Amateur Radio - A 21st Century Hobby
An excellent introduction to ham radio has been developed by the RSGB and is available on YouTube here. We encourage you to share the link.
December 8 Meeting:
Annual Auction & Election of Officers
The NSRC Annual Auction is coming up December 8. We have received over 200 items so far, including several nice transceivers, many station accessories, antennas, test equipment and more. A preliminary list of items can be found here. A list with prices will follow shortly. (Note: There are numerous small items and books not on the list which will be available at the auction). This year we will again feature “Buy-It-Now” tables with items attractively priced. Everything will be available for inspection at 6:30pm, and available for sale at 7:00pm. No one will be admitted before 6:30pm. The auction will begin at 8:00pm. You don’t need to be a member to attend and buy. As an added bonus, attendees will be given a free ticket to enter a drawing at the end of the meeting for a Tenma digital multimeter. Winner must be present to claim their prize. (NSRC officers and board members are not eligible for this drawing). If you have any questions or wish to donate auction items, please contact Ron K9RH.
Come join us for fun and pick up a bargain Tuesday December 8, 6:30pm, at the Heller Nature Center in Highland Park. Bring a friend!
* Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at the Heller Nature Center unless otherwise noted. Topics are subject to change.
* Many presentations from past meetings may be accessed in the Resources/Downloads section here.
Second Technician Class Produces 3 New Hams
November 18 concluded our second Technician license class and resulted in three freshly-licensed hams. Together with last semester’s students, we have now seen nine new hams get their first license.
The classes were started last January through District 128 Community Education at Vernon Hills High School. The class just ended was offered through New Trier Extension, the community education program of New Trier High School in Northfield. We have had enthusiastic support from both of these community education programs.
We will start up again on January 28, 2016, at Vernon Hills High School. Our plan is to alternate semesters between Vernon Hills and New Trier.
Please help spread the word about our class and have anyone who is interested contact Derick AB9PR. The class is open to students of all ages, and we especially encourage parents, relatives or older siblings to accompany and support younger students.
Upcoming VE Sessions
he North Shore Radio Club will be conducting Volunteer Exams for all grades of the amateur radio FCC License on Sunday February 28, and Sunday April 24, at the Glenview Public Library - 1930 Glenview Road in Glenview, in the “Multipurpose Room” at 1:30 P.M.
All inquiries should be made to the session coordinator:
Mike Dusa W9MJD
Please DO NOT contact the library.
There is a nominal fee of $15.00 for the session, that covers all testing materials. To better prepare for the session, please contact Mike Dusa in advance so we can have all of the materials available.
Note: Candidates must present a legal photo ID. This requirement is usually met with a driver’s license, but it can be a passport or other legal identification card with the candidate’s photo on it.
When no photo ID is available, the candidate must present any two of the following:
- Non-photo ID/driver’s license (some states still have them)
- Social Security Card
- Birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
- Minor’s work permit, school report card, school ID card or library card
- Utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that specifically names the person
- Postmarked envelope addressed to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on the Form 605.
NSRC 2015 Field Day
Field Day 2015 was a great success - many new faces, lots of young folks trying out ham radio in the GOTA tent, and many dedicated operators filling the chairs throughout the 24 hours. Weather was the best in years, and while propagation was not the best, at least on Saturday - it picked up and we managed to eke out a small gain over 2014, for a new NSRC high score. We finished #20 overall — #3 in the 3A category — and #1 in Illinois!
Thanks to all for your help and participation!
Plus - two hams upgraded at the VE session held on Saturday - thanks Mike W9MJD.
Tour de Cure Recognizes NSRC Volunteers
The 2014 ADA Tour de Cure was an in paralleled success! Over 1100 riders raised several hundred thousand dollars for diabetes research, education and services. It was due in no small part to the work of the 40 amateur radio operators that comprised the majority of the Communications and Safety team. Being in my 10th year of being an ADA volunteer it amazes me every year the support we get from individuals and club like the North Shore Radio Club.
For many years now, the NSRC has not only encouraged it’s members to participate, but has provided us with equipment and technical expertise to help us accomplish our mission- to bring back every one of the riders that go out…back safely.
On behalf of the American Diabetes Association, THANK YOU for your efforts not only on behalf of helping the fight against diabetes, but for putting on the “good face” individually and corporately for Amateur Radio and it’s public service component. We truly could not do it without you!
Mike and ask that you please accept this certificate as a token of our appreciation for the efforts of the NSRC and it’s members in making the 2014 safe and successful for those riding.
Eric Lorenz K9LGE
Michael Johnson KC9QLT
Communications and Safety Co-chairs
2014 ADA Tour de Cure
“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 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!
We have an 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.