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!

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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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K9IU Meeting, Sunday, Feb. 26 at 1900

We will be resuming regularly scheduled club meetings this coming Sunday.  The meeting will be held in the K9IU shack, on the 6th floor of the Student Activities Tower at the IMU.

The K9IU club has been in a state of transition due to the impending IMU roof repairs.  A large part of our coming meeting will be discussing the upcoming reshuffling of equipment and other administrative business.  We also welcome new members who would like to learn about the club!

Also, K9IU nets are active: the Monday Night Net is heard at 1900 hours on the 9-4 machine, 136.5 PL.

 

73 de NQ9L

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2016 Indiana QSO Party!

As we do every spring, K9IU will be working the Indiana QSO party on May 7 – 8.  The contest runs between 11 AM EDT to 11 PM EDT.  We’re scheduling a work day to prepare our station for the contest — members are invited to check their email for the scheduling poll link.  On the work day, we’ll need to organize the shack, check our antennas, test the equipment, and handle some club administrivia.

See here for contest information!

Practice your pileup-busting skills and familiarize yourself with the exchange!

73 de NQ9L

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ARRL November Sweepstakes: Nov. 21 – 23

The phone mode part of the ARRL November Sweepstakes contest is
approaching. The contest period begins at 2100 UTC ( 1600 local ) on
Saturday the 21st and runs through 0259 UTC Monday ( 2159 Sunday local ).

Plan to arrive an hour or two before the contest start so we can
review contest rules, the exchange, and set up logging. If you can’t
make it Saturday afternoon, stop by the shack any time during the
contest period and operate with us. We’ll be monitoring 9-4 as usual
to coordinate operating times — call in and see who’s in the shack.

I will bring one logging computer which will be available throughout
the contest, and I’ll have a copy of the latest N1MM available on a
USB drive.

See here for contest information:
http://www.arrl.org/sweepstakes

73 de NQ9L

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DMR and SystemFustion

We’re pleased to announce that K9IU has two new repeaters at the IMU site.  In the left rack is a 70cm Motorola MOTOTRBO repeater on loan to our club from W9AMT of the Hoosier DMR project.  Hoosier DMR maintains a primer for those starting out in DMR.  In the right rack is the K9IU repeater, 146.94 MHz, negative offset.  New 9-4 is a Yaesu SystemFusion DR-1X, receiving in “Automatic Mode Select” and transmitting in analog FM.  Users with Yaesu C4FM radios can talk into the repeater on digital, but the machine will always be configured to receive FM also.  If we get a higher adoption curve of SystemFusion radios, then we may switch the transmit to AMS also, effectively yielding a digital 9-4 and an analog 9-4.

Remember that 9-4 is currently using 107.2 Hz PL tone.  It has been determined, math courtesy of WB9TLH, that the output of 9-4 and output of the nearby 146.64 repeater give a mixing product on the 9-4 input frequency, sticking our squelch open if the 6-4 audio has the same tone.  So, we’re temporarily on 107.2 Hz until we can tune a cavity filter to place in-line with the RX side of the duplexer to prevent desense of the receiver.  Thanks to WB9VPG of Bloomington South for letting us borrow some cans to try.

DMR and 9-4
The Motorola MOTOTRBO and Yaesu SystemFusion repeaters at the IMU repeater site.

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