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Contact Information

Section Name:
Ron Morgan, AD9I
Daytime Phone:
(309) 397-9549

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Cabinet Members

SM/AD--Ron Morgan, AD9I
ASM--Mike Nowack, NA9Q
ASM/ACC--Scott DeSantis KB9VRW
SEC/PIC--Fritz Bock, WD9FMB
OOC/AD--Tim Childers K9CQ
TC--John Dinnella WA9IL
ASEC--Robert Littler W9DSR
ASEC--Danny Pease NG9R
ASEC--Garret Robinson KC9FVK
ASEC--Gary Shanks KA9FAJ
ASEC--Curtis Williams W5DTR                                                   

District Emergency Coordinators:

Region 2--Lloyd Sherman KB9APW,
Region 3--Dale Marzano N9JH,
Region 4--Neil Ormos N9NL,
Region 6--Gary Shanks KA9FAJ,
Region 7--Josh Kittle, N9WEW,
Region 8--Curtis Williams W5DTR,
Region 9--Jim Hudson WB9QPM,
Region 11--Bruce Talley WA9APQ

Newsletter Topics
1. Section Manager – On the Road
2. Section Appointments
3. Field Day Review
4. Illinois ARES Meeting in Conjunction with IEMA Training Summit
5. What is a Technical Specialist?
6. Chicago Marathon
7. Net Reports

1. Section Manager – On the Road

Looking for visit from the Section Manager?  I do get on the road and attempt to visit the Section Amateurs. Tell me your club plans so that I can put it on my calendar.  Give me an invitation to participate.  Getting an ARRL sanctioned event does not guarantee a visit.  Send your Director, Section Manager, or other Field Service Cabinet Members a personal invitation with a ticket to your event.  ARRL officials are not allowed to participate in raffles, so the ticket will never be drawn for a prize.

For the SM to go to a hamfest or a Club meeting is usually a 5 hour drive.  So, plan to socialize with this SM while he is on site. He would like to know the community better. Please be fair, this isn’t Rhode Island, and no Section Manager has been able to cover Illinois adequately. So for my part, I am working on a PowerPoint that any of the Cabinet members can use when called upon to speak.

Kermit Carlson, WX9A and Ron Morgan, AD9I attended the Six Meter Club Hamfest at the fair grounds in Wheaton.

Your Section Manager schedule currently includes:

Carlinville Hamfest, August 5th event being held in Carlinville, IL (Tim Coonrod, KC9HQA)

Quincy, IL hamfest , August 12.  Located in Paloma, IL about 10 miles NE of Quincy of US 24

SMC Fest - Bloomington August 26th

ARES meeting in Springfield September 5th at the IEMA Conference10:00 til 2:00

Peoria Superfest , September 15-17

W9DXCC, September 15-17 Woodfield

Chicago Marathon, Sunday October 8th

ARRL HQ, Ocober 13-15 Section Manager workshop

Metropolis – Encampment on Friday October 20th and Saturday October 21st

2. Section Appointments

One of the best parts of the Section Manager position is making appointment to the Field Organization. Here are the current volunteers.

Dave Harr KF9IO DuPage County IL/EC – Emergency Coordinator

Rich McMahon, KB9TOR Melrose Park IL/EC - Emergency Coordinator

Tony Bustos, N9ARB, Stephenson County IL/EC - Emergency Coordinator
Skip Rica, WS9V Technical Specialist

The SM receives reports from many of these appointees and he reads every one. There is a lot of activity on the air within the Section, participate. Get radioactive.

3. Field Day

Fritz Bock WD9FMB (IL/SEC) and Ron Morgan AD9I (IL/SM) traveled about Central Illinois to visit a few FD sites. Our plans were to get south of Litchfield but that did not happen. We left early enough and got back to Peoria about 11:00 PM

Stop 1..Central Illinois Amateur Radio Club…W9EX  Central Illinois Radio Club
Bloomington, IL

Stop 2….Twin City Amateur Radio Club …. K9CU Twin City Amateur Radio Club
Champaign, IL

Stop 3…PiccoRams … K9IYP PICORAMS
Monticello, IL

Stop 4…. W9DUA Sangamon Valley Radio Club
Riverton, IL

Stop 5 …. Jacksonville ARS witht K9CQ Tim Childers operating K9JX as 3A.
Prairieland Heritage Museum

Stop 6…Fulton County ARC K9ILS Fulton County ARC
Canton, IL

This was my 1st experience at visiting other FD sites.  It was enjoyable and I would like to have visited more.  We logged about 350 miles on Saturday. The message to the Section Manager were pouring in, showing us that points is everything.

