Meetings for 2023

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We will hold our next meeting at the Bridgeview Community Center located at 7902 S. Oketo Avenue in Bridgeview, Illinois 60455, on June 8th, 2023, at 7:30 PM CDT. Our main topic of discussion will be Field Day 2023. Please visit the event page at for more info, including the address and a map.

VE Sessions

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The Worth Public Library is where STARS administers exams. We plan to hold sessions on the 4th Saturday of each month. Testing is held at 9:00 AM, and walk-ins are accepted until 10:30 AM.

If you would like to take an exam, please get in touch with us using the Exam Request form. This helps us plan more effectively and allows us to contact you if anything changes.

STARS is looking for program ideas

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We are looking for ideas for the new year.  If you have any ideas for projects or presentations at a meeting or events that the club can attend or assist with, please bring them up at our next meeting.

Field Day Site Aerial Video

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Special thanks go out to Troy (WD9DKE) and Sarah (KD9ETH) for meeting me at the Field Day site and allowing use of the hexacopter used for making this video.

New VHF Repeater Installed

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On Saturday, Tom (KA9ZXN) and Rudy (NF9Q) went to the repeater site to replace the VHF repeater. The old Vertex repeater was having issues with the ID volume dropping out. We now have a second Yaesu DR-1X repeater in service on the same frequencies as before.

Iron Dog pushed back

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We just got news that the Iron Dog event will be pushed back from sometime this spring to the fall. We will have more updates as we hear new info.

UPDATE – Club member Jim Liston passed away last night

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Jim Liston (N9HSH) passed away December 3rd at 8:30 PM.  Condolences to his family and friends.

Funeral Friday, December 9, 10:00 am from Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W 103rd St, Oak Lawn to St Christina Church, 111th St and Christiana Ave, Chicago. Mass 11:00 am. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip. Visitation Thursday, December 8, 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm. St. Jude Service 7:00 p.m. Info: (708) 636-1193 or – See more at:

STARS Holiday Party

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Please join us for our yearly holiday party at Beggar’s Pizza in Oak Forest. We will be raffling off a Jetstream JT270MH dual band mobile radio. Tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5. Map and address can be found on the event page at

Also note, the December VE session has been cancelled due to Christmas Eve falling on the fourth Saturday of the month. Normal meeting and VE session schedules will resume in January.