The home of the historic Purdue Amateur Radio Club
DATELINE: West Lafayette, Indiana – Purdue University Campus
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
The W9YB 2m repeater (146.760- PL tone 131.8Hz) has been repaired by our own Tim Miller N9DKI and is back on the air!
A big thanks again to Tim for all his hard work and time maintaining the W9YB repeater systems.
Here is a quick status of the W9YB repeater systems as of 8/20/2014:
For more information on W9YB repeaters, please see http://www.w9yb.org/repeater
73! de W9YB
The W9YB 2m repeater is currently offline. There seems to perhaps be a problem with one of the controller boards or perhaps a faulty cable. Currently our Repeater and Club Trustee Tim Miller N9DKI is looking at the problem. More information as is becomes available.
In the meantime, please feel free to use our 70cm repeater at 444.500 MHz with a PL tone of 131.8 Hz.
Congratulations to all of our examinees of our 7/12/2014 testing session!
Everyone who took the test, passed at least one test! We even had a few people pass both the Technician and General exams in one sitting.
W9YB PARC is now one of the leading locations in the area for Amateur Radio license testing. And we would like to thank the communities of Tippecanoe county for choosing W9YB PARC for their testing location.
We had 13 examinees take the test. 3 earned their Technician license, 5 earned their general license, and 5 earned their Amateur Extra class license on Saturday 7/12.
Some W9YB members that got their license:
Bob Hunt – N8LWD upgraded to Amateur Extra! Congratulations Bob!!!!
Cesare Guarinello – KC9YLY upgraded to Amateur Extra! Congratulations Cesare!!!
A big thank you to all the VEs and W9YB members that helped with such a great testing session.
The exam sessions will begin at 9:00 am at Rawls Hall Room 2079. Registration is preferred, but walk-ins are fine as well until 11:00 am. No additional exams will be started after 11:00am.
To register and for information about the exams, please visit our licensing page.
The fee for the exam is $15.00 at this time we only accept cash payments. We cannot process credit cards, checks, bitcoins, or other forms of payment.
For directions to the testing location please visit the licensing page.
This year W9YB will participate in the ARRL 2014 Field Day. Field Day is the most popular on-air contest event and tests readiness to operate Amateur Radio in case of an emergency. It is a super fun contest and a lot of fun as our club will set up in a park (to simulate the ability to setup and operate anywhere) with lots of food, and fresh air!
Here is the who, what, when, and where for W9YB FD 2014:
WHO: Anyone who would like to operate, learn, setup, or just visit for a fun time! We will have club members on hand of Amateur Extra Class and will be operating our Field Day station as W9YB.
WHAT: Field Day is a super fun event and a contest giving us points for the most stations contacted during the event. There are point multipliers for certain activities, such as operating a station from low power, batteries, solar or other alternative means of power, and extra points for publicity in the media!
WHEN: Field day is the forth full weekend of June. For 2014 this will be June 28th and 29th, beginning on 18:00 UTC (2:00 PM our time) on Saturday the 28th and ending at 20:59 UTC (4:59 pm our time). We will begin setting up at 10:00am on Saturday the 28th, and teardown after 5:00pm on Sunday the 29th.
WHERE: We will setup at Squirrel Park across from the Purdue West shopping center, next to married student housing. You should park your vechicle at the Purdue Village Community Center and walk over to our setup by the shelter.
Field Day is always fun with good friends, good weather, good radios, and of course good propagation!
See you at W9YB Field Day 2014!
In accordance with the plans of the Indiana Repeater Council. We here at W9YB PARC must change the PL (CTCSS) tones on our repeaters. This change will take place on Saturday, June 7th 2014 at about 12:00pm (noon). Please update your radios with the new PL tones so that you can still access our repeaters.
For more information about the Indiana Repeater council, please see: http://www.ircinc.org/
W9YB 6m Repeater: 53.190 MHz (-1.00 MHz input) PL tone 131.8 Hz
W9YB 2m Repeater: 146.760 Mhz (-600 KHz input) PL tone 131.8 Hz
W9YB 1.25m Repeater: 224.960 Mhz (-1.600 MHz input) NO PL TONE
W9YB 70cm Repeater: 444.500 MHz (+5.00 MHz input) PL tone 131.8 Hz
For more information on our repeaters please see: http://www.w9yb.org/repeater/
73! de W9YB
Last week, we unfortunately had our six meter repeater go offline.
