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The MICHIANA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB ("MARC"), located in the local Red Cross facility at 3220 E. Jefferson Boulevard, South Bend, IN  46615, serves the amateur radio community in St. Joseph County, Indiana. With the help of its members,  MARC maintains a complete amateur radio station and the W9AB ("Whiskey-Nine-Atomic-Bomb" is the phonetic sequence sometimes used to attract an immediate response!), open 2 meter repeater on 147.225 (+). The W9AB call originally was issued to the late Harry Miller who was an early member and active supporter of MARC.  This ARRL special services club provides members and others interested in the amateur hobby with monthly educational programs as well as public service opportunities through regular participation in the ARRL annual Field Day exercise and local emergency preparedness activities. Monthly social meetings usually are held at 7:30 pm. on the last Friday of each month in the Red Cross facility.  Information on specific events or matters of interest to the local amateur community is available through the club's message center at: (219) 239-4982. E-Mail contact with the club is available via .  Use this link to see and print out a direct map to the Red Cross facility where the club maintains its station.

Current Issue of MARC Sparks, the W9AB Newsletter

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MARC 1999 Field Day Activity Pictures

Experience Counts!                A Reward For Hard Work               Youth Participation

In 1999, MARC members were active in various communication related activities in the local community. MARC and W9AB members were again successful in the ARRL Field Day exercise.

MARC and W9AB Operating August 14, 1999 As K9F
South Bend's College Football Hall Of Fame
     Air Conditioned Comfort          Inductee Jim McMahon Lets Go   1972 Discoverer Operations Center

In a continuing endeavor, MARC members participated for the second year in the annual College Football Hall Of Fame enshrinement activities held on the weekend of August 14, 1999 by operating a special event station using the assigned call of K9F ("Kick Nine Footballs") from a motor home belonging to one of the members.  Plans are underway to repeat this activity from inside the Hall Of Fame in 2000. 


At the October 2000 social meeting of members, the following Directors and Officers were elected to serve for 2001:


Various informational, educational and amateur radio resources are available on the Internet.  Use the following links to connect to sites of interest to you. Neither MARC as an organization, its directors, or members assume any responsibility for the content, nature, or accuracy of any of the material available upon connecting to these links.  The links are provided because they are thought to be of interest to those interested in the hobby of amateur radio or those seeking further information on the local community.

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Originated: April 29, 1999 ---- Last Revised: March 11, 2001
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