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JANUARY 23, 2018--WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO WELCOME SHAWN KEMP KD9ICA TO A.R.E.A.  SHAWN IS A CHICAGO SOUTHSIDER AND AN ENGINEER. SHAWN WILL BE JOINING OUR REPEATER TECH/MAINTENCE TEAM.

JANUARY 23, 2018--OUR ANNUAL ELECTION WAS HELD ON SUNDAY JANUARY 21 WITH THE FOLLOWING RESULTS. LEROY, W9SUS DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO PASS THE TORCH TO SOMEONE ELSE AND HE DECLINED TO RUN AGAIN. DURING HIS TENURE, HE HAS PROVIDED OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE TO THE CLUB. HE HAS ACCOMPANIED ME TO HELP INSTALL ANTENNAS FOR OTHER CLUB MEMBERS AND HAS CLIMBED TO THE TOP OF THE REPEATER ANTENNA TOWER TO INSPECT AND SUPERVISE THE MANITENANCE AND REPAIR OF THE ANTENNA AND ATTENDED THE ILLINOIS REPEATER ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL MEETING  IN BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS. LEROY HAS REPRESENTED THE CLUB WITH OUTSTANDING PARTICIPATION DURING ARRL FIELD DAY ACTIVITIES.  WE NOW SAY A VERY HEARTFELT THANKS, LEROY.

JANUARY 23, 2018-- AND NOW, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM. THEY ARE: TIM, KC9RZX, PRESIDENT; LONZO, KC9AZ, VICE PRESIDENT; EVERETT, N9SDT, SECRETARY AND WALTER, K9PHA, TREASURER. MANY THANKS FOR TAKING ON THESE RESPONSIBILITIES, FELLOWS. WE APPRECIATE IT.


WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU THAT ROBERT FIELDING, SR, A VERY ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE MARKHAM, IL. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, PASSED AWAY ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017. HE WAS THE SON-IN-LAW OF KB9NIM, JAMES BIBBS, COORDINATOR OF THE MARKHAM, IL. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY.  HIS SERVICES WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017 AT THE NEW LIFE APPOSTOLIC CHURCH, LOCATED AT 143 E. 155TH ST., HARVEY, IL.

WAKE: 1000H TO 1100H

FUNERAL: 1100H TO 1200N

OUR SINCEREST CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY.


SERVICES FOR KB9ZRM, KELLI HARRIS---SILENT KEY

VISITATION, FRIDAY 10 NOV 2017, 1400 TO 2000H

FUNERAL, SATURDAY 11 NOV 2017, 1100H

LOCATION, 14841 S. KEDZIE AVE.

OUR SINCEREST CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY.

W9YPC, A.R.E.A.

MARCH 4, 2017 SERVICES FOR CLARENCE FORBES, KE9WB, WERE HELD AT THE CALAHAN FUNERAL HOME IN CHICAGO, IL. ON FRIDAY MARCH 3, 2017. CLARENCE WAS CALLED TO HIS ETERNAL HOME ON FEBRUARY 21, 2017. CLARENCE WAS A VERY ACTIVE, LOYAL AND CAPABLE MEMBER OF THE AMATEUR RADIO EXPERIMENTERS ALLIANCE REPEATER GROUP.  HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE "WRECKING CREW", A GROUP OF ANTENNA INSTALLERS. HE WAS ALSO INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING TO INSTALL THE W9YPC REPEATER ANTENNA SYSTEM. CLARENCE COULD BE DEPENDED ON TO ALMOST BE AVAILABLE TO RESPOND TO CALLS ON THE W9YPC REPEATER. HE WAS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE MARKHAM, IL. EMERGENCY SERVICES. HE ROSE TO THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT. HE WAS NOT ONLY A "GADGETEER", HE WAS ALSO VERY CONVERSANT WITH COMPUTERS.

AFTER COMPLETING SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY, HE BEGAN EMPLOYMENT AT THE CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY. HE STARTED AS A BUS OPERATOR AND WENT ON TO BECOME AN ELECTRICAL  FOREMAN IN THE CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY'S  SOUTH SHOPS BUS MAINTENANCE FACILITY.

THE REV. JAMES BIBBS, KB9NIM, MARKHAM, IL. EMERGENCY SERVICES, DELIVERED THE EULOGY. 

ALSO IN ATTENDENCE WERE: W9SUS, KC9RZX, K9QKW, WB9WJD, N9SDT, K9PHA, N9SHB, KC9AZ, KB9CTX AND N9RMD. W9SUS, K9QKW AND KB9NIM WERE ALSO PALL BEARERS. 73 CLARENCE, (... -.-)   


FEBRUARY 26, 2017  WE ARE VERY SORRY TO NOTE THE PASSING OF CLARENCE FORBES, KE9WB. CLARENCE WAS A LONG TIME MEMBER OF A.R.E.A. HE WAS A VERY ACTIVE AND LOYAL MEMBER OF THE MARKHAM, IL. E.S.D.A. CLARENCE WAS A RETIRED EMPLOYEE OF THE CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY. STARTING AS A BUS OPERATOR, EVENTUALY BECOMING A BUS MECHANIC, BUS ELECTRICIAN, AND SECTION SUPERVISOR. HE WAS ALSO A U.S. NAVY VETERAN.

CLARENCE'S SERVICES WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017, AT CALAHAN FUNERAL HOME, 7030 SOUTH HALSTED STREET, CHICAGO, IL., 60621. OUR CONDOLENCES AND PRAYER GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY.

FEBRUARY 2, 2017  WE ARE VERY SORRY TO REPORT THE PASSING OF LILLIAN BLACK, THE SISTER OF EVERETT, N9SDT. HER SERVICES WILL BE HELD AT BURNSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH, LOCATED AT 645 E. 91ST PLACE, CHICAGO, ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2017. 

WAKE:  11:00 TO 11:30

SERVICES: 11:30 TO 13:30

OUR SINCEREST CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY.


CLARENCE, KE9WB, IS IN INTENSIVE CARE IN THE HOWARD BROWN/ WEST SIDE VA HOSPITAL, LOCATED AT DAMEN AVENUE AND TAYLOR STREET IN CHICAGO. WE EXTEND OUR PRAYERS FOR A SPEEDY AND COMPLETE RECOVERY.  


DECEMBER 6, 2016  WE ARE SORRY TO REPORT THAT JIMMIE LISTON, N9HSH, HAS BECOME A SILENT KEY. JIM WAS A REGULAT CHECK IN ON THE A.R.E.A. NETS. HE COULD BE COUNTED ON TO GIVE A COMPREHENSIVE WEATHER REPORT. HE WAS A RETIRED 30 YEAR CHICAGO POLICE OFFICER. JIM HAS A NICE BIO SPREAD IN QRZ. CHECK IT OUT. OUR PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.


NOVEMBER 17, 2016 PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE A.R.E.A. PRESIDENT, W9SUS, HAS INFORMED ME THAT THE NOVEMBER 20TH A.R.E.A. MONTHLY MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED. THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON DECEMBER 18, 2016. HAPPY THANKSGIVING. 73, TOM K9QKW.


SEPTEMBER 28, 2016  NOW WE KNOW  A.R.E.A. HAS TALENT. CHECK THIS OUT ON YOU TUBE. KB9UXX'S WIFE ANGELA HAS A BEAUTIFUL VIDEO ON YOU TUBE. IT HAS JUST BEEN RELEASED.  JUST ENTER  "ANGELA HE LOVES ME,"  TRUST ME WHEN I SAY SHE HAS A BEAUTIFUL VOICE AND THE VIDEO IS A VERY PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATION. THANK YOU ANGELA AND MARVIN.

 

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016  HAPPY BIRTHDAY  TO CLARENCE, KE9WB.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MARVIN, KB9UXX.

 

AUGUST 2016   A HEARTY WELCOME TO STEWART, KD9GHO, OUR NEWEST MEMBER. STEWART LIVES IN THE SOUTH SHORE AREA AND CAN BE HEARD OPERATING FROM HIS MOBILE UNIT. HE PUTS A GOOD SIGNAL INTO THE A.R.E.A. REPEATER.

IT IS GOOD TO HEAR RICHARD, N9RMD, STEWART, N9OGI AND JOHN, N9JBW, CHECKING IN TO THE MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT NETS. WE SHOULD BE AWARE THAT JOHN HOSTS THE Q 5 CLUB NET ON THURSDAYS AT 6:30 PM ON 144.220 MHZ. IT IS AN SSB NET AND YOU WILL BE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED AT THE WIDE AREA OF COVERAGE.

 LEROY, W9SUS, OUR RESIDENT "ROLLING STONE" HAS BEEN UP TO IT AGAIN. IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PEOTONE HAMFEST, HE MADE SURE HIS MOBILE GATHERED NO MOSS BY HITTING THE ROAD TO THE HUNTSVILLE HAMFEST. HE REPORTS THAT THERE WAS A LOT OF RAIN, EVERY THING WAS ALL GOOD BECAUSE EVERY THING WAS INSIDE OF A BUILDING. GLAD YOU HAD A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE TRIP, LEROY. SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE FLOODED BASEMENT.

WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU OF THE PASSING OF MORRIS JONES, WB9SFM. MORRIS WAS A FORMER CAMERA MAN FOR WBBM-TV AND CBS NEWS IN CHICAGO, IL.  SERVICES WERE HELD ON SATURDAY,  JULY 2, 2016. OUR CONDOLENCES AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY.

CONGRATULATIONS TO MARTIN, KD9FMV. HE IS NOW K9MOG.

WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU OF THE PASSING OF TONY, KE9PH. TONY BECAME SILENT KEY ON 3/14/16.  WE WILL HAVE MORE DETAILS LATER.

 

2/21/16 A HEARTY WELCOME TO MARTIN, KD9FMV, WHO JOINED A.R.E.A TODAY! MARTIN BY PASSED THE NOVICE AND TECH LICENSES AND WENT STRAIGHT TO GENERAL. HE JUST KEPT TAKING AND PASSING EXAMS UNTIL STOPPING AT GENERAL. HE MISSED EXTRA BY JUST 3 QUESTIONS!  HE RECEIVED HIS TICKET THREE DAYS A GO. MARTIN HAS A BACKGROUND IN ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY. CONGRATULATIONS MARTIN!

 GOOD NEWS: IT IS GOOD TO SEE TONY, KE9PH IS NOW BACK AT HIS HOME QTH. HE STILL HAS A WAY TO GO BUT I IMAGINE HE FEELS MUCH BETTER IN HIS OWN "DIGS" THAN THAT "MEDICAL HOTEL."  LET US KEEP HIM IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR A SPEEDY AND COMPLETE RECOVERY.

