K9IU First Meeting

The first club meeting of the year was held on 2014-09-21.  The membership audit was started and the officers election was held.  If you still need to send in your dues, mail k9iu at indiana dot edu, and arrange to get your dues to KD5CFX.  A new meeting time was decided on: the third Monday of every month at 1730 local.

Here’s the result of the officers election: President, NQ9L, Treasurer, KD5CFX, Vice President, AB8UU.


The upcoming antenna building event has been tentatively planned for.

See you on the air, 73 de NQ9L

Every time you kerchunk a repeater, God kills a puppy

The following is a public service announcement on good radio operating practices.

As amateur radio operators, it’s up to us to set a good example for other hams and keep 2 meter FM from sounding like 11 meter.  It’s actually pretty easy, you just have to not be a lid.  Here’s some general recommended reading to that end.

But I figured I’d get this out of the way at the beginning of the year.  And that’s a friendly reminder that every time you kerchunk a repeater and don’t ID, an innocent fluffy animal is roasted by a bolt of lightning from the hand of th’almighty.  If I had a nickel for every time I heard a repeater kerchunk in the last year, I could have a farm of stacked yagis on every band and have enough left to buy the nice toilet paper.  One time, I heard a kerchunk war on the 6-4 machine before a net that went on until both operators’ thumbs fell off and were carried away by their cats.  You know what’s really great?  When someone kerchunks with a whacker radio and it screeches a Motorola MDC-1200 data burst.

But do you want to know why kerchunking is bad, m’kay?

  • It bothers other people who are monitoring the repeater.  I don’t take very kindly to being awoken at 0300 by dit dah dah dah dit dit dit dah dah dah dah dit dah dit dah dit dit dit dit dit dit dah dit dit dah dit dit dah dit… boop.
  • You really need to ID, it’s the law.
  • It can disrupt an ongoing QSO.

These ought to be reason enough, but don’t take my word for it.

No, I’m not accusing you or you of being a kerchunker.  But if you are, hopefully this catty, passive aggressive post has convinced you to start IDing.

A Letter from K9IU President NQ9L

Good afternoon hamateurs,

The K9IU Monday Night Repeater Net and the K9IU Friday Night Simplex
will be resuming at their normal times for the academic year.

The Monday Night Net is heard every Monday at 1900 local time on the
K9IU repeater, 146.94 MHz, -600 KHz offset, PL tone 136.5 Hz.

The Friday Night Simplex net is heard every Friday at 1800 local time on
146.58 MHz simplex.

The first simplex net will be held tomorrow, THIS FRIDAY, the 29th. The
first repeater net will be held the following Monday.

Stand by for the meeting date for the K9IU call out meeting, which will
be decided shortly. The call out meeting will include technical demos,
food, a shack and repeater tour, and other exciting things you won’t
want to miss.

If you would like to be net control for a K9IU net, write me email, and
we’ll get you on the schedule. It’s very important that we give our new
hams and other club members a chance to try their hand at being net control.

Also, don’t forget to get on the 9-4 machine and say hello.

See you on the air,
— 73 de NQ9L, Luke Patmore, K9IU President

K9IU’s new, rampantly unofficial website

Greetings hamateurs,

This is the new and astoundingly more manageable web presence of the K9IU Amateur Radio Club.  As it happens, our club is alive and well.  Our core membership consists of a handful of active hams, but it’s time to move forward.  There are new modes to work, a myriad of mostly uncharted microwave bands, and extremely powerful software defined radio technology to use.  This coming academic year, we have a host of fascinating events lined up, none of which you’ll want to miss.

So let’s be active hams, put on our asbestos pants, and hack something crazy together.  Check back often for moar updates.

73 de NQ9L

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