Bugs for Breakfast Contest. Click the image for a better view. (Pics by Stan W4SV)

The Gang
The Gang
The Stars
Stars of the Show
Bugs for Breakfast
Bugs for breakfast
Almost like new
Almost like new!

The Gang included 19 members and guests (listed below) for an all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn in Chesterton.

The Stars of the Show were Bruce W9OTN (on right) being presented awards for his 50 Year Anniversary and 50 Years Continuously Licensed. Presenting the awards is long-time QCWA member (#6040) and long-time professor at Valpo Technical Institute (38 years), Gene W9CWG.

The Bugs for Breakfast Contest had a strong showing with many fine entries. The winner was Bruce W9OTN with a 1912 Model X Vibroplex, followed closely by Dan W9DWS with a 1918 Vibroplex. Very honorable mention for Tom W8FIB who brought a large collection of bugs and oscillators, including the McElroy 1938B shown in the picture with its original box. And very honorable mention also for George K9WWT who brought what was likely the oldest Morse device, a telegraph sounder that was guessed to be "turn-of-the-century" (but without certain dating). The sounder is seen in the lower right corner of the collection photo, and just left of it is the 1912 Model X, and just behind that is the 1918 bug. Others also brought entries... many thanks to all for sharing these great items with us!

Bruce Balsley W9OTN
James Beckner KC9KTV
Nance Beckner KC9NEB
Andy Finick W9FXT
Claudette Harrison KA9IXZ
Troy Harrison KC9E
George Kelly K9WWT
Dale Kempf AC2E
John Miller W9ZG
Dave Nicolaus W9DN
Bob Pence W9ORW
Ron Perkins AF7H
Tom Ruggles W8FIB
Dan Scheetz W9DWS
John Schick KB9OYU
Margie Schick KC9PHE
Bob Scott K9YH
Stan Vandiver W4SV
Gene Wiggins W9CWG

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