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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.
Next Club Meeting On the Air
December 10, 2020 @ 7:30
K9ONA Repeater System
146.970 Negitive Offset
SMCC CLUB PARTICIPATION IN
ARRL 10 METER CONTEST DEC. 12-13
If you have the capability of operating on the Ten Meter band, please plan to participate in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest.
It begins at 6 p.m. Friday evening December 11 (0000 UTC December 12)
and continues until 2359 UTC Sunday, Dec. 13 (5:59 PM CSTSunday).
All logging must be done in UTC time. Stations may be contacted both on Phone (SSB) and CW.
Suggestion: Use 28,370 as a “liaison” frequency to look for other club members – but don't just all listen, be sure to call CQ!
Please note that logs must be submitted to ARRL no later than five days after the contest.
Copies of paper forms may be downloaded from the ARRL web site. Good luck in the contest!
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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.
ANNUAL SMCC HOLIDAY LUNCHEON CANCELLED
We are sorry to report that due to the ongoing problems related to the Corona Virus, our annual
Holiday Luncheon which had been scheduled for Satruday, December 5 at the
Bohemian Crystal Restaurant in Westmont, will not be held this year.
We are all looking forward with hopes that the situation will be resolved in the coming year so that our many Amateur Radio related activities, including club meetings, Field Day, hamfests, etc. can resume!
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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 December 10, 2020 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!
ROUTE 66 ON THE AIR WRAP UP
This is was another fun event, very popular with the amateur community.
The Citrus Belt ARC has a nice certificate available – check their web site, www.w6jbt.org, for details.
Special QSL cards are also issued by participating stations, and our W6Q card has been printed.
To get yours please send a self addressed, stamped envelope with your card to Mike, WD9GJK please.
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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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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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