The Indianapolis Radio Club June 14, 2020 Flag Day

  Membership Field Day Operating///Resources History Newsletters Constitution Bylaws Testing Pictures

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 monthly meetings, club station W9JP operation, ARRL Field Day, and IRC 2m Four Grid Award (see the "Operating" section)

"Our meetings are held at Ivy Tech Community College 2535 N. Capitol Ave. near downtown Indianapolis on the IndyGo Red Line (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 informations."

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 IFC 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.  Talk in is on the 146.28/88 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:

Indianapolis Radio Club Meetings and Events and Information:

Upcoming events:

A picture of yesterday's testing session, showing the spacing and masks.  Thirteen applicants in two sessions 73, de Ken KJ9B

June 2020 Testing Session

W9IMS operation will be in early August. Contact club officers N9KT or W9TC for details. Participants will need some sort of modern computer, a microphone/earphone headset and the team viewer software. The team viewer software is free for download. Operation will be on 20,40 and 75/80 meters. The participants will use the computer interface operating a transmitter at a remote location. This year will be very special as the events and history made will be the once in a life time event for most participants.

Due to several reasons, the Indianapolis Hamfest Association announced that the 2020 Indianapolis Hamfest, originally scheduled for July 10 and 11, has been canceled. Hamfest cancellation letter pdf click here Hamfest Cancellation Letter

If you are still interested in an in-person Field Day event, there is currently only one listed anywhere near Indianapolis: Indy United ARC, 6675 Red Day Road (near Centerton, IN), Martinsville, IN. They will have a GOTA station and the contact is: Brian D. Smith

If you wish to participate in the Indianapolis Radio Club score, please use the club name: “Indianapolis Radio Club” when you send in your entry.

All the Field Day information is located here:

This year, in August, will be the 75th anniversary of the USS Indianapolis Sinking. The NABD radio room WW2IND station and exhibit at the Indiana World War Memorial honors those brave men who held a pivotal position in the winning of World War Two and to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The radio station keeps alive the sound of hand sent CW (Morse code) broadcast by the USS Indianapolis Radio Room. Just imagine, each operator had or still has a particular sound to their hand sending that no machine can duplicate, be it on a bug or straight key. Some operators’ sending was sloppy, some sleepy, but mostly dead set perfect in their sending from a ship many times in the middle of nowhere, stinking of steam and oil, constantly moving and either terribly hot or brutally cold with comforts amounting to a whirling fan or a hot cup of coffee. The analog tube type transmitters which require constant care have a sound all of their own, much like a human personality and were the only communications method from the ship. Sit back and think for a minute about that point in history when a young man on that hot summer night, not yet 30 years old, was able to send an SOS signal using the transmitter front panel switches and controls of a transmitter in the back-up radio room, all the while sinking from the hit by 2 enemy torpedo’s. This feat has been attempted by the volunteer operators on the TDK transmitter in the radio room exhibit, but never duplicated.

The following equipment has been donated to the Indianapolis Radio or the IVY Tech ARC to be sold with the money going to the appropriate Club.

1. Yaesu FT757GX HF Transceiver with FP-757HD matching speaker/ power supply.. $300.00 - 10M with WARC bands (no 60M)  SSB, CW AM & FM   100 watts

2. Yaesu MD-1B8 desk mic $55

3. Kenwood MC-50 desk mic $45

4.Kenwood MC-80 desk mic $55

5. Yaesu FRG-7700 Shortwave receiver $200

6.Kenwood TS-520SE 160 – 10M 100 watt, hybrid 12BY7 driver and 6146 output $100

8. Heathkit HM-102 HF 200/2KW Power Meter $35 Have manual9.

Contact: Jim Rinehart, phone: 317 721-1458

Terms: cash & pickup only Can be checked out at my station.


The Marion County ARES Net meets every Wednesday @ 7:30 PM on the 146.700 repeater.

Ten meter activity 8:00 Local time in the SSB band portion around 28.380.

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 with tone of 136.5 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 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.

Two meter simplex net and activity on Sunday nites starting at 7pm local time 146.52 FM then listen at 7:30 146.200 USB or 114.060 CW or 144.165 CW



To be kept up to date on meetings and receive newsletters from the Indianapolis Radio Club, and be a part of the central Indiana Ham community point you browser to ando complete the section under "Subscribing to IRCNews".  Don't worry, your inbox won't be inundated with hundreds of messages, as the IRCNews reflector normally has a very low number of messages, and they most always are relatedto local ham radio news and events.

President: David Spoelstra, N9KT –
Vice Pres.: Dave Miller, K9RTT -
Secretary: Ken Bandy, KJ9B -
Treasurer: Mark Burke, W9MGB -

Directors, Jim Rinehart, K9RU, Jeff Hammer, N9NIC, Jay Kraus, W9TC, and George Taylor, KC9IKD.

W9JP Trustee: Jay Kraus, W9TC -

Special thanks to our Website sponsor

Be sure to hit refresh on your browser for the latest news

de radar