ARRL Sections - Illinois



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Tom Ciciora KA9QPN

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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...
**DE W9GIG: "I'm 77 years old and I still have pretty good health despite my slow recovery from a shingles attack that hit me last December. However, It's time that you have a younger Central Division Director. This weekend I attended the July ARRL Board of Directors Meeting. After serving on this board for 15 plus years, I resigned Saturday afternoon July 16th, and Kermit Carlson, W9XA is now your director. I firmly believe he will do a better job than me. A candidate is being vetted to serve as Kermit's Vice Director. An announcement should be forth-coming in a few days. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and talking with many of you over these many years and from time to time, there will be future opportunities for this activity. Sincerely - George R. (Dick) Isely, W9GIG ARRL Past Director, Central Division"
**The fact that some of us were privy to this beforehand makes it no less of a shock. There are things and situations that we take as a given and as fixed points in our little world. Dick Isely as an ARRL Director is one of those fixed points. His tireless promotion of both the League and Amateur Radio is known to all of us. Whether it was in the halls of Congress or an out-of-the-way hamfest, Dick carried the same message of the value of both the Service and the League. He was always available to provide guidance to me in those early, confusing months of my tenure as SM. And now, we wish Dick health and happiness in whatever comes next for him, and look forward to seeing him around both on the air and wherever we gather.
**Our new Central Division Director is Kermit Carlson W9XA. If you don't know him, you have been affected by his work. Kermit has been a fixture in many League committees and groups that shape things like bandplans, contest rules and approaches to technologies. I personally have known him since meeting him during 220 weak signal activity years ago (when it was 220 instead of 222). I'm confident that he will be an excellent Director.
**Issues in my own town requiring EMA participation kept me at home during Field Day weekend. By all accounts, it appears that everyone had a satisfactory exercise, except for the "meh" band  conditions.

Get informed...
**If you are a Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge Counselor and can participate in the upcoming Space Jam in Rantoul, please email me at my address. It's the weekend of 5-7 August, and your help is sorely needed.
**The amended version of HR1301 has passed out of committee and now goes to the full House of Representatives for consideration. If you have not gotten your Member of Congress on board, now would be the time for that final effort.
**From Dirk Esterline KG8JK cones the following: "The third annual Civilian Conservation Corps On-The-Air weekend will be held the second full weekend in August, 2016. The event will start Saturday at 14:00z (10:00am EDT) and run until Sunday 21:00z (5:00 pm EDT). The Civilian Conservation Corps came into being in the spring of 1933. Its goal was twofold: to provide needed economic relief to families suffering from the effects of the Great Depression and to protect and develop the natural resources of the United States. CCC Amateur Radio Ops strives to honor the contribution that "The Boys" of the corps made to our country and to our natural environment. As radio played a big part in how the camps communicated with each other, our goal is to put the sites of the CCC camps back on the air. We would encourage you to activate the actual location of one of the camps however, if it is no longer accessible or you cannot get permission to set up on the site, you may operate from one of the project sites the camp worked on. Many state local parks have buildings that were constructed by the "CCC Boys" and would make a suitable place to not only honor them but also promote amateur radio at the same time. For more information see our website or contact KG8JK via email: "

Around the Section...
**From Ron Ochu KO0Z: "Over three months in the planning between the IL Public Health Department and the Macoupin County Public Health Department for a simulated state-wide emergency drill.  The test drill scenario:  An anthrax outbreak between the Illinois and Wisconsin state borders.  The Illinois Public Health Department notifies county Public Health Departments to get head-counts for distribution of ciprofloxacin or doxycycline. On Monday, the state alert went out Macoupin County Public Health alerted the state of its medical requirements.  Macoupin County ARES was alerted to activate on Tuesday, June 14th.  ARES team members deployed county-wide to Bunker Hill, Staunton, Gillespie, Carlinville and Girard. ARES role was to provide back-up com for cell phones and Starcom21.  Part of the drill called for those systems to fail and to use amateur radio. Drills are conducted to determine strengths and weaknesses.  Happily, Macoupin County ARES team members received excellent reports from EMA coordinator Jim Pitchford, N9LQF and from Macoupin County Health Director Kate Petroline! A big thank you to the following  participating ARES  drill members:  Carlos, WD9T, Gayland, N9VFP, Chuck N9LVY and his XYL Sarah, Lou, KC9YFU, Bill, W9FJ, Jared, KC9ZMD, Debbie, KC9ULA, Roman, KD9COA, Mark, WD9HBF, Paul, KC9YCP, Jim, N9LQF and Ron, KO0Z."
**Getting to peak hamfest season, and I'm looking forward to seeing some of you in my travels. I've expanded a little bit this summer, and am filling the off season with visits to club meetings where I'm invited. Be seeing you around!

Ye Olde Traffic Report DE KA9MZJ...

Illinois Side Band Net - Net Manager WB9QPM
Daily on 3905 at 1800 local time
QNI 309 QTC 76 Sessions 30
Illinois Phone Net - Net Manager K9GYI
M-F on 3857 at 1645 local time
Sunday on 3940 at 0800 local time
QNI 205 QTC 16 Sessions 26
North Central Phone Net – Net Manager K9HEZ
M-F on 3912 at 0700 local time
QNI 342 QTC 8 Sessions 22
Illinois CW Net (ILN)   Net Manager WB8SIM
Daily on 3838 at 1915 local time    
QNI 0 QTC 0 Sessions 0  
No Reports

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