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Chapter 36 - Northwest Indiana

~ Creaky Knees and Rusty Keys ~

We had a few less people this month (23)... maybe the 100 degree heat had something to do with that. Hey, at least it didn't rain! But everyone had a good time and a delicious dinner at the Dynasty Buffet. I'm also happy to welcome new QCWA Member Bill Shortz, K9BZM, from Medaryville.

Claudette, KA9IXZ, updated us from last month that the project she is involved with has purchased the BrainWare Safari software program needed to help kids in the Michigan City school system. But they could use some more help! The interactive software would be better used if each of the kids had a set of headphones to plug into the computer. If you have any old headphones that you can donate to them, please contact Claudette. Also needed are 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch stereo adaptors for the headsets.

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 Claudette Harrison

Levi, WB9CAO, had found a trailer hitch antenna mount online made by S&G Engineering that interested him, but rather than buy the mount for $79, he felt he could make it for a lot less. And he did! With just a few hardware parts and a little welding, he made a very comparable device to attach to a 2-inch receiver hitch. This mount should probably work well for carrying a variety of antennas while on the go, especially larger antennas like a screwdrive type. But it is also an excellent method of supporting very large mast pipes to hold up dipoles or other fixed-station type antennas while parked. The small holes in the side can be tapped and make a convenient spot for attaching ground wires or radials.

Stan, W4SV, showed his latest electronic gadget, a Galaxy Nexus 7 tablet computer, marketed by Google. Tablets are generally two sizes, 7-inch and 10-inch, and of course the Nexus 7 is the 7-inch model. It has a quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 1280x800 HD color display, and is available with 8GB of storage for $200, or 16GB of storage for $250. The Nexus tablet is a perfect companion for Google's Galaxy Nexus smartphone, and both Stan's tablet and phone are running the latest Android operating system called Jelly Bean. The Nexus products seem to be specially made for developers in that they are very easily modified to unlock the bootloader and get root access (Administrator). If you aren't afraid of voiding your warranty, these modifications allow you to install customized operating systems that can offer much better performance and battery life than the stock systems. And it's fun to tinker!

Pics by Stan W4SV (click for larger view)

Attending: (in last name order)

Bruce (W9OTN) and Pam Balsley
Gary (WA6UOO) and Barb (KA6OJX) Cave
Marv Boetcher (WV9O)
Kenny (KE9TC) and Jan Brown
John Gianotti (W9WY)
Carl (W9CJH) and Lila (N9ESS) Hallberg
Troy (KC9E) and Claudette (KA9IXZ) Harrison
Dale Kempf (AC2E)
Levi (WB9CAO) and Sue (N9EOX) Mayes
John Miller (W9ZG)
Dave (W9DN) and Fran Nicolaus
Tom (W8FIB) and Cindy Ruggles
Bill Shortz (K9BZM)
Tom Troike (W9QN)
Stan Vandiver (W4SV)

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