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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
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...
**This is how relationships become poisoned. The State of Oregon Office of Emergency Management cut ties with the EC assigned to them. There is a copy of the letter from OOEM to the EC floating around the Internet. The trigger point was listed as the EC telling ARES/RACES members that they were not to participate in a drill. I'm quite sure that there are two sides to this along with the truth. What we do know is that my counterpart out there is left scrambling trying to repair the relationship before it becomes a bigger disaster. If it was purely a matter of not participating in a drill, we need to keep in focus that the Served Agencies expect to be "served" their way. And, unless it's illegal/violates the Rules, immoral, unsafe or fattening, we should do our best to comply.
**Left to spin out of control, this can easily become one of those "lost civilization" things. A ham group approaches a Served Agency to try and offer services, and the Agency responds with "No. We don't remember why and it was a long time ago, but you hams suck." Or words to that effect. And those are the worst situations to try and overcome, because the only thing in the institutional memory is "hams = bad". You have no idea what to fix.

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**The Amateur Radio Parity Act passed out of a Senate committee on the 18th with two dissenting votes. We also picked up two more Senators as co-sponsors since I last reported to you. The work is nowhere near done. We still need to contact Messrs. Durbin and Kirk in order to get them to at least support if not co-sponsor the bill. Plus, we haven't gotten all of our Members of Congress in hand as of yet, so that effort continues. Eventually, you might want to downsize your living accommodations or opt for something with less maintenance. Many new communities have these CC&Rs in place and there's a good chance that you might be reduced to mobile operation only if the Act isn't enacted and you end up seeking smaller quarters.
**The FCC's computers are broken again as of this writing. This means that no VEC files are being processed. Again. Their machinery keeps cutting out and it doesn't appear as if they have a handle on the problem.
**It didn't appear anywhere else except a Facebook post, but the League is claiming one business day processing for award applications using Logbook of the World.
**This keeps surfacing every so often, but the Dayton ARA again has stated its intention to keep the Dayton Hamvention® at the Hara Arena next year, despite the owners' struggles with upkeep and finances. Some other ideas have been floated by local and county officials. None of them are really palatable. There's also the matter of the average Amateur's deep and abiding love of change. If there isn't some comprehensive repair undertaken, the whole thing may become academic. While there is deep nostalgia involved with the Hara Arena, it's got a few problems. And, if real money is sunk into the place, it would take real money to pay for the improvements. Which might also affect things. All speculation, of course. But, food for thought.
**SKYWARN Recognition Day is 5 December from 0000Z to 2400Z. It's a very simple event, with the object to contact as many National Weather Service offices as possible within the period. It's just a very easy, low pressure and fun event.

Around the Section...
**Rob Orr K9RST sends this brief summary of operations supporting the Chicago Marathon last month: "124 ham radio operators from 5 states (some as far away as California!) and all over Illinois supported the medical teams volunteering for the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  Using their own equipment and repeaters throughout the Chicago area, the hams helped the medical teams at the 20 Aid Stations on the course and the three temporary hospitals built for this event keep in close contact with their the top medical doctor in charge of the event.  Hams were also embedded with medical team near the finish line and throughout Grant Park to help them if they needed more support from the ambulance company. This is our 7th year supporting the Marathon and the job of preparing for the event never gets easier. Finding and training people to work as a team is always a huge challenge, as we have very experienced public service veterans often working side by side with  newly licensed hams.  While contingency planning has always been on the minds of the organizers, this year they discussed how ham radio operators could support the Aid stations in the event of a disruption to the event. As our role has grown, so has the need for more. We could easily use 135 ham radio operators for this event.  If you would like to be part of the event next year, please contact Rob Orr, K9RST at"
**Jim Novak WA9FIH sends his summary of the Six Meter Club of Chicago's effort for Jamboree on the Air. "Members of the Six Meter Club of Chicago participated in Scouting's Jamboree On The Air October 17 at St. Cletus School in LaGrange, providing an opportunity for Cub and Boy Scouts to learn about Amateur Radio and to speak with other Scouts over the air.  Joe, KC9TQF organized the event, and taught a Merit Badge class.   Using Special Event call N9C, the group operated on 20 Meter SSB and two meter FM.  Special demonstrations of Slow Scan TV and Morse Code proved to be very popular, and we were delighted to contact W1AW/6 at Pacificon!.  Those involved included W9AVB, WD9DMM, WA9FIH, WD9GJK, KC9KLA, K9LAE, KC9TQF, N9TUQ, and KC9VZH."
**On 5 November, I was treated to the hospitality of the Sangamon Valley RC, as I spoke to them at their monthly meeting. It was a lively session that featured some solid questions from the group. I find it a lot more interesting when I keep what I say in the background and let the general group drive the conversation with their questions.
**Late this month due to pressures and commitments at the day job. Next month should see normal again. A safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving to all.

Ye Olde Traffic Report DE KA9MZJ...

Illinois Side Band Net - Net Manager WB9QPM
Daily on 3905 at 1800 local time
QNI 311 QTC 55 Sessions 31
Illinois Phone Net - Net Manager K9GYI
M-F on 3857 at 1645 local time
Sunday on 3940 at 0800 local time
QNI 236 QTC 16 Sessions 26
North Central Phone Net – Net Manager K9HEZ
M-F on 3912 at 0700 local time
QNI 324 QTC 3 Sessions 22
Illinois CW Net (ILN)   Net Manager WB8SIM
Daily on 3838 at 1915 local time   
QNI 67 QTC 4 Sessions 20


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