Last week I got an invite to take the family back down and visit the WW2IND radio station again. It was a lot of fun the first time but it was about over when we got there. The members are very friendly and knowledgeable. They were impressed that we were all interested in the hobby. Every time I’m there I notice something new. It’s hard to take it all in at one visit. One of the fellows had just gotten an old transmitter up and running on 6m when we were there. They had to build a special power supply for it since it wasn’t designed to operate from regular mains power.
So…off to the Indiana War Memorial we went on a dismal Sunday morning. The sunspots haven’t really been behaving and the storm front was moving in at around the state line. Band conditions weren’t the greatest but we did get to make some contacts. Amber worked four or five stations on the Icom 756 Proiii using a 4BTV antenna on 20m. I was able to work a DX station OT4A on a Ten Tec Jupiter using a long wire matched with an antenna tuner on 17m. It took a little getting used to working that Jupiter being a long-time Icom guy…recently converted to a Flexer.
I’m hoping to make it back down there again sometime when I can clear my schedule. This spring is incredibly busy and I’m afraid it’s going to spill over into summer. At least I’m busy doing fun stuff! The guys are usually at the station on Sunday mornings from 9:00 AM to noon. Maybe also one day during the week but I can’t remember when. I recommend it for anyone interested in radio and military history. The War Memorial itself is pretty neat, too.