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Bloomington High School South
Amateur Radio


World Champions for Fall School Club Roundup
2013, 2015, 2017, 2018
Winter School Club Roundup 2018
High School Division

2015 CQ Worldwide SSB 9th Call District Champs
& Record Holder (Multi-Single Low)

28 straight State Championships

We changed our meeting day AGAIN!
It's now THURSDAYS after school!


Help us raise money! Recycle your cell phone, ink jet cartidges, and iPads with us!

Also, please save your Proof of Purchase coupons from Pizza X!

We confirmed DXCC!!!
October, 2017 School Club Roundup Team!


2019-20 Contest Schedule (so far):
Monday, October 21 (9 am) to Friday, October 25 (7:59 pm) - School Club Roundup (Fall)
Monday, February 10 (8 am) to Friday, February 14 (6:59 pm) - School Club Roundup (Spring)

February 10-14, 2020 School Club Roundup

Anticipated Operating Times
Monday: 2000-0015 Z
Tuesday: 2000-0100 Z
Wednesday: 2000-0100 Z
Thursday: 2000-0100 Z
Friday: 2000-2359 Z

Look for us on:
LSB on 7.230 (+/- 10 KHz)
USB on 14.260 (+/- 10 KHz)
PSK31 on 14.070,
or locally on 146.580 simplex
Current frequency updates on Twitter

Click here for our daily log (shows who we have contacted, score, etc.)
Click here for the complete report


High School Division
Indiana Rank World Rank    
October, 2019 1st 2nd log  
February, 2019 1st 2nd log  
October, 2018 1st 1st log  
February, 2018 1st 1st log  
October, 2017 1st 1st log  
February, 2017 1st 2nd log  
October, 2016 1st 2nd log picture
February, 2016 1st 4th log picture
October, 2015 1st 1st log picture
February, 2015 1st 3rd log  
October, 2014 1st 2nd log picture
February, 2014 1st 3rd log  
October, 2013 1st 1st log picture
February, 2013 1st 3rd log  
October, 2012 1st 3rd log  
February, 2012 1st 5th log picture
October, 2011 1st 4th log picture
February, 2011
1st 3rd log  
October, 2010
1st 5th log  
February, 2010
1st 4th log  
October, 2009
1st 4th log  
February, 2009
1st 4th log pictures
October, 2008
1st 6th log pictures
February, 2008
1st 5th log pictures
October, 2007
1st 7th log pictures
February, 2007
1st 4th log pictures
October, 2006 *
1st 3rd log pictures
February, 2006
1st 4th log pictures
February, 2005
1st 8th log pictures

*first ever additional October SCR
** latest scores are unofficial and subject to change until scores are reviewed and paper logs are added

Meetings will be on Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm in A317. Contact Mr. Rapp for more information! Everyone is welcome!

Bloomington High School's first Amateur Radio Club was W9BSC, founded in 1942. The club has been on and off since. The most recent activation has been since the 2001-2002 school year. Here is a picture from the 1943 yearbook.

What is ham radio? This article may help!

K9SOU in the news...

Here are some helpful links for getting a ham radio license:

The power points we use during club meetings are by K3DIO. You can download them here. The GW Info Q&A file has everything. The QP files are just the question pool.

The complete list of Technician class questions is at:

Online practice exams that offer explanations of the answers are available at (subscription required)

To take a free practice exam (without explanations), go to: Copasetic Flows or or

The study guide books should be available at Amazon (Gordon West or ARRL) or You can get all the tapes and software, but the book itself is really all you need.

One of the local ham radio clubs is the Southern Indiana Amateur Radio Association. Their club meetings are usually on the 3rd Friday of the month at 6 pm. Meetings in 2019 are scheduled for the Indiana University Cyber Infrastructure Building at 10th and the Bypass. They plan on sponsoring license exams in the future.

Another one of the local ham radio club's web site is Their club meetings are on the first Friday of the month at 7 pm at City Hall. They sponsor license exams, normally on the first Saturday of the month. Check their web site for details.

When you take a license exam, you should take with you: pencils, calculator, and 2 forms of ID (one with a photo... a school ID is fine). Also take your original CSCE if you have one. You will also need to know your social security number (or FCC FRN). We switched from W5YI to Laurel VEC, so there are NO fees for tests at Bloomington High School South.

If you take a test sponsored by ARRL or W5YI, you will also need to pay a fee ($15 for ARRL, $14 for W5YI), and provide copies of your license and CSCEs in addition to bringing the originals to verify the copies. You should submit the copies, but keep the originals. Laurel VEC checks licenses online, so you do not need to bring copies.

Places to contact other young hams around the world

Some of the major youth/school nets:

  • ARRL now hosts a Youth Nets listing on their web site. Check there for the most up to date listings.

  • Y.A.C.H.T. has a net on Saturday evenings at 8 pm Eastern on Echolink (W8PIF-R Node #481872)

Useful Reference Links

Youth Contests, Special Events, and Camps: YOTA Region 2

Area radio dealers: R and L Electronics, DX Engineering, Tower Electronics

National Amateur Radio Organization: ARRL

Ham Radio Scholarships/Awards: Foundation for Amateur Radio, Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award, ARRL

Ham Radio in Space: ARISS, AMSAT

Ham Radio News: Newsline, ARRL Letter

Callsign Locator: QRZ, FCC (updated sooner) <---- check here to get your callsign after the test!!!

Central Indiana SKYWARN (Weather spotters)

EchoLink (internet repeater linking)

APRS locator - or

EARS (Mr. Rapp's repeater group) -

Bloomington Voice Repeaters (for more information, click here)

Tone (if needed)
146.640 - 136.5 Monroe Co. Repeater Assn.
443.775 + 136.5 W9WIN
147.180 + 136.5 IU ARC
442.825 + 136.5 IU ARC

Here is a spreadsheet of Bloomington, IN commercial frequencies that I'm working on.
Here is a spreadsheet of Bloomington area ham frequencies
All Indiana coordinated repeaters are listed on the Indiana Repeater Council website


A big thank you to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), and all those who have donated to the ARRL Amateur Radio Education and Technology Program which made our original club station possible. And thank you to the many donors who have helped us improve and update it over the years, including companies: Heil Sound, Vibroplex, and DX Engineering!

Our school club station includes:

Additional Donated Equipment:

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