1/8/16  WE HEAR THAT TONY, KE9PH IS NOW BEING TRANSFERRED TO REHAB AFTER RECENT SURGERY. LET US CONTINUE TO KEEP HIM IN OUR PRAYERS FOR A COMPLETE RECOVERY.

1/6/16  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TONY, KE9PH.

12/28/15  WE ARE SORRY TO REPORT THAT TONY KE9PH, IS STILL IN ADVOCATE CHRIST HOSPITAL IN OAK LAWN, IL. LET US KEEP HIM IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR A SPEEDY AND COMPLETE RECOVERY.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM A.R.E.A.

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO TONY K39PH, ON A SPEEDY AND COMPLETE RECOVERY FROM RECENT SURGERY. HE IS NOW UNDERGOING THERAPY AT ADVOCATE CHRIST HOSPITAL IN OAK LAWN, IL.  HE IS RECEIVING VISITORS AND CALLS.

JAMES BIBBS, KB9NIM IS MAKING A GOOD RECOVERY FROM KNEE SURGERY. HE HAS BEEN A PATIENT AT THE HOWARD BROWN V.A. HOSPITAL IN CHICAGO AND IS NOW RECEIVING THERAPY ON AN OUT PATIENT BASIS. JAMES IS ALSO THE COORDINATOR OF THE MARKHAM, IL. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY.

 

                            VETERANS DAY-2015

HERE IS A SALUTE TO THE MEMBERS OF A.R.E.A. WHO ARE ALSO UNITED STATES MILITARY VETERANS.

W9SUS  US MARINES  VIET NAM

W9GI     US MARINES  WWII OKINAWA  (SK 2015)

KE9PH   US NAVY KOREA

KE9WB  US NAVY  VIET NAM

K9PHA   US NAVY  KOREA

K9JED    US ARMY  KOREA

WB9RFQ  US ARMY  KOREA  (SK 2015)

N9SDT    US ARMY  VIET NAM

KB9NIM  US ARMY  VIET NAM

K9RP       US ARMY  OKINAWA

KA9FRM   US ARMY  KOREA

KG9L        US AIR FORCE  ITALY

W5BXE      US AIR FORCE  VIET NAM

K9VXV      US AIR FORCE  ENGLAND

K9QKW     US AIR FORCE KOREA-DEW LINE

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! DISMISS!

KUDOS TO DERRICK, K4DTM, AND HIS K4DTM/L 6 METER LINK ON ECHOLINK. DERRICK AND TOMMY, KJ9K ARE STARTING TO BE REGULAR CHECK INS ON THE A.R.E.A. WEDNESDAY NITE NETS. DERRICK MADE THR NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS TO HIS ANTENNA SYSTEM THAT MADE A DRAMATIC DIFFERENCE IN HIS SIGNAL ON ECHILINK. IT ALSO MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR TOMMY TO SUCESSFULLY GET INTO DERRICK'S K4DTM/L IN MEMPHIS, TN. IT'S GOOD TO HEAR  YOU GUYS ON OUR NETS. 73, TOM.

IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, CHECK OUT THE W9YPC/A.R.E.A. HISTORY ON QRZ.

I'M SURE YOU HAVE NOTICED SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT THE A.R.E.A. REPEATER. WELL THERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT ARE DIFFERENT. SUCH AS NO COURTESY BEEP, NO VOICE I.D. , OR TIME OF DAY ANNOUNCEMENTS. HOWEVER, WE ARE GETTING REPORTS THAT THE COVERAGE IS GOOD AND THE AUDIO IS CLEANER. ON BALANCE,  NOT A BAD TRADEOFF.

 

ON A RECENT TRIP FROM CHICAGO TO NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, WE WERE CURIOUS TO SEE HOW ECHOLINK WOULD WORK WHILE UNDER WAY. THE NEWS WAS VERY GOOD. WE MAINTAINED UNBROKEN CONTACT WITH THE W9YPC REPEATER WHILE TRAVELLING ON I-55, I-44 AND I-49/U.S. 71. TO FAYETTEVILLE, AR.  WE USED A SAMSUNG 4 CELL PHONE  WITH AN ECHOLINK APP. I URGE YOU TO TRY IT. I THINK YOU WILL ENJOY IT.  73, TOM, K9QKW 

MAY 8, 2015 FOUR  A.R.E.A. MEMBERS, WB9WJD, K9RP, KE9WB AND K9QKW SAT IN ON THE "DONUT HOLERS" FRIDAY MORNING SESSION AT THE DUNKIN DONUT SHOPPE AT 88TH AND STONY ISLAND. THEY JOINED THE COMPANY OF W9QD, NO9T, N9OGI AND N9SHB. W9QD, THE "DEAN" OF THE DONUT HOLERS, BROUGHT UP SOME INTERESTING TOPICS OF DISCUSSION, INCLUDING CONCEALED CARRY. K9RP GAVE AN INTERESTING DISCOURSE ON THE VERY RARE BOOKER T. WASHINGTON COINS. THESE COINS ARE LEGAL TENDER, BUT ARE VERY RARELY USED OR FOUND.  THEN THE SUBJECT TURNED TO MILITARY SERVICE. NO9T AND N9SHB WERE MARINES. K9RP WAS IN THE ARMY, BUT THE THREE OF THEM HAD ONE THING IN COMMON: OKINAWA! THEY ALL SERVED THERE. KE9WB AND W9QD WERE NAVY AND K9QKW WAS UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, WHOSE SERVICE WAS IN THE ARCTIC ON THE DISTANT EARLY WARNING LINE I.E. (DEWLINE).

 

APRIL 10, 2015  OUR CONDOLENCES TO W9SUS AND HIS FAMILY ON THE LOSS OF HIS BROTHER IN LAW. SERVICES WERE HELD IN MEMPHIS.

      CHARLES RATCLIFF, WB9RFQ  APRIL 2, 2015  SK

WE ARE VERY SORRY TO NOTE THE PASSING OF CHARLES RATCLIFF, WB9RFQ.  CHUCK WAS ONE OF THE PIONEER BLACK REPEATER OPERATORS IN THE CHICAGO AREA. HE WAS ALSO A U. S. ARMY VETERAN WHO SERVED IN KOREA. HE WAS A CHICAGO POLICEMAN FOR 34 YEARS, DURING WHICH TIME, HE SERVED ON MANY DIFFERENT UNITS OF THE DEPARTMENT, RECEIVING MANY COMMENDATIONS AND AWARDS FOR DEDICATED AND MERITORIOUS SERVICE. AFTER  BEING INDUCTED INTO THE MASONIC LODGE, HE ACHIEVED THE 33RD DEGREE AND  BECAME A SHRINER. CHUCK ALSO HELD A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE FROM ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY. TO SUM IT UP, HE WAS A MAN OF VISION AND MANY  ACCOMPLISHMENTS.  

 

ARRANGEMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

SUNDAY APRIL 12, 2015

WAKE: 10:30 HOURS

 FUNERAL: 12:00 HOURS

REPAST: 13:00 HOURS 

AT A.R. LEAK FUNERAL HOME, 18400 CRAWFORD(PULASKI) IN COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, IL.

INTERMENT PROCESSION WILL LEAVE  A.R. LEAK FUNERAL HOME AT 10:00 HOURS ON MONDAY APRIL 13,

2015.

                             SERVICES WERE ATTENDED BY LARRY, KG9L; EVERETT, N9SDT; LEROY, W9SUS; GEORGE, KB9CTX AND TOM, K9QKW AND XYL MARCIA.                                             

 

MARCH 29, 2015   ON FRIDAY, MARCH 27, WE LAID  LAWYER DURR, W9GI, TO REST. LAWYER WAS ONE OF OUR HIGHLY REGARDED MEMBERS. HE WAS A RETIRED EMPLOYEE OF THE CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY. HE BEGAN AS A BUS OPERATOR AND EVENTUALLY TRANSFERRED TO THE BUS MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT AS A TOW TRUCK OPERATOR, RETREIVING DISABLED BUSES.  IN ATTENDANCE AT THE FUNERAL WERE: TOMMY, KJ9K;  LEROY, W9SUS; RICH, W5BXE; BURGIN, WB9WJD;  LONZO, KC9AZ; LARRY, KG9L; STEWART, N9OGI; RICHARD, N9RMD; TIM, KC9RZX AND TOM, K9QKW. W9SUS, KC9AZ AND KJ9K WERE ALSO  PALL BEARERS.

 

 WELL THIS PAST  WEEK HAS BEEN AN EVENTFUL ONE. IT WAS GOOD TO HAVE RICH, W5BXE HERE IN THE CHICAGO AREA FOR A VISIT. ON THURSDAY, HE TREATED SOME US TO LUNCH AT OLIVIA'S RESTAURANT IN DOLTON. IN ATTENDANCE WERE EVERETT, N9SDT; LONZO, KC9AZ; TONY, KE9PH; LEROY, W9SUS; BURGIN, WB9WJD; RICH, W5BXE  AND TOM, K9QKW. IT WAS A GREAT LITTLE GET TOGETHER. RICH WAS A FOUNDING MEMBER AND PRESIDENT OF A.R.E.A. MANY THANKS FOR A GREAT TIME, RICH.

 

MARCH 18, 2015  WE ARE VERY SORRY TO REPORT THAT LAWYER DURR, W9GI, HAS PASSED  AWAY, LAWYER BECAME A SILENT KEY ON MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015. HE WAS A MARINE VETERAN WHO SERVED DURING THE INVASION OF OKINAWA IN WORLD WAR II. HE WAS A RETIRED CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY BUS OPERATOR AND CTA TOW TRUCK DRIVER. HE WAS ALSO AN AREA, OMIK, QCWA AND ARRL MEMBER. 

THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS: SERVICIES WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 27, 2015 AT PRECIOUS MEMORIES FUNERAL HOME, LOCATED AT 7605 S. HALSTED ST., CHICAGO WAKE 10:00A.M. TO 11:OOA.M., FUNERAL, 11:00 TO 12:00 NOON. INTERMENT WILL BE AT LINCOLN CEMETERY. HE WAS 89 YEARS OLD.  

MARCH 10, 2015   WE ARE HAPPY TO HEAR THAT LAWYER, W9GI IS BACK HOME NOW. LAWYER HAS DONE A STINT IN THE HOSPITAL LATELY AND IT IS GOOD TO HEAR THAT HE IS ON THE MEND AT HOME. OUR PRAYERS AND BEST  WISHES ARE WITH HIM FOR A SPEEDY AND COMPLETE RECOVERY. 

