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Section Name:
Ron Morgan, AD9I
Daytime Phone:
(309) 397-9549

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SM--Ron Morgan, AD9I
ASM--Mike Nowack, NA9Q
ASM, Shari Harlan, N9SH
ASM/ACC--Scott DeSantis KB9VRW
SEC--Fritz Bock, WD9FMB
SGL--Charles Richey, K9DUE
STM--Roy Eades, KA9MZJ
PIC--Fritz Bock, WD9FMB
TC--John Dinella, WA9IL
OOC--Tim Childers, K9CQ
ASEC--Curtis Williams, W5DTR
ASEC--Kelly Robertson, KC9FVK
ASEC--Pat Ryan, KC6VVT
ASEC--Pat Stowell, N9PN
ASEC/Digital Ops--Danny Pease NG9R
DEC: Region 2--Lloyd Sherman KB9APW, Region 3--Dale Marzano N9JH,
Region 4--Neil Ormos N9NL, Region 6--Gary Shanks KA9FAJ, Region
7--Fritz Bock,WD9FMB Region 9--Jim Hudson WB9QPM, Region 8--Curtis
Williams W5DTR, Region 11--Bruce Talley WA9APQ 

1. SVRC celebrates their 69th anniversary
2. York Radio Club host classes
3. 10 Meter articles for QST
4. PAARC host balloon launches
5. Searching for an SEC
6. Severe Weather Preparedness Week
7. Hamfests

I am still struggling with the Section newsletter format, Ron, AD9I

1. Sangamon Valley Radio Club celebrates their 69th anniversary.  It was my please to get an invitation to the March 4th dinner and a chance to speak to their organization. The min topic of the night was the activity around the installation of a new club repeater and the hours that went into that particular project.  Joe Armstrong, K9ATG introduced my XYL and I to the group although I did recognize few faces from my hamfest time.   My first talk was short, passing along
information about my appointment, the efforts to recruit members into the ARRL Field Organization and lastly a bit of a biography about the new Section Manager.

2. York Radio Club of Elmhurst is hosting an amateur radio class on March 18th and 19th.  Todd Benson, W9YK forwarded a local newspaper article outlining this event. I for one will looking for additional information about class attendance.  For additional information 

3. This note came from Scott, K7ZO who is the author of the QST Magazine and ARRL Web articles on the 2016 10 Meter Contest. He is looking for good stories and photos to include in the article. If you know of club members who would be interested and willing to contribute, he is interested in contacting them. This is a good opportunity to get your club members mentioned in a contest article. You may contact Scott directly at –

4. The Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club provided High Altitude Balloon launches for two local area schools. The first launch was held in February at the Illinois Central Christian School (ICCS). The balloon reached an altitude of 92,000 feet before the crew lost contact.  The last known position for the baloon was near Alvin Illinois, just north of Danville.  They are hoping for a good set of eyes to located their payload. The school enjoyed the APRS tracking and the training classes given by Fritz Bock, WD9FMB.
The second launch for this year is scheduled for March 17th at Washington Gifted School in Peoria.

5. Brad has asked that until such time as a new SEC is identified and appointed, please direct any ARES-related administrative questions to Curtis Williams, W5DTR, Illinois ARES ASEC or to your District Emergency Coordinator.  Your new SM is looking for the right person to fill this vacancy

6. Severe Weather Preparedness Week was Mar 5-11, 2017. The following information about this event came from Curtis, W5DTR: There was no statewide ARES net planned for severe weather week.  There are many
local nets and a few regional ones matching the area covered by the NWS office.  One example is the March 7 at 10 am alert and siren test in the Illinois part of the St. Louis NWS.  This is followed at 10:30 am on Starcom 8B by a roll call of the county EMA offices, hospitals,
dispatch centers, and many first responders in Region 8.  Should the Starcom system be down, this of course demonstrates what amateur radio operators might need to duplicate.  The St. Louis weather forecast office has access to the Starcom system.  WB9QPM is often the net control for statewide drills.
Gene, WA9TZL reported that St. Clair Co. ARES will be conducting the March 7,2017 Statewide NEW Tornado communication test as well on the
SCARC and if necessary, on the PRIME repeaters (147.120 and 145.110 respectively). Monitoring also Ill. ARES 3.905 MHZ .

7. Hamfests and club meetings are a great venue for ARRL elected officials to meet your group and discuss areas of interest. My apologies to the Sterling Rock Falls Hamfest for being absent. I have attended this event a few times in the past and always enjoy meeting with the
local amateurs.  Typically, my XYL would prefer that I was in church with her on Sunday mornings which limits my activity.  I do manage to break away for a few events.  That said, if it is your desire for us to attend, make the invite so that your event is on my calendar.  It is also nice to have a guest admittance ticket but not required.  ARRL officials are not allowed to place anything into the prize barrel, so the prize stub could be removed.

I do not have the net reports at this time, here are our Section Contacts

Illinois Side Band Net - Net Manager WB9QPM
Daily on 3905 at 1800 local time

Illinois Phone Net - Net Manager KA9MZJ
M-F on 3857 at 1645 local time
Sunday on 3940 at 0800 local time

North Central Phone Net – Net Manager K9HEZ
M-F on 3912 at 0700 local time

Illinois CW Net (ILN)  Net Manager W9NXM
Daily on 3537 at 1915 local time

Illinois Officials