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SM--Tom Ciciora KA9QPN
ASM/SRM--Ron Morgan, KB9NW
ASM/SEC--Brad Pioveson, W9FX
ASM/ASEC--Shari Harlan, N9SH
ACC--Scott DeSantis KB9VRW
SGL--Charles Richey, K9DUE
STM--Roy Eades, KA9MZJ
PIC--Fritz Bock, WD9FMB
TC--John Dinella, WA9IL
OOC--Tim Childers, KB9FBI
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--OPEN, Region 9--John Van Sandt N9YRX, Region 8--Curtis Williams W5DTR, Region 11--Bruce Talley WA9APQ
From the top...
**The Dayton Hamvention is in full swing as I write this. Personal circumstances kept me at home again this year, but there is always next year. By all accounts, folks are running between the raindrops there. Hope that all who attended have a safe trip home and found the goodies for which they were looking.
**As of this writing, there have been two serious earthquakes in Nepal and India along with an uncountable number of aftershocks. There was also a serious volcanic eruption in Chile, forcing mass evacuations. Again, it was Amateur Radio into the breach when nothing else worked. Interestingly, the situation triggered numerous pieces in the popular media about "old technology" carrying the day. What do you mean: "old"?
**We have 55 cosponsors of HR 1301. But, we need more. Again: check the list to see if your Member of Congress is on board. If not, make a phone call or send an email. Again, these people need to know that there is a voter on the other end of the conversation. Not in an adversarial or threatening way. Just letting them know that we are watching and that we vote.
**New bands? A good possibility. The FCC has released a number of proposals which, if accepted, will result in new bands at 2200 meters and 630 meters. That is correct: longwave. Part 15 experimenters have used 1750 meters for decades (including me many years ago). There has also been experimentation just above 630 meters at around 500kHz. There is a comment period where the opinions of both hams and power companies will be solicited. The power companies operate Power Line Carrier systems on transmission lines using both bands, and they hollered mightily when a variant of this was proposed back in 2003. Chances are that this will become reality. It will be interesting to see what kind of transmitters get built as commercial transmitting gear is skinny to nonexistent.
**From the "Law of Unintended Consequences Has a Wide Blast Radius" Department comes the news that the Department of Defense has decided to phase out the Navy/Marine Corps MARS program and transfer the activities to Army and Air Force MARS. Which doesn't greatly affect us here...right? Not quite. According to Brad Pioveson W9FX, our SEC and state RACES Officer, this puts a significant dent in many states' EmComm programs. Here, it's caused the cancellation of a large number of MARS licenses, which were gotten to facilitate coordination for IEMA and other state agencies in case of grave declared emergency. There are also other complications. The Army MARS program is not accommodating some of the things that we did, notably a MARS Winlink system. Left unchecked, we'll need to regroup come September. Hopefully, pressure from the affected states' emergency management offices might get the Navy to reconsider. It certainly wasn't costing them anything.
**Our brothers and sisters across the Plains states have been jumping with the severe weather which has seemed to camp out over the traditional tornado alley areas. We've been fortunate since early last month, and we've had no direct involvement since the original incidents.
Around the Section...
**From Jim Novak WA9FIH comes his report of the Six Meter Club of Chicago's annual effort in providing communications and support for the Hinsdale Walk for Autism. Jim said "On Sunday morning, April 26, twenty-two members and friends of the Six Meter Club of Chicago provided communications and traffic control assistance for the Hinsdale Walk for Autism. The weather was clear, cool and dry, perfect for walking the circuitous 3.1 mile route through the village, and more than 1000 people of all ages as well as a number of their canine friends participated. Communicators called in progress of the walkers to the start/finish line via the club's repeater. The operation went smoothly with no problems encountered. Among the volunteers were W9AVB, WA9FIH, KB9FUR, N9GFY, WD9GJK, KC9IDS, WA9IYV, W9JGH and his wife, KC9KLA, KB9KRT, AC9KV, K9LAE, W9NHX, KC9NLA, W9NSP, KB9OYQ, KC9TQF, KC9VZH, KC9WIC, K9WSS, and AK9Y."
**But wait: there's more! On 16 May, SMCC provided the same service for LaGrange Park's Run for the Roses. Jim WA9FIH again: "Twenty members and friends of the Six Meter Club of Chicago provided communications and traffic control assistance May 16 for the Park District of LaGrange Park's 24th annual Run For The Roses, a 3.1 mile run and walk which raises funds for a scholarship. Hundreds of runners and walkers participated. Leading female and male runners and walkers were identified at the 1, 2, and 3 mile points and called in to race officials who announced them to spectators at the finish line. Participants included KC9ALX, W9AVB, WB9DHS and his wife Stephanie, WA9FIH, KB9FUR, KC9IDS, WA9IYZ, K9JK and his wife Judy, KC9KLA, AC9KV, K9LAE, KB9NLA, KB9OYQ, KC9TQF, N9TUQ, KB9VMR, KC9VZH, and K9WSS."
**From the Okaw Valley ARC newsletter comes word of the club's participation in the Owl Creek Gazette Self-Reliance Expo on 18 April. The event is just as it sounds: showcasing ways to become less dependent on commercial staples. Amateur Radio is one of the "big things" of the New Survivalists and others, so a demo fit right in to the theme of the event. Two separate stations were active, along with a HSMM-MESH network. For those who came in late, HSMM-MESH is a neat networking scheme using repurposed wi-fi routers.
**From John McCormick N0FCD comes the following: "The 63rd annual W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet will be held September 11-12, 2015, in Schaumburg, Illinois. Sponsored by the Northern Illinois DX Association, the event is an ARRL-approved operating specialty convention. One new addition this year is a Contest University program that will join the DX University on Friday. Both tracks will have presentation for new and veteran DXers and contest operators. The daylong convention on Saturday will feature a full program of speakers, exhibits, QSL card checking, a CW pileup contest and many prizes. The Banquet on Saturday evening is a time to relax with keynote speaker Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, former FCC Special Counsel for Spectrum Enforcement, as well as the DX Countdown and grand prizes. The convention is scheduled one week earlier than normal because of hotel availability." The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg in Schaumburg IL.
**Thankfully, that "hotel availability" thingy moves W9DXCC off of the same weekend as the Peoria Superfest. Which will make more than a few people happy, including me, as I do like to attend both events and this year. It will be nice to give each the proper attention.
**Why two items about SMCC? Because they took the time to send me text and photos. What would you rather do if you were in my shoes? Troll a few dozen newsletters for things that you might find interesting or use direct submissions?
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