 IMPORTANT BULLETIN

JANUARY 25, 2015, WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE HAVE ACQUIRED A GRANT THAT WILL ENABLE US TO PURCHASE 8 PORTABLE DIRECTION FINDERS. THIS WILL ENABLE US TO TRIANGULATE AND PINPOINT WHERE REPEATER INPUT SIGNALS ARE COMING FROM. IN ADDITION TO THAT, MEMBERS OF THE MARKHAM ESDA ARE NOW RECEIVING TRAINING IN RADIO DIRECTION FINDING. WHEN FULLY STAFFED, THERE WILL BE 16 MEMBERS OF THE TEAM AND AT LEAST 4 WILL BE ON WATCH  AT ALL TIMES OF THE DAY AND NIGHT AND HAVE DIRECT RADIO CONTACT WITH THE MARKHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT.THE A.R.E.A. REPEATER IS PART OF THE MARKHAM HOMELAND SECURITY AGENCY, A BRANCH OF THE U. S. GOVERNMENT. ALL EVIDENCE WILL BE DOCUMENTED AND TURNED OVER TO THE FCC AND U. S. MARSHAL FOR PROSECUTION.  

JANUARY 3, 2015,  YOUR WEBMASTER, MARCIA, HAS BEEN UNDER THE WEATHER LATELY, SO I AM TAKING OVER SOME OF HER DUTIES FOR A WHILE. ON BEHALF OF MARCIA, LET ME SAY HAPPY NEW YEAR AND MAY THIS BE A HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS ONE FOR ALL.

DECEMBER 4, 2014,  WE TALKED TO TONY, KE9PH TODAY. HE HAS BEEN TRINITY HOSPITAL SINCE TUESDAY. HE SOUNDS GOOD AND SEEMS TO BE IN GOOD SPIRITS. NATURALY, HE WANTS GO HOME, BUT WE CAN COUNT ON THELMA TO SEE TO IT THAT HE STAYS AND FOLLOWS THE DOCTOR'S ORDERS. SO GET WELL SOON TONY.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2014,  WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO REPORT THAT ALL TESTS, REPAIRS, ADJUSTMENTS AND EVALUATIONS ON THE A.R.E.A. 147.135 REPEATER, HAVE BEEN COMPLETED. THEREFORE, WE ARE RECOMMENDING THAT BEGINNING ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014, THE A.R.E.A. EMA NET, BE HELD ON THE 147.135 MHZ REPEATER. WE ARE ALSO RECOMMENDING THAT THE A.R.E.A. WEDNESDAY NIGHT NET BE HELD ON THE 147.135 MHZ REPEATER, BEGINNING ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014. 73, TOM, RUBE AND BURGAN.

 

 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014 STARTED AS A COLD, BLUSTERY DAY WITH RAIN AND SNOW IN CHICAGOLAND. AT 0800 HOURS, RUBE, K9RP AND TOM, K9QKW FOUND THEMSELVES STANDING UNDER THE MARKHAM WATER TOWER ALONG WITH TWO TECHS FROM TRI ELECTRONICS OF HAMMOND, IN. THE WIND WAS GUSTING TO 60 MPH. WE DECIDED TO GO AHEAD WITH THE INSTALLATION AND REPLACEMENT OF THE REPEATER ANTENNA WHICH HAD BEEN DESTROYED BY LIGHTNING. THE ANTENNA HAD ALREADY BEEN TUNED BY BURGIN, WB9WJD AND TOM, K9QKW. THE TECHS WENT UP AND HAD THE ANTENNA INSTALLED IN ABOUT 30 MINUTES. IN THE MEAN TIME TOM AND RUBE INSTALLED THE REPAIRED REPEATER, NEW DUPLEXERS AND HEATERS. FORTUNATELY, THE HARDLINE COAX WAS NOT DAMAGED BY THE LIGHTNING STRIKE, BUT ONLY 4 FEET OF THE 15 FOOT  ANTENNA  WAS LEFT, WE WILL HAVE IT AT THE MEETING ON NOVEMBER 16.  BY THE WAY THE MARKHAM POLICE ANTENNA WAS ALSO DESTROYED BY LIGHTNING. ALL ENDED WELL AND IT WAS A GOOD DAY. WE HAVE NOT OFFICIALY PUT THE SYSTEM BACK ON LINE. WE ARE STILL EVALUATING IT. IT SEEMS TO BE HOLDING UP WELL. 73, TOM 

 

THE "DONUT HOLERS" WERE IN FULL ATTENDANCE AT THE DUNKIN DONUT AT 88TH AND STONEY ISLAND, THIS PAST FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014. THEY SHOWED UP AT THE USUAL TIME FOR THEIR USUAL SUGAR "HIGH." A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL AS THEY SWAPPED "WAR STORIES." AS USUAL, THE "DEAN" OF DONUT HOLERS, CARL, W9QD, WAS THERE TO KEEP THINGS FROM GETTING TOO FAR OUT OF HAND. THE LONG DISTANCE ATTENDEE WAS RUBE, K9RP, WHO CAME IN FROM DOWNERS GROVE AFTER A STOP BY THE QTH OF LAWYER, W9GI, TO PICK UP SOME HOME GROWN GARLIC BULBS. BY THE WAY, IT WAS GOOD TO SEE LAWYER BACK AT HOME AGAIN. LAWYER SPENT SEVERAL DAYS A HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL THIS WEEK. I'M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT HE IS DOING WELL AND WE WISH HIM ALL THE BEST.

OTHERS IN ATTENDANCE WERE NO9T, JIM; WB9WJD, BURGIN; KE9WB, CLARENCE; STEWART, N9OGI AND RICHARD,N9RMD.   

 

SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK EVERYONE FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND GOOD WISHES FOR MY RECOVERY AFTER MY RECENT SURGERY. THINGS HAVE GONE WELL AND I AM HOPEFULLY ON THE ROAD TO A FULL RECOVERY. THANK YOU. MARCIA.

MAY 23, 2014 PLEASE BE AWARE THAT AROUND 8:00PM ON TUESDAY MAY 20, WE HAD A THUNDERSTORM GO THROUGH THE CHICAGOLAND AREA. UNFORTUNATELY, THE AREA REPEATER WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING WHICH DID A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF DAMAGE. THE REPEATER WILL BE OFF THE AIR FOR ABOUT A MONTH. UNTIL THEN ALL AREA ACTIVITIES WILL BE CONDUCTED ON THE 146.730Mhz REPEATER. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT REPEATER DOES NOT HAVE ECHOLINK CAPABILITIES. HOWEVER, THE  MONDAY NIGHT NET AT 7:30PM AND THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT NET AT 8:OOPM WILL BE HELD ON THE 146.730Mhz REPEATER. 73 TOM, K9QKW

APRIL CLUB MEETING: SUNDAY, APRIL 13!

 

3/17/14  IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT WE WELCOME PATRICK, KB9KRT, TO THE RANKS OF AREA MEMBERS. PATRICK IS A LONG TIME PARTICIPANT ON THE MARKHAM MONDAY NIGHT ESDA NET. SO HE IS NO STRANGER TO US. SO AGAIN, WELCOME ABOARD PATRICK.

IF YOU DON'T ALREADY KNOW IT, YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT THE QRZ PHOTO OF K9KEV, KEVIN'S "MAN CORNER" SHACK. PRETTY NEAT, KEVIN. WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE, SHOW US YOUR ANTENNA INSTALLATION.

 

2/20/14 OUR CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO OUR CLUB OFFICERS. THEY WERE RE-ELECTED BY UNANIMOUS ACCLAIM.  OUR SINCEREST THANKS TO THEM FOR CONSENTING TO ACT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CLUB FOR ANOTHER YEAR. THE OFFICERS ARE:

PRESIDENT, LEROY, W9SUS

VICE-PRESIDENT, TIM, KC9RZX

SECRETARY, EVERETT, N9SDT

TREASURER, WALTER, K9PHA

SERGEANT AT ARMS, CLARENCE, KE9WB

AGAIN, WE CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LEROY, W9SUS, FEBRUARY 18.

NOW WE EXTEND OUT BEST WISHES TO CHUCK, WB9RFQ, WHO HAS RECENTLY BEEN THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO HOSPITAL, FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY.

WE HEAR THAT JIM, K9JED'S XYL, DOROTHY IS STILL IN A CONVELESCENT HOME IN GALION, AL. WE TRUST THAT SHE IS RESTING COMFORTABLY.

 

WE ALSO HEAR THAT LILLIE, KA9ISR IS HAVING SOME SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES AND OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO HER FOR A SPEEDY AND COMPLETE RECOVERY.

OUR CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO RUBE, K9RP, WHO RECENTLY LOST HIS UNCLE IN LOUISIANA.

IT WAS GOOD TO HEAR FROM GERALDINE, THE XYL OF THE LATE K9CZL. SHE IS NOW LIVING IN FLORIDA AND DOING WELL.

HEY HAS ANYBODY CHECKED OUT BOB, KA9BHD'S QRZ WEB PAGE? IT HAS A VERY IMPPRESSIVE ARRAY OF EQUIPMENT ON DISPLAY IN HIS SHACK. NICE GOING, BOB.

2/11/14 HERE IS A "DID YOU KNOW " QUESTION, THAT THE FOLLOWING BLACK HAMS IN CHICAGOLAND, HOLD AN  FCC FIRST CLASS COMMERCIAL  RADIO TELEPHONE  LICENSE.

HERE THEY ARE:

RUBEN PORTER, K9RP

DR. MAYNARD NELSON, K9EVC

BILL CRANE, W9ZN

LATHROP BURGIN, WB9WJD

BOOKER THOMASON, K9QKW

THE FOLLOWING SILENT KEYS (SK) WERE ALSO HOLDERS OF FCC FIRST CLASS  COMMERCIAL RADIO TELEPHONE LICENSES.

CHARLIE VAUGHN, W9YPC

WILL RUUD, W9LNU

OTIS BEASLEY, N8BLE

 

 

1/18/14 CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW WEDNESDAY NIGHT NET CONTROLLERS. THEY ARE DOING A GREAT JOB OF KEEPING THE NET MOVING.  THEY ARE ALSO A WELCOME RELIEF IN TAKING SOME OF THE WEEKLY PRESSURE OFF EVERETT, N9SDT. FOR YEARS, EVERETT HAD SHOULDERED THE WEEKLY RESPONSIBILITY OF CONDUCTING THE NET UNTIL HE WAS JOINED BY LEROY, W9SUS. RECENTLY, LONZO, KC9AZ AND TIM, KC9RZX, AGREED TO ASSUME SOME OF THOSE RESPONSIBILITIES.  TIM IS ALSO VICE PRESIDENT OF A.R.E.A. LEROY IS ALSO PRESIDENT OF A.R.E.A. AND EVERETT IS SECRETARY OF A.R.E.A.  A BIG THANKS TO ALL OF YOU.

