SCICSG Field Day 2018

The south end exterior view of the The Jean Kaufmann Memorial Shelter, featuring a large stone fireplace. The shelter is surrounded by tall trees, and both open and shady grassy areas.
The Jean Kaufmann Memorial Shelter, high atop the eastern ridge of Camp Moneto, in beautiful Brown County, Indiana. The area around the shelter features tall trees, and plenty of open and shaded grassy areas.

The South Central Indiana Communications Support Group (SCICSG) will once again participate in Amateur Radio Field Day, on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24, 2018.

This year’s event will take place at the Jean Kaufmann Memorial Shelter, high atop the eastern ridge of Camp Moneto, in beautiful Brown County, Indiana.

This is a new location for our group. The Kaufmann shelter is a spacious and secluded hilltop area approximately 220 feet higher in elevation than nearby State Road 46. It offers an abundance of tall mature trees, open and shaded areas, convenient parking, and a robust open shelter. Clean modern restroom facilities are located at the bottom of the hill, and will be available 24 hours a day.

A Special station will be set up 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.

Visitors are welcome at any time during the event, and you do not need to be a member of SCICSG to visit or operate.

Scroll down for Operator Information and Directions

Note: Like most of Southern Indiana, Brown County is a mature forested area known to contain ticks. The use of a tick repellent containing at least 40% Deet, is highly recommended. Proper care is your responsibility.

Operator Information

  • Member set-up will begin at 09:00 on Saturday. On-air operation will commence at 14:00, or 2:00PM (1800 UTC), and continue throughout the night, concluding at 14:00, or 2:00PM (1800 UTC) on Sunday.
  • Pre-registration is not required. However, since this is our first year at this location, a courtesy heads-up from licensed operators who are planning to attend and/or stay overnight, would be greatly appreciated for our planning purposes. Please contact Stan Maddox WE3ACR via email at WE3ACR@gmail.com
  • The intended use of the shelter is for radio operations first, and all other uses second. That said, there is a lot of room, and we should be able to accommodate most activities.
  • Operator and camping locations are generally on a first-come basis. SCICSG staff will oversee station locations, feed line routing, and antenna setups, and their determination is final.
  • The shelter area itself does not have power or water. However, both power and drinkable water are available in the restrooms at the bottom of the hill, along with clean private showers. The bathroom facilities are available to participants 24 hours a day. Use of the nearby pool is not included.
  • Bring your own provisions. At this time, SCICSG does not plan to formally provide any food or drink, so please bring your own food and water. Operators are welcome to bring their own pop-ups, chairs, grills, and coolers stocked with non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Campers: For those who plan to stay overnight, it is suggested that you set up your tents to the tree side south of the wood post in the photo above, immediately south and east of the shelter. This area stays in shade most of the day, and will help ensure that you are not awakened prematurely by the light and heat of the rising sun. This will also keep the area around the shelter free for easier routing of antenna feed lines.

Note: For licensed operators and overnight guests, the camp does request a fee of $4 per person per day, for use of their facilities.

Directions

Map of Camp Moneto and surrounding area.
[CLICK MAP TO ENLARGE] The turnoff North onto Camp Moneto Road is 0.7 miles East of Gnaw Bone, IN., or, 10 miles West of Interstate 65.
The entrance to Camp Moneto is located on State Road 46, 10 miles west of Interstate 65, or, 0.7 mile east of Gnaw Bone. Look for the large green Camp Moneto sign on the north side of the highway, and turn north onto Camp Moneto Road. Seven-tenths of a mile north of the highway, you will enter Camp Moneto itself. At the fork in the road, take the uphill road to the right, and start climbing. Our shelter area is at the end of this road on top of the ridge.

You may also use the following address to find Camp Moneto using Google Maps or your GPS mapping device:

551 Camp Moneto Rd, Nashville, IN 47448

For full details, please contact:

Stan Maddox WE3ACR
Email: WE3ACR@gmail.com
Phone: (812) 371-9962

Outdoor activities involve risk. Radio operations and their associated activities involve risk. Proper care is your responsibility.

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New Meeting Location

SCICSG General Meetings take place on the third Tuesday of every month beginning at 7:00pm ET at the Columbus Township Fire & Rescue – Station 221 located at 935 Repp Dr, Columbus, IN 47201. We meet in the Bartholomew County ARES Room. Please go to the back of the building to the second regular door on the right (the door leads to a stairwell). We are at the top of the stairs.

All are welcome to attend. (even Russ KA9MZV)

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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 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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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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