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Chapter 36 - Northwest Indiana

~ Creaky Knees and Rusty Keys ~

A great turnout, 40 people (including a couple of youngsters) for the all-you-can-eat buffet at Ryan's in Michigan City. We had the bigger of their two rooms, and we sure needed it this month. We could have squeezed in a few more, but unfortunately some of our regulars weren't able to come to this one, or else we might have set a new record for attendance.

The contest was a little tough this time since it needed a logged QSO and its matching QSL. Congratulations to Ken, N8COQ, for his July 1971 winner for a QSO with WB5AEY! This was one of Ken's first Novice contacts. He won a very nice prize this month too... a 24-hr wall clock made by MFJ, donated by Dave, W9DN (THANKS Dave!). Thanks also to Troy, KC9E, for his entry with a August 1976 QSO with WB9NMD. I brought in an entry for my first QSO with an astronaut, KC5ACR on the Space Shuttle Columbia in October 1993.

We were glad to present Don, K9WHK, with his 50-yr Anniversary Award! Unfortunately, I only have half a brain, and I forgot to also get his 50-year Continuously Licensed certificate to go with this one! Oops! We will correct this mistake at a future meeting. Sorry Don!

Our member Ron, AF7H, is planning to move soon... back to Arizona. In anticipation of that, we auctioned off a Diamond 2m/440 base antenna at our meeting. The auction was won by Ron, WA9RON... congratulations Ron!

Here are a few pics by W4SV, with thanks to Paul, AE9P, for snapping some of them.
(Click for larger view.)

Attending: (in last name order)

Ken Barnes (N8COQ)
James (KC9KTV) and Nancy (KC9NEB) Beckner
Mike Broviak (N9MIK)
Ron Broviak (WA9RON)
Don (K9WHK) and Verneice Buchanan
Bill (W9OPR) and Linda (W9ZJJ) Burns
Albert Cox (W9COX)
Carl (W9CJH) and Lila (N9ESS) Hallberg
Troy (KC9E) and Claudette (KA9IXZ) Harrison
Larry Hau (WB9LRK)
Chuck (KC9OYE) and Cherie Hill
Dale Kempf (AC2E)
Joe (N9TAX) and Brandie (W9BLK) Krajacis, and their young daughter
Matt Lasayko (KC9KUD)
John Miller (W9ZG)
Dave (W9DN) and Fran Nicolaus
Paul Patterson (AE9P)
Dave Reberg (KA9WNQ)
Danny (W9DWS) and Heather Scheetz, and their young daughter
John (W8OCG) and Margie (W8MSN) Schick
Bob Scott (K9YH)
Don (KD9HI) and Marie Sims
Bob Toby (KA9AQZ)
Stan Vandiver (W4SV)
Gene (W9CWG) and Helen Wiggins, and daughter Barb

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