Here are some of the comments that came to this SM:

Clay County Radio Club, meeting in Charlie Brown Park in Flora at the Scout cabin
AB9YC assembled a group (N9LQ, N9POL, WG9L) and operated 1A using my call (AB9YC)
Jim, KE0L was thinking he will hit a couple local FD sites.  Probably Libertyville and Lake Forest. 
Gary Huber, AB9M manned the Digital Station (PSK-31 mostly) Captain for W9EX (Central Illinois Radio Club).
Craig Thompson, K9CT visited a local club in Canton, IL and do some cw operating.
Adrian Engele,AA5UK planned to operate the VHF/UHF/6M and satellite station from the K9BAR FD site at Meyer park in Bolingbrook.
Mike Metroka, WB8BZK was out with the McHenry County Wireless Association K9RN group at Emricson Park in Woodstock, IL. 

4. Illinois ARES Meeting in Conjunction with IEMA Training Summit (formerly "IEMA Conference") September 5-6-7.

Our team is planning several ARES meeting about the section, this is one of those that will coordinate with some of our served agencies.  It’s important that we provide a face to amateur radio. Hopefully some will be able to join us.

5. What are the (TS) Technical Specialists?

For a section team to be effective in one of the most important arenas in Amateur Radio, technology, there must be a cadre of qualified, competent Technical Specialists (TS). "Advancement of the radio art" is a profound obligation we incur under the rules of the FCC.

The TS supports the Technical Coordinator in two main areas of responsibility: Radio Frequency Interference, and Technical Information. Technical Specialists can specialize in certain specific technical areas, or can be generalists.

Requirements: Full ARRL membership.


·         Serve as a technical advisor to local hams and clubs. Correspond by telephone and letter on tech topics. 

          Serve as advisor in radio frequency interference issues.  

·         Speak at local clubs on popular tech topics. 

·         Represent ARRL at technical symposiums in industry; serve on CATV advisory committees; advise municipal governments on technical matters. 

Before you start building your next station and asking for help resolving an issue, get advice from a TS in your area. The TS can advise you on proper technique and grounding to eliminate a problem that can be resolved in the design and building phase. For those willing to serve in this capacity, there is room.

6. Chicago Marathon From Rob Orr:
Folks…once again time to get ready for the 2017 marathon.  It will be held Sunday, October 8th.

Over the years, the ham team has been able to demonstrate just how effective we can be as a communications team for the event’s volunteer medical staff.  As a result, our role has grown. We could easily use 150 volunteers.  We have expanded our support in the final mile, Grant Park and increased staffing in several event hospitals and medical stations.  We need you!  In fact, with the crisis happening with many of the email services, many of you may have changed your addresses…and this might end up as spam or not get to you at all. So, please send this note to your colleagues just to make sure we get the word out.

This is a great place to develop your public service skills…and some of those you can do before the event. We encourage everyone to take the ICS (Incident Command Structures) courses, especially ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800. But, even if you have had no public service radio experience, we will post you with some others who have worked this event.  Still, you need to do the reading, watch the videos and be willing to serve the cause.

 As in past years, there will be a two part registration process. Part one is here…with our system to help us organize our team.  Please go to this site: (By the way, this is not the most mobile friendly app…best to do this on a desktop computer.)

7. Net Report

Got 80 Meter capability? Join us on Sunday afternoon June 4th an June 18th at 4:30 PM on 3.905 Mhz.  We call the amateurs by county and would love to hear from more of you.  I find it interesting to listen for stations to ID about the state and see how well the various stations are able to transfer information.

From Roy Eades KA9MZJ ASM/STM Illinois Section would like to propose that each ARES organization at the county level select one or more ARES members that would be willing to check into the Illinois Sideband net that meets daily at 1800 local time on 3905 at least once a week in order to receive incoming traffic for their county. This way they would get the experience of working with an organized traffic net, learn the message handling procedures etc. We provide training on the air as needed. If we can’t do this at the county level  then perhaps we could do it at the district level. For the NTS side it would also give us more outlets for delivering incoming messages. (A strong turnout prepares us for future events and callout, join in. Ron Morgan AD9I)

Section ARRL Traffic Nets

NCPN – North Central Phone Net, Net Manager KA9MZJ
Monday thru Friday 07:00 Central Time on 3912khz

IPN – Illinois Phone Net, Net Manager KA9MZJ
Monday thru Friday 16:45 Central time on 3857khz
Sunday 08:00 Central Time on 3940khz

ISN – Illinois Sideband Net, Net Manager WB9QPM
Daily 18:00 Central Time on 3905khz

ILN – Illinois CW Traffic net, Net Manager W9NXM
Daily 19:15 Central Time on 3535khz

IAN – Illinois ARES Net, Fritz Bock, WD9FMB
1st & 3rd Sundays of each month on 3.905 Mhz


Illinois Officials