Happy Thanksgiving!


The members of W9YB will be out this week (11/23 – 11/27) but we all wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

The shack will be closed, on Friday 11/27.  Some of us may be around, you can try to reach the members that are still in town on the W9YB 2m or W9YB 70cm DMR repeaters.

W9YB 70cm DMR Repeater Back in Service!

antenna-trans-backThe W9YB 70cm DRM Repeater is now back up and fully functional.

I haven’t gotten any details from Tim N9DKI about it yet, so I am not sure about what happened or what the details are, but the DMR repeater is back online and working.


73! de Nick N9SJA and the W9YB gang

W9YB DMR Repeater Down

antenna-trans-backThe W9YB DMR repeater is currently offline due to damage sustained by high winds late last week (Nov 12-13).

We think that the connection between the coax and the antenna may be a problem, but we will not know for sure until further troubleshooting is done.

We are looking at possibly Thursday 11/19 before Tim can get to the top of Hawkins to troubleshoot this issue.

More information will be posted here and on the W9YB Facebook (www.facebook.com/w9ybparc) site as information is found.


We know how popular the W9YB DMR repeater is, and apologize for any inconvenience this causes.  Please be patient with us while we get it worked out.

Thank you and 73!  W9YB PARC

Upcoming November VE Exam Sessions!

 VE-patch2This month 2 Exam Sessions!
Friday, Nov 13th and Saturday, Nov 14th!


For this month we are actually having two exam sessions.  One on Friday, November 13th starting at 7:00pm and going until 9:00 pm for those that cannot make a Saturday exam.

We will also have the usual exam on Saturday, November 14th starting at 9:00 am until 11:00 am.

For directions to the exam, parking information, and to register, please visit our licensing page.


73! and Good Luck! de W9YB

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: http://www.w9yb.org/licensing/



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:  http://indyairrace2015.blogspot.com/

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.