What : 59th annual Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) 2016
Where: Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic School (Hosted by Troop 265)
When: October 15th - Noon to 6:00pm
Troop 265 will be hosting our annual Jamboree on the Air event complete with a several amateur radio stations available for any scout in the council to make radio contact with other scouts from all over the world. This year's setup will include a decked out communications trailer from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, as well as the emergency communications trailer from Johnson County. We will also have several stations setup and managed by members of the Midstate Amateur Radio Club out of Franklin, Indiana (http://midstatehams.org) We will also be taking orders for the JOTA patch from anyone who attends and wants one. The cost is $4 at the event, and they will be delivered at a future roundtable event.
In the 1990’s a dangerous and deadly trend was sweeping the country.
As 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. Pictured here is Steve AF9SE checking into the Goblin Patrol Net with an update. 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.
Beginning with the November 19, 2016 club meeting we will move to the headquarters of Johnson County REMC. The new location is located at 750 International Drive, on the north side of Franklin.
This meeting facility will accommodate our future growth plans for MARC. The room will hold at least 200 people and has first class audio/video equipment and screen. There are plenty of tables and chairs to facilitate the meeting and VE testing. Their large kitchen has everything we need for Saturday morning coffee, donuts and the annual Christmas party pitch-in.
We look forward to establishing our new meeting place at the Johnson County REMC headquarters. Talk-in will be on 146.835. See you there beginning November 19th.
Our many thanks to Chet Aubin, CEO Johnson Co. REMC for making this possible.
We will be conducting an Introduction to APRS class on Tuesday October 4th at White River Twp Station 51 beginning at 6:30pm. The Automatic Position Reporting System is used primarily on 2-meter radios across the country and around the world. Practical applications include tracking mobiles, reporting current weather conditions and texting short messages from your HT or mobile radio.
Please let me know If you can attend the class. We should have a good time learning how to play with this active/passive mode of Amateur Radio.
On September 12, The US House of Representatives passed the
"Amateur Radio Parity Act" to protect the rights of Radio Amateurs. Now is the time to contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to support this important legislation.
Read More Of The ARRL Story Here.
Amateur Radio Operators > Send your US Senator an email ask that they support HR 1301 – click here to connect to the rally congress website to send a letter to our Senators by email. Thank you for your support!
Family and friends > that want to support the effort PLEASE use these steps:
1: Go to the below websites of the US Senators for Indiana.
2: For the topic, choose “Homeland Security” (Appropriate since this is concerning support for disaster response efforts)
Senator Dan Coats - www.coats.senate.gov/contact/
Senator Joe Donnelly - www.donnelly.senate.gov/contact/email-joe
3: Copy and paste the prepared letter from here into the ‘comments or message’ box of the Senators website. It’s an edited version of the letter sent by the amateur operators using the rally congress link and is tailored for family and friends to show their backing of this bill. Submit your message and Thank You for your support!