CQ WW SSB DX Contest Oct 24-26

CQ WW logo_2This weekend is the CQ World Wide SSB (Phone) DX Contest.  This is an excellent opportunity to work stations from all over the world on the HF bands.

We will have Extra class operators present, so that you can operate all allocated frequencies if you have your Technician, General, or even no FCC amateur radio license at all!  Before the contest we will have members familiar to contests, go over the exchange (what to say on the radio) and explain how the contest works.

The contest starts on Friday at 8:00 pm (this is actually Sat the 25th 00:00 UTC), and runs through Sunday at 7:59 pm (Sunday Oct, 26th 23:59 UTC).  We plan on operating in shifts and having food and drinks around.  You can stop by and operate for just a few hours, or stay all day if you wish.

W9YB Purdue University Amateur Radio Club has a long and distinguished history in Amateur Radio contesting.  Come be part of this event, and have fun operating!

You can read more here about the CQ WW SSB (phone) 2014 contest.

If you wish to operate in the contest, please contact nicholashyer@gmail.com for more information.

 

73! de W9YB

 

W9YB VE Team – License Exam this Saturday, Sept 27th.

VE-patch2This Saturday, September 27 the W9YB PUARC VE Team will be conducting an Amateur Radio license exam 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.

 

Please note:  You must bring a valid ID card.  This can be an Indiana state ID card, Drivers License, or your Purdue University ID card.  We cannot administer an exam without ID.

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.

AMET-Areospace Callout

Cametlogo2ome join AMET on projects relating to Rocketry, UAVs, High Altitude Ballooning, and other aerospace releated projects.

 

Thursday, September 18th, 6:30pm – Stewart Center (STEW) Room 214C

Click HERE to download the callout flyer (PDF)!

baloon1 rocket1 UAV1

 

 

 

 

 

Skills Needed!  ALL MAJORS WELCOMED!

Aeronautical:

  • Lift Mechanics
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Nozzle Design
  • Trajectory Simulation

Electrical/Electronics:

  • RF Communications
  • PCB Design
  • Embedded Systems
  • Electro-Mechanical
  • Integration

Mechanical:

  • Machining
  • Statics/Dynamics
  • Material Strengths
  • Electro-Mechanical
  • Intergration

Public Relations:

  • Web Development
  • Photography/Photographers
  • Social Media
  • Blogger

 

Questions or if unable to attend please contact:

attar@purdue.edu

dlyles@purdue.edu

dhhuston@purdue.edu

For more information on AMET please visit  http://www.purdueamet.org/aerospace

W9YB PARC bi-weekly nets are back!

baofeng-uv-5rThe W9YB PARC bi-weekly repeater nets are back!

Join in using your 2m or 70cm radio.  We will be linking both the W9YB 2m and 70cm repeaters using IRLP.
These nets will occur twice per month on an every other week schedule on a Tuesday at 8:00pm EST.  The nets will last for approximately 1 hour.

Click HERE for event details and dates.

Frequencies for the repeaters and associated information:

W9YB 2m repeater 146.760 – (pl tone=131.8 Hz)
W9YB 70cm repeater 444.500 + (pl tone=131.8 Hz)

Anyone is welcome to join the net.  This will be a directed net by net control, and checkins will be taken.

73! de W9YB

 

W9YB PARC Club call-out!

new-iconThe W9YB Purdue Amateur Radio Club and our sister club AMET (American Mechanical and Electrical Technologists) will be participating in a call-out for new club members.

The Call out will be at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, September 2nd at the WTHR building in room 172.

Anyone interested in Amateur Radio can join in. All majors as well.

Refreshments will be provided (Pizza and Soda).

 

 

  • Learn about getting your ham radio license!
  • Learn about our local repeater system for talking to other student hams!
  • Participate in contests with other clubs all over the world!
  • Communicate with satellites orbiting over head!
  • Learn digital modes and packet radio such as APRS location tracking systems!

Click here for event information!  73! and see you at the call-out!

The W9YB 2m repeater has been repaired and is back online!

breaking-news-redglobeDATELINE:  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:

  •      2m – 146.760 (PL tone 131.8 Hz) – ONLINE
  •      70cm – 444.500 (PL tone 131.8 Hz) – ONLINE
  •      1 1/4m repeater (no PL tone) – OFFLINE (Possibly a bad transmitter on this one)
  •      6m (PL tone 131.8 Hz) – OFFLINE (This repeater was offline due to a lightning strike.  The antenna was demolished, but a new one has been ordered and will be replaced soon.)

 

For more information on W9YB repeaters, please see http://www.w9yb.org/repeater

 

73! de W9YB

W9YB 2m repeater offline

repeaterThe 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.

W9YB

Congratulations to our examinees!

CongratulationsCongratulations 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.

Amateur Radio License Exam Session – This Saturday July 12th

VE-patch2This Saturday, July 12 the W9YB PUARC VE Team will be conducting an Amateur Radio license exam 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.

 

Please note:  You must bring a valid ID card.  This can be an Indiana state ID card, Drivers License, or your Purdue University ID card.  We cannot administer an exam without ID.

 

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.

 

ARRL Field Day 2014

2014_Field_Day_Logo_333_X_220This 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!