Welcome to K9IU

Welcome to K9IU, the Indiana University amateur radio club. We invite everyone to participate in the club activities. If you are not a licensed amateur radio operator, we are more than happy to introduce you to this wonderful hobby and help you become a licensed operator. K9IU has a room full of radio resources at the Indiana Memorial Union that are available for members to use at any time. There are many club activities that members and non-members alike can participate in as well. Take a look through this site for more information, and keep an eye on our news section for updates on upcoming events.

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Foundation for Amateur Radio scholarships

The Foundation for Amateur Radio offers a variety of scholarships for radio amateurs to be applied to their college education. This year they are awarding 48 scholarships, ranging from $500 - $5000. In this economy, every little bit helps so check it out if you could use a scholarship to help pay your tuition. Some of them are not applicable due to geographical restrictions, so check out the regulations and apply for those you count for.

Please note that the deadline is May 1st!!!

More info is found at their website: http://www.farweb.org/scholarships/index.php

Indiana QSO Party

The Indiana QSO Party (contest) will be held Saturday May 2nd from noon to midnight. For more information and to note that you plan on attending please see the forum thread at http://www.indiana.edu/~k9iu/?q=node/152

New website pages on shack operation

FYI, I've added 2 new pages under the "Club Equipment" menu: Contest Operation and Band Capabilities. These should help everyone (especially new members) learn how we operate on HF and log contacts during contests. Please read through these, especially if you plan on operating this weekend in the ARRL DX SSB contest (see the forum thread for that contest here). The contest operation page has been printed off and taped up in the shack for easy reference as well. Hope to see you there!

Spring 09 ARRL DX SSB thread

ARRL DX SSB International contest is a week from today, and will run Friday, March 6th, 19:00 through Sunday, March 8th, 18:00 all day and night. Let's use this thread to coordinate when someone from K9IU will be available in the shack to open it up for K9SOU and Bloomington ARC members. (keeping in mind that a club member needs to be present in the shack but with that dependency met a non-K9IU member with a higher license could act as control op) If we can hammer out some decent coverage before Monday we can announce the operating schedule on the monday night 2m ARES net.

APRS messaging (IGATE -> RF) now fixed!

Since we moved the K9IU-12 (INDUNV) APRS digipeater and igate out to the IMU, text messaging that used the internet as a middle man (APRS-IS) has been broken. Well, I'm happy to say that this is now fixed! IGate'd text messaging should flow fine to and from the K9IU digipeater and igate sitting on top of the IMU. This also includes messaging that originates from APRS clients and websites like openaprs.net

Thanks to Dwight (WB9TLH) for the help and prodding needed to get this fixed, it has been a long battle. We have confirmed that it works using a couple of web clients and will continue to look for any further breakage.

-Corey (KB9JHU)

Ballooning presentation slides

I've uploaded my slides from the high altitude ballooning presentation, and they can be downloaded at http://www.indiana.edu/~k9iu/files/k9iu_ballooning.pdf Please note that there was a lot of google earth demonstration that is not included in these slides. Below are the links I referred to in the presentation:

http://www.openaprs.net (full featured web APRS client)
http://www.eoss.org (Edge of Space Sciences, ballooning team in Colorado)
http://www.spiritofknoxville.com (trans-atlantic balloon team from Tennessee)
http://www.arhab.org (aggregated schedule of upcoming balloon launches)
http://www.superlaunch.org (great plains super launch, held annually in Kansas)

University IRLP Net

The University IRLP Net has just recently begun as a way to bring various university-based amateur radio clubs together and promote amateur radio activity amongst universities. The net is currently hosted and controlled by Texas A&M University on IRLP reflector channel 9440 (hosted here at K9IU). You can find the net locally on the K9IU 440 repeater that is a part of the University Linked Repeater System, at 442.825+ (pl 136.5). We will try to keep the 2m repeater (146.940, pl 136.5) linked as well for this net.

Check in and get to know other students, faculty, and staff from around the world.

2009 ARRL International DX Contest

The ARRL International DX SSB contest is one that we normally work from the K9IU shack alongside the Bloomington Amateur Radio Club (K9DIY) and the Bloomington South High School amateur radio club (K9SOU). This is always a fun contest to run in since a lot of international stations are busy on the air, and we have great facilities at the shack to contact them. Mark your calendars now for this contest and help us rack up some points!

(for more information and rules see http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2009/intldx.html )

Spring 2009 ARRL School Club Roundup

This spring's ARRL school club roundup is happening now! If you are unfamiliar with SCR, it is a week-long event to get school clubs (K-12 and post-secondary) on the air. We always try to open up the shack at various times during the SCR week to get members on the air and rack up points for K9IU. To try and help facilitate this I've started a forum thread. If you have time to operate in the shack please make note of it so that others may join you: http://www.indiana.edu/~k9iu/?q=node/125 For more information about SCR please visit http://www.arrl.org/SCR/

If you are unfamiliar with the logging software required for SCR please contact KC9EVU or email k9iu at indiana.edu.

(sorry for the short notice in posting this event)

K9L Abraham Lincoln special event station

We will be operating a special event station on HF, callsign K9L to commemorate the Abraham Lincoln bicentennial. This is a great opportunity to get some experience in making and logging quick HF contacts so please try to spend some time in the shack during the day if you can. This special event station is being managed by Ray Robison, K9ZRL from Mitchell.

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