HERE IS THE SCHEDULE:

1ST WEDNESDAY, N9SDT

2ND WEDNESDAY, KC9RZX

3RD WEDNESDAY, KC9AZ

4TH WEDNESDAY, W9SUS

5TH WEDNESDAY, N9SDT

  

01/01/2014  THERE WILL BE NO WEDNESDAY NIGHT NET TONIGHT.

 

12/30/13  NOW HEAR THIS!  ARNEWSLINE HAS GIVEN US A SHOUT OUT ON THE  DECEMBER 27, 2013 ARNEWSLINE TAPE ID. LISTEN FOR IT ON THE JANUARY 1, 2014 WEDNESDAY NIGHT NET

12/28/13   OUR CONDOLENCES TO KG9AV, CHUCK AND HIS FAMILY. CHUCK RECENTLY LOST HIS MOTHER. SERVICES ARE TO BE HELD IN MILWAUKEE, WI.

12/22/13   MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.  ALSO BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT PAGE.  ALSO LET'S NOT FORGET TO USE ECHOLINK AND D STAR, IF YOU HAVE IT, AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO USE THESE MODES TOO.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: THERE ARE TIMES WHEN YOU CAN HEAR SIGNALS BETTER ON THE REPEATER INPUT FREQUENCY THAN THE REPEATER CAN. WELL HERE IS THE ANSWER. IF THE SIGNAL STRENGH ON THE INPUT FREQUENCY IS MARGINAL AND YOU HAVE GOOD ANTENNA SYSTEM, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE IT BETTER THAN THE REPEATER, BECAUSE THE REPEATER RECEIVES THE SIGNAL THROUGH A SET OF TUNED CAVITIES. THESE CAVITIES INTROUCE AN INSERTION LOSS OF APPROXIMATELY 1.5 DB, NO MATTER HOW WELL THEY MAY BE TUNED. ALSO, A MINUTE AMOUNT OF DESENSE FROM THE STRONG TRANSMITTER FREQUENCY IS A FACTOR. SOME OF THE LOSSES CAN BE OVERCOME BY USING MORE EXPENSIVE CAVITIES AND MUCH HIGHER GAIN ANTENNAS. HOWEVER, WE ALWAYS HAVE TO CONSIDER COST/BENEFITS AND IN MOST CASES, THE EXTRA GAIN IS NOT WORTH THE EXTRA EXPENSE.  

 

12/12/13 IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T NOTICED, ECHOLINK IS NOW UP AND RUNNING. FIRST, LET ME SAY THANKS TO THE TEAM THAT WORKED ON IT. TONY, KE9PH, WHO PROVIDED A LIST OF POSSIBLE  INTERFACES THAT MIGHT BE COMPATIBLE WITH THE ECHOLINK SOFTWARE; VIC, K9WXV WHO PROVIDED A VALUABLE ANALYSIS OF INTERNET OPERATIONS WITH REGARD TO ECHOLINK AND RUBE, K9RP, WHO ANALYSED AND PROGRAMMED THE COMPUTER SO THAT THE SYSTEM WOULD WORK PROPERLY. CLARENCE WAS ALSO VERY HELPFUL BY BEING AVAILABLE TO HELP ME RUN ON AIR TESTS.   AT TIMES IT WAS SLOW GOING BECAUSE WE WERE CONSTANTLY TRYING TO HIT WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE A MOVING TARGET.

PROBLEM #1 THE TRANSMITTER HAD TO BE REPLACED, DUE TO ERRATIC OPERATION. IT WAS  REPLACED.

PROBLEM #2 THE ORIGINAL INTERFACE HAD TO BE REPLACED DUE TO INTERMITTENT OPERATION. IT WAS REPLACE WITH A RASCAL.

PROBLEM #3 THE ORIGINAL COMPUTER BECAME SO CURRUPTED WITH A VIRUS, THAT IT COULD NOT BE DEFRAGGED. IT REACHED THE POINT WHERE IT BECAME PERMENANTLY FROZEN. IT WAS REPLACED WITH ANOTHER COMPUTER. 

PROBLEM #4 THE SECOND COMPUTER ALSO BECAME SO CURRUPTED WITH A VIRUS THAT IT WOULD ALLOW ENTRIES ONLY ON THE WEB BROWSER AND THEN ONLY ALLOWING SLOW, ERRATIC AND INTERMITTNENT OPERATION. AT THIS POINT, I DECIDED TO CHECK THE SYSTEM, STARTING AT THE SIGNAL POINT OF ENTRY BY PUTTING A 1 KHZ SQUARE  WAVE INTO THE AUDIO OUTPUT OF THE RECEIVER. THE SIGNAL PASSED THROUGH THE RASCAL INTERFACE INTO THE COMPUTER LINE IN PORT  BUT WOULD NOT TRANSMIT A SIGNAL BACK OUT TO THE INTERNET. I REPLACED THE INTERFACE WITH AN UPDATED RASCAL AND CABLE. IT TURNED OUT THAT THEY SENT ME THE WRONG CABLE. I CALLED THEM AND THEY SENT ME THE CORRECT ONE BY FED-EX THE NEXT DAY. IT APPEARED THAT THE RASCAL WAS NOT THE PROBLEM, BECAUSE AN INTERNET CHECK SHOWED THAT OTHERS WERE USING IT SUCCESSFULLY IN ECHOLINK APPLICATIONS.

IT WAS THEN THAT THE DECISION WAS MADE TO PURCHASE ANOTHER COMPUTER AND DEDICATE IT EXCLUSIVELY TO THE ECHOLINK PROGRAM . THAT WAY, WE WOULD BE LESS LIKELY TO PICK UP A VIRUS. SO FAR SO GOOD. ONCE AGAIN, MANY THANKS TO: RUBE, K9RP; VIC, K9WXV; TONY, KE9PH; CLARENCE, KE9WB, WHO HELPED ME RUN SOME ON AIR TESTS AND TO MARCIA'S SON LESTER, AN ELECTRICAL ENGINEER WHO OFFERED MANY INSIGHTS INTO DIGITAL OPERATIONS. AT THIS POINT WE HOPE WE HAVE WORKED OUT MOST OF THE BUGS. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO USE IT AND LET US KNOW HOW IT WORKS OUT FOR YOU. 73, TOM K9QKW.

11/28/13  HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL FROM A.R.E.A.

11/9/13  WE ARE SORRY HEAR THAT HILTON JOSEPH, N9SFJ, HAS BECOME A SILENT KEY. HILTON'S QTH WAS ON THE WEST SIDE OF CHICAGO, IL. IRONICALLY, IT WAS NEAR THE OLD ALLIED RADIO STORE LOCATED AT 100 N. WESTERN AVE. IT CLOSED IN 1968. HILTON WAS AN ACCOMPLISHED MUSCIAN. HE PLAYED THE VIOLA IN CONCERT ORCHESTRAS. HILTON WAS A WWII VETERAN. HE SERVED IN THE OLD ARMY AIR CORP. HE WAS STATIONED IN ITALY ALONG WITH THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN. HILTON WAS A VERY ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE CHICAGO CHAPTER OF THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN, INC. (TAI) AND HE WAS VERY ACTIVE IN THE YOUNG EAGLES PROGRAM, SPONSORED BY THE CHICAGO TAI CHAPTER. HILTON WAS A ONETIME MEMBER OF THE AMATEUR RADIO EXPERIMENTERS ALLIANCE (AREA) REPEATER GROUP IN CHICAGO. HE ALSO HAD A WELL DEVELOPED SENSE OF HUMOR. HE WAS WELL KNOWN FOR SENDING OUT HUMOROUS EMAILS . HILTON WAS 91 YEARS OLD. NO ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED. 30, K9QKW 

10/05/13 THERE WILL BE SOME VINTAGE EQUIPMENT ON DISPLAT AT THE OCTOBER 20, 2013  A. R. E. A. MEETING . THERE WILL BE A YAESU FT-101 XCEIVER, HEATH KIT XCEIVERS AND AMPLIFIERS SWAN EQUIPMENT. THIS EQUIPMENT WILL BE FREE FOR THE TAKING. IF YOU WANT IT, JUST LAY YOUR HANDS ON IT AND TAKE IT WITH YOU AT NO  COST.

10/3/13 D-STAR IS COMING TO AREA. LEROY, TONY ET. AL. ARE BUSY WORKING OUT THE KINKS. SO KEEP IN TOUCH. WE WILL HAVE SOME EXPERT HELP SOON.

HAS ANYONE EVER HEARD OF COLUMBIA FURNACE, VA? THAT'S WHERE TOM K9QKW WENT TO ATTEND A GRAND DAUGHTER'S WEDDING. THE COMMUNITY IS NICE BUT IT IS ONLY A "WIDE SPOT IN THE ROAD."

7/26/13  CONGRATULATIONS TO LEROY, W9SUS ON WINNING THE "SHOOTOUT" IN DENVER. THIS IS HIS SECOND TIME AROUND. THE MAN JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER. HI.

7/18/13  HERE IS A NOTE OF IRONY. LAST WEEK, ERNST SEHNAL, OE5BMO LOGGED ON TO THE W9YPC ECHOLINK. TODAY, HAM CALL REPORTS THAT HE IS NOW A SILENT KEY. OUR CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY.

6/28/13 WELL HERE IS A REPORT ON A.R.E.A.'S FIELD DAY ACTIVITIES. THE DAY STARTED HAZY AND MUGGY. IT LATER COOLED DOWN AND CLEARED UP, TURNING OUT TO BE A VERY PLEASANT WEEKEND IN THE CHICAGOLAND AREA.

KA9FRM, KE9PH, W9SUS AND WA9KPZ WERE THE FIRST TO ARRIVE AT THE APPOINTED TIME OF 0900 HOURS. N9SDT ARRIVED SHORTLY THERE AFTER. WE WERE VERY PLEASANTLY SURPPRISED TO HAVE N9JBW ARRIVE AT 1000 HOURS.  GUESS WHO ROLLED UP WITH A BEAUTIFUL SET OF WHEELS ON HIS MOBILE? KB9UXX.  WAY TO GO MARVIN! 

KB9NIM CAME OUT AT 1345 HOURS, BUT HE HAD TO LEAVE SHORTLY THERE AFTER DUE TO ANOTHER COMMITMENT. HE AND THE XYL CAME BACK AROUND 2000 HOURS AND STAYED UNTIL 2300 HOURS.

