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 www.blakelamboaklawn.com – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=james-liston&pid=182983346&fhid=2060#sthash.pUb5RINb.dpuf

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 https://w9src.org/event/stars-holiday-party-2016/.

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.

STARS 2M repeater is now on Echolink

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The STARS 2M repeater is now live on Echolink! We are still working on tweaking some of the settings, but we are currently running. The callsign is W9SRC-R and will show up in the repeater section of Echolink. For reference, the Node ID is 763923. Please try it out and let us know what you think.

Iron Dog has been cancelled this year.

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We have received word that the annual Iron Dog competition will not be taking place this year. The organizers do hope that the event will continue in the future.

Field Day is right around the corner

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2016 Field Day LogoCome join us Saturday, June 25 at Messenger Woods as we participate in Field Day 2016. We will have a VE session in the morning and will start setting up equipment shortly after that. We will be attempting to make satellite contacts this year with a computer controlled antenna array.  You do not have to be a club member or even a licensed ham to attend.  Click here for more details on our event page.

New UHF Repeater

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We have replaced our aging UHF repeater with a brand new Yaesu DR-1. The new machine is on the same frequencies as our old repeater (442.675 with a standard 5 MHz positive offset and a PL tone of 131.8). Thanks to the Hamfesters Radio Club (W9AA) for their assistance with our latest purchase.