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Chapter 36 - Northwest Indiana

~ Creaky Knees and Rusty Keys ~

Another fine feast was had at the Golden Corral with 23 members and guests attending... and with strangely beautiful weather! Our Membership Drive Contest 1st Place winner, Don Smith WA9KRT, was able to be with us to accept his $50 cash prize. Don then promptly donated the money back to our chapter... thanks Don! Our 2nd Place and 3rd Place winners, Dennis K9JZZ, and Carlos KA9JYO, could not join us for this meeting. Dennis lives down by Indianapolis and asked via email to redistribute his prizes back to the chapter as door prizes or prizes in some future contest. This was not done at this meeting but we will make plans soon to do so. Carlos' prize was delivered to him earlier in the month, and he sent a photo of himself in his ham shack with the QCWA mousepad. Again, thanks to everyone who participated in our contest!

Bruce, W9OTN, brought an interesting piece of local nostalgia... the Goldblatt's bell that was retrieved from the Hammond Goldblatt's Department Store on Hohman Avenue sometime before it was demolished in 1993. Probably all of the Goldblatt's stores used the bell to summon sales assistants to various departments as needed, instead of an intercom system. You may also remember that this particular Goldblatt's store was the inspiration for the Higbee's Department Store in Jean Shepherd's (W9QWN/K2ORS) classic movie A Christmas Story. Bruce discovered a website with a number of old photographs and also a short video of another Goldblatt's bell that you can view here. With a little editing, I extracted the sound of the bell and made an audio file that you can listen to here. You can see the final end of the Hammond Goldblatt's store on YouTube when it was imploded in 1993 here.

Tom, W8FIB, brought a T.R. (Ted) McElroy Oscillatone S-700 one-tube code oscillator from his collection. These were manufactured from 1941-42 and cost $5.95 when new. I found more information about this oscillator here and here. You may remember that Ted McElroy was a world champion telegrapher, who still holds the world record of copying 75.2 wpm which he achieved in 1939 (72.2 wpm by today's standards). He manufactured keys and other telegraphic apparatus mostly in the 1930's and 1940's, and sold his company in 1955. (Source)

Stan, W4SV, brought in some W4SV QSL cards... from the other W4SV, Paul McGinty, of Boynton Beach, Florida. Stan started researching the history of his vanity call sign after he got it in 1996. With the help of Jim Walsh, W7LVN (SK), a former General Manager of the QCWA, Stan learned that Paul had held this call for over 50 years, finally departing the callbooks as SK in the 1988 edition. After some time, Stan discovered Bob Green, W8JYZ's website: OldQSLcards.com and he obtained the 1958 card first. Bob is constantly growing his collection of old QSL cards. If he has something you want, he scans a copy of the card for you at no cost, but there is a small donation required to get the real card. Stan later got the 1936 card, and then just recently the 1931 card. See these QSL's and the other show and tell items below.

Two of our Contest Winners!

1st Place

Carlos KA9JYO
3rd Place

Photos by Stan W4SV. Click for larger view.

1931 front

1931 back
1936 front

1936 back
1958 front

1958 back

Attending: (in last name order)

Bruce (W9OTN) and Pam Balsley
Ron Banaszak (W9FB)
Don (K9WHK) and Verneice Buchanan
Gary (WA6UOO) and Barb (KA6OJX) Cave
John Gianotti (W9WY)
Troy Harrison (KC9E)
Chuck (KC9OYE) and Cherie Hill
John Miller (W9ZG)
Mike Rohwedder (WU9D)
Tom (W8FIB) and Cindy Ruggles
John (W8OCG) and Margie (W8MSN) Schick, and son Kevin
Don (KD9HI) and Marie Sims
Don Smith (WA9KRT)
Stan Vandiver (W4SV)
Steve Vukusic (KQ7E)

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