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Chapter 36 - Northwest Indiana

~ Creaky Knees and Rusty Keys ~


We had an excellent turnout of 29 members and guests for our June meeting, as well as some outstanding show and tell items for this month.

Bruce, W9OTN, brought his own show and tell, turned into a contest, with a prize! He gave us a demo of what every 1960's era Novice should have known: a parallel LC circuit for the 40m band, complete with data sheets on the components and calculators to determine the resonant frequency with the capacitor was fully meshed. Of course many of us have long since forgotten the formula, but Bruce provided that too. In the end, three of our group came up with the answer: Carl W9CJH, Nick WB9YPD, and John W3ML. Carl was the first official winner but declined the prize, so Nick took home a brand new 25-ft tape measure. Thanks Bruce, and all who participated in this one!

Carl, W9CJH, brought in a Tektronix 500 kHz Storage Oscilloscope, Model 214. This is a small scope, very portable back in the 1970's when it was introduced. Carl also brought a home brew signal generator to show some patterns on the old scope. Personally, I think the signal generator was as interesting as the oscilloscope... Carl does nice work.

Gary, WA6UOO, brought a couple of interesting items also. First was a "fish antenna" built as a construction project at another ham club meeting. This is a very small antenna with a primary purpose of transmitter (fox) hunting. Gary had also recently received from his sister in California the original Department of Commerce license documents certifying his dad, J. Norman Cave, as a "Radio Operator, Amateur First Grade." The original license is dated January 18, 1922, and there is also a renewal license dated February 15, 1924. The Commerce Department must have had a large supply of these forms during this period because both the 1922 and the 1924 documents have the former Secretary of Commerce name, William C. Redfield, marked out and then rubber stamped with the name of the new Secretary, a man named Herbert Hoover, who you might have heard of. A great history lesson! It's also kind of nice to see a frugal government holding back operating expenses!

Thanks to all who brought in these items to help entertain us for the evening.


Photos by Jim KF9EX. Click for larger view.


Photos by Stan W4SV. Click for larger view.


1922 & 1924 license scans by Barb KA6OJX and Gary WA6UOO. These are station licenses for Gary's dad, J. Norman Cave. His operator license was issued the call sign 6BJG. Click for larger view.


1922 front

1922 back

1924 front

1924 back


Attending: (in last name order)

Bruce (W9OTN) and Pam Balsley
Ron Banaszak (W9FB)
Kenny (KE9TC) and Jan Brown
Don (K9WHK) and Verneice Buchanan
Gary (WA6UOO) and Barb (KA6OJX) Cave
Marty Dzik (WJ9Q)
Carl Hallberg (W9CJH)
Jim Harney (KF9EX)
Troy (KC9E) and Claudette (KA9IXZ) Harrison
Chuck (KC9OYE) and Cheri Hill
Nick Karin (WB9YPD)
John Miller (W9ZG)
Ed Moskalick (W9ABN)
Bob Pence (W9ORW)
John (W3ML) and Paula Poindexter
Don (KD9HI) and Marie Sims
Mark Skowronski (K9MQ)
Stan Vandiver (W4SV)
Gene (W9CWG) and Helen Wiggins, and daughter Barb


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