A NEW DIAMOND CP6AR 80 THRU 6M VERTICAL ANTENNA WAS ACQUIRED AND DONATED FOR USE ON THE MARKHAM ESDA COMMAND VAN. WE HAD VERY GOOD LUCK IN PUTTING IT TOGETHER. AFTER ASSEMBLING IT, WE CHECKED IT WITH AN MFJ ANTENNA ANALYZER AND FOUND AN SWR NO HIGHER THAN 1.8:1 AS ADVERTISED. WE THINK THAT IS A PRETTY GOOD ANTENNA. WE MADE SOME GOOD CONTACTS, TOO.

WE PROMPTLY JUMPED INTO THE FRAY AT 1300 HOUR, WITH KE9PH LEADING THE WAY ON DIGITAL OPERATIONS. W9SUS, WA9KPZ AND KB9UXX WERE ALSO BUSY MAKING SURE NO CALLS WENT UNANSWERED.

WE WOULD BE VERY REMISS IF WE DID NOT MENTION OUR TWO POWER EQUIPMENT OPERATING ENGINEERS, KA9FRM AND N9SDT. THEY KEPT THE TRUCK MOUNTED GENERATOR AND THE SMALLED PORTABLE GENERATOR OPERATING WITH OUT A HITCH. N9SDT ALSO KEPT BUSY  SLAPPING A CW KEYER IN THE COMMAND VAN.

IT IS SAID THAT AN ARMY TRAVELS ON ITS STOMACH, AND SO DOES A GROUP OF HAMS ON FIELD DAY. WE HAVE MR. WILSON, KA9FRM TO THANK FOR KEEPING US "TRAVELLING"  ON SATURDAY. IN ADDITION TO BEING AN OUTSTANDING EQUIPMENT ENGINEER, HE IS AN EXCELLENT COOK. HE KEPT US VERY WELL FED ON SATURDAY.

K9KEV ARRIVED AT 1500 HOURS. HE WAS BROUGHT OUT THE SITE FROM O HARE AIRPORT BY HIS SON. HE WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE SOONER, BUT HE MISSED THE FIRST FLIGHT OUT OF FORT WORTH, TX. ERIC "JAY DOG" A   C B FRIEND OF K9KEV ARRIVED SHORTLY K9KEV AFTER CAME. HE SEEMED TO BE VERY IMPRESSED. PERHAPS HE MAY EVENTUALLY BECOME A HAM. IN THE MEAN TIME K9KEV CLIMBED ABOARD THE COMMAND VAN AND RELIEVED N9SDT AND STARTED ANSWERING SOME CALLS.

FAST FORWARDING TO 0700 HOURS ON SUNDAY MORNING, SAM AND TWO OF HIS FELLOW HEHICOPTER FLYERS CAME OUT AT 0700 HOURS. I THINK THEY HEARD THAT KG9AV WOULD BE THERE WITH HIS PORTABLE BREAKFAST SETUP. KG9AV DID NOT DISAPOINT! IT WAS AN OUTSTANDING BREAKFAST. MANY THANKS CHUCK.

TONY, ONE OF THE FLYERS, ARRIVED AT 0752 HOURS, BUT HE WAS TOO LATE. BREAKFAST WAS NOT THERE FOR HIM. NOT AROUND THIS GROUP OF "HUNGRY HOUNDS."

NOTE: IT SEEMS THAT THE COMMAND VAN ANTENNA FAVORED NEW ENGLAND, 8-LAND, 5-LAND AND 7-LAND. PERHAPS IT WAS JUST BAND CONDITIONS.

NOW THAT THE ANTENNA TOWER AT THE ESDA HEADQUARTERS, AREA PRESIDENT, W9SUS HOPES WE CAN NOW BEGIN TO INSTALL SOME ANTENNAS ON IT.

6/16/13 THERE WAS NO OFFICIAL MEETING TODAY, DUE TO A LACK OF A QUORUM. THERE WERE ONLY 4 MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE. THEY WERE KA9FRM, N9SDT AND K9PHA. 

6/8/13 AT 0900 HOURS, THE DAY WAS BRIGHT AND SUNNY WITH A TEMPERATURE OF 72 DEGREES. KA9FRM WAS THE FIRST TO ARRIVE AND HAVE THE GATE OPEN BEFORE 0900 HOURS. SHORTLY THERE AFTER, N9SDT ARRIVED ALONG WITH KB9NIM. THEY IMMEDIATELY GOT THE EQUIPMENT UP AND RUNNING. EVERYTHING HAS BEEN CHECKED OUT AND IS READY FOR A BIG TURN OUT ON FIELD DAY. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ANTENNA TOWER AT ESDA HEADQUARTERS HAS BEEN REPAIRED. IT HAD BECOME VERY DANGEROUS DUE RUST AND CORROSION AT THE BASE OF THE ANTENNA. PERHAPS WE CAN NOW BRING THE SYSTEM BACK UP TO ITS FORMER OPERATIONAL STATUS. MANY THANKS TO KA9FRM, N9SDT AND KB9NIM FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND EFFORT IN PREPARING FOR A SUCCESSFUL FIELD DAY ON JUNE 22 AND 23. 

THIS WEEK END WAS A VERY HAPPY ONE FOR ME AND MY FAMILY. MY DAUGHTER, PAM AND I WENT TO PHOENIX, AZ WHERE SHE GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX AND RECEIVED HER BATCHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN SOCIAL SERVICES. PLEASE JOIN ME IN OFFERING HER OUR HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS FOR AN OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT. THANKS, MARCIA. 

THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL MEETING AT THE MARKHAM EOC  ON 0900 HOURS ON SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2013 FOR THE PURPOSE OF PREPARING FOR FIELD DAY. WE ARE EXPECTING ALL AREA AND ESDA MEMBERS. PLEASE COME OUT AND GIVE US YOUR SUGGESTIONS AND SUPPORT.

 

AREA GOES TO DAYTON! AREA WAS WELL REPRESENTED AT DAYTON THIS YEAR. LEROY, W9SUS; TIM, KC9RZX AND LONZ0, KC9AZ MADE THE TREK TO THE GREAT GATHERING OF RADIO ENTHUSIASTS.  LEROY SAID IT WAS SO CROWDED THAT YOU COULD BEARLY MOVE.  HOWEVER, TIM  WAS ABLE TO MOVE ENOUGH TO MAKE A MONETARY CONTRIBUTION TO THEM. ASK TIM ABOUT HIS NEW RIG. AND LOOK FOR HIM TO BRING IT TO FIELD DAY.  LONZO MADE A QUICK DOWN AND BACK SAME DAY TRIP.  QUITE A DRIVE, BUT, THEN HE IS EX-CTA. SO IT WAS JUST A STROLL IN THE PARK FOR HIM.

 

4/7/13 WELL NOT MUCH NEWS FROM AREA, BUT GOOD NEWS FROM DONNA, THE HOSTESS AT CRACKER BARREL. SHE SAID HER TUMOR HAS SHRUNK DUE TO SOME PILLS THAT WERE PRESCRIBED FOR HER. SHE SAID SHE WILL HAVE SURGERY  IN ABOUT THREE MONTHS. HER SPIRITS ARE VERY  HIGH  AND SHE IS AS CHIPPER AS EVER.

RUBE, K9RP RECENTLY TOOK A TRIP TO THE LAND OF THE BAYOU TO VISIT FRIENDS AND FAMILY. AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, THEY GOT CAUGHT IN THE REMENANTS OF THE SNOW STORM IN DOWN STATE ILLINOIS AND HAD TO DRIVE ABOUT TWENTY MILES PER HOUR FOR ABOUT A HUNDRED MILES, BUT AFTER THAT IT WAS SMOOTH SAILING AND THEY STAYED OUT OF THE DITCHES, TOO. ANYWAY, FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, IT WAS A MOST ENJOYABLE  VACATION, PLENTY OF SUNSHINE AND SEVENTY DEGREE WEATHER. HE DIDN'T GET IN MUCH OPERATING BUT HAD A GOOD TIME ANYWAY. UNFORTUNATELY, "MURPHY" CAUGHT UP WITH ELMA, RUBE'S XYL, CAUSING HER TO COME DOWN WITH SOME KIND  OF "BUG" AS THEY WERE RETURNING HOME.  THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT SHE IS OK NOW. SORRY FOR YOUR DISCOMFORT ELMA. GLAD YOU ARE DOING BETTER NOW. BY THE WAY, RUBE  ALREADY HAS AN ANTENNA PROJECT IN THE PLANNING STAGE. HE IS JUST WAITING FOR THE WEATHER TO BECOME A LITTLE BIT MORE "CIVILIZED". MORE ON THAT LATER.

HEY, HERE'S ONE FOR YOU. RECENTLY, MY GARAGE DOOR OPENER TRACK BECAME DETATCHED FROM THE WALL. I CALLED ARBE DOORS TO FIX IT. THE REPAIRMAN CAME OUT AND TOLD ME HE COULDN'T FIX IT AND THAT I NEEDED A NEW OVERHEAD DOOR, NEW SPRINGS AND A NEW OPENER MOTOR ASSEMBLY. HE SAID IT WOULD COST $1,899.00. I PROMPTLY  SENT HIM AWAY. THEN I WENT TO THE HARDWARE STORE, GOT THE PARTS I NEEDED AND REPAIRED IT MYSELF. TOTAL COST: $35.00. SOMETIMES REASONABLE HELP IS HARD TO FIND.  

HERE IS SOME NEWS, MIKE, N9EXR IS NOW LOGGING ON TO ECHOLINK FROM NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR DOWN IN 5-LAND.  HEY AS QUIET AS IT'S KEPT, LITTLE ROCK, WHICH IS RIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER , IS MY OLD "STOMPING GROUND".  73, K9QKW, TOM.--------30

3/3/13 WELL HERE I AM. I AM BACK ON THE BEAT, AFTER MORE THAN A MONTH'S HIATUS. SO LET ME APOLOGIZE FOR NOT KEEPING UP WITH MY JOURNALISTIC OBLIGATIONS. IT WAS DUE TO MY PRE-OCCUPATION WITH ECHOLINK. IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY THING THAT COULD GO WRONG, ACTUALLY DID GO WRONG. IT INVOLVED HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE. WE HAVE CORRECTED EVERY THING EXCEPT TRANSMITTING OUTBOUND DATA BACK TO THE INTERNET. WE CAN RECEIVE AUDIO FROM ECHOLINK STATIONS, BUT THEY CANNOT RECEIVE AUDIO FROM US. I AM STILL WORKING ON THAT AND I'M WILLING TO LISTEN TO ANY SUGGESTIONS. SO, LET ME HEAR FROM YOU.  1-312-720-8141. TNX, TOM K9QKW

3/3/13 OUR CONDOLENCES TO LEROY, W9SUS AND BETTY, KC9FQW. BETTY LOST HER BROTHER, WHO LIVED IN TENNESSEE. HIS SERVICES WERE HELD IN MEMPHIS, TN. ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2013.

