VE Test session – Saturday, September 26th!

VE-patch2W9YB PARC will be administering an Amateur Radio license exam session on Saturday, September 26, 2015.  The testing sessions will begin at 9:00 am and go until 11:00 am.

Location is Rawls Hall, Room 2079 (RAWL 2079)

Registration is preferred.  For more information and to register, please click this link:



Join W9YB! – Club Call-Out Friday 9/18



This Friday, W9YB Purdue University Amateur Radio Club will be having a club call-out.

If you would like to join fun group of interesting, intelligent, and fun people and have an interest in Amateur Radio, come join us!


WHEN:  Friday, September 18th  5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE:  The W9YB clubhouse (aka “The Shack”) – Room 370 (West Tower) Purdue Memorial Union building.


Dues for the club are $10 per semester ($20 for the entire year).  The dues help pay for club equipment and activities.

Also, be sure to join our mailing list to be kept up-to-date on everything W9YB!  You can join the mailing list by signing up here.


73! de W9YB

FCC eliminates vanity callsign fee today 9/3/2015!

fccStarting today, September 3rd, 2015, there will be no charge by the FCC to get a vanity callsign.  This is all part of the plan from the FCC to cut costs by shrinking its enforcement bureau and over all cost savings within the FCC.

There are primarily two ways in which to apply for a vanity call sign.  The FCC accepts the required forms by mail, amateurs can apply online via the FCC’s ULS (Universal Licensing Service) web site.


There are also some great resources out there to check to see if that callsign you are looking for is available:


AE7Q’s Amateur Extra Query Tools

ARRL – FCC’s Vanity Callsign Program


So now if you fancy a callsign that is your initials, you can get it (that is if it is available) or get that crazy long “KF4PMS” callsign changed!

W9YB 443.600 DMR repeater online and testing!

HoosierDMRThe 444.500 analog repeater was removed from service on 8/6/2015 at about 4:30 pm.

The 443.600 DMR repeater was put on the air about 5 pm, utilizing the antenna and feedline previously used by the analog repeater.  It appears to be working quite well, one of the first contacts we made was with a mobile station just this side of Attica.

For awhile the 444.500 analog repeater will be offline so that we can use the antenna to test the new DMR repeater.  But don’t worry the analog 444.500 70cm repeater will be back soon once we get our new antenna for the DMR repeater.

This DMR repeater is part of the Hoosier DMR repeater network. Just 4 years after its inception Hoosier DMR has grown exponentially, providing coverage in several densely populated area throughout the state. Our talk groups connect Indiana DMR users with fellow enthusiasts locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Hoosier DMR welcomes all interested licensed amateur operators to experience the power of the DMR technology and utilize our open system.  For more information on DMR please see our DMR page!


73 de W9YB

W9YB 70cm Repeater – INDY AIR RACE!

maxresdefaultOn Saturday August 1st, the W9YB 70cm repeater (444.500 MHz) will be connected to an IRLP reflector for the coordination of the Indy Air Race.

This air race is headquarted from the Indy Executive Airport and some of the planes will travel through Tippecanoe County as they race.  Marion County Amateur Radio ops will be providing coordination communications.

We ask that during this event that users not use the W9YB 70cm repeater and take their traffic to any of the other repeaters.  Feel free to listen, but please do not use the repeater for any other use other than coordination for the 2015 Indy Air Race.

For more information on the 2015 Indy Air Race please visit:

73! de W9YB


W9YB Repeaters

antenna-trans-backI am very happy to announce that all 4 of the W9YB repeaters are now working properly.

Thanks to Tim Miller N9DKI, the 6m repeater is now back online and functional as well as the 1.25m (220 MHz) repeater.  These repeaters were struck by lightning last fall and have been down for quite some time.


Here is a list of all of the frequencies and information for the W9YB repeater systems:

  • W9YB 6m Repeater RX=53.190 MHz (shift -1.00 MHz) PL=131.8 Hz
  • W9YB 2m Repeater RX=146.760 MHz (shift -600 kHz) PL=131.8 Hz
  • W9YB 1.25m Repeater RX=224.960 MHz (shift -1.600 MHz) PL=NO PL TONE
  • W9YB 70cm Repeater RX=444.500 MHz (shift +5.00 MHz) PL=131.8 Hz

The W9YB repeater system is open for use by all licensed Amateur radio operators in the community.

W9YB Field Day 2015 Fun!

2015_Field_Day_Logo_333_X_220W9YB was active during ARRL Field Day 2015 this year and everyone had a bast.  We are still calculating the score and haven’t submitted logs yet, but it looks like we made 350 contacts!

NQ9G was on fire running 80m SSB.  Dan AC9GT got us some QRP CW contacts, and Nick N9SJA got some QRP SSB contacts as well as some PSK-31 contacts!

The weather was beautiful all day but then got down right cold in the middle of the night!  The low was 54 degrees!  In June! Holy cow!  Squirrel Park is a great place for Field Day since it is so close to everyting.  A huge thank you to Andy K9ELF for helping us secure the location!

We had several visitors and operators this year, some new faces and of course old friends!

Thanks to the following ops that helped with W9YB Field Day 2015:

Dan – AC9GT
Gary – NQ9G
Nick – N9SJA
Jeff – N9IZ
Mike – AC9ID
Nathan – N9NWT
Kyler – KD9AWO
Chuck – (Just passed his Tech and General – No callsign yet)

Here are some awesome pictures:

ARRL Field Day 2015

ARRL Field Day 2015This year W9YB will participate in the ARRL 2015 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 2015:

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 2015 this will be June 27th and 28th, beginning on 18:00 UTC (2:00 PM our time) on Saturday the 27th and ending at 20:59 UTC (4:59 pm our time).  We will start to setup at 11:00am on Saturday morning and take down everything Sunday morning.

WHERE:  We will setup at Squirrel Park across from the  Purdue West shopping center, next to married student housing.  You should park your vehicle at the Purdue Village Community Center and walk over to our setup by the shelter.

For a map and venue information please click here:

For more information about ARRL Field Day 2015 (including rules and detailed information) please see:



W9YB VE Team Amateur Radio License Exam Session

VE-patch2W9YB PARC will be administering an Amateur Radio license exam session on Saturday, June 20, 2015.  The testing sessions will begin at 9:00 am and go until 11:00 am.

Location is Rawls Hall, Room 2079 (RAWL 2079)

Registration is preferred.  For more information and to register, please click this link:

ATTENTION! The Wood Street parking garage is closed for maintenance and construction!

It is advised that you find parking on the street, or use the gravel lot to the east of the Wood Street garage.  We apologize for any inconvenience, but we were just informed this week of the construction.

School is almost out…let the nets begin

motion-p-gold-1With the semester coming to an end most of the student members of W9YB will be leaving Purdue for the summer.  Be it that they are going back to their home state/city, an internship, or graduating and moving on with life.

Congratulations ladies and gentlemen on a great year at W9YB!

In an effort so that we can better stay in touch, we have decided to make some nets happen on our IRLP nodes as well as on HF.



The W9YB repeater/IRLP net will be held on Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm EDT.  I have secured a connection to an IRLP reflector so that everyone who wishes to connect via IRLP can do so.  The IRLP reflector node is 9615.  To disconnect when you are done enter 73.  

The W9YB members and alumni NET:

The HF net will be held also on Sunday evenings at 8:00 pm EDT on 40m.  The frequency will be 7.285 +/- QRM, but we will send out an e-mail approximately 15 minutes before the net to confirm the exact frequency.

Be sure to sign up with our e-mail list service to be notified of future nets, frequencies, and other good information.

You can sign up by clicking HERE.