Cass County Amateur Radio Club has
been in continuous operation since April 14, 1953. The club
currently operates two repeaters on 147.180 MHZ. And 443.650
MHZ, under the call sign W9VMW, first licensed in May 1955. The
club is a member of the ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League), the
Indiana Repeater Council, and the Indiana Radio Club Council
The people present at the first organizational meeting were:
Andrew Adams - WN9VOL
Eugene Buntain - W9MBG
Nelson Shephard - W9ILU
The original Charter Members were:
All Charter Members were voted Life Members.
In 1974 the club had 3 members,
then someone said, “Let’s put up a repeater.” K9DVL - Dave spent
the Club’s entire treasury at $100.00 to buy a used GE tube type
repeater that came out of service on the toll road. K9DVL - Dave
and WA9DTT - Woody built a homemade duplexer from a QST article.
The original repeater pairing was 146.34/94 back in the days of
crystals for frequency control. We moved the 147.180 repeater
from the sexton’s house to the new water tank that was built at
Chase Park, which is its present location. The repeater started
in 1974 or 1975. Within a year the Club had 25 members.
The original repeater pairing was 146.34/94 back in the
days of crystals for frequency control. The Auxiliary Station
call at the time when we had the WR9 repeater call.
Testing started 1991 with WA8HSU - Bill Wells being in
charge. Then K9PSR - Ed Norris took it over. Presently K9EQT -
Don Hyman. Testing Sanctioning body was and still is W5YI.
The Club has a Thursday Night Net at 8:30 pm. This has
been since the early days of the club. AC9X - Guy Mathis started
the Saturday Night Net at 8:00 pm. in 2001, then passed it on to
KC9AWS - Robert Fickle that ended in summer of 2003.
The Club held a Special Events Station for their 50th
Anniversary. This was held after the club meeting on October 18th,
2003, at the Cass County Emergency Management Agency building
from 12 noon to 6 pm.
Operating on these frequencies:
7.250 MHZ. (40 Meters)
14.280 MHZ (20 Meters)
146.52 MHZ. (2 Meters)
Past to present meeting locations:
Logansport City Building, City
Court Room, 1953
National Guard Armory
Legion Club, 1956 (Next to the
Smit Brewery, on 5th
Loner Lumber Co.
Cemetery Sextant’s Office
Water Street Sub Station,
Logansport State Hospital
Cass County Highway Garage
Harvey’s Restaurant, 1989
Memorial Home Annex, upstairs
Cass County EMA (Emergency
Management Agency), 1991 to present
Bicentennial Celebration, 1976
Iron Horse Parade Coordination
Tracking contestants in the
Iron Horse Triathlons
Iron Horse Train Excursions
Assisting the start of the
American Legion Easter Egg Hunts at Riverside Park
Tornadoes at Monticello, 1974
Blizzards, several - there was
one year the simulated emergency statewide test was
cancelled because of the real thing.
Weather spotting situations
Drowning on the Eel River
Lost child searches
Present or Former Club Members Famous:
W5OJ - Kent Castle -
Member of Johnson Space Center Amateur Radio Club
W9ILU - Nelson Shepherd -
Mid Cars Net Control Operator
W9LVY -Phil Snider -
Frequency Coordinator for the Indiana Repeater Council in
K9EQT - Don Hyman - Is
known for his work on microwave and satellite work for Cox
Communications. Went all over the country to fix problems.
He took his test for Novice and Tech licenses at the
Memorial Home Annex upstairs.
WA8HSU - Bill Wells -
FCC rules proposals, including reducing the number of ham
license class from 6 to 3, and having only one Morse code
test at 5 wpm. He worked at General Motors and designed the
original variable speed intermittent windshield wiper
control that used only one transistor to do multiple
W9VP - Bill Pickart -
is known for being a contester.
W9EGV - John Frye -
Lived on Spear Street, wrote the Carl & Jerry stories form
1960 to 1965, the stories were in the Popular Electronics.
He also wrote many equipment reviews. He was in a wheelchair
due to polio affecting his legs.
AA9FM - Greg Bell - Has
a Gold Medal from the Olympics.
K9WET - Ralph Piercy -
Emergency Coordinator for Cass County. Appointed Section
Emergency Coordinator for the State of Indiana during the
Palm Sunday tornado that went thru. The tornado went thru
just south of Logansport. With being the SEC he got to go
thru Russiaville, which was almost annihilated and followed
the path thru to Kokomo and Greentown, there was nothing
left on the south side of Greentown.
The history of the club is a never ending work in progress
containing information from many sources including newsletters,
old meeting minutes, email and memory. Any documentation,
historical artifacts, special event flyers, pictures and
memorable stories would be appreciated for inclusion. If you
wish to donate an artifact, document or a story, please contact