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Chapter 36 - Northwest Indiana

~ Creaky Knees and Rusty Keys ~

We had a very good turnout of 28 people for our June meeting at Bronko's in Crown Point. I think that all had a good time and a good meal, and I think that most of you got out before the deluge started. That was a doozy of a thunderstorm (with hail) that came through the area as our party was breaking up. A few of us were left standing outside afterwards waiting for a break in the rain to make a dash for our vehicles. I realize now that I don't dash too well anymore!

Thanks to John W9ZG and Larry KC9IU for the show-and-tell items that they brought. Thanks also to Claudette KA9IXZ for the information she gave us on BrainWare Safari, a software program being purchased as a community outreach program in Michigan City to help improve learning skills. Though this software is geared towards young people (in school, or home school), it is really useful for people of any age. See more details below on Claudette's talk.

John W9ZG brought a homebrew microphone-to-radio adaptor that allows him to switch up mics between Kenwood and Yaesu equipment. This is a great accessory that could be made to use on other brand radios as well. The same concept could also be applied to switch between microphones using a round 4-pin or 8-pin connector and the newer RJ-45 network cable type connectors.

Larry KC9IU brought a new dual-band handie-talkie that he got recently, one of those inexpensive Chinese models, a Baofeng UV5R. You may be familiar with the Wouxun brand that has been around for a little while, selling for a little over $100. The basic Baofeng in black, brand new, is only $48.50, including shipping here. For $50, including shipping, you can get a red one like Larry's, or a blue one, or a jungle camouflage style. These little radios have 4 watts output, a two-line display to show both bands, and a drop-in battery charger. For FIFTY bucks! If you look around this website you can find that Baofeng has another model, the UV3R, that is only 2 watts and has a single line display... that one sells for $40-45. I think most owners of these Chinese radios would recommend that you purchase the optional software programming cable (USB or DB9). If you need programming software, there is nice freeware program called Chirp that works with Windows, Mac, or Linux. If you've been looking for a reason to get back into ham radio lately, one of these little radios just might be your ticket.

The best way to repeat the information from Claudette, KA9IXZ, will be to reprint the text of an email she sent to me following the meeting, and also provide a copy of the Michigan City News Dispatch article regarding the project she is working with. Claudette and the project would be very grateful for any donations or assistance that you could give. Click here for the News Dispatch article (in PDF format).

Hi Stan, thanks for letting me speak to people about this. Several people expressed an interest in getting it for their children/grandchildren at home. Here is the information I found out from looking it up on line.

Children who are not Home Schooled
1 user $175 or 4 payments of $49
1 user download $150 or 4 payments of $43
5 users $ $525 or 4 monthly payments of only $144.

Home Schooled Children
$49 per child

We really want this program for our kids. We have a 4 year old who can't count to three. He'll soon be 5 and ready for kindergarten. He's already way behind.

We have a 9 year old girl who comes in dirty clothes and does not know any manners, yells at the table, darts from one thing to another constantly, fights with her sisters, etc. When she was put into time out, her older sister said to me "Mom would smack her if she did that." These children need our attention and they need our discipline to learn responsibility by doing chores such as cleaning the table after a meal, putting away toys when they are done, etc.

They also need the breakfast and lunch that we provide from the Michigan City Schools.

Most of all, they need to exercise their brain to be able to learn. Most of them have not had the brain stimulation most kids get in their early years.

Many of them also have ADD and ADHD and need the exercise of other areas of the brain to compensate for the ADD. One 5 year old boy can't stay on one thing more than 30 seconds. But when we find a video game he is able to play, he will play it for 30-45 minutes and keeps his concentration on the game.

Your donations or volunteering will both help us to help these kids.

Donations of money, old cars with title, running or not, scrap metal, refrigerators, stoves, costume jewelry, and other items to raise money for the children's program.

Donations can be sent or dropped off at:

Corner to Cornerstone
1709 E Michigan Blvd
Michigan City, IN 46360
Fax 219-210-3096

or call me
Claudette Harrison

Donations can also be picked up.

Remember, what we do for others comes back to us in the long run. The founder of Corner to Cornerstone, Ryan Fly, wants to make a positive difference in the community through mentoring and education "Where Each One Reach One. Each One Teach One." With education and knowledge, one has the power to achieve anything they want.

Please help now.

Claudette Harrison
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice."

Pics by Stan W4SV (click for larger view)

Attending: (in last name order)

Gary (WA6UOO) and Barb (KA6OJX) Cave
James (KC9KTV) and Nancy (KC9NEB) Beckner
Marv Boetcher (WV9O)
Don (K9WHK) and Verneice Buchanan
John Gianotti (W9WY)
Carl (W9CJH) and Lila (N9ESS) Hallberg
Troy (KC9E) and Claudette (KA9IXZ) Harrison
Chuck (KC9OYE) and Cherie Hill
George Kelly (K9WWT)
John Miller (W9ZG)
Dave (W9DN) and Fran Nicolaus
Ed Perosky (K9TZT)
Tom (W8FIB) and Cindy Ruggles
Larry Sargent (KC9IU)
Mark Skowronski (K9MQ)
Tom Troike (W9QN)
Stan Vandiver (W4SV)
Steve Vukusic (KQ7E)
Larry (N9GRJ) and Sue (KB9QDY) Wigent

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