September 9 Meeting
Emily Oaks Campfire/QRP Outing
Coming up is our annual campfire and QRP outing at Emily Oaks in Skokie, at 7:30pm on Tuesday, September 9.
Emily Oaks is at Brummel and Kenton - just north of Howard St., 2 blocks east of Skokie Blvd. A map is here.
Bring your QRP rig, an antenna, and some insect repellent, just in case campfire smoke isn’t enough to keep bugs at bay. Beverages and s’mores will be provided. As the days grow shorter, it’s almost dark by 7:30, so recommend you get there early to set up an antenna. 40, 30, or 20 meters are usually the bands of choice.
For the competitive-minded, once again there will be “Emily” awards - for the QSOs that cover the greatest distance per watt. There will be separate awards for CW, SSB and digital modes.
Hope to see you there - bring a friend!
Fox Hunt at The Glen
The Fox Hunt at The Glen WILL NOT be held Tuesday August 19. Due to the short notice, we have decided that a later date (TBD) will be preferable.
Oct 14 HF Contesting, QSLing, Logging
Nov 11 Software Defined Radios
Dec 9 Annual Auction and Election of Officers
Meetings are at Heller Nature Center unless otherwise noted.
*** Many presentations from past meetings may be accessed in the Resources/Downloads section here.
New High Score at 2014 Field Day
It took several years to post a new high NSRC score for Field Day, but we finally did it. Based on over 3500 QSO’s and all the bonus points we earned, our final score should be 13,112. That breaks our previous high score of 12,994 in 2004. Hats off to all who participated - from setup, to operating around the clock, greeting and guiding visitors, through to teardown. Truly a team effort. Fortunately we were spared the weather that arrived Monday evening - and the line noise that plagued us last year. Murphy always pays a visit or two, but we were able to keep on going.
You can read more about NSRC Field Day in Rob K9RST’s blog
June 28 VE Session Results
The VE session at our Lake Forest Field Day site, administered by Mike W9MJD and NSRC VE volunteers, resulted in 2 upgrades and 2 new hams:
|Robert Glazier||Muskego, WI||Tech||KD9BSC|
|John Remington, Jr.||Lake Bluff||Tech||KD9BSD|
Congratulation to all, and thanks to our VE’s for their assistance!
VE Testing will also be held at the Glenview Public Library at 1:30pm on
Sunday, September 14 and
Sunday, November 9
“Hot in Cleveland”…”It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”…But Dayton in May? Not so much…
Didn’t stop intrepid NSRC members, though, who are used to having parkas at hand even when the calendar says “Spring”.
(Click on photo to enlarge.)
Introducing Boy Scouts to Ham Radio
We have set up a small station at the Boy Scout camp for the Northeast Illinois Council, called Makajawan. When I was up to visit last week, there were 23 scouts taking the Radio merit badge! The station consists of an Icom 7200, donated to the program by Icom as a loaner for the season. We also have a Yeasu 757GX, an older radio but which seems fairly reliable, and an Alinco VHF station with two Baofeng HT radios.
The boys have been having fun with the VHF radios running around camp doing search and rescue drills. The Icom radio is working very well both as a PSK demo and as an HF voice station. This is connected to a 20/40 meter trap dipole. The Icom works brilliantly with Ham Radio Deluxe, so you have complete control of the rig from a laptop interface. That was really a great deal of fun to work with. Greg Karlove W9GAK helped me set up the station and the interface earlier this summer. We both got more ticks than radio contacts! The Yaesu was not working very well at all, so I did some antenna repair work and got it to hear better, but I have little confidence that it will last the summer with the antenna we provided. The balun had a dead short!
I was surprised to see that there are no AM radio stations to be heard during the day, we are that far north…plus that says more about the state of AM radio! There have been hams stopping by the station every week to help the boys get on the air, and frankly, this might be the weakest link. We need to find a way to make the station available to the boys at night. Also, this set up is currently only on East camp, which has about 300 scouts. There is another camp across the lake that does not have a station at all.
Based on what I have seen, I am very encouraged by the participation and interest. There is plenty of opportunity for us to do more. Next year, I am hoping I can spend more time at camp and help generate more interest in this activity.
NSRC 2013 Field Day
Field Day 2013 was held once again at the Grove Cultural Center in Lake Forest, June 22-23. We had a great turnout - whether to enjoy the hospitality tent, the Saturday picnic, take advantage of VE testing, learn how to communicate by satellite, or operate in the phone, cw, vhf or GOTA tents.
Although the weather was favorable for Saturday and Sunday, band conditions were mediocre - marginal on 15, nil on 10, minimal on 6 - with S9 noise on the low bands. Our preliminary score tabulation shows about 11,400 points - down some from last year, in large part due to the noise level. (Be sure to read K9RST’s President’s Blog). While we were #1 in 3A in 2012, we’ll have to wait until Fall when scores are published to see how we did this year. Regardless, we always have fun!
NSRC 2012 Field Day Video
This is a short video showing some of the activities at the 2012 annual ARRL radio emergency event, called Field Day. North Shore Radio Club created three HF radio stations, a VHF weak signal station and a GOTA, Get on the Air station for newer operators. This is ham radio’s premiere summer event. The goal is to contact as many stations as we can in a 24 hour period, so it is part contact, part social and all fun, especially when the weather behaves!
North Shore DMR is Here!
The North Shore Radio Club is now sponsoring a 440 DMR repeater, connected to over 165 repeaters worldwide and 3 in the Chicagoland area. DMR is ham radio’s newest 2-way communications protocol, is an international open standard, and features 2 voice channels from one repeater that occupy 1/2 the bandwidth of an analog repeater. DMR radios are made by multiple manufacturers, feature excellent battery life, and are very affordable.
NSRC JNOS BBS/Packet Cluster/Callsign Lookup/WX Server and Winlink Servers Upgraded
UPDATE 12/17/12: The JNOS BBS/Packet Cluster/Callsign Lookup engine and Winlink Server has been upgraded to a new PC and more reliabile internet connection. Please give it a try.
The NSRC Tech Team welcomes you to our new NS9RC-1 JNOS packet BBS system on 145.01 MHz with 30W of power at over 100’ high from Techny. This isn’t your traditional BBS system. It has wormhole connections to other BBS stations in the USA, Canada, and Australia. It has a DX cluster and a feed from Weather Underground for weather conditions and forecasts. As usual, all you need is a 1200 bps TNC, a VHF radio, antenna, and a computer with a terminal program.
Please visit our Tech Blog to learn more about using JNOS for the first time.
We also have a working NS9RC-10 Winlink RMS Packet server on 145.61 MHz 1200 baud for sending and receiving email over RF. Learn more about it here.
Northern Cook County Skywarn Net Frequency Change
Northern Cook County Skywarn (WX9NC) is moving its spotter nets to our own 147.345+ MHz repeater with a tone PL of 107.2 Hz effective this spring. Our 2m repeater has much improved coverage and we hope that more hams will be able to participate in spotting severe weather for the National Weather Service. Severe Weather Net controllers for 2013 are still needed! For more information or to volunteer your services visit here.