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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.
We have RSS feeds available of the front page news and of all site content (which includes the news).
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Dick Repasky (KC9JLU) and Bob Poortinga (K9SQL) will present some postmortem analysis of the Hilly Hundred APRS usage. This analysis will show where the APRS infrastructure was strong, where it was weak, and how we can improve our coverage and usage in the coming year's Hilly Hundred.
Come learn about APRS propagation and how this digital network can help in a special event scenario. Currently we are scheduled to meet at the IMU in the Poplar room, but this may change to meet at the Wrubel Computing Center. Keep an eye on this posting.
Corey Shields will be presenting High Altitude Ballooning with Amateur Radio at 6pm on Wed, February 4th in the poplar room.
High Altitude Ballooning with Amateur Radio
This presentation will talk about the hobby of high altitude
ballooning - sending unmanned balloons to the edge of space at an
altitude 100,000 feet. Amateur radio is used to track the flight of
these balloons and locate them for retrieval. In addition, many
amateur radio experiments are flown on these balloons including
broadcast TV from the flight, sending a voice repeater to high
altitude, and others.
In the presentation, Corey Shields (KB9JHU) will present on his
experience of flying and retrieving high altitude balloons in Oregon.
He will discuss how the balloons are flown, tracked, and retrieved
using Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS), a 1200 baud data
protocol used in amateur radio frequencies for the purpose of
communicating short data streams and distributing real time
situational data (such as the GPS location of a balloon). Join us to
see the flight paths of these balloon flights along with pictures of
the events themselves.
Contest results from the 2008 Indiana QSO Party (INQP) have been released today. K9IU did really well for our debut run (or at least the first entry that I am aware of). We had 2 entries: a Multi-op station run from our shack (K9IU) and the club competition where INQP operators can denote which club they belong to, and the aggregate points count toward the club competition. For our club competition we only had the combined points of our multi-op station and the mobile rover operated that day by N9VKU and NE7I.
And without further hesitation, our results:
K9IU Multi-op station - 8910 points, 2nd place out of 5 in the category
K9IU Club Competition - 9070 points, 6th place out of 10
Full results can be found at http://www.hdxcc.org/inqp/scores.php
The 2009 INQP is tentatively scheduled for May 2nd so keep that date open. I will start a forum topic for this so we can discuss further.
Yesterday, Dwight (WB9TLH) and myself (KB9JHU) did a little bit of work on the K9IU 440 repeater. Specifically we added a UPS to the computer that acts as both the IRLP node and the repeater controller itself to help it ride out any brief power outages, and we added some ferrites to the audio cables going between the PC and the radios. We have had a bit of interference in the past from nearby radio systems and hope that those ferrites will help choke any EMI coming across those lines.
Please speak up if you notice anymore interference coming through this repeater.
The repeater is at 442.825 with an input of 447.825, and a pl of 136.5. It is connected full-time to the University Linked Repeater System which is another project we are working on. Look for more universities to join up in the spring, along with regular nets held there.
Due to popular demand (and a very good idea at that), we have an RSS feed for all new content generated by the site. A lot of club members use an RSS reader on a daily basis so this will help notify them when any of the following happen:
New news posting
New forum topic
New comments on any of the above
So this means there is no need to check in on the website on a regular basis if you use an RSS reader, just let it do the work for you.
The URL is http://www.indiana.edu/~k9iu/?q=aggregator/rss/1.
Additionally, if you want only the front-page news content, that feed is available at http://www.indiana.edu/~k9iu/?q=rss.xml.
The next K9IU meeting will be at 7pm in the Bryan Room... If you have any agenda items to add please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sunday the 21st of September we will be having our first meeting of the school year. This will be a call-out meeting with free Pizza and drinks, with some presentations and a few demos. If you are interested in the club, please stop by the State Room West at 7pm to join us.
Come and see the IU Booth at the IU Student Involvement Fair September 9th 11am to 2pm at the IMU. You can sign up to join the club, find out about how to get your Amateur Radio License, and probably even talk to someone via the radio!!!
K9IU Will start to have Morse Code Lessons on the K9IU Repeater, net control will ask for checkins to get an idea of how many people actually use this as a learning method. Net control will then send via morse code this weeks lesson, and then read what was sent over the air. Finally they will start a script that plays the ARRL W1AW's Practice Code session for the week. All of this will be done at 15wpm with 5wpm spacing. Check it out on Sundays at 7:30pm on 146.940- pl 136.5