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Illinois

Illinois

Contact Information

Section Name:
Illinois
Contact:
Tom Ciciora KA9QPN
Email:
ka9qpn@arrl.org

Basic Information

Division:
Central
Description:

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SM--Tom Ciciora KA9QPN
ASM/SRM--Ron Morgan, AD9I
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, K9CQ
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--Jim Hudson WB9QPM, Region 8--Curtis Williams W5DTR, Region 11--Bruce Talley WA9APQ

From the top...
**We've had a breakthrough with the Amateur Radio Parity Act and the Community Associations Institute (the HOA lobby). The League, after months of discussion, has gotten CAI to drop their opposition to H. R. 1301 and its Senate companion, S 1685. As a matter of fact, CAI now endorses the measure. The bills will be amended to address CAI's concerns and will include requiring permission from the HOA, no installations in public areas, and the ability for the HOAs to enact reasonable regulation and requirements. In other words, the same abilities that a governmental body has.
**This does not eliminate the need for our continued contacts with our Congressmen and Senators in an effort to get them to support if not co-sponsor the measures. We need to keep the heat turned up, as the session ends with the new year and we'd have to start all over again. But, it's a lot better than where we were.
**Back in 2012, Congress directed the FCC to study and report on whether or not there were obstacles to the role of Amateur Radio in disasters and emergencies. There were some recommendations made. Most of those recommendations suggested that the Federal Department of Homeland Security work with state and local authorities to establish policies for access to affected areas and qualifications for hams providing communications support. The state of Colorado took this to heart. Through the efforts of League officials and state legislators, a law was enacted providing integration of Amateur Radio emergency communications into the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The law establishes an Auxiliary Communications Unit within CDHSEM. This unit will establish and monitor a level of training for hams and provide credentialing recognized statewide. Colorado ARES will execute a Memorandum of understanding with CDHSEM to take responsibility to recruit, train, credential, coordinate and supervise the membership of the new Auxiliary Communications Unit. (This will eliminate any thinking that hams are ceding control of our ARES to a state agency.) The ACU will also "own" RACES operations. In addition to providing needed organization, the law also provides workmans compensation and some limited liability protection for ham volunteers, on the order of volunteer firefighters and the like. This is a Big Deal, and something that the other 49 states can aspire to, as it homogenizes training and gets all emergency communications types singing from the same hymnal. The idea of central supervision and standards in recruiting and training should also severely limit the entry of the "black BDU/old squad car" folks. This is going to be a big effort on the part of the Colorado folks to get this up and running. But, it's going to be worth it. I do become extremely pessimistic when I look at our state governmental hierarchy and the chances of bringing this to our Section. Hope springs eternal.
**The thought comes to mind at this moment of the maxim "if you don't like change, you're really not going to like obsolescence". We need to adapt and evolve.

Get informed...
**Kids Day is Saturday, 18 June. This is a great opportunity to help build the next generation of hams. Even if you have no children in your shack, you can participate by either calling CQ Kids Day or answering the calls when you hear those youthful voices. Let's get them interested. None of us are getting any younger. We need them to continue what we've started and to enjoy what we've helped create.
**One for the girls...The League is now offering a Girl Scout "Radio and Wireless Technology" patch, which offers young ladies an intro to all things wireless, including Amateur Radio. For years, I've said "don't forget the girls" when hosting Scout events, but until now, there hasn't been anything specific to them. We've offered exposure to the Boy Scouts for years via the Radio merit badge. Now, we can truly have something for everyone.
**From the "DUH" department, the FCC has issued an Enforcement Advisory which in essence states that the use of authorized equipment must be in compliance with all Laws and Rules. Which to us is not a huge concern. It is a concern when you factor in pirate broadcasters, cellphone/wifi jammers, GMRS radios operated at full power on FRS channels, and Part 90 approved radios operated on Part 95 frequencies. This also does not speak to what the Fed intends to do about it, in these days of zero enforcement and limited staffing.

Around the Section...
**Jim Novak WA9FIH sends the following: "Members and friends of the Six Meter Club of Chicago were busy with several recent public service activities. On April 26, nineteen operators provided communications and traffic control support for the ninth annual Hinsdale Walk For Autism.  Sponsored by the Hinsdale Community House, the event attracted more than a thousand participants.  Included in the operation were KC9ALX, W9AVB, KA9ERS, KB9FUR, N9GFY, WD9GJK, WA9IYZ, W9JGH, K9JK, KC9KLA, KB9KRT, AC9KV, K9LAE, W9NHX, KC9NLA, W9NSP, KC9TQF, KC9VZH, KC9WIC, and K9WSS.  And on May 14, 22 hams and spouses assisted with the Park District of La Grange Park's 25th annual Run For The Roses, a popular 5K run and walk on an unseasonable cold and windy morning.  Our hams monitored the race progress, calling in male and female leaders in the various categories at several check points.  Our crew consisted of KC9ALX, W9AVB and wife Lavonne, KA9ERS, WA9FIH, KB9FUR, N9GFY. WD9GJK, WA9IYZ, W9JGH, K9JK and wife Judy,  KC9KLA, KB9KRT, K9LAE, W9NHX, KC9TQF, N9TUQ, KC9VZH, KC9WIC, K9WSS, and AK9Y."
**Had an excellent time at the Lake County ARES/RACES and the Peoria Area ARC meetings. I've added the Western Illinois ARC Swapfest in Quincy on 13 August to my stops for this summer, along with my normal travels, including the Central Illinois Hamfest on 6 August. With all of this running around, I've a fair chance of running into most of you. I hope to see you sometime this summer.
**Field Day is approaching, and at this distance, we don't know what we'll see for weather. However, if you're doing it right...as an exercise to deploy and operate under emergency conditions...you'll be ready for rain, heat or cold. Ground your generators, keep hydrated, watch the power lines with antennas. If you haven't invited local officials and your elected representatives, there's still a little time. Recall that our success with HB5961 was largely due to the local club's established relationship with the State Representative. We can avoid or mitigate such unpleasantness with good and solid relationships.

Ye Olde Traffic Report DE KA9MZJ...

Illinois Side Band Net - Net Manager WB9QPM
Daily on 3905 at 1800 local time
QNI 313 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 186 QTC 21 Sessions 27
 
North Central Phone Net – Net Manager K9HEZ
M-F on 3912 at 0700 local time
QNI 314 QTC 4 Sessions 22
 
Illinois CW Net (ILN)   Net Manager WB8SIM
Daily on 3838 at 1915 local time    
QNI 24 QTC 0 Sessions 17  
 W9NXM reporting

Illinois Officials