The 6m repeater antenna was struck by lightning. Tim Miller N9DKI has assessed the damage and will be ordering parts to replace the damaged antenna.
This also caused a brief outage when a Ethernet switch was also damaged that affected our IRLP nodes. That switch has been replaced and IRLP is functioning just fine now.
More information to come on the situation with the W9yB 6m repeater. As soon as there are any updates they will be posed here.
Tuesday, May 6th was a good evening to try to communicate with the Amateur Radio Satellite SO-50. Also known as SaudiSat or Saudi-Oscar 50 this small satellite contains an FM transponder that acts as large area repeater.
The mode J FM repeater operates on an uplink frequency of 145.850 MHz (VHF 2m) and the downlink frequency is 436.800 MHz (UHF 70cm).
The repeater is available for all licensed Amateur radio operators to use. The FM repeater uses a PL tone of 67.0 Hz and also has a 10-minute timer that must be armed using an initial carrier that is 2 seconds long with a PL tone of 74.4 Hz to arm the timer.
We had some basic equipment to communicate with SO-50:
To have the maximum success on this short pass of SO-50 we decided to go to the top of the Purdue Grant Street parking garage where we had a relatively non-obscured view to the horizon. After tuning and adjusting for Doppler shift, we were able to hear the SO-50 satellite, although not very clearly. With the short time available there is many things to do and keep track of, so we as satellite hunters are sure this is a task whereas practice makes perfect.
SO-50 is one of the easier LEO satellites to work and there are lots of videos on YouTube and the like of Amateurs operating SO-50.
For passes and more information on SO-50, please check AMSAT’s website.
We will definitely be trying this again the next time there is a good pass. It was a lot of fun even though we were not able to make a contact that evening.
Thanks to everyone who turned out and operated some in the Indiana QSO Party on behalf of W9YB! Everyone had a great time and we made a quite impressive effort.
With sandwiches, snacks, soda, pizza, and some yummy caramel cupcakes provided by the XYL of N8LWD, we were properly fueled for some great contest action!
We had 3 stations setup in the W9YB shack: A Yaesu FT-920, a Yaesu FT-857, and KD9AIQ’s IC-817…plus N9SJA brought in his IC-7000. All rigs were connected to PCs with N1MM as the logging software.
Although we will need for the INQP officials to post the final score, here are the results that W9YB logged and some of the statistics:
Here is a copy of our log file (in PDF format): W9YB-INQP-2014-LOG
Now for some awesome pictures from the event!
Everyone had a great time! Look for W9YB on the bands in future contests.
73! de W9YB
The Indiana QSO Party is happening on Saturday May 3. This is a funtastic opportunity for anyone new to HF, and or contesting, to gain experience working pileups and doing contest exchanges. The INQP is a fun, low stress contest, so any experience level/license class is welcome to participate!
Here are the bullet point details:
There WILL be control ops present at General and Extra license levels, so Technician class ops are welcome and encouraged to participate.
For an example of a IN QSO party QSO exchange click here!
The INQP landing page: http://www.hdxcc.org/inqp/index.html
The INQP Rules can be found here: http://www.hdxcc.org/inqp/rules.html
The INQP County list for Indiana can be found here: http://www.hdxcc.org/inqp/counties.html
I’ve put together a small guide for new ops on the contesting exchanges. It’s a 2 pager script that lists the CQ and Pounce scenarios, with exact exchanges for the INQP, so really, you need to know nothing in advance about HF/contesting to participate. I’m not sure if attachements will go out on the list, but I will get printouts for the W9YB stations, and email those who RSVP. This may not be helpful for experienced operators, but if you’re new to HF and contesting, I’ve given examples of how the exchanges will go during the INQP.
Contact Damion Junk NG9I for details <firstname.lastname@example.org>, and to also let him know that you would like to participate.
The W9YB 2m repeater (146.760- pl=131.8Hz) has been repaired and is back online! More info at w9yb.org