 

3/3/13 CONDOLENCES TO TIM, KC9RZX AND HIS FAMILY. TIM LOST HIS FATHER, TIM TATUM, SR., ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2013. HIS SERVICES WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY MARCH 4, 2013. THERE WILL BE A WAKE AT 2:00PM AND FUNERAL AT 3:00PM.  LOCATION: 84TH AND SOUTH MARQUETTE AVE., CHICAGO, IL. 60617. 73, TOM

3/3/13 I JUST FOUND OUT THIS MORNING THAT DONNA, THE HOSTESS AT THE CRACKER BARREL, HAS DISCOVERED THAT SHE HAS STAGE III BREAST CANCER. SHE  FOUND A LUMP IN HER BREAST SIX MONTHS AGO, BUT DID NOT GO TO A DOCTOR UNTIL RECENTLY.  LET US REMEMBER HER IN OUR PRAYERS.  73, TOM

3/3/13  RECENTLY, DAVE, KG9BJ CAME UP ON ECHOLINK BUT BEFORE I COULD GET BACK TO HIM, HE WAS GONE. I TRIED HIS PHONE, BUT GOT NO WORKING NUMBER. IF ANYONE HAS A PHONE NUMBER, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. TNX, TOM

3/3/13 ONCE AGAIN, MANY THANKS TO RUBE, K9RP. HE HAS BEEN VERY GENEROUS WITH HIS TIME AND USING HIS SCOPE WHILE ATTEMPTING TO FIND OUT WHY WE ARE NOT PASSING AUDIO BACK OUT TO THE INTERNET.

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1/21/13 WELL WE HAVE A BIT OF NEWS FOR YOU. KE9PH HAS STEPPED DOWN AS PRESIDENT OF A R E A. TONY HAS LONG BEEN A STRONG AND FAITHFUL SUPPORTER OF THIS REPEATER GROUP. HE HAS SERVED IN MANY CAPACITIES, INCLUDING SECRETARY, TREASURER, VICE-PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT. HE HAS ALSO BEEN A HIGH SCORING PARTICIPANT IN FIELD DAY EXERCISES. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, TONY TURNED 80 YEARS OLD THIS MONTH AND NOW HE WANTS TO TAKE IT EASY WITH A LITTLE LESS RESPONSIBILITY. NO ONE CAN BLAME HIM FOR THAT. TONY IS A RETIRED U. S. POSTAL SERVICE STATION MANAGER AND HE SERVED IN MANY HIGH PROFILE CAPACITIES IN THAT POSITION.  ALTHOUGH WE WILL MISS HIS LEADERSHIP, WE CERTAINLY WISH HIM WELL AND LOOK FORWARD TO HIS CONTINUED PROMINENT PARTICIPATION IN CLUB ACTIVITIES. 

ON ANOTHER NOTE, WE OFFER OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO LEROY, W9SUS AND TIM, KC9RZX. LEROY, WHO IS A RETIRED CHICAGO FIRE FIGHTER AND EX-CTA BUS OPERATOR,  WAS VICE-PRESIDENT.  HE  IS  NOW PRESIDENT OF A R E A. HE IS ALSO  A MEMBER OF THE A R E A  BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

TIM, KC9RZX, IS A CHICAGO POLICE OFFICER. CURRENTLY, HE WORKS IN THE CHICAGO POLICE  DEPARTMENT'S CAPS PROGRAM. WHEN TIME PERMITS, HE PARTICIPATES IN CLUB ACTIVITIES ANYWAY THAT HE CAN. WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE MEMBERS LIKE LEROY AND TIM TO AGREE TO STEP UP AND SERVE THE CLUB.

WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO EXPRESS OUR APPREATION TO EVERETT, N9SDT AND WALTER, K9PHA. EVERETT AND WALTER AGREED TO CONTINUE TO SERVE AS SECRETARY AND TREASURER, RESPECTIVELY. WE ALL KNOW THAT THE OFFICE OF  SECRETARY IS A VERY LABOR INTENSIVE AND TIME CONSUMING POSITION.  AND WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT THE POSITION OF TREASURER IS VERY POSITION. THERE IS NOTHING MORE INPORTANT THAN KEEPING AN ACCURATE ACCOUNT OF THE CLUB'S MONEY. SO, A VERY HEARTFELT THANKS TO EVERETT AND WALTER FOR THIER CONTINUING SERVICE. 

CLARENCE, KE9WB, WAS ALSO GRATIOUS ENOUGH TO CONTINUE SERVE AS SERGEANT OF  ARMS. WE CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON CLARENCE TO KEEP ORDER AT THE MEETIONS AND "SPIN A GOOD YARN"  FOR GOOD MEASURE. THANK CLARENCE, WE APPREACIATE YOUR SERVICE.

WE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND A VERY HEARTY WELCOME TO MALCOLM, KC9YCG. MALCOLM HAS BEEN A HAM LESS THAN A MONTH AND WE WERE VERY PLEASED TO SEE THAT THOUGHT ENOUGH OF US TO COME OUT AND VISIT OUR MEETING. MALCOLM, PLEASE COME BACK AGAIN.  73, TOM, K9QKW.

1/13/13 FIRST OF ALL, PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT THERE WILL BE A REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING NEXT SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2013 AT 1530 HOURS.

SECONDLY, WE THINK WE HAVE FINALLY GOTTEN THE BUGS WORKED OUT OF THE ECHOLINK SYSTEM. WHILE TROUBLE SHOOTING THE SYSTEM, WE ACCIDENTALLY DISENGAGED THE MIDI AND CARRIER DETECT FUNCTIONS. THIS RESULTED IN NO SOUND BEING TRANSMITTED BY THE ECHOLINK TRANSMITTER. WE WILL HAVE A COMPLETE REPORT AT THE JANUARY MEETING. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE. 73, TOM, K9QKW.

1/5/13 PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT WE HAVE TWO THINGS COMING UP IN JANUARY.  FIRST, CLUB DUES ARE DUE IN JANUARY. HOW MUCH ARE THEY? FULL MEMBERSHIP---$30.OO  OR ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP ---$15.00.

SECOND, THE ELECTION OF OFFICIERS  I.E., PRESIDENT,  VICE PRESIDENT,  SECRETARY  AND TREASURER. 73, K9QKW, TOM 

1/4/13  HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL. AND I DO MEAN A BIG HAPPY NEW YEAR, THANKS TO VIC, K9WXV. ONCE AGAIN VIC CAME OVER WITH HIS TEST EQUIPMENT AND EXTENSIVE TOUBLESHOOTING KNOWLEDGE AND WENT THROUGH THE ECHOLINK SYSTEM.  IT TURNED OUT THAT WE HAD A BAD TRANSMITTER AUDIO CABLE. AT FIRST IT APPEARED TO BE A DEFECTIVE INTERFACE CARD. AFTER FURTHER CHECKING, HE LOCALIZED IT TO  THE AUDIO CABLE. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT I HAD A SPARE ON HAND AND WE IMMEDIATELY PUT THE SYSTEM BACK ON LINE. SO TRY IT OUT SO WE CAN SEE HOW IT WORKS FROM THE FIELD. WE THINK WE HAVE SOME MORE WORK TO DO AND THE BEST WAY TO  FIND OUT WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, IS THE FIELD TEST. 

WE HAVE THREE BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH, KE9PH, N9SHB AND K9RP. HAPPY BIRTHDAY FELLOWS!!! 73, K9QKW, TOM

12/18/12  MANY THANKS TO VIC, K9WXV FOR HIS INVALUABLE ASSISTANCE IN REPLACING THE ECHOLINK ANTENNA ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012.  TIM, KC9RZX WAS ALSO SCHEDULED TO ASSIST US, BUT HE WAS UNEXPECTEDLY TOLD TO REPORT FOR WORK. HOWEVER, VIC SHOWED UP AT  0800 HOURS AND WE GOT TO WORK AND REMOVED THE OLD ANTENNA. IT DID NOT TAKE NERY LONG TO GET IT DOWN, BUT THE CHILLY WEATHER FORCED US TO GO INSIDE TO WARM OUR HANDS A COUPLE OF TIMES. THE NEW ANTENNA HAD ALREADY BEEN CUT TO FREQUENCY (147.435 Mhz), THE MID POINT BETWEEN THE REPEATER INPUT AND OUTPUT FREQUENCIES.  IT DID NOT TAKE VERY LONG TO PUT IT UP. WE CHECKED IT AGAIN FOR RESONANCE WITH AN MFJ ANTENNA ANALYZER BEFORE INSTALLING IT. THEN WE WENT INSIDE AND CHECKED IT WITH A BIRD MODEL 43 WATTMETER. WE FOUND THE SWR TO BE 1:0. WE GOT 25 WATTS OUT AND 0 REFLECTION. IN FACT THE NEEDLE DID NOT EVEN MOVE OFF THE PEG!!  THE PROBLEM WITH THE OLD ANTENNA WAS THAT THE COAX CENTER CONDUCTOR HAD BECOME SEPARATED FROM THE CONNECTOR, CAUSING THE LOWEST SWR TO BE 3.5:1 AT 145.90 mHz. IT WAS AROUND 6:1 AT 147.135 mHz. THIS MAY HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY A POSSIBLE, NEARBY LIGHTNING STRIKE. THE ECHOLINK SYSTEM SEEMS TO BE BACK UP AND WORKING. WE ASK THAT YOU  IMMEDIATELY LET ME KNOW IF FIND THAT SOME THING A MISS. WE WILL PROMPTLY ATTEMPT  TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM. 73, TOM, K9QKW

12/09/12  REPEATER REPORT: THE  REPEATER AND ECHOLINK DUPLEXERS WERE FOUND TO BE IN NEED OF A TUNE UP. HOPEFULLY , THIS WILL INPROVE RECEPTION FROM THE MORE DISTANT STATIONS. IT SEEMS THAT THE SEASONAL CHANGES IN AMBIENT TEMPERATURES CAUSE THE METAL CAVITIES TO EXPAND OR CONTRACT ENOUGH TO ADVERSELY EFFECT  THE SENSITIVITY OF THE REPEATER. I HAVE HEATERS ON THE REPEATER, BUT NOT ON THE CAVITIES. THE REPEATER IS HELD AT A CONSTANT 75 DEGREES DURING COLD WEATHER. THE MANUFACTURER STATES THAT IT WAS DESIGNED TO OPERATE SATISFACTORILY AT 19 DEGREES, BUT 20 YEARS AGO I FOUND THAT THE IC SOCKETS WERE TEMPERATURE SENSITIVE, THUS CAUSING AN ERRATIC REPEATER OPERATION. OTHERWISE IT IS AN EXCELLENT MACHINE. 73, TOM, K9QKW 

12/09/12  WHILE AT BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, CHAR, THE WAITRESS, TOLD ME THAT SOMEONE TOOK THE TIP THAT RUBE AND I LEFT ON THE TABLE LAST SUNDAY MORNING.  SHE SAID SHE KNEW IT WAS THERE BECAUSE SHE SAW IT, BUT SOMEONE TOOK IT BEFORE SHE COULD GET BACK TO PICK IT UP. IT LOOKS LIKE THE GRINCH IS ALREADY AT WORK. 73, TOM, K9QKW 

11/26/12 WE REGRET TO INFORM  YOU THAT DAVID SPIGHT, WV5Y HAS BECOME A SILENT KEY. DAVID IS THE BROTHER OF TOMMY, KJ9K. ARRANGEMENTS ARE PENDING. WE EXTEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO TOMMY AND HIS FAMILY.

