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WE'RE LOOKING  FOR PROGRAMS!

We have always had an interesting variety of programs at our SMCC meetings, but our Program Director, Joe,
KC9TQF is on the lookout for new ones whether related to Amateur Radio or not, so if you have an idea for a
presentation that our members would enjoy, please let Joe know. We are fortunate to have access to a variety
of audio visual equipment in our meeting room at St. John's.
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The Six Meter Club of Chicago(SMCC) promotes interest in the Amateur Radio Service by fostering activity on all radio bands(HF, VHF, and UHF), provides emergency communications, community radio services, and technical assistance related to radio and its use in communications.

Six Meter Club of Chicago (SMCC)

FCC TO REQUIRE EMAIL ADDRESSES ON APPLICATIONS STARTING JUNE 29
The FCC is fully transitioning to electronic correspondence, and will no longer print or provide licensees with hard copies via mail. A Report and Order was adopted on September 16, and the new rules will go into effect on June 29, 2021, six months after
publication in the Federal Register.

Under Section 97.21 of the new rules, a current Amateur licensee must apply electronically for modifications such as correct mailing and email address, licensee name, club name, license trustee name, or license custodian name.
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DUES FOR 2021 NOW PAYABLE

Dues for 2021 are now payable – $20, except second family members, students under the age of 18
and seniors age 65-89, $12. Members for at least 5 years who are age 90+ are exempt from payment.
You may send your check payable to “Six Meter Club of Chicago” to our Treasurer,
Kris Lawrentz, KC9TJL,
10995 Basswood Drive,
New Buffalo MI 49117.

Thanks for your continued support of the Club
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ARRL JANUARY VHF CONTEST RESULTS

Once again this year the ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes contest was marked by rather low activity and poor propagation in our area.  Nevertheless, we thank our Club members who were able to participate – we are aware of the
following who were on the air: K9BVQ, KA9ERS, WA9FIH, WD9GJK, N9HWY, W9JGH, K9JK, KC9KLA, KD9MHJ, KC9TQF, N9TUQ, and WB9W
Mike, WD9GJK topped the list with a score of 2,006 points, operating on 50, 144, 222, 432 and 1296 MHz! Jim, WA9FIH and John, K9JK were Rovers – John did as great job of making 307 contacts on all bands 50 through 902 MHz!

Our next major operating activity will be Field Day, which is scheduled for the weekend of June 26-27;
let's all hope that the coronavirus situation will be better by then.
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SMCC IS HOLDING VIRTUAL MEETINGS
     We  have  been  notified  by  Saint  John's  Lutheran Church,  where  we  normally  meet, that  since  they are effectively closed down, we will not be able to hold in-person  meetings  until  the  virus  situation  has  been resolved 
which also presently prohibits gatherings of ten or more persons.

        Meanwhile,  we  have  been  holding  on-the-air meetings via our K9ONA repeater system for about half  an hour.  
Our  next meeting is January 8, 2021 at 7:30 p.m., which is our regular meeting date and time.        
Members  who  are  not  able  to  access  the  repeater can still participate using the Echolink system.
Please forward  your  suggestions  to  Jim,  WA9FIH  at WA9FIH@aol.com.  Thanks!
THE NOISE IS GONE!


On Monday, November 2, 2020, in the afternoon, our antenna installation contractor,
Steve Bracy of Top Tower, removed the defective VHF repeater antenna, and installed our new Commscope DB-224E commercial repeater antenna which took care of the intermittent noise issues we were having on the VHF repeater whenever there was any wind, no matter how slight.

Thanks to our host at Hinsdale Central High School, Lee KB9OYP for facilitating the project once again. If it weren't for Lee, we wouldn't be able to have this excellent site for our VHF and 222 MHz repeater antennas.  And a special thanks to Will W9WSS who arranged and oversaw this project from the very beginning.
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K9LH SEEKS SUPPORT FOR SEVERE WEATHER NET

Paul Mielnicki, K9LH is a trained severe weather spotter, and has expressed an interest in
establishing a weekly weather net on the K9ONA repeater system.
Storm and severe weather monitoring and reporting has long been part of Amateur Radio's
public service activities, and the most recent example of this was the
Hurricane Watch Net which operated for more than 29 hours during Hurricane Laura's track through Louisiana. The HWN collected and forwarded many reports to the National Hurricane Center, using both 7.268 and 14.325 MHz.

Anyone interested in working with Paul regarding his proposal for a weather net,
please contact him atpmielnicki@comcast.net
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FCC SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS ON THE AIR THIS MONTH

The  Two special event stations will mark the anniversary of George Washington's birth – Saturday Feb. 13
W4B will be on the air 1400-2000 UTC (8 a.m – 2 p.m. CST)from Fredericksburg VA – check 14.225 and 7.195 MHz.
And K4US will be activated from 0800 UTC Feb. 13 until 1400 UTC Feb. 14 from Alexandria VA, on or around 1
4.250, 14.074, and 7.040 MHz.
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Six Meter Club of Chicago Apparel

Six Meter Club of Chicago apparel is now available thanks to Will W9WSS. 
Click on the picture to order caps shirts cups and jackets. 
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