Join us for the STARS Holiday party

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In place of our December meeting, we will be having a holiday party at Beggars Pizza in Oak Forest. As usual, we will have a raffle. Pizza and appetizers will be provided by the club, but drinks will be paid for by the attendee. See the event page for more details.

December VE session cancelled

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Due to the proximity to Christmas, we will be cancelling the VE session in December. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please use the ARRL website to search for other available sessions.

Iron Dog 2017

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Iron Dog is back on for October 28th.  It is being run by K9s For Veterans this year.  More details on the event page.

UPDATE: Vice President Patrick Shalloo (KB9KRT) has passed away

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Our club VP Patrick became a silent key on August 20, 2017.

Visitation is Friday, August 25th from 3-9PM.
Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home – Orland Park
9000 W 151st St.
Orland Park, IL 60462

Funeral Mass on Saturday, August 26th at 10AM.
St Thomas More Catholic Church
2825 W 81st St.
Chicago, IL 60652

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.

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.