Friday, March 2, 2012, is a day that will long be remembered in Southern Indiana and neighboring Kentucky. Early reports of a tornado that left six Indiana counties a federally declared major disaster area figuratively placed the small town of Henryville, Indiana, on the national map . . . ironically, just hours after the twister literally wiped it away.
In many parts of the country, the noise level on 40 meters proved far too much to overcome. A nearby broadcast station did not help matters either. Craig, W3CRR, did a yeoman's job of trying to get everyone he could hear, but there was a slew of you in the West that he simply could not copy. Then again, he was using a dipole and not a hundred-foot tower. The bottom line is that we need to examine another venue for a monthly HF net.
The American Legion Amateur Radio Club station, K9TAL, will operate as a special event station in March to commemorate the 93rd birthday of The American Legion. Tentative hours of operation are 1000 to 1600, Thursday through Saturday, March 15-17. A special commemorative certificate will be provided to all stations that work K9TAL during that period. Any members in the area available during that period are welcome to operate the National Headquarters station for this event. Contact Joe – KJ9M – at email@example.com to sign up or to get more information.
K9TAL is on the air! After some six months of planning, preparation, clearing, cleaning and gathering materials and equipment together for The American Legion Amateur Radio Club's shack, we finally "threw the switch" on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at approximately 1930Z. Our first QSO was with a New Jersey station. Marconi could not have been more proud of or pleased with his first transmission than we were with ours.
In a span of about four months, the idea of an American Legion Amateur Radio Club has gone from casual discussion to an authorized program of the Legion. Interest in the club has taken off quicker, and with a wider appeal to a greater number of hams, than was initially expected. This is exciting and encouraging, and it has a good number of club members wondering when we are going to throw the switch here at National Headquarters and go on the air. From the initial approval for the club by the National Executive Committee in May, the plan was to be up and operating by Veterans Day, perhaps before. That is still the plan, but actuality may push the date just a bit farther out.