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Chapter 36 - Northwest Indiana

~ Creaky Knees and Rusty Keys ~

We had a great June meeting, although a lighter than expected turnout of 27 people attending. The food and service at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Crown Point was excellent, as it has always been for us. However, the lighter turnout was an unlucky break because we have to pay a deposit for their banquet room, and in this case I reserved both halves of the room. So it cost us $50 for room rental, but we'll get over it. We will explore other restaurants around Lake County, but I do still hope to return to Ponderosa sometimes too. Unfortunately, if we go back there we will probably have to limit our reservation to half the room ($25 deposit) and the chance of being overcrowded or overflowing out of the room.

Congratulations to John W9ZG who won the oldest penny contest! John's 1887 Indian Head edged out Janet KC9HUG who had a 1890 (and a 1910) and Dave W9DN's 1895 and 1896 pennies. I knew my 1919 Lincoln Head didn't stand a chance! Thanks to all who brought an entry to show us!

We corrected last month's mistake and presented Don, K9WHK, with both his 50-yr Anniversary Award and the 50-Year Continuously Licensed Certificate. Congratulations Don on earning these awards! If anyone is eligible and hasn't received one of these awards, please let me know and I'll request it from HQ. After 50-years, they come in 5-yr increments.

Thanks to Troy KC9E who gave us a demo on Lenz's Law: "When an emf is generated by a change in magnetic flux according to Faraday's Law, the polarity of the induced emf is such that it produces a current whose magnetic field opposes the change which produces it." The proof of this was dropping a magnet down a piece of PVC pipe (non-conductive plastic) which allowed the magnet to flow through at full speed and fall out the bottom. However, when the magnet was dropped through a piece of conductive copper pipe, an emf is created by the copper disturbing the magnetic flux of the magnet as it passes through, and the counter current that opposes the motion of the magnet is created also. The result is that the magnet takes a rather long time to flow through the copper pipe and fall out the bottom! Pretty cool! Here are a couple of links for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenz's_law and http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/electric/farlaw.html.

Here are a few pics by W4SV. (Click for larger view.)

Attending: (in last name order)

Bruce (W9OTN) and Pam Balsley
Marv Boetcher (WV9O)
Ken Brown (KE9TC)
Don (K9WHK) and Verneice Buchanan
John Gianotti (W9WY)
Troy (KC9E) and Claudette (KA9IXZ) Harrison
Dale Kempf (AC2E)
Tony (W9AL) and Janet (KC9HUG) Langer
John Miller (W9ZG)
Dave (W9DN) and Fran Nicolaus
Paul (AE9P) and Bambi Patterson
Bob Pence (W9ORW)
Danny Scheetz (W9DWS)
John (W8OCG) and Margie (W8MSN) Schick
Stan (W4SV) and Deanna (W4DLV) Vandiver, and Deanna's mom Carolyn
Gene (W9CWG) and Helen Wiggins, and daughter Barb

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