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Chapter 36 - Northwest Indiana

~ Creaky Knees and Rusty Keys ~

We had a great turnout (35) for another Awards Night this year. Our newest member Bill, K9BZM, was immediately eligible for his 50-Year Anniversary Award, and though long neglected, we finally got John, W9ZG, his coveted Century Club Award (age plus years as QCWA member equals 100). Not that John is old, or anything like that! Long-time member Ron, W9FB, was also eligible for his 55-Year Anniversary Award and also the Century Club Award, but since he has not been able to join us for a meeting I mailed these awards to him. You can see pics of these awards below, as well as on each person's Member Page.

Tom, W8FIB, brought us an interesting show and tell item, but even more interesting was his tale of overcoming adversity and using some MacGyver-like ingenuity. Tom headed up into the tundra of north Ontario for some fishing and ham radio fun. No phones, no electricity... I'm not sure what the fun is in that, but I know Tom can explain it! So, he unpacks his ham gear and discovers he forgot his key. You know, Morse code key! (And he didn't even take a microphone!) So anyway, scrounging for parts in the tool shed at his cabin he found some bits of wood, a piece of copper tubing, some nuts and bolts, and a hacksaw blade. As you can see in the pic below, Tom made a pretty fine looking paddle, and he was effective using it also, working stations all over the world. Nice job, Tom!

Pics by Bill K9BZM (click for larger view)

Pics by Troy KC9E (click for larger view)

Pics by Stan W4SV (click for larger view)

The Awards! (click for larger view)

Bill K9BZM
John W9ZG

More Awards! These were mailed to Ron, W9FB, who could not be with us. (click for larger view)

Ron W9FB
Ron W9FB

Attending: (in last name order)

Bruce (W9OTN) and Pam Balsley
Ron (WA9RON) and Mary Broviak
Don (K9WHK) and Verneice Buchanan
Gary (WA6UOO) and Barb (KA6OJX) Cave
Carl (W9CJH) and Lila (N9ESS) Hallberg
Troy (KC9E) and Claudette (KA9IXZ) Harrison
Chuck (KC9OYE) and Cheri Hill
Allen (W9DZ) and Carol Jones
Dave Kaufman (N9ICM)
Levi (WB9CAO) and Sue (N9EOX) Mayes
John (W9ZG) and Nancy Miller
John Phillips (KA9PGC)
Tom (W8FIB) and Cindy Ruggles
Danny (W9DWS) and Heather Scheetz, and daughter Danica
Bill Shortz (K9BZM)
Don Smith (WA9KRT)
Tom Troike (W9QN)
Stan Vandiver (W4SV)
Larry Wigent (N9GRJ)
Gene (W9CWG) and Helen Wiggins, and daughter Barb

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