SCICSG Field Day 2017

SCICSG will once again be participating in Amateur Radio Field Day on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, 2017.

This year’s event will take place on the grounds of our new sponsor, THE ROCK, the church at the corner of Rocky Ford Road and Taylor Road in Columbus, Indiana.

Beginning at 09:00 on Saturday, members will setup temporary ham radio stations to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio and its usefulness during emergency situations requiring communications support.

On-air operation will commence at 14:00 (2:00 pm) and continue throughout the night, concluding at 14:00 (2:00 pm) on Sunday.

One of the goals will be to contact as many other Amateur stations as possible throughout North America during this 24 hour period.

A Special station will be setup for the Public, with the guidance of a licensed operator, to get hands-on experience and actually get on the air!

For those wishing to earn their amateur radio license, or upgrade an existing license, SCICSG will also be offering free license testing throughout the event. Applicants should bring a valid government-issued ID and a copy of any existing amateur radio license.

Please come out and join us!

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Brown Co Repeater Update – February 11, 2017

On Friday evening, around 6:00pm, the 147.300 repeater stopped operating.
A team from SCICSG was onsite on Saturday afternoon and found that the power amp seemed to have failed. Rather than do a lot of troubleshooting and part swapping, the decision was made to swap out the GE Mastr II hardware for a new Yaesu DR1X.
At approximately 3:30pm, the new repeater was up and operational. Users will notice a few differences between the operation of the old repeater and the new one, including:

  • No voice identifier
  • An extremely short squelch tail
  • No courtesy beep

At least with our initial testing, the audio on the new repeater seems to be excellent.
It is currently transmitting at 50W. Additional enhancements are expected in the future, but this was our quickest solution for getting the repeater back on the air and available for use.

The 440 repeater continues to be out of service, while that system is rebuilt around another new Yaesu DR1X.
A few listeners may have heard the repeater back on the air for a short amount of time on Saturday as we tried to troubleshoot an issue with the system to determine if it could be fixed onsite or if it needed to be brought back to Columbus for further work. As the previous issue continued to show itself, the decision was made to bring it back to Columbus for rebuild. The repeater seems to be having a problem with transmitter/receiver isolation, causing the repeater to be useless for local conversations.
This repeater will be rebuilt and returned to service as soon as possible.

Further updates will be posted here on the SCICSG website.

Thank you to W9DBA, K9KER, K9MAF, KA9MZV, K9JAJ and KA9SWI for their help with today’s work!

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Field Day 2016

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SCICSG will once again be participating in Amateur Radio Field Day this year.
Field Day is an annual event which combines an on-air contest, an emergency communications exercise and a public relations opportunity through the display and operation of amateur radio stations, often in public sites. The event starts on Saturday afternoon and runs through the night and into Sunday afternoon.
This year, SCICSG will be operating from the lawn of The Rock church at 3990 Rocky Ford Road (corner of Rocky Ford and Taylor Rd) in Columbus.
Setup will begin around 10:00am on Saturday, June 25, with on-air operations occurring between 2:00pm Saturday and 2:00pm Sunday.
Multiple stations will be in operation during the event with the Charles Long Memorial Station acting as our GOTA (Get on the Air) station. The GOTA station will be available for those who have earned their amateur radio license within the past year and for those who are not licensed and have an interested in getting on the air and participating, under the supervision of a license amateur radio operator.
The public is welcome at any time during the event.
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VE Test Session Move

Due to a scheduling conflict at our normal location, the August 12, 2015 VE test session will be held in the computer lab at the Bartholomew County Public Library, at the corner of 5th and Franklin Streets in Columbus.
Testing is still free of charge.
Testing will begin at 6:00pm.

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SCICSG Field Day

SCICSG will once again be participating in Amateur Radio Field Day on Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28, 2015.

This year’s event will take place on the grounds of our new sponsor, THE ROCK, the church at the corner of Rocky Ford Road and Taylor Road in Columbus, Indiana.

Beginning at 09:00 on Saturday, members will setup temporary ham radio stations to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio and its usefulness during emergency situations requiring communications support.

On-air operation will commence at 14:00 (2:00 pm) and continue throughout the night, concluding at 14:00 (2:00 pm) on Sunday.

One of the goals will be to contact as many other Amateur stations as possible throughout North America during this 24 hour period.

Current plans are to have all radio equipment powered exclusively by solar-charged battery packs with at least six radios operating from the Columbus event.

A Special station will be setup for the Public, with the guidance of a licensed operator,  to get hands-on experience and actually get on the air!

Please come out and join us!

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Spring Mowing Complete

On Saturday, May 23, several members of SCICSG volunteered their time to mow the tower site where the Columbus Amateur Radio Club’s 440 repeater is housed. SCICSG does the mowing and trimming of the site in support of CARC’s repeater each May and September as part of CARC’s lease agreement with the tower owner.
Thank you to all members who dedicated about two hours of their holiday weekend for the effort. It is greatly appreciated!

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Brown County Repeater Update

We’re pleased to announce that, as of Tuesday, April 21, SCICSG has accepted the role of trustee of the three Brown County repeaters (53.090-, 147.300+, 443.275+).

We look forward to providing the same excellent service to the amateur radio community that Pete, KA9SWI has provided for years.

We will be having some additional exciting announcements about these repeaters in the near future.

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Welcome!

Welcome to SCICSG’s new website. Our members will soon begin developing content for the site and making it a valuable online destination for updates on the SCICSG organization and for ideas and projects related to amateur radio.

If you are a member of SCICSG and interested in providing content for the site, please email Brian, WW9A at ww9a at scicsg.org.

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