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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
Canceled until further notice. ☜
St. John’s Lutheran Church, on the southwest corner of 47th Street and Brainard Avenue in LaGrange IL; enter through south side door adjacent to parking lot.
ARRL ANNOUNCES SMCC AWARDED TO KC9WIC
_We were delighted to learn that this year's recipient of our Six Meter Club Scholarship award of $500, administered by the
ARRL Foundation, has been awarded to Joe “J. P” Noga, KC9WIC of Indian Head Park, son of Joe, KC9TQF and Virginia.
He will be attending the University of Iowa, majoring in Computer Science and Engineering.
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ROUTE 66 ON THE AIR COMING SEPTEMBER 12-20
Once again this year, we have been invited to participate in the Historic Route 66 On The Air event, which is coordinated by the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club, W6JBT, with stations along the route beginning with W6A in California. For nineteen years, we have represented Chicago, the eastern end of the highway, using the special event call W6Q.
For a number of years, the event coincided with the Berwyn Route 66 Car Show, where we operated curbside, showing off ham radio to the public, but all operations this year will take place from the home or mobile stations of our members.
Operation begins at 0000 UTC Saturday, September 12 (7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11 CDT) and continues through 2359 UTC Sunday, September 20 (7 p.m. CDT). Frequencies to be used - plus or minus several kHz - are as follows: CW - 3.533, 7.033, 10.110, 14.033, 18.080, 21.033, 24.900, and 28.033 MHz; SSB - 3.866, 7,266, 14.266, 18,164, 21.366, 24.966, and 50.133 MHz. Operation will also take place via our K9ONA repeater system for local contacts
Every SMCC member is eligible and encouraged to operate as W6Q during the event, even if you can only operate via our repeater system. Just be sure to keep an accurate log of your contacts. Also, to avoid having more than one member on a particular band/mode at one time, please monitor our repeateer and announce your intent to be on a ceretain band and mode, and also call back in when you are finished operating on that frequency. This is a 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 , SASE requested but members can pick up theirs at a SMCC meeting.
SMCC 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 Friday, August 14 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!
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SMCC RECEIVES REQUEST FOR HELP AT CHARITY EVENT
Our Club had received a request again this year for assistance with Hinsdale's Walk The Walk, which is sponsored by the Hinsdale Community House.
It had been scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 3, but the organizers are presently reviewing options for either holding the event later in the year or possibly cancelling it - as soon as a decision has been made they will notify us and we'll post it here.
VHF Noise, Installation of UPS, and
222 MHz Repeater Audio Adjustment
Friday afternoon, February 28, 2020 at approximately 2:00 pm Andy KC9BKP, Brandon N9LMZ, Lee KB9OYP, and I started an evaluation of the noise on the VHF repeater, and low audio on the 222 MHz repeater. The 222 MHz repeater system had it's audio output increased by adjustments within the S-COM 7330 controller. It should be working just fine at this time. We also installed the new battery backup (Uninterruptible Power Supply or "UPS") to the entire repeater network and peripherals. We also tested all functions of the repeaters including Echolink which worked fine.
Now, the bad news. After Andy conducted extended testing of the VHF antenna line, duplexer, and repeater, it was determined that the VHF antenna is defective. Any kind of wind or movement of the antenna causes extensive static crashes making QSO's and nets difficult as all of us have experienced. Andy has extremely sensitive and intricate test equipment including his brand new service monitor, and after changing several RF connectors of the jumper cables (which were not changed out when the feedlines were replaced) we thought the noise was gone, but it wasn't. Continued testing indicated that the antenna is defective and will continue to make noisy interference. Physical observation of the antenna from the ground indicated that one of the ground radials is missing which wouldn't cause noise or interference, but it still has defects.
Upon approval of the Board and membership, I will speak with my contact at BARS that we recently obtained our replacement VHF repeater antenna from. Also, this evening I spoke with Steve Bracy of Top Tower who said he would remove the defective antenna and install the new repeater antenna for us. Please give this some serious thought, and I will be planning on making a motion at our upcoming general membership meeting for approval of the purchase of a new antenna for the VHF repeater.
Also be advised that I spoke extensively with Lee Kudia KB9OYP of Hinsdale Central High School, and he assured me
that he was not planning on retiring in the near future, so our position at the facility will be assured for several upcoming years.
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March 15 Update
Due to the fact that the Six Meter Club of Chicago (SMCC) was not able to convene at our regular monthly membership meeting on Friday, March 13, 2020,
and that I was not able to make a motion before the membership to obtain a new VHF antenna, we will unfortunately be plagued with sporadic interference
on the VHF repeater for a longer while. I may suggest that net control operators utilize the UHF or 222 MHz repeaters to avoid undue interference. If you don't have these capabilities, please be patient while we deal with this issue.
I have obtained an extremely reasonable price from our antenna contractor, Steve Bracy of Top Tower, the company that did previous work on our repeater
at Hinsdale CENTRAL High School, and Amita Health Adventist Medical Center, Hinsdale. If and when the motion is made and hopefully passed, we will make arrangements to have the new VHF repeater antenna installed.
Please bear with us while we are in this interim period. Hopefully, this COVID-19 issue
will clear up in the near future, and we can conduct business in our usual manner.
Will Sperling W9WSS
Repeater Committee Chairman
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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