What are "The Piglets"?

We are a group of amateur radio operators who found it difficult to connect with others through our local radio club. The club offered many rich opportunities for us to volunteer with local emergency management and learn from visiting presenters but we found ourselves wanting more.

It first began when a few of us mentioned that we wanted to learn Morse Code. That lead us to buy some Morserino’s in bulk from the manufacturer. Those kits required us to hone our soldering skills which in turn, got more juices flowing. When one of us gets an idea, and there always seems to be someone to go along for the ride. We may be homebrewing some new gear, jumping in the car to go activate a state park for POTA or just drinking beers at the bar. The only certainty is that we will be having fun while doing it! 

But why the name?

Amateur radio operators are colloquially called “hams”.  Before we ever thought of making a club, someone realized that our small group of friends were mostly younger amateur radio operators. What are young hams, you ask? Piglets! The name may have stuck with us, but it certainly doesn’t mean that we are restrictive to who join our ranks. 

The Piglets are young at heart. We are those who are always learning and are up to a challenge.  

Can I come to a meeting without being a member?

You certainly can! Keep an eye on our events page and come hang out with us. 

Where are you located?

We are based out of Hamilton County in central Indiana. We do not require you to be local to join The Piglets, but we do ask that our members are active in the community and regularly attend meetings in person or virtually. 

Do I need to be a club member to access the online community?

No. You do not have to be a Club Member to access and use the online forums or the public Discord channels. 

Simply register yourself on the forums to unlock the ability to post. 

Once you become a member, you will be given access to a members-only section of Discord.

How do I become a member?

Please fill out an application HERE.

Do you accept donations?

We are a registered 501(c)(3) and gladly accept tax-deductible donations. Our leadership sets the annual membership dues with a big consideration towards making the community an affordable experience for all. With the help of donors, we can make an even greater impact in the amateur radio community. Thank you for your consideration. There is a “donate” button at the bottom of every page. 

What do club dues go towards?

As a non-profit organization, we have a strict code of conduct that we follow when it comes to our finances. Our primary goal is to give back to the amateur radio community while we grow ourselves through knowledge and friendship. If you have any specific question, please direct those to PiggyBank@PigletRadio.org. 

How do I pay my annual dues?

You can find a button at the bottom of every page titled "Pay Dues". Or you can CLICK HERE. 

Can I join if I am under 18?

The Piglets are open to people of all ages. If you are under 18, you must be accompanied by an parent or guardian at all times. You will need to have a Youth Participation Waiver on file with the club.

What club frequencies should I add to my HT/mobile?

Mobile Talk-In and Nets:  Hortonville K9EOC UHF repeater (443.95, +5 offset, 77 hz tone)

Piglet-1: 147.475 simplex, with 77 hz tone squelch

Piglet-2: 445.475 simplex, with 77 hz tone squelch

Set your radio to Tone Squelch, not just Tone mode (may be labeled as C-CTCSS, or SQL.TYP = T.SQ.). Without tone squelch, at crowded ham events like Hamvention, you may hear unwanted conversations or adjacent channel interference.