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Chapter 36 - Northwest Indiana

~ Creaky Knees and Rusty Keys ~

We had 26 members and guests attend our May meeting at Ryan's Buffet, and a good time was had by all. Even the rain held off until we were on the way home. How did that happen?

Bruce, W9OTN, donated a couple of new items to auction or raffle in order to raise a little money to buy coffee and snacks for a special upcoming meeting that we are planning. In addition to Bruce's prizes, we also included a 50-50 raffle for the pot. John, W3ML, won a 7-function digital multimeter. And it was my lucky night as I won both the screwdriver set and also the 50-50 raffle. I kept the screwdrivers, but donated the money back to the chapter, so we gained a total of $48 in our treasury. Jurgen, N9RD, and Tom, W8FIB, were also winners in the raffle but declined the prizes. Thanks to Bruce for the donation (it was his idea too) and to everyone who bought tickets and participated. This was a great money maker for us and will more than cover our anticipated expenses.

Marv, WV9O, gave us some details about the upcoming gathering for Valparaiso Technical Institute to be held on August 16th from 10:30am - 4:30pm CDT. This is the 70th anniversary of the founding as Valpo Tech, and also the 140th anniversary of the Dodge Institute of Telegraphy which preceded it. A special event operating station, K9Q, will be on the air to commemorate the event. Students came to Valparaiso, IN from all over the country to enroll in this school, and there are many notable alumni. Everyone is welcome to attend. See more details at http://www.valpotech.net. From their website you can also access their Facebook Groups page.

Claudette, KA9IXZ, let us know that the charity she works with, A Hand Up, Inc., now has a Facebook page, and she would appreciate all the support we can give them. The focus of their group is to provide transitional housing for homeless women veterans. She noted that homelessness for male veterans is declining, but the rate continues to rise for female vets. Please check out their Facebook page and help them out if you can. Thanks!

I gave a short talk about a new website I am putting together for a local Linux Users Group (http://linuxgeeks.us). Yes, I am one of those pushy people who is always trying to get more people to try Linux. It has really improved over the years and is just as user-friendly as Windows, and maybe even more so. (Have you tried Windows 8 yet? He-he-he.) Many amateur radio operators are embracing Linux and there are numerous applications available, as well as some specialized distributions just for hams. Try it... you'll like it!

Gary Cave, WA6UOO, brought a homebrew signal tracer for show-and-tell, but we didn't get to him in time so he will bring this back again to show us. The delay was my fault. Sorry, Gary!

No photos this month. Oops!

Attending: (in last name order)

Bruce (W9OTN) and Pam Balsley
Marv Boetcher (WV9O)
Don (K9WHK) and Verneice Buchanan
Gary (WA6UOO) and Barb (KA6OJX) Cave
Carl (W9CJH) and Lila (N9ESS) Hallberg
Troy (KC9E) and Claudette (KA9IXZ) Harrison
Chuck (KC9OYE) and Cheri Hill
John Miller (W9ZG)
Dave (W9DN) and Fran Nicolaus
Jurgen Nittner (N9RD)
Steve Peterka (WD9FGZ)
John (W3ML) and Paula Poindexter
Dave Reberg (KA9WNQ)
Mike Rohwedder (WU9D)
Tom (W8FIB) and Cindy Ruggles
Mark Skowronski (K9MQ)
Stan Vandiver (W4SV)

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