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Brownsburg, Indiana, Hamfest Changes Location


The Brownsburg, Indiana, Hamfest sponsored by the Hendricks County Amateur Radio Society (HCARS) and scheduled for Saturday, February 24, has changed its location to Avon United Methodist Church, 6850 E. US Highway 36, Avon, Indiana. Set-up times remain the same.

The hamfest will be open to the public from 9 AM until 2 PM Central Time. Admission is $5, and parking is plentiful.

Talk-in is available on the N9HC repeater on 147.015 MHz (+600) with carrier access. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. — Thanks to Ron Burke, KB9DJA



Evil Mad Scientist Labs releases their 2018 Valentines Cards

The unique and geeky valentines cards they produce have been released for 2018 and the theme this year’s set features parallel lines, friction, and activation energy.  Established in 2006 the unique and geeky blog has created these cards every year. 

Their blog is at: https://www.evilmadscientist.com/

Download the 2018 Valentines cards at:



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The ARRL International Grid Chase is well underway!

Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, ARRL Contest Branch Manager
[as announced in December 2017 QST, page 92]

Join in on the ARRL's newest year-long operating event!

You may not know this, but your station is in a Maidenhead grid square. The entire world is divided into thousands of these 1° latitude × 2° longitude squares, each one with a unique designation. They're all part of a geographic location system adopted in the 1980s at a meeting of the VHF Working Group in Maidenhead, England. 

Unless you are a VHF enthusiast, this nugget of information may not mean much. But at 0000 UTC on January 1, 2018, the global Amateur Radio community came alive with the exchange of grid squares.

See full story at:  http://www.arrl.org/international-grid-chase-2018

For more information on grid squares see http://www.arrl.org/grid-squares




ARRL Suggests FCC May Need to Intervene to Ensure Effective Antenna Rights


Commenting in response to an FCC Public Notice (DA 17-1180) released last month, ARRL addressed the extent of Amateur Radio’s response to recent hurricane disasters and efforts needed to expand the use of Amateur Radio services when it comes to planning, testing, and providing emergency communication. The comments point out that Amateur Radio not only has been “far more than a hobby;” it is a ubiquitous, infrastructure-independent communication resource that’s always ready to deploy effectively whenever and wherever needed. The League cited the remarks of former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, that Amateur Radio “oftentimes is our last line of defense.” ARRL raised three areas where action by the FCC could ensure and enhance the ability of radio amateurs to provide emergency communication, including the current Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 (S. 1534), now in the US Senate.

More at:   http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-suggests-fcc-may-need-to-intervene-to-ensure-effective-antenna-rights

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