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Early NSRC History

147.345 Repeater Currently Down

Oct 26, 2016 — The Technical team installed the new 2 meter Yaesu System Fusion repeater late yesterday. Initial testing was very favorable. However, for some reason, about an hour after installation the repeater stopped responding. This is disappointing due to the fact that the repeater has been running for months in test mode. We will need to schedule a follow up visit to troubleshoot, hopefully within a few days. The analog repeater was not removed from the site, so if we cannot determine the cause of the problem, the analog machine can be quickly re-installed.

Thank you for your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience. In the meantime, all other club repeaters, including the 224.320 MHz machine, are in normal operational status.

November 8 Meeting
 * Estate Planning
 * Working the World with Raspberry Pi & D-Star
 * Annual Financial Report

Our November 8 club meeting will feature three presentations:

Estate Planning by Burt KR9T. Don’t leave the disposal of your radio equipment to your survivors.

Working the World with Raspberry Pi & D-Star. Mike KG9ML will show how it’s done.

Annual Financial Report by Warren KC9IL.

Join us Tuesday November 8 at the Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd. in Highland Park. Meeting starts at 7:30p. Bring a friend!


Upcoming meetings (at Heller Nature Center):

12/13 Election of Officers & Annual Auction

Meeting Door Prize

In an effort to spur even more interest and excitement at our already outstanding monthly meetings, the Board has unanimously agreed to have a door prize raffle at our meetings through December. So, we’ve got six brand new Baofeng BF-F8+ dual band handhelds ready for proud new owners. Each radio will be pre-programmed with most of the 2 meter and 70 cm repeaters in Cook and Lake counties, as well as the North Shore repeaters. They will be charged up and ready to go. So be sure to get a door prize ticket when you arrive at the next meeting. Officers and Board members are not eligible, so your chances are even better! Winners will be selected towards the end of each meeting and the winner must be present to win. See you there!

VE Testing at Glenview Library

VE testing will be held Sunday November 6 from 1:30p to 4:00p in the Glenview Public Library Multi-Purpose Room, 1930 Glenview Rd.. Contact Rich K9RD at 847-295-8845 to register.

 NSRC 2016 Field Day

Field Day 2016 was a lot of fun - many new faces, lots of Scouts and other youngsters trying out ham radio in the GOTA tent, and many dedicated operators filling the chairs throughout the 24 hours. While propagation was not the best, with very little to be had on 15m and up, we managed to produce 12,058 points in class 3A. Down a bit from last year, but sunspots were not in abundance FD weekend.

Thanks to all for your help and participation, especially in helping us score those bonus points!











NSRC at Dayton 2016

 The usual suspects and a few first-timers.

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.

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!

NSRC Winlink

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.