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Chapter 36 - Northwest Indiana

~ Creaky Knees and Rusty Keys ~

So really... What is with the weather on QCWA meeting nights? After a beautiful week of clear skies and cool temperatures, the sky darkened and rain threatened us once again. And it was enough of a threat to cancel the classic car guys (can't blame them, but look below for one special classic car). It didn't really rain more than a few drops, and it didn't keep away a good sized crowd of 36 people from attending our dinner at Suzie's Cafe. It was a pleasure to welcome back Don, K9WHK, and Verneice's friends as they were passing through on their Arizona-to-Ontario journey. Lyle, K7YQ (also VA3DXE), and his wife Shirley have visited us before and it's nice that they caught us on a meeting night once again. We all had a good time and some great show and tell items were displayed.

Bruce, W9OTN, brought another interesting item, as he almost always does for us: a hand-cranked AC generator from an old antique wall telephone. Cranking the generator fed about 80-100 volts into three lamps in parallel. One lamp was a typical incandescent filament bulb with a normal bright glow, another lamp was filled with neon gas and glowed orange, and the third lamp was filled with argon gas and glowed purple. I've included a video at the end of the photos below, although the purple is rather hard to see because it was setup in front of a window. If you want more information and history about colored lights, check out this neat website.

Carl, K9LA, brought a National NC Sixty Special receiver. This isn't just any old receiver, but the same that he used back in his Novice days as a kid in Hammond. The overlaid paper dial was calibrated to Canadian time and frequency standard radio station CHU on 7335 kHz to help keep him within his 40m allocation. And yep, the receiver still works too! Also, although most of us didn't see him because the restaurant wouldn't let him in... Carl and Vicky's Schnauzer named Snoopy came along for the long ride from Ft. Wayne too! I think Snoopy will be our new unofficial chapter mascot! See his photo below.

Tom, W8FIB, brought a couple of old Radio Amateur Handbooks from ARRL and also a HamGadgets Memory Keyer. This is an excellent keyer with many functions and features. Tom's 1956 Handbook looks to be original, but the other is an 80th Anniversary edition of the very first Handbook published in 1926. And you know who has an original 1926 Handbook? You might have guessed: Bruce, W9OTN!

Thanks to all of you from bringing your toys to share with us! And pets too!

Membership Drive Contest Update: Next month's meeting (mid- to late-August) will be the end of our contest. I went over the details again and reminded everyone that it is possible for anyone to take the lead in this final month and win the $50 First Prize. So get out there and drum up some new members before the next meeting! The full details are on the Contest Page or you can call (or text) or email me if you need any clarifications. 219-771-9478 or w4sv [at] chapter36 [dot] org

Photo by Carl K9LA. Click for larger view.


Photos stolen from Jim Isom, KJ9T. These are the full-size photos already.
This 1965 Pontiac Grand Prix belongs to Chapter 36 member John Miller, W9ZG. John often takes this car to the Friday night car shows in Valpo... the show we didn't get to see after our meeting because of the threat of rain. Well, maybe another time we will have better luck and John can officially enter this beautiful automobile in our show-and-tell.

Photos by Stan W4SV. Click for larger view.

  Click for VIDEO

If the video doesn't play through your web browser, try right-clicking on it and "Save As" to your computer, and then try to play it there. The video is about 9 seconds and the file size is about 1 MB, so it should download quickly. (There is no sound.)

Attending: (in last name order)

Bruce (W9OTN) and Pam Balsley
Marv Boetcher (WV9O)
Kenny (KE9TC) and Jan Brown
Don (K9WHK) and Verneice Buchanan
Gary (WA6UOO) and Barb (KA6OJX) Cave
John Gianotti (W9WY)
Carl (W9CJH) and Lila (N9ESS) Hallberg
Chuck (KC9OYE) and Cherie Hill
Dale Kempf (AC2E)
Carl (K9LA) and Vicky (AE9YL) Luetzelschwab
Dave Nicolaus (W9DN)
John (W3ML) and Paula Poindexter, and John's sister Nancy Franklin
Dave Reberg (KA9WNQ)
Tom (W8FIB) and Cindy Ruggles
John (W8OCG) and Margie (W8MSN) Schick
Bill Shortz (K9BZM)
Lyle (K7YQ/VA3DXE) and Shirley Sibbald
Don (KD9HI) and Marie Sims
Mark Skowronski (K9MQ)
Mike Stein (WB9NOO)
Stan Vandiver (W4SV)
Larry (N9GRJ) and Sue (KB9QDY) Wigent

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