K9IU applies for ARRL school club grant

We have completed the application and approved to move forward at last night’s meeting, to apply for an ARRL equipment  grant!    As a school club, we hope the ARRL considers our request given the importance in mentoring new hams and being a service to our community and access point for University students who are interested in technology but are often living in dorms or apartments that come with antenna and station restrictions.

The grant request is to purchase a more functional digital HF transceiver and a small solid state amplifier.  We will also be updating our license manual library to accommodate technicians, generals, and extra class examinations.

It’s the first ARRL grant request that we have ever  made based on old club records.

We have, through our own hard work and fund raising plus alumni donations and club dues accomplished the following in the past 2 years:

New yaesu fusion vhf analog and C4FM repeater.  New Sinclair vhf repeater 4-bay antenna.  Antenna and repeater relocation to the Indiana Stadium press box with new Andrews hardline run and grounding.

New shack HF Mosley Pro67 HF yagi Antenna.  New Long wire with icom AH4 remote tuner.     New coaxial cable runs.

A New Telrex T2X antenna rotor is also going to be procured and installed soon.

We also Host a Hoosier DMR mototrbo repeater with the club giving the owner free tower space and free 24×7 Internet which  enable the vast Hoosier bandmeister DMR network access to our local hams/community.

We are  reconfiguring both  D-star repeaters sponsored by K9IU to allow students to connect globally to other D-star machines.

Digital is the new direction and we are active on digital modes   PSK, FT, and JT

So .. lots of work done and more to come    Fingers crossed that the ARRL comes through to help out active club become even more radio-active !

 

 

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Long wire launch with spud gun

Nothing beats a little aqua net to launch an antenna pilot line.   Here you can just see the insulator hanging over the edge of the building  look for the thin black antenna wire    Sure hope the DX engineering antenna wire isn’t just hype  !     Hope it’s strong too!

We installed the 160 foot long wire antenna today.  It will be tuned with an Icom AH-4 auto tuner and fed against the grounded  tower.       Need to complete the install by wiring up the tuner to the shack and then a few connections to the tuner.

Top band here we come !!    Just in time for the quiet low band season     Here  is a video of K7JOE and N9VKU launching the pilot line which then hauled the antenna wire over to the air handling unit on the roof of IMU memorial hall.       A convenient trap door made install a snap.  The key was a good shot with the spud gun.   Took us 3 tries due to a very windy day.

antenna launch

 

 

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First FT-8 and WSPR contacts

After the November Sweepstakes contest ended,   NQ9L decided to get FT8 and WSPR going on the shack computer.     With rigblaster and the Icom Hf rig, we logged a few contacts and also tested the antenna on WSPR.    Amazing stuff. Despite 20M being totally dead long past local sunset,  our digital 3 watt signal  was heard across North America and Africa !

Are you a digital Ham ?    These new modes are more interesting now than ever before.  Come join K9IU !    Attend a club meeting!

Are you a Maker?   Like to tinker?   Love to chat with others about tech topics?   Interested in becoming a ham  operator?   Getting a license is easier than ever.   A 25 question multiple choice test gets you an FCC license with your own callsign.   That’s all you need to get on the air!   Learn more at http://www.arrl.org

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Alimni of K9IU  –  we want to keep you updated with recent club happenings and ask you for donations  from time to time –  send us your contact info !  We are building an alumni of K9IU database.     Thanks!

 

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2017-2018 club activity !

Lots happening at K9IU !    The web site is back up and running

New HF antenna now in service-   Mosley Pro67 which covers 40M and 20-10 Meters !   We will be adding a remote auto tuned long wire for 160/80/60/30 meter bands soon.   Tested during school club roundup    SSCW and SS SSB contests !

The K9IU repeater (analog voice) is now on 147.180 MHz FM (+600khz offset,  Ctcss 136.5)     The repeater has a new Phelps Dodge 4 bay VHF vertical with 8 dB gain        The repeater is a yaesu system fusion DR1X machine and is now housed at the stadium press box on the campus of Indiana University

K9IU wins a plaque for ARRL November Sweepstakes –  taking 6th place overall in the school category and 1st place in the central division !

 

Field day results :   1st place 9E !    6th place Indiana overall    Not bad for taking 12am-8am off !    Great club partnership with K9SOU bloomington South Highschool to bring in some new / youth contesters !

 

Reminder.    Get involved !    Our Monthly Club meeting is on the last Sunday of each month at 7 PM,  location is the club shack located in room 677 of the IMU Union  student activities tower.

Annual dues are due  :  $20 per year    All proceeds fund Radio ham shack improvements !   Please contact us at mailto:K9IU@indiana.edu to learn ways to pay,  PayPal  Vimeo and more.

 

 

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