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Goblin Patrol

In the 1990’s a dangerous and deadly trend was sweeping the country. AF9SE Goblin PatrolAs a part of the Halloween holiday, malicious people were throwing pumpkins, watermelons or rocks off overpasses of the highways and interstates in America.  This caused numerous accidents, injuries and even deaths.  Fortunately, this has not happened in Johnson County for many years.  This is in large part because the members of the MidState Amateur Radio Club (MARC) volunteer for “Goblin Patrol”.  Every year at the request of the sheriff in Johnson County, MARC members volunteer to sit alongside the overpasses up and down Interstate 65 and keep a watchful eye for anyone that wants to repeat this dangerous prank.  If you’re out and about on Halloween night and see a suspicious vehicle along the road, it may well be one of us keeping an eye on things to keep the goblins away.  73’s all.   

Here is a link to the History Channel with the history and some interesting information on our 2nd favorite holiday, second only to Christmas. 


Greenwood High School Band and Irish Guard

Greenwood High School Band and Irish Guard
Annual Greenwood Invitational
As a part of the MidState Amateur Radio Club’s (MARC) community involvement we support the Greenwood High School Band and Irish Guard when they host the Greenwood Invitational Band Competition.  The daylong event, and it is an event, involves high school bands that travel from different parts of the state for a marching band competition.  This can involve a single bus with a couple pickups and trailers of equipment for the smaller bands where the larger class A and class B bands can have a substantial presence. They can have a fleet of 8 full sized school buses for the students, 4 semi-tractors with 53ft trailers and six 30 foot straight trucks for the bands equipment.  We at MARC support them with MARC members volunteering to assist with traffic control and safety for students and guests. 
Some background on the Greenwood High School Band:  The students have accepted invitations and are a well-traveled band where they have marched in the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd, in Los Angles and performed in both the Fiesta Bowl parade and field show.  Here in Indiana they are a championship band, winning the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Class B State Championship on several occasions.  They have competed in competitions hosted by the Bands Of America with Grand National Semi-Finalist in 2012.  See more about their program at:  http://ghsband.org/

WD9BSA Testing Report - November 2015

Several MARC members also participate in the WD9BSA group.  The WD9BSA group is a group of HAM operators that are members of Radio Scouting, a function of the Boy Scouts of America.


Today we had the following VE's present for testing:

Andrew N9AWM
Steve AF9SE
Steve W9THR
Dick W9FG
Wayne AC9HP
Brian KB9BVN

So we had enough VE's on hand to test.  We had three test takers, two of them scouts.

Nathan took his technician exam and passed.
Terry took his general exam and passed.
Chuck took his Extra exam and passed.

Plus we did an administrative address change for a local ham.

All in all we had a pretty good year, which would not have been possible without your volunteering to be a VE for the WD9BSA group. Thank you very much.

These are the dates for 2016 - Jeff when you get time, please add these to the website.

FEBRUARY 13 from 8:30AM to 11AM
MAY 14 from 8:30AM to 11AM
AUGUST 13 from 8:30AM to 11AM
NOVEMBER 12 8:30AM to 11AM

73 de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey
WD9BSA VE Team Leader

Greater Greenwood Community Band

The Greater Greenwood Community Band was established in 1993 is an 80-plus member volunteer, semi-professional 501(c)-3 not for profit organization that strives to provide exceptional musical performances for their audiences. The Band has a yearlong rehearsal schedule and offers free performances in the south Indy metro and Greenwood area that culminates with their Christmas Concert. Performances are held at the Greenwood High School Auditorium or in the Greenwood Amphitheater at Surina Square Park.

MidState Amateur Radio Club supports the Greater Greenwood Community Band with volunteer traffic assistance in and around the Greenwood Community Center when they host an all-day Band Festival. The Band Festival is a day long program where community bands from across the state give a free public performance and the logistics traffic for the event needs MARC members to volunteer to support their event.

More information about the Greater Greenwood Community Band is at thier web site:        http://greenwoodband.com/




Founded in 1984.  MARC is an ARRL Affiliated Club.


ARRL Central Division, Indiana Section  http://www.inarrl.org/