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

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**We have a new Affiliated Club Coordinator. Scott DeSantis KB9VRW has agreed to take the position. Please join me in welcoming him. Those of you in the hierarchy of our clubs will most likely be hearing from Scott once he gets his bearings.
**It's my hope that all have gotten some communication off to your Congressperson asking them to co-sponsor HR-4969. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of this matter to our community. As I travel to various events, the subject of CC&Rs comes up regularly. It seems that every subdivision recently created has the same odious antenna restrictions. And, why not? These, like most contracts, are copypasta from a few master drafts. That's how this nonsense propagates.
**Just the opinion of the chair, but I really believe that the next faceoff on antenna issues will be about RF exposure. There are people claiming that they have a malady caused by RF from Wi-Fi. In the UK, a ham is engaged with his neighbors because they have gotten the idea in their collective heads that his emissions will cause cancer. There is very little hard science on this. The Internet is there to fill that void with junk theories and rumors. Such is life in the Age of the Tinfoil Hat. Our only defense is to periodically do the station evaluation as mandated by the FCC. This is the only demonstrable way that we can show compliance with the set limits.

Get informed...
**Very nice group at the West Central IL Hamfest on 2 August for my forum. We started off on HR-4969 (there are no other IL co-sponsors as of this writing) and ranged off on several other topics. Local antenna regulations were a concern, as was obtaining exposure for publicity. As far as the antenna issues go, I reiterated to the group and now to you that the best way to monitor this stuff is from the inside. A lot of these zoning boards and planning committees away from urban areas go begging for members. There is no better way to assure 'reasonable accomodation' than to be among those making the decisions. Again: 'somebody' has to do it and we all are 'somebody'. As far as the publicity goes, my personal contention is that we as Amateurs do a wonderful job about telling each other what we do. We do a lousy job about telling everyone else. Away from the urban areas, there are weekly newspapers and small radio/TV stations that are begging for content. As an example of how this can work, see the YouTube copy of WSPY-TV's Fox Valley Today, where Dawn Williams KC9LQS from the Fox River RL does half an hour on the Service and the club's 90th anniversary. There are limitless opportunities like this to toot our horns. However, we cannot get entry without the relationships in place with those media people. We all 'know somebody who knows somebody' in that business. Use those connections to gain entrance. If you submit something written, at least let someone else look at it before you send it. There are no more 'editors' in the classic sense employed by newspapers. If you choose someone to make a TV appearance, make sure is isn't the guy in the black BDU (who should have been thrown out a long time ago) or the fellow with the holey callsign t-shirt and 6 HTs on the belt. Just because our title is 'Amateur' doesn't mean that we have to act bush league. if your club has a Public Information Officer, please share your connections with him/her so they can start building those relationships. When you have established yourself as a reliable and steady source of content, you will never go begging for publicity during the life of that relationship.
**At this time, you can still register to participate in supporting the 2014 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon on 12 October. The registration process starts at

Around the Section...
**John Holmes W9ILY from the Metro DX Club (south suburban Chicago) sends the following: "I wanted you to know that our club, the Metro DX Club, as well as the ham radio community, has lost two prominent DXers in the recent months. Bob Truhlar, W9LNQ, passed away on June 10. Bob lived in the Beverly area of Chicago was an avid DXer for many, many years. On July 17 we lost another member, Frank Gassmere, K9BWQ. Frank lived in Crestwood and chased DX on all bands 160M-6M. Frank was very active in his early ham years on 160M and often related stories from his activities in the 160M Mobileers. Both Frank and Bob were true gentlemen in every respect and will be missed by all."  My deepest sympathies to both gentlemen's extended families.
**Bob Yurs W9ICU, EC of DeKalb County and president of the Kishwaukee ARC sends the foolowing about the recent Rolling Thunder Car Club 15th Annual "Fizz Ehler Classic Car Show" Sycamore, IL on July 25-27, 2014: "This has become almost as big of an event for Sycamore as the Annual Pumpkin Parade. Rolling Thunder is very fortunate to have several very generous sponsors including Auto Meter, which is based here in Sycamore. It allows for all the proceeds from the show to be donated back into the local community every year. To non -profit organizations  Senior Center, Little League, Boy Scouts, Child Care Center, County Drug Abuse program etc. This year there were 1100 show cars and 900 motorcycles at the event, on Sunday. And Saturday Cruise Night, was definitely 'Rolling Thunder' as the rumble of engines of about 350 cars could seen and heard all over town. The nice part of this event it is free to spectators and all the downtown businesses are open during the event.  Estimated spectators this year: 20,000." Bob sent so many nice pics from this event that they won't all fit here on the page. I invite you to visit Bob's photo album page at
**On 20 September, I'll have the 8:30AM forum at the Peoria Superfest. I'll be covering HR-4969 and anything else that might be brought forward. After that, it's back north for the W9DXCC Convention in Schaumburg that afternoon/evening. These are two of the larger events in the Section each year, and I'm looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Ye Olde Traffic Report DE KA9MZJ...
Illinois Side Band Net - Net Manager WB9QPM
Daily on 3905 at 1800 local time
QNI 203 QTC 52 Sessions 31
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 207 QTC 14 Sessions 27
Illinois Emergency Net - Net Manager K9HEZ
Sunday on 3940 at 0800 local time
QNI 62 QTC 5 Sessions 4
North Central Phone Net – Net Manager K9HEZ
M-F on 3912 at 0700 local time
QNI 269 QTC 21 Sessions 21
Illinois CW Net (ILN)   Net Manager WB8SIM
Daily on 3838 at 1915 local time   
QNI  35 QTC 1 Sessions 10
W9NXM reporting

Note from Roy: The Illinois section continues to use NTSD WinLink as our alternate path for routing traffic when conditions are not the best for SSB. We also use WinLink RMS for expediting outgoing traffic back to the originating stations since the NTS Region nets are not on daily. We even have been able to receive traffic from CAN into the Illinois Section and deliver it the same day it was dated. Amazingly, the system does work.  I want to thank all those, the NCS and delivery stations that make this possible.

Illinois Officials