ARRL Sections - Illinois



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Section Name:
Tom Ciciora KA9QPN

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SM--Tom Ciciora KA9QPN
ASM/SRM--Ron Morgan, KB9NW
ASM/SEC--Brad Pioveson, W9FX
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...
**Another chapter of League history came to a close last weekend. Our President, Kay Craigie N3KN, has stepped down after serving since 2010. Before that, she served in various positions, including that of Section Manager in Eastern Pennsylvania. Her successor is Rick Roderick K5UR, who has been serving as First Vice President. I had the privilege of hearing Rick speak at a W9DXCC convention, and he is very passionate about the Service. We wish him the best going forward, and thank N3KN for her service.
**Some of our number had some very limited involvement with the recent flooding in the southern part of the section. A few shelters were briefly opened with comms established back to the Red Cross in St. Louis. The folks who were affected by the flooding are just now beginning to sort the extent of the damage. Full recovery from such an event can sometimes take years.
**As we speak, the VP8 Dxpedition is in full swing, despite the expected glitches.  We wish them all the best in their endeavor, and wish all of you trying to contact them good luck.
**The K5P operation from Palmyra continues as well, with our own Jerry Rosalius WB9Z and Craig Thompson K9CT among those embarked. Again: good luck to those trying to make the contacts, and let's play nice, shall we?

Get informed...
**The FCC has redesigned their website to make it easier to file interference complaints relating to Amateur Radio. I used the system shortly after it was put up in its previous format. There really wasn't a dedicated place for Amateur Radio issues at that time. Note that the only complaints being solicited are for interference. (Insert long discussion here as to what is going to be done with these complaints once they are entered.)
**After a burst of excitement last month over an impromptu "test" activation, the "real" activation of P5/North Korea is tentatively set for late summer. Apparently Dom Grzyb 3Z9DX was able to satisfy all of Short Round's concerns, and the DPRK officials were happy enough with the test to allow the full operation later. The scope of the operation is going to be severely limited as was stated earlier. Only one op and restricted hours/bands. More as we get closer.
**Both House and Senate versions of the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 are in committee as of this time. Again, if you have not contacted your legislators about support and sponsorship, I urge you to do so. Please follow the guidelines at the information page for the Act at the League website. It seems that nearly every new subdivision is being created with both covenants and homeowners' associations. Sooner than later this matter will affect you. We need to counter the Big Lie that the Community Associations Institute (the HOA lobby) is circulating.
**"Repudiate" is such a needlessly abrasive term.

Around the Section...
**Club elections continue, and some of the results find their way to me. Some even contain different names in the officers' positions than the year prior. Everyone has something to offer. Even if you're not up for an elected office, there's always other things to be done, like helping to arrange meeting programs...or even being the program. You could if you have something unique to share with the group. Field Day help is tough to find, and it's not as daunting as you might think. Same with hamfest assistance. There's something for everyone, if only you reach out and offer.
**The next move against our Service may not come from antenna restrictions, but from junk science. Earlier this month, a town in Italy ordered the local school's wi-fi disabled over health concerns. "Somebody" had heard from "somebody else" that exposure to RF was bad for children. It isn't too big of a leap of the imagination to picture a tinfoil hatted neighbor looking at your antenna plot, be it big or small, picking up some ill phrased tripe on the Interwebs and running off to some alphabet soup government agency demanding satisfaction. Which is when you produce your station self-evaluation and defuse the entire matter. We just need to stay one step ahead of the ill-informed.

Ye Olde Traffic Report DE KA9MZJ...

Illinois Side Band Net - Net Manager WB9QPM
Daily on 3905 at 1800 local time
QNI 335 QTC 48 Sessions 31
Illinois Phone Net - Net Manager K9GYI
M-F on 3857 at 1645 local time
Sunday on 3940 at 0800 local time
QNI 257 QTC 21 Sessions 27
North Central Phone Net – Net Manager K9HEZ
M-F on 3912 at 0700 local time
QNI 379 QTC 2 Sessions 23
Illinois CW Net (ILN)   Net Manager WB8SIM
Daily on 3838 at 1915 local time    
QNI  QTC  Sessions   (no reports received as of this date)
KF9ME and W9NXM reporting
The NTS in the Illinois Section continues to not only survive but is successful due primarily with all the time and effort of Jim Hudson WB9QPM ISN Net Manager. He and Larry WA9QIB are regular check ins to the 9th Region Day time net and pick up the inbound Illinois traffic and brings it to the various phone nets for relay to the addressees. Most all of 9th region traffic is listed on the Cycle 2 phone net and then sent via RMS to the receiving station. We also receive traffic off the NTSD via WBFHP’s station. He divides traffic by phone area code and sends it to either WB9QPM or myself for listing on the daily phone nets. Most all outbound Section traffic for 9th region is sent via NTSD for auto relay using the RMS>PAC zip code delivery unless I feel challenged and send via ILN (cw) for delivery to Cycle 4 nets.

With the sinking of Navy MARS I have joined with the Army MARS for the purpose of not only retaining a MARS license but to be included in the discussions MARS has been talking about cross communication with the NTS during disasters. My brief take on this by joining forces for non-government traffic there would be more delivery stations available. As the STM for the Illinois section I feel I should be a part of this endeavor. If you have any comments on this subject you care to share, I’ll listen. 

Roy KA9MZJ STM Illinois Section


Illinois Officials