The Indianapolis Radio Club February 26, 2018

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The Indianapolis Radio Club is a general interest ham radio group that was founded in 1914 and has met continuously since. Major activities the club supports are a bus to the Dayton Hamvention (May 20, 2017), Field Day (Jun 24-25, 2017), HillTop contest (Sep 16, 2017), the IRC 2m Four Grid Award (see the "Operating" section) and our annual Christmas Party (Dec 8, 2017).

"Our meetings are held at Ivy Tech Community College 2535 N. Capitol Ave. near downtown Indianapolis in the 4th floor ballroom in the NMC building (Ivy Tech Downtown Campus Map)at 7:30 PM on the second (2nd) Friday of each month except for July and August. Preceding the meeting, there is an informal social session that starts at 7:00 PM, where members and visitors can chat and exchange information over refreshments."

The Ivy Tech radio club meetings are held concurrently with the Indianapolis Radio Club meetings.

The Indianapolis Radio Club Station W9JP is co-located with the IVY Tech ARC Club Station W9IVY at the IVY Tech Community College Meridian Street Campus NMC building (Ivy Tech Downtown Campus Map). The IVY Tech ARC, W9IVY is the host and the combination of equipment from both clubs gives a nice station with capabilities from HF thru 1.2GHz including satellite. IRC members act as mentors for the IVY Tech ARC members and both clubs help maintain the station. The station is located on the second floor of the Tech Center Building room T226A and is available for use from 9AM to 9PM weekdays and Saturdays.  Tuesday from 3PM to 6PM is an IRC activity day for those interested in getting together at the club station. Talk in is on the 146.07/67 repeater. We would like to go over the operation of the station , logging onto the computers and the door codes to get into the station before you operate the station. You can park in the IVY Tech parking lots without a permit. Enter the Tech building by the side door on the back on the south corner. Contact Jim Rinehart, K9RU for information: See Pictures selection above for a view of the W9JP operating position. We can also use help working on the stations and the antennas.

Indianapolis Radio Club Meetings and Events

Field Day

Field Day, held on the fourth full weekend of June, is the most popular annual on-the-air Amateur Radio exercise in North America. Over 35,000 radio amateurs will trek to remote locations in all 50 states, Canada and eslsewhere to set up portable radio stations and operate off the grid for 24 hours. Participating as clubs, pairs, singles and groups of friends, they will test their emergency preparedness communications skills and highlight the many ways Amateur Radio operators serve their communities.

The Indianapolis Radio Club's Field Day exercise will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24 2018 at Victor Conservation Club, 6675 Red Day Road, Martinsville Indiana (off State Road 67 near Centerton Indiana). A coalition of six central Indiana ham radio clubs under the Indianapolis Radio Club banner will operate around the clock, scoring points by contacting as many other participating stations as possible using mainly voice transmissions and Morse Code.

The public is welcome and encouraged to visit and talk on the radio via the Get On The Air (GOTA) station that will operate during daylight hours throughout the Field Day period (2 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday local time). All licensed Amatuer Radio operators are likewise invited to drop by.

To support the Indianapolis Radio Club Field Day activities the Marion County Amateur Radio Emergency Service will be on hand with additional support from The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN). Other participating clubs at Victor Conservatin Club include W9IMS Amateur Radio Club, the Hoosier DX and Contest Club, Indy Midtown Amateur Radio Club and the RCA Amateur Radio Club of Indianapolis.

The operators normally volunteer for at least a 2 hour shift and the three stations are on the air all day and all night. If you can volunteer select the field day menu at the top of the page and half way down the page is the contact information. Please schedule soon so the operations roster can be assembled. All club members and nonmembers are encouraged to come and participate at Field Day as either and operator or logger.

See the waiver (select here) that everybody entering the grounds of Victor Conservation Club needs to sign (whether you’re operating or not). 

The Indianapolis Hamfest and ARRL convention is July 13 and 14 at the Marion County Fairgrounds

see the following web site for more information




The club members check into the weekly net on 220.80 or 224.98 at 8:00 local time Thursday Nights with a PL tone of 77HZ. The remote base audio at the 441.350 repeater site connects the 224.980 with the hub repeater.     Club members also check into the ARES Sunday night HF net at 3.900 MHZ 21:00 hours GMT.

The weekly six meter experimental net is on the 52.7 IPL repeater at 7:30 local time on Thursday nights.

Slow code traffic net. ICN will meet every evening on 3535 Khz at 00:00Z. CW speeds max out at about 13 wpm, feel free to QNI (check in).

The Indiana DMR net meets on Tuesday nights at 8:00 PM local time on Indiana State wide

The SATERN net is now on every week on Thursdays at 7:00 PM on the 146.880 repeater. No pl tone. All are welcome to sign in.


· President: David Spoelstra, N9KT –
· Vice Pres.: Dave Miller, K9RTT -
· Secretary: Ken Bandy, KJ9B -
· Treasurer: Rhonda Curtis, WS9H -
· Chief Operator: Jace Thompson, KD9BIG -
· Dir. at large: Jim Rinehart, K9RU –
· Dir. at large: Ron Cooper, WB9DKL -
· Dir. at large: Mark Burke, W9MGB -
· W9JP Trustee: Jay Kraus, W9TC -

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