NOVENBER 24---WOW, WHAT A WEEK IT HAS BEEN IN THE RUN UP TO THANKSGIVING DAY. BEGINNING WITH SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18,  WHEN VIC, K9WXV AND EVERETT, N9SDT SHOWED UP AT THE CRACKER BARREL FOR BREAKFAST. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE YOU TWO. LET'S HOPE WE SEE MORE OF YOU------ AND MORE OFTEN. THEN CAME THE  REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING AT 1530 HOURS, WHERE UPON VICE PRESIDENT LEROY, W9SUS PRE-SIDED OVER THE MEETING.  PERTINENT ITEMS OF BUSINESS WERE DISCUSSED AND EFFICIENTLY HANDLED.  (SEE THIS MONTH'S MINUTES FOR DETAILS).

SECRETARY, EVERETT, N9SDT HAS ALREADY PUT THE MINUTES ONLINE. SO CHECK YOUR E-MAIL.  LET ME DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION THE PICNIC FUND. I THINK YOU ARE GOING TO BE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED TO  SEE THAT IT IS COMING ALONG VERY WELL. WE ARE MORE THAN HALF WAY TO OUR GOAL. MANY THANKS TO OUR TREASURER, WALTER, K9PHA FOR SOME VERY WELCOME GOOD NEWS. 

WE ARE SURE HAPPY THAT TONY KE9H FOUND OUT WHY HE HAD NO AUDIO WHEN HE TRIED TO CHECK INTO THE NET ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT. HE HAD SET THE MIKE GAIN FOR SSB ON THE HF BANDS  AND HE FORGOT TO RE-SET I FOR 2 METER FM. THE GOOD NEWS IS HE QUICKLY REALIZED WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS, FIXED IT AND CAME BACK SOUNDING BETTER THAN EVER.

NOW GET THIS. RUBE, K9RP AND I BOTH HAD THE SAME PROBLEM ON WEDNESDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING. WE HAD PLUMBING BACKUPS. IN MY CASE, I HAD A CLOGGED GREASE TRAP. IT HAD TO BE CLEANED--RIGHT THEN. MAN WHAT A CHORE THAT WAS. ALL OF THIS WHILE MARCIA WAS COOKING FOR A THANKSGIVING DAY FAMILY GATHERING.

IN RUBE'S CASE, HE HAD A TREE ROOTS GROWING INTO HIS SEWER LINE ABOUT 30 FEET FROM THE HOUSE. HE WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO GET HIS PLUMBER TO COME OUT ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND ROD THE LINE OUT BY 2100 HOURS. HE WAS REALY LUCKY, BECAUSE HIS XYL, ALMA WAS BUSY COOKING FOR THANKSGIVING DAY COMPANY. ALL ENDED WELL.  73, TOM, K9QKW    

        HAPPY        THANKSGIVING

NOVEMBER 13 CONGRATULATIONS TO BILL, N9OTP. FOR SOMETIME NOW  BILL HAS HAD PROBLEMS WITH HIS SIGNAL NOT BEING UP TO ITS USUAL STRENGTH. WELL HE SAID HE DECIDED TO GO OUT SIDE AND TAKE A LOOK AT HIS ANTENNA  AND LO AND BEHOLD HE FOUND THAT IT WAS POINTED IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. THE SOLUTION WAS VERY SIMPLE--------SWING IT AROUND 90 DEGREES NORTH TOWARD THE REPEATER. DON'T WE WISH ALL OUR PROBLEMS WERE THAT EASY TO SOLVE?  ANY WAY BILL, WE ARE GLAD YOU WERE ABLE SOLVE THE PROBLEM WITHOUT HAVING TO GO TO A LOT OF TIME AND EXPENSE. A LESSON LEARNED FOR ALL OF US.

NOVEMBER 11, 2011  FOR THOSE OF US WHO MISSED BREAKFAST THIS SUNDAY MORNING, YOU MISSE A VERY LIVELY TECHINCAL DISCUSSION BY RUBE, K9RP AND VIC, K9WXV. IT WAS VERY EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINING. AS MANY OF YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW, VIC IS A RETIRED FAA MANAGER OF TECHNICAL SERVICES AT MIDWAY, O HARE AND WASHINGTON, D. C. I THINK MOST OF YOU ALSO MAY KNOW THAT RUBE IS A RETIRED CBS NEWS TECHNICIAN AND CAMERA MAN. HE WAS ALSO A  SUPERVISOR OF TEHNICAL SERVICES  AT CHANNEL 2 IN CHICAGO FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. RUBE HAS MADE GOOD USE OF HIS FIRST CLASS RADIOTELEPHONE COMMERCIAL LICENSE, WHICH HE HAS HELD SINCE 1968. BOTH RUBE AND VIC HAVE TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY ANOUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING AFRICA, EUROPE, THE FAR EAST AND SOUTH AMERICA. NEEDLESS TO SAY IT MAKES FOR SOME INTERESTING STORIES. HOPE TO SEE YOU AT BREAKFAST NEXT SUNDAY MORNING----BEFORE YOU GO OUT TO KICK A POO. 73, TOM

HAPPY VETERANS DAY!

CONGRATULATIONS TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ON HIS DECISIVE ELECTION TO A SECOND TERM! MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS HIM AND HIS BEATIFUL FAMILY.

IN CASE YOU ARE WONDERING WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LAST PART OF THE ARNEWSLINE PRESENTATION LAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT. WELL  THE ABRUPT DROPOUT WAS DUE TO LOOSE GROUND BUS RUNNING FROM MY POWER SUPPLY TO A HOME BREWED MULTI-POINT TERMINAL STRIP. I DID NOT USE THE CORRECT SIZE TERMINAL LUG. IT WAS OVER SIZE-ED AND IT EVENTUALLY LOOSEN-ED UP AND SHIFTED ENOUGH TO MAKE A VERY POOR CONNECTION. THAT'S WHEN THE BEAST REARED UP AND BIT ME. LESSON LEARNED----BE CAREFUL OF THOSE SHORTCUTS. BUT THEN AGAIN THAT'S WHAT PART OF HAM RADIO IS ALL ABOUT---LEARNING FROM ONES HOME BREWING MISTAKES.

NOVEMBER 4, 2012  HEY IT WAS GOOD TO SEE VIC, K9WXV, AT BREAKFAST AT THE CRACKER BARREL IN MATTESON THIS SUNDAY MORNING .  VIC HAS BEEN BUSY IN SCHOOL AND EARNING EXTRAORDINARY GRADES. HE SHOWED ME HIS TRANSCRIPT THAT HAS 10 OR 12 A'S AND A COUPLE OF B'S AND NOTHING LESS. VIC REFUSES TO ALLOW HIS MIND TO BECOME IDLE. WHAT ELSE CAN WE SAY EXCEPT---CONGRATULATIONS VIC. BY THE WAY, VIC'S MOBILE WAS HIT BY A CAR AND TOTALED. HE NOW HAS A NEW MOBILE AND HE IS NOW BUSY RE-INSTALLING HIS RADIO EQUIPMENT. I THINK WE CAN EXPECT TO HEAR HIS ON THE AIR IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE.

HEY, EVERYBODY, BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR STEVE, KC9MQI. STEVE HAS MOVED FROM DOLTON TO HAMMOND, IN. STEVE IS LIVING IN AN APPARTMENT BUILDING AND HAS BEEN IMPROVING HIS ANTENNA SYSTEM. STEVE IS NOW PUTTING OUT A VERY POTENT SIGNAL INTO THE AREA REPEATER. WATCH FOR HIM ON THE MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT NETS.

OCTOBER 31, 2012  ONCE AGAIN LESTER MC CARROLL, III CAN NOW ADD ESQUIRE TO HIS NAME. HE WAS SWORN IN AND ADMITTED TO THE ILLINOIS STATE BAR TODAY. HE IS NOW A FULL FLEDGED LICENSED AND PRACTICING ATTORNEY. NEEDLESS TO SAY WE ARE VERY PROUD OF HIM AND WISH HIM MUCH SUCCESS.

OCTOBER 28, 2012 NOW HEAR THIS. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE RUBE, K9RP OUT FOR BREAKFAST AT THE CRACKER BARREL RESTAURANT ON LINCOLN HIGHWAY IN MATTESON. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT RUBE CAME ALL THE WAY FROM DOWNERS GROVE--IN A HEAVY RAIN--- TO BREAK BREAD AND ENJOY A LITTLE COMRADERIE  AND CONVIVIAL COMPANY. WE APPRECIATE YOUR THOUGHFULNESS, RUBE.  SEE YOU ON THE NET.

OCTOBER 27, 2012  OUR CONDOLENCES TO ANDY, WA9KPZ AND HIS FAMILY ON THE LOSS OF HIS BROTHER IN LAW. SERVICES WERE HELD TODAY.

OCTOBER 27, 2012 OUR BEST WISHES TO CHUCK, WB9RFQ, FOR A SPEEDY AND COMPLETE RECOVERY. CHUCK HAS BEEN IN ST. MARGARET HOSPITAL IN HAMMOND, IN SINCE TUESDAY OCTOBER 23, 2012. HE EXPECTS TO BE THERE FOR A FEW MORE DAYS WHILE FHEY RUN SOME TESTS. THE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 708 891 9305.  ASK FOR CHARLES RATCLIFF

OCTOBER 12, 2012 ROBERT, JR, GRANDSON OF KB9NIM, CONTINUES TO MAKE GOOD PROGRESS IN HIS FLIGHT TRAINING. HE IS NOW MAKING CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHTS AND DOING UNASSISTED NAVIGATION. WE CONTINUE TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON HIS PROGRESS.

DON'T FORGET OUR MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT NETS. ATTENDANCE HAS FALLEN DRASTICALLY. LET'S PICK UP THE PACE.

