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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--Jim Hudson WB9QPM, Region 8--Curtis Williams W5DTR, Region 11--Bruce Talley WA9APQ

From the top...
**For those who came in late,  Rep. Avery Bourne has amended her HB 5961 to include an exception for two-way radios generally and Amateur Radio specifically. We need to validate her support of the Service by continuing to operate mobile in a safe fashion. Y'know; like we always have.
**Now, if we could get the Federal DOT language to include an exception for Amateur Radio, we could avoid these periodic Chinese fire drills.
**What helped us immeasurably with Rep. Bourne was that she was a guest at a Field Day event last summer. Pictures did not have to be drawn to explain the Service to her. The takeaway? Never underestimate the value of those VIP invitations. Get these folks to your FD site or club meeting. Explain who we are without talking down to them or lapsing into technobabble. Hide the black BDU/old squad car people if you haven't yet dropped them overboard. Relationships are valuable currency when dealing with government officials. And not to put too fine of a point on it, they like to be fussed over to a degree.

Get informed...
**The League has sent notice to the National Frequency Coordinators' Council that ARRL is exercising its option to terminate the Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations. The League's Executive Committee was informed that there is clear evidence that NFCC is no longer functioning. This due to the current NFCC officers' terms expiring without any new officers being elected to replace them. The preference of the Executive Committee is that the NFCC right its ship and continue forward. Absent any moves in that direction, The League must regretfully withdraw from the MoU. The League has traditionally stood back from repeater coordination in general, preferring to publish the Repeater Directory from data furnished by the local coordinators. and let the rest be handled by the local groups. It's not certain what the loss of a national body for coordinators will do to the general landscape.
**I was a bit dismayed to hear of the resignation of Bill Kraus KA9FER from the presidency of the Illinois Repeater Association. Bill had helped to provide a steadying hand during the early influx of digital repeaters, among other things. He leaves a stable organization in the good hands of Greg Buchwald K9QI. Wishing Bill all the best in the next chapter of his life, as he's moving out of the Section.
**The Peoria Superfest has been designated a State Convention this year. I'm sure that more will be forthcoming as 17 and 18 September draws closer. The only hitch is that Superfest shares a weekend with the also excellent W9DXCC Convention. It makes for either a very long day or a decision to be made, as both events are outstanding. It's always been less costly for me to go to Superfest, as the last time that I went to W9DXCC, I came away just having to buy a new HF rig. More on both events as September gets closer.
**A new UHF and above contest has been proposed by the League's VHF Contest Revitalization Committee, chaired by our own Central Division Vice Director, Kermit Carlson W9XA. Draft Rules have been posted for this new event, and comments are being solicited. If this interests you, comments can be submitted by e-mail before 15 June.
**The new "The Doctor is In" podcast is underway. The program is a freewheeling technical discussion, along the lines of the column of the same name in QST. There is a guide online to help you find the podcast for a device of your choosing. In these days of too few Elmers and many new hams, "The Doctor is In" is a wonderful resource to find out things that you are either curious about or that you didn't know existed.

Around the Section...
**Jim Novak WA9FIH, sends word on an excellent article in the magazine Tech Directions, which targets educators teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The article is entitled "Amateur Radio in the STEM Classroom", and is worth your attention. The folks at Newington do their part by holding the Teachers' Institute on Wireless and Technology each summer in multiple sessions along with other classroom resources. It's gratifying to see the educators' community pick up on Amateur Radio as a teaching tool.
**Had an outstanding time with Lake County ARES/RACES, along with folks from Kane County ARES and other ARES groups at the recent Tom Skilling FermiLab Seminar. The ticketing requirement and the cutback to a single session did limit the attendance, but we still had a sturdy number of curious folks who sought information on SKYWARN and Amateur Radio. Thanks again to Don Whitney K9DRW for keeping this opportunity going through all the recent changes. Those who couldn't get a ticket to the event can still see the individual presentations on WGN-TV's website. There was discussion of both last year's Rochelle/Fairdale storm and the 1990 Plainfield tornado.

Ye Olde Traffic Report DE KA9MZJ...

Illinois Side Band Net - Net Manager WB9QPM
Daily on 3905 at 1800 local time
QNI 311 QTC 69 Sessions 31
Illinois Phone Net - Net Manager K9GYI
M-F on 3857 at 1645 local time
Sunday on 3940 at 0800 local time
QNI 244 QTC 16 Sessions 27
North Central Phone Net – Net Manager K9HEZ
M-F on 3912 at 0700 local time
QNI 322 QTC 6 Sessions 23
Illinois CW Net (ILN)   Net Manager WB8SIM
Daily on 3838 at 1915 local time    
QNI 38 QTC 0 Sessions 17  
KA9MZJ and W9NXM reporting


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