Club Meeting

Our next regular club meeting will be on Monday, January 20th, 7:00pm, at the Knights of Columbus, 412 Lincolnway in LaPorte (map) 6:00pm Burgers and Ragchew before the meeting.  New members and old a like is welcome.

Annual Christmas party Saturday Dec. 14th at the tower site. See our news letter for details.

CONGRATULATIONS ---- Brother Shaun Gray for passing his Tech. Exam.  WD9OBO

CABIN FEVER HAMFEST 2020   see the link to the left.

International Light House / Light Ship Weekend

Every year since 1998, the third weekend of August Hams around the world set up stations to put Lighthouses and Lightships on the air.  Out of about 400 locations,  291 are registered to participate in this event. Michigan City Lighthouse Museum is listed as US0079 as its radio ID.  Operations last 48 hours and ends on Sunday at 3pm local time.

This year The Laporte County Amateur Radio club because of bad weather operated only 24 hours under the callsign W9LY.  Weather affects not just portable operations also how the radio signals travel.  Either you are aided by it or it shuts down communications. This year was difficult.   4 years ago,  it was easier to work Europe than State side contacts. This is not the only activity on the air.   You never know what you will be up against.   Its a contact sport.

3 stations were set up by Troy Harrison KC9E , Ken Osbourne N9ZIP, John Phillips KA9PGC, Bill South N4SV, and Travis Taylor KC9TWX.  Operations were not limited by just those operators.  We had a club showing with out of town visitors.

Out of 63 contacts,  we worked stations in the countries of Japan, Canada, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and of course the United States. 

We worked stations in the following states:

California, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia.

7 Contacts were from Lighthouses.   1 from a LightShip

Swallow Tail Lighthouse Grand Manan Island, NB, Canada  CA0018

Point Prim Prince Edward Island, Canada CA0062

Permaquid Point Lighthouse, Maine US0214

Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic New Jersey US001

Lightship Huron LV-103  Michigan US0229

Fort Niagra, New York US 048

Cape Lookout North Carolina US0049

Point Arena Lighthouse, California US0117

The club looking forward to returning next year.  

Fixing the 970

Club members spent a Saturday morning repairing the 146.970 repeater. Winter took it's toll, wrapping feedline in our antenna, and wrapping the antenna into the mast.

APRS..... Is up and running in LaPorte County. Thank you Les Turner W9LRT, for the new Digi. 4/20/2019

Weekly Breakfast @ 8:00 am

  • 1st and 3rd (and 5th) Thursdays
    Grandma's House of Pancakes
  • 2nd and 4th Thursdays
    Mama T's Diner
  • (Click links for map/directions)
  • Saturday after the club meetings, Chappy's Stadium Inn - 2323 Wabash, at 8:30am

Club Dues

Annual dues are $15, payable at any meeting, or by mail to the club's mailbox at: P.O. Box 148 Michigan City, IN 46360.