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.
. . . . . . . .
Our Club Activities click on one to learn more
Find us on Facebook
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
March 12, 2021@ 7:30
K9ONA Repeater System
146.970 Negative Offset
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.
. . .
SMCC Hamfest Canceled
We are sorry to report that due to the uncertainty about travel and assembly of large groups the requirement of Masks and social distancing we have decided to cancel our 2021 Hamfest. The President of the Antique Radio Club of Illinois was also contacted about this and shared our concern. The Fairgrounds Manager has been contacted and he will post the cancellation on their web site, They have has already arranged to reserve next year's date, June 19, 2022, for us. We would appreciate your sharing this information with any of your friends who usually attend our fest. In another matter, ARRL has devised an "alternate" format for Field Day again this year in which Club members can all participate from their personal home, mobile or portable stations.
Thanks for your continued interest and support, and stay well!
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.
The website has been updated with the latest information, please check there for your status.
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
. . . .
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!
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 email@example.com
. . . . . . .
CHECK IN WITH THE GRUMPIES
MORNINGS ON THE SMCC REPEATER
If you are at home during the morning weekdays, don't forget to check in with the Grumpy Net which meets on our repeater system between 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Monday through Friday.
It is a good old fashioned rag chew net with some great trivia questions, too!
Jim, N9TUQ is the coordinator.
. . . . . .
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.
. . . . . . . . .