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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...
**Well, here we go again. David Sumner K1ZZ, CEO of the League sends the following: "The members of the U.S. House of Representatives have headed home for the holidays, marking the end of the 113th Congress on that side of Capitol Hill. When the 114th Congress convenes in January a new legislative cycle will begin. We expect the Amateur Radio Parity Act to be reintroduced in the House with a new number; H.R.4969 will no longer apply."
**Given the current climate in DC, it's a minor miracle and a testimony to our collective persistence that we got as far as we did. This matter will be introduced again , and again I'll be asking you to contact your Member of Congress. Some of these faces will be new, and we'll have to educate them as they appear. For now, we wait for a new bill number.
**As I compose this, the thermometer is tickling 50 degrees. It looks as if the party's over tomorrow, and we're back to genuine winter. Which is why I clambered on my roof yesterday to check a balky antenna. We most likely won't see another opportunity like this until early spring.
**I was fortunate enough to participate in operating W1AW/9 earlier this month. I was doubly fortunate to operate using AM from the station of Chris Farley KC9IEQ. We were using a military surplus boat anchor that produced 375 honest watts and a National NC-300. Took me back to my earlier years, when SWL was via a Hallicrafters SX-43 and CW in the novice bands was facilitated by a C-64 into a Drake TR-3. Y'know...when you actually had to operate a radio to get results. We didn't get anywhere near the 250 contacts per hour that others claimed, but it was pretty hairy for a non-contester like me. Pileups were screeches of heterodyne, so sorting calls out was a challenge. And, the mike was hot. The most prevalent comments? "This is my first AM contact", "I haven't made an AM contact in XX years" and 'Thanks for the AM contact". It was a lot of fun.
**From volunteer extraordinaire and LaSalle County RACES officer Joe Tokarz KB9EZZ comes the information that, according to Independent Sector, the current value of a volunteer is $22.55 per hour as a US average. When they break it down by state, a volunteer's time is worth $24.08 in Illinois. The alchemy used to calculate this number is explained on their website. In years past, I used to pass this number along here, and I've been delinquent in doing so the last couple of years. A big thank you to Joe for reminding me that this existed. The interesting part is that this information came out of a FEMA classroom, so that gives a nominal endorsement by the Feds.
Around the Section...
**A reminder that Straight Key Night is on once again for 1 January from 0000 to 2359 UTC. Sure sounds more appealing than doing battle with the overserved on the roads.
**From the Western IL ARC Feedline newsletter comes the interesting news that a television series based on the movie Frequency, which debuted in 2000. Amateur Radio was a prominent plot device in the movie. It remains to be seen as to whether or not that will pull through into the small screen...can we call it that anymore in a world of 60" TVs? And, we'll have another opportunity to have the Service spotlighted again, as was by Last Man Standing. And again, our community will have another opportunity to either fixate on the inaccuracies (which will no doubt be built in) or to take it as an opportunity to share with others this wonderful thing that we do.
**Here we are once again: at the close of another year. Like any other, it was full of triumphs and tragedies for all of us, because life happens. Life also goes on, and we'll flip the calendar after our accustomed end-of-year celebrations. No matter how you celebrate, I wish you goodies under the tree (or wherever!) that make you smile, good time spent with family and friends, and warm memories shared. I also hope for you the best of the New Year, with good health, safe travels, and all things pleasant and happy. We tend to frame our conduct according to our experiences, and mine are that of a Christian upbringing. So, I wish you a Merry Christmas and an outstanding New Year. 73 AND GUD DX DE KA9QPN
Ye Olde Traffic Report DE KA9MZJ...
Illinois Side Band Net - Net Manager WB9QPM
Daily on 3905 at 1800 local time
QNI 264 QTC 53 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 294 QTC 25 Sessions 24
Illinois Emergency Net - Net Manager K9HEZ
Sunday on 3940 at 0800 local time
QNI 89 QTC 6 Sessions 5
North Central Phone Net – Net Manager K9HEZ
M-F on 3912 at 0700 local time
QNI 325 QTC 12 Sessions 20
Illinois CW Net (ILN) Net Manager WB8SIM
Daily on 3838 at 1915 local time
QNI 26 QTC 3 Sessions 10
Section ManagerThomas T. Ciciora KA9QPN
Affiliated Club CoordinatorC Scott DeSantis KB9VRW
Public Info CoordinatorFrederic M. Bock WD9FMB
Assistant Section ManagerSharon Harlan N9SH
Technical CoordinatorJohn R. Dinnella WA9IL
Official Observer CoordinatorTimothy C. Childers KB9FBI
Section Traffic ManagerRoy R. Eades KA9MZJ
Assistant Section Manager,Bradley Pioveson W9FX
Section Emergency Coordinator
Assistant Section ManagerRon Morgan KB9NW
State Government LiaisonCharles L. Richey K9DUE