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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...
**It remains to be seen what is to happen with HR-4969. If it isn't brought forward in the lame duck session, the matter will have to be re-introduced in the new Congress, and we get to start over. Not relishing that thought, as we need to go soliciting sponsors all over again, as it will be a clean slate. Recall that it took us several years to get our State PRB-1 passed. We need patience and constant effort. You'll see it first here when it's time to act again.
**Another licensee has run afoul of the Communications Act of 1934 [47 CFR 308 (b)] which allows the FCC to deny or revoke a license on the basis of "character" deficiencies. Apparently, this person is considered a "high risk" sex offender in his community due to past convictions. In the initial proceeding, an Administrative Law judge allowed the person to keep his ticket. The Commission reversed that decision based on the person's status in his community.
**At first blush, this sounds like a reasonable thing to do with those who commit felonies. I've only seen this one other time, and that involved a guy who's apparent occupation was that of a thief. At the time, there was a comment by the FCC that they weren't trolling for these people, but might act upon reports of issues with licensees that were pointed out to the Commission. Again: all well and good. Playing devil's advocate here: where does the line get drawn? Who decides who is and is not of "good character"? What constitutes "bad"? Would things like domestic violence or serial DUI be "bad"? Findings of liability in civil matters? I can go on and on here, but the matter becomes this: when the standard is purely subjective, what works and what doesn't? It's apparent that the Commission has a pretty good filtering system in place, as the sanctions in the Act are rarely employed. But, as in anything vague, there is a potential for something to go haywire.

Get informed...
**From Troy Simpson W9KVR, who is an instructor at the Glenn Raymond School in Watseka, IL. He comments on their middle school club station, W9GRS: "Students and staff at Glenn Raymond School participated in the 2014 October edition of the ARRL School Club Round-up operating their amateur radio station W9GRS.  This year W9GRS finished 5th place in the ever competitive Middle School Division.  W9GRS set station records for most schools contacted (48), clubs (9), and total points with 83,657.  W9GRS also took advantage of amazing 20m conditions and completed their 20 meter Worked All States.  17 students, staff, and guests made at least 1 QSO with several now preparing for testing later in the winter.  The school station has fared well over the past 7 years representing "9-Land," regularly finishing in the top 5 against the big guns of the south and even taking National Championships in 2010 and 2011.  Illinois was well represented this year with school stations NQ9P, KC9ULA, and W9JWC also active this week.  The W9GRS station was established under the guidance of science teacher Troy J. Simpson W9KVR in 2008 and helped with equipment from the ARRL ETP grant and the Iroquois Amateur Radio Club.  Unlike many of the school stations, W9GRS is active through out the year, participating in special events, contests, and general operations.  The focus is introducing students to amateur radio, the science behind it, and prepare students for future licensing.  The station has participated in the Illinois and Florida QSO parties, earned DXCC and Worked All States.  The school station has been featured in Monitoring Time, The Spectrum Monitor, and QST magazine.  The school station is also taking part in the W1AW/9 operations in December as part of their digital operations."
**W1AW/9 will return to the Section for one more stint from 3 to 9 December. Through a set of fortunate happenstances, there will also be an AM operator signing the W1AW/9 call. Why not? Nearly every other mode has been used.

Around the Section...
**A leftover from last month was the Six Meter Club of Chicago's JOTA effort. Jim Novak WA9FIH writes: "Eleven members of the Six Meter Club of Chicago participated in a presentation of Amateur Radio to the Scouting community as part of Jamboree On The Air October 18 at St. Cletus School in LaGrange.  The event was coordinated by Joe, KC9TQF, who brought equipment, secured the special event call K9C and ran a Merit Badge seminar.  He was assisted by Matt, WD9DMM, Jim, WA9FIH, Mike, WD9GJK, Gary, KC9IDS, Bill, KC9KLA, Jim, N9TUQ, Jim, KC9VZH, and Steve,. WB9ZNL.  Bob, W9AVB, Vern, K9LAE, KC9KLA and N9TUQ provided SSTV contacts from their home stations.  About thirty five Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts were given the opportunity to speak with scouts at several other JOTA stations, as well as to a very gracious operator of another special event station in Minnesota honoring the Coast Guard Auxiliary.   Operation was on HF SSB with a multiband dipole, and two meter FM through the club's repeater.  We explained how a repeater operates, and demonstrated slow scan television, pointing out its potential for relaying both text messages and photos during an emergency.  One ham called into our station with his cell phone via Echolink, giving another example of a “high tech” application that we use.  Another popular activity was a Morse code demonstration by WA9FIH during which Scouts were given copies of the code and learned how to send their name with an electronic keyer and paddles.  Literature about Amateur Radio provided by ARRL was distributed.  Several parents present also viewed our exhibits and asked questions.  Lunch was provided by a local food store and deli owner."
**On October 26th, I joined members of DeKalb County ARES to serve as Parade Marshals for the Sycamore IL Pumpkin Festival Parade. This is a fairly big event and it's done in a very compact area. So, it takes a combined effort from city police, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Police and their Auxiliary, neighboring communities' officers, Illinois State Police and Northern Illinois University Police to make this happen. Our function was to keep the parade moving and minimize bunching or gaps. The group has done this for years, so it operates like a well oiled machine. It was a fun way to spend a Sunday.
**Finally, for those of you who long for the rare ones to fill out your DXCC, numbers 2 and 3 on the Most Wanted list will be live soon. Navassa Island (KP1) will be activated for as long as 14 days in January 2015. Bouvet Island (3Y/B) will be active from mid-January to mid- April 2016. The Bouvet effort is going to be a one man operation, which is novel unto itself.

Ye Olde Traffic Report DE KA9MZJ...

Illinois Side Band Net - Net Manager WB9QPM
Daily on 3905 at 1800 local time
QNI 291 QTC 57 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 306 QTC 21 Sessions 27
Illinois Emergency Net - Net Manager K9HEZ
Sunday on 3940 at 0800 local time
QNI 73 QTC 6 Sessions 4
North Central Phone Net – Net Manager K9HEZ
M-F on 3912 at 0700 local time
QNI 323 QTC 8 Sessions 23
Illinois CW Net (ILN)   Net Manager WB8SIM
Daily on 3838 at 1915 local time   
QNI  65 QTC 10 Sessions 21
KF9ME reporting

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