SCICSG Releases New Amateur Radio Population Maps for Indiana

Members of SCICSG have worked with data from US Census Bureau and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) data.
The maps include statewide maps showing:

  • Hams per capita for each county
  • Hams per square mile for each county

Also available are maps for each individual county, showing the distribution of licensed amateur radio operators within the county. SCICSG feels that this data could be valuable to amateur radio clubs and other organizations who are active within these counties and adjacent counties, when recruiting potential new amateur radio operators.

These maps are available at http://www.scicsg.org/Study/Ham-Maps/.

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SCICSG Receives BCCF Grant

SCICSG RECEIVES GRANT FROM BROWN COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR BROWN COUNTY REPEATER PROJECT
Columbus, IN (June 23, 2017) – South Central Indiana Communications Support Group, Inc. is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 grant from the Brown County Community Foundation. These funds will support the Brown County Repeater Project.
The Brown County Repeater Project is working to upgrade and enhance the amateur radio repeaters that serve Brown County, Indiana. This project will upgrade existing equipment on the repeaters in the Nashville area and will build a new repeater in the northern part of Brown County to expand the coverage area of the repeater system. These repeaters are used by licensed amateur radio operators during severe weather and disasters to better serve the citizens of Brown County. Fund raising efforts will continue to work toward a goal of $23,000 to complete all work within the scope of the project.
“Pete Lenges built these repeaters through his passion for amateur radio and his sense of duty in serving the people of Brown County. We will continue that legacy by enhancing and expanding this system into something that he would really be proud of,” stated Brian Smith, SCICSG’s president. “Thanks to this grant from BCCF, we’re well on our way to achieving that goal.”
Established in 1993, the Brown County Community Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Brown County. BCCF serves as a vehicle for donors, volunteers and community members to identify important issues, share ideas and build financial resources to make positive long-term change. BCCF awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. In 2017, BCCF has awarded more than $80,000 in grants and has awarded thirty scholarships to deserving students. All of this is achieved through the generosity of the people of Brown County and their donations to the foundation and its 186 endowment funds.
Since 2008, South Central Indiana Communications Support Group, Inc. (SCICSG) has served the amateur radio community of south central Indiana through education, training, testing and outreach.

Brown County Community Foundation – http://www.browncountygives.org
SCICSG – http://www.scicsg.org

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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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