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Fall 2015 Technician License Classses

NSRC will again conduct 9-week Technician license classes starting in September, now in two locations - Northfield and Vernon Hills. If you know people who might be interested in getting their first license and on the air, please let them know about this outstanding opportunity. The course stresses hands-on, experiential learning and is taught by a faculty of experienced hams from the North Shore Radio Club. The FCC license exam is administered in the final class meeting.

For registration details, click here.

Showing Our Public Face:
Volunteers Needed!

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Evanston Bicycle Club North Shore Century
Sunday September 21

For the past 8 years, the North Shore Radio Club has supported the Evanston Bike Club’s North Shore Century, providing outstanding support to the over 2000 bike riders who take the challenge to ride 100 miles or more. This is a very large course, with multiple aid stations. Right now, we need SAG (support and gear) cars – an SUV or similar that can carry bikes and people back to aid stations. Often hams provide their cars (with radio and APRS capability), but we also need hams to ride along with bike club SAG cars. We can help provide portable APRS and radios. At the moment, we have enough people for the rest areas, but we will accept all volunteers. To sign up, please go to this Google site:


Chicago Marathon
Sunday October 11

The Ham Radio team supporting the Chicago Marathon is still looking for help at aid stations and roving teams to help assist the medical teams in Grant Park. If you have never done this work before, we will assign you with someone with experience. This is a great way to learn how ham radio can seamlessly support a large public event. This event will draw about 130 hams from 4 states this year.  
Here is the link to the Ham Radio Team site:

September 8 Meeting:
QRP Campfire Night at Emily Oaks

Coming up is our annual Campfire & QRP night - Tuesday September 8, 7:30pm at the Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie. 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.
Once again there will be “Emily” awards for QSOs that cover the greatest distance per watt, with separate categories for CW, SSB and digital.

If you want to have some fun with QRP, and missed 2014 Emily-winner KC9IL’s excellent QRP presentation at our August meeting, you can find his presentation here and an audio file here.

Please join us Tuesday September 8 at Emily Oaks in Skokie.
Bring a friend!
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Below is a report on Emily Oaks 2014 - let’s hope the weather and propagation are as good this year!

 Several members took advantage of great weather and decent band conditions at Emily Oaks the evening of September 9. Those who did not bring radios enjoyed the campfire and camaraderie.

  Congratulations to the 2014 “Emily” winners for QSOs with greatest distance/watt:

Warren KC9IL
   QSO with AA1JD on 40m

800 miles/100mW    8000 miles/watt  SSB
Greg W9GAK
    QSO with SV9CVY on 20m   

5620 miles/5 watts    1124 miles/watt

Honorable mention:
SSB    Dan WD9E     QSO with EG5VAL on 20m
4175 miles/5 watts    835 miles/watt

No digital mode QSOs were reported in 2014, so no winner in that category.

2015 Meeting Schedule

Oct 13 Making Your Own Printed Circuit Boards
Nov 10 Annual Financial Report + System Fusion
Dec 8 Officer Election + Annual Auction


* 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.

Upcoming VE Sessions

The North Shore Radio Club will be conducting Volunteer Exams for all grades of the amateur radio FCC License on Sunday, September 13, and Sunday November 15,  at the Glenview Public Library - 1930 Glenview Road in Glenview, in the “Multipurpose Room”, from 1:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

All inquiries should be made to the session coordinator:

Mike Dusa  W9MJD
ARRL Liaison
Email 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. 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

NSRC at Dayton 2014

“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!

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.