ARRL Sections - Illinois



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Tom Ciciora KA9QPN

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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 League's Executive Committee has revised its policy statement on mobile Amateur operation. The last statement was generated in the 1990s, and a lot has happened since then. Notably, the good folks in DC have decided to tie grant money to whether or not there are laws and enforcement relative to texting while driving. We're good here for now. Nothing prevents the General Assembly from revisiting this matter. We'll watch them as always.
**HR-4969 is still percolating in the House of Representatives. Please contact your Congressperson and persuade them to get on board as a co-sponsor.
**If you haven't contacted your Representative about HR 4969, maybe this will convince you. We have opposition on this matter. Well funded opposition in the form of the Community Associations Institute, a group of HOAs. Here's an excerpt from their comments to the FCC's solicitation on the matter of GN 12-91: "The Commission should carefully consider the possibility that some in the amateur radio community simply do not wish to follow established and well-known community rules that may apply to the practice of their hobby." and "While amateur radio operators may augment State and local emergency communications capabilities in some fashion, federal and State policymakers have clearly opted against reliance on volunteer radio operators (notwithstanding their knowledge or expertise) for communications services in times of emergency. The investments and attendant improvements in emergency communications and the interoperability of these networks will likely further diminish the role of amateur radio in disaster response or times of national emergency. This trend may also be hastened by the dramatic expansion and availability of personal mobile communication devices and social media outlets. Technology has dramatically changed how Americans communicate one with another and how the government and citizens communicate as well. These technological and societal changes will inevitably, if not currently, surpass the contribution that amateur radio operators make to civil defense and national disaster response communications." So, we're not only renegades, but also obsolescent. And, the CAI lies. (The full letter to the FCC is in the Files section below.) If that doesn't rouse your blood, nothing will.

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**Ham Radio Operators support the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon...Sunday, October 12, 2014...120 ham radio operators provided additional radio support for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  The amateur radio operators offer radio communication support for the 2000 volunteer medical teams that work at the 20 Aid Stations, two in-course field medical tents and the main medical facility in Grant Park. New this year, the teams also walked with the 9 Triage teams who attended to runners within Grant Park.  The hams communicated back to the Ambulance Company if further medical support was needed. Some of the ham operators on these Teams walked as many as 9 miles in the Park.  Most of the ham were deployed to the Aid Stations and help the medical teams with communication issues. This was the 6th year that the ham radio community has supported this event.   Hams come four states and from cities as far away as Madison, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Peoria and Pittsburgh. 12 local ham radio clubs are represented. One team has come from Peoria every year for the past six years, and provides their own lodging and then drives back at the end of the event. We use 6 local repeaters, several simplex channels and drink lots of coffee!  Many of the stations need to be operational by 6:30 a.m. to let the organizers know when the medical teams have arrived and to assure that their medical supplies are in place.  Once the race begins, the hams continue to support the Ambulance Company and medical teams with information about transports and supplies. 8 ham radio operators worked at the Forward Command tent, alongside the event operators, Chicago City Services and other agencies, providing Health and Welfare information to the medical doctor in charge, the medical logistics teams and the ambulance company.  An event that attracts more than 2.5 million spectators and 45,000 runners only can happen with the support of many, many people. There are 12,000 volunteers, for instance.  The 120 hams radio operators are a very small part of the enormous operation but are providing a level of redundancy to the multiple levels of communication the event organizers use.  Clearly, the event has the full support of the Chicago Fire Police and Event Management teams. If you would like to get involved with next year's event, please contact, Rob Orr, volunteer Lead, K9RST.  He can be reached at  There is an ever increasing need for more for more volunteers.
**This week is the School Club Roundup. There has been a resurgence in school amateur radio clubs, and this is one of the two weeks where we spotlight them and they are active on the air. Listen for them this week (20-24 October)

Around the Section...
**From Walt Dobke WA9LT comes the following: "On 4 October 2014, the Green River Valley ARS conducted a fox hunt for the Boy Scout Saukenuk Camporee at the Giant Goose Conservation and Education Center at Atkinson, IL. Over 55 scouts attended from Rock Island and Henry counties, and 17 scouts participated in the fox hunt training. Training consisted of using radio direction finding equipment, compass, and map to triangulate to find the hidden transmitter. Also, Morse code was introduced and the scouts had a chance to practice using a key and code oscillator. This was a learning event on fox hunting orienteering and provided hands-on experience using radio directional finding techniques. After the training, the scouts were divided in teams to find the location of the fox. Everyone had an opportunity to use the equipment and help in the orienteering process during the 1 mile course. After finding the fox, everyone received a certificate of completion for locating the fox transmitter. The weather was windy and cold, but everyone had a good time and enjoyed the fox hunt."
**From Fritz Bock WD9FMB, volunteer extraordinaire, comes the following items: "15 Amateur Radio Operators from the Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club supported the 2nd annual Goodwill March Forward 1 mile, 4 mile and 8 mile runs in Peoria early on Saturday morning October 11.  Since the 8 mile run winds through the Springdale Park and Cemetery the ham radio operators took positions in the park to ensure the runners could be seen.  If any runner suffered distress an ambulance was positioned at the entrance to the cemetery.  Because of the many hills, twists and turns, a simplex frequency was used in the park along with the one of the PAARC repeaters.  Those who participated in the event was, W9WGN Mark (net control), KB9VQH Merle,  AB9B Bob,  K9DRF Darhal, N9ZBE, Ali, NM0O Jon, WD9HZK Dwight, KD9AEQ Al, N9FAM John, KB9RVJ Ken, KG7EFA Jerry, WY9J Andrew, KC9UCJ Dion (Bicycle APRS), KD9CCB Ardian and Fritz WD9FMB."  Also from Fritz: "Peoria Area ARC supports the Chicago Marathon....This was the 6th year that the ham radio community has supported the Chicago Marathon. Hams come four states and from cities as far away as Madison, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Peoria and Pittsburgh. 12 local ham radio clubs are represented. One team has come from Peoria every year for the past six years, and provides their own lodging and then drives back at the end of the event.  Hams from Peoria that participated in 2014 were, Ron KB9NW, Mark W9WGN, Ken KB9RVJ and Fritz WD9FMB."
**On 17 September, Special Event Station W9L was activated to mark the opening of the new Sandwich IL Public Library. The station was organized by Robert Mitlieri N9EF, who also marshalled operators for the event. The station was in front of the library and had many passersby looking, listening and asking questions.

Ye Olde Traffic Report DE KA9MZJ...

Illinois Side Band Net - Net Manager WB9QPM
Daily on 3905 at 1800 local time
QNI 250 QTC 35 Sessions 30
Illinois Phone Net - Net Manager K9GYI
M-F on 3857 at 1645 local time
Sunday on 3940 at 0810 local time - right after the Illinois Emergency Net
QNI 226 QTC 18 Sessions 26
Illinois Emergency Net - Net Manager K9HEZ
Sunday on 3940 at 0800 local time
QNI 71 QTC 2 Sessions 4
North Central Phone Net – Net Manager K9HEZ
M-F on 3912 at 0700 local time
QNI 303 QTC11 Sessions 22
Illinois CW Net (ILN)   Net Manager WB8SIM
Daily on 3838 at 1915 local time   
QNI  66 QTC 10 Sessions 22
W9NXM and KF9ME reporting

Illinois Officials