OCTOBER 1, 2012 , WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT LESTER MC CARROLL, III RECEIVED THE RESULTS OF HIS ILLINOIS STATE BAR EXAM TODAY. HE PASSED IT ON THE FIRST TRY. HE GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI LAW SCHOOL THIS PAST JUNE AND PLANS TO GO INTO SPORTS LAW. HE IS THE GRAND SON OF MARCIA, OUR ASSISTANT WEB MASTER. IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT WE ARE VERY PROUD OF HIM. WE WISH LESTER AND ROBERT, JR. MUCH CONTINUED SUCCESS. UNFORTUNATELY. WE HEAR TOO MUCN OF THE OTHER KIND OF NEWS.

 SEPTEMBER 29, 2012, WELL WE STILL HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS TO REPORT ABOUT ROBERT, JR., GRANDSON  OF KB9NIM.  HIS FLIGHT TRAINING HAS NOW PROGRESSED TO THE POINT WHERE HE IS DOING AIR  WORK MANEUVERS AND CROSS-COUNTRY NAVIGATION. WE WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP YOU POSTED.

RECENTLY HEARD ON ECHOLINK WAS KAREN, KG4RGU. WONDER WHERE SHE HAS BEEN KEEPING HERSELF? HOPE SHE GETS ON MORE OFTEN. IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO HEAR FROM HER.

HEY SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFAST GROUP, SEPTEMBER 8 IS CHAR'S BIRTHDAY. WHY DON'T WE PLAN ON SHOWING UP AT THE CRACKER BARRELL TO WISH HER A HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9. SHE WILL BE 70 YEARS OLD.

AUGUST 25, 2012  RECENTLY WE HAVE HAD REPORTS OF WHITE NOISE ON THE ECHOLINK SYSTEM.  WE HAVE DONE EXTENSIVE CHECKS AT THE ECHOLINK SITE AND FOUND THINGS TO BE ESSENTIALLY  UP TO SPECS. WE DID FIND SOME LOCAL INDUSTRIAL QRN AT THE REPEATER SITE. THIS HAS HAPPENED FROM TIME TO TIME BEFORE. WE HAVE POINTED THIS OUT TO THEM AND THEY HAVE MADE A GOOD FAITH EFFORT TO CLEAR IT UP. HOWEVER SINCE WE ARE THEIR TENANTS, THESE THINGS ALWAYS HAVE TO BE HANDLED DIPLOMATICALLY. SO PLEASE BE ASSURED THAT WE ARE ALWAYS WORKING TO RESOLVE THESE ISSUES IN A TIMELY MANNER.

AUGUST 16, 2012  NOW HERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS.  ROBERT FIELDING, JR, GRANDSON OF KB9NIM, IS CONTINUING TO MAKE GOOD PROGRESS IN HIS FLIGHT TRAINING. HE IS NOW FINE TUNING HIS LANDING PROCEDURES TO THE POINT WHERE THEY ARE CONSISTENTLY GOOD. HE IS NOW ENTERING THE CROSS COUNTRY NAVIGATION PHASE. HE IS LEARNING TO NAVIGATE BY "DEAD RECKONING" OR DEDUCED RECKONING AND BY USING VOR OR "VISUAL OMNI RANGE " NAV AIDS. ROBERT JR IS ALSO THE SON OF ROBERT SR, THE ENGINEERING OFFICER OF THE MARKHAM, IL ESDA. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF HIS PROGRESS. ALSO HE TELLS US THAT HE THINKING OF ATTENDING LEWIS UNIVERSITY TO STUDY AVIATION MANAGEMENT. THIS YOUNG MAN HAS A LOT OF AMBITION. EXPECT GREAT THINGS FROM HIM.

 AUGUST 16, 2012  WELL WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO REPORT THAT MARCIA'S DAUGHTER KIMBERLY IS CONTINUING TO MAKE STEADY PROGRESS ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY FROM BACK SURGERY. MANY THANKS FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND GOOD WISHES.

JULY 30, 2012  KB9NIM'S GRAND SON, ROBERT JR. IS MAKING GOOD PROGRESS IN HIS FLIGHT TRAINING. HE HAS ALMOST COMPLETED THE TAKE OFF AND LANDING PROCEDURES AND WILL SOON START THE  CROSS COUNTRY NAVIGATION PHASE.

JULY  30, 2012  WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO HEAR THAT KE9PH'S XYL, THELMA IS BACK HOME AND WELL ON THE MEND. THELMA, WE WISH YOU A VERY SPEEDY AND COMPLETE RECOVERY.

JULY 30, 2012  WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFAST GROUP THAT USED TO MEET AT THE CRACKER BARREL RESTAURANT?  ONLY ONE MEMBER OF THE GROUP HAS BEEN GOING  OUT THERE SINCE MAY.  NO ONE ELSE HAS BEEN THERE DURING JUNE OR JULY.  EVERY ONE AT THE RESTAURANT HAS BEEN ASKING WHERE YOU ARE.  WHERE ARE YOU?

JULY 25, 2012 TIM KC9RZX, HAS RECENTLY ACQUIRED A DENTRON HF LINEAR AMPLIFIER AND POWER SUPPLY. HE DOES NOT HAVE ANY MANUALS OR SCHEMATICS FOR IT, SO IF YOU CAN BE OF SOME HELP, IT WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATED.  LET HIM KNOW IF YOU CAN.

ROBERT FIELDING, JR.,  OF MARKHAM E.S.D.A.,  IS NOW TAKING FLIGHT TRAINING. HE HAD HIS FIRST FLIGHT SESSION IN JUNE AND IS CONTINUING ON A TWICE A WEEK SCHEDULE. ROBERT IS THE GRAND SON OF JAMES BIBBS, KB9NIM. HE IS THE SON OF ROBERT, SR. WHO IS HEAD OF THE MARKHAM E.S.D.A. ENGINEERING SECTION. K9QKW IS ROBERT'S FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR. ROBERT IS MAKING EXCELLENT PROGRESS.

                   FIELD  DAY 2012

ARRL FIELD DAY 2012 BRIGHT AND SUNNY, EVENTUALLY REACHING THE UPPER EIGHTIES ON SATURDAY. W9SUS, N9SDT, KE9WB AND WA9KPZ WERE THE FIRST TO ARRIVE AT THE SITE. KE9WB PROMPTLY GOT BUSY HELPING W9SUS AND KE9PH SET UP THEIR TENTS.   ANDY, WA9KPZ, CAME "READY ROLLED".  ANDY HAS A VERY  IMPRESSIVE  ANTENNA INSTALLATION ON HIS MOBILE UNIT.  YOU SHOULD SEE IT.  AROUND 1500,  MARVIN, KB9UXX  CAME OUT,  SET UP  HIS TENT, ANTENNA AND STATION AND IMMEDIATELY JOINED THE FRAY.

 ROBERT FIELDING OF THE  MARKHAM, IL  E.S.D.A. SERVICED THE GENERATOR TRUCK AND GENERATORS AND GOT THEM UP AND  RUNNING  IN VERY SHORT ORDER.  HE KEPT THEM RUNNING FLAWLESSLY THROUGHOUT THE FIELD DAY EXERCISE.  

ROBERT, JR,  ALSO OF MARKHAM E.S.D.A. HANDLED THE ACQUISITION OF FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS  FOR THE EVENING MEAL.

MR. WILSON  KA9FRM HAD ALREADY TAKEN CARE OF THE LUNCH TIME AND EARLY AFTERNOON  SNACKS.

 ANDREW MASON, III CAME OUT TO BE WITH HIS DAD, ANDY, WA9KPZ. 

EVERETT, N9SDT, RACKED UP MANY POINTS ON CW, WHILE TONY, KE9PH WAS BUSY ROLLING UP THE SCORE ON PSK. MARVIN, KB9UXX AND LEROY, W9SUS WERE THE BIG VOICES ON SSB.

ANDY, WA9KPZ DID THE HONORS ON QRP. BY THE WAY, ANDY HOLDS THE RECORD FOR THE LONGEST DISTANCE TRAVELED. HE CAME ALL THE WAY FROM HAWTHORN WOOD.

CLARENCE HAD TO LEAVE ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON BUT HE RETURNED BEFORE DAY BREAK ON SUNDAY MORNING AND HE PROMPTLY GOT BUSY TAKING PICTURES. PERHAPS HE WILL SHARE SOME OF THEM WITH US. 

TIM, KC9RZX CAME OUT AROUND 1730 HOURS BUT HE HAD TO LEAVE AROUND 2100 HOURS, BECAUSE HE HAD TO GET UP EARLY AND HEAD TO THE "SALT MINE" ON SUNDAY MORNING.

KUDOS TO CHUCK, KG9AV, AS PROMISED AND ON SCHEDULE, HE ARRIVED AND SET UP HIS PORTABLE BREAKFAST EQUIPMENT AND GOT RIGHT TO WORK.  THE MAN IS A MAGICIAN IN THE KITCHEN. IT DID NOT TAKE HIM LONG TO WHIP UP A SCRUMPTIOUSLY TASTY MEAL FOR THE GROUP. HE HAS ESTABLISHED A TRADITION AND WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR HIS CULINARY EXPERTISE. 

WE WILL HAVE FIELD DAY PICTURES IN THE PHOTO SECTION SOON.

SEEN ON THE SCENE

W9SUS, KE9PH, N9SDT, WA9KPZ, KB9NIM, KE9WB, KA9FRM, K9PHA, KC9RZX, KC9AZ, KB9UXX AND K9QKW 

 

 K9RP IS in the process of rehabbing k9rp's hi-gain all band  tower. It has been in service 32 years and still looks to be in good shape.  Rube is a retired CBS broadcast engineer who really knows the ropes. It's a pleasure to watch him work. Look for some photos in the future.

Is it true that moses, wb9pev, can be seen at a Mc Donalds working with young people and possibly recruiting some new young hams? Moses is a strong supporter of the Tuskegee Airmen/EAA Young Eagles program and he is a retired high school teacher. So I guess working with young minds gets in your blood. Keep up the good work Moses. 

 

Attention AREA and ESDA members, we will be meeting at ESDA headquarters at 0900 hours on Saturday, June 9, 2012. This meeting is for the purpose of checking and preparing the equipment for Field Day. Please plan to be there. We need your presence, help and support. 

 

 Many  thanks to the A R E A  members who came out to Markham E S D A  on Saturday June 9. 2012 to help prepare the equipment for Field Day 2012. It was a perfect day and every thing went well.  Leroy, W9SUS, even brought some extra help. He brought two of his "third harmonics", Miles and Morgan.  They had a ball  as they enjoyed the sunshine and fresh air.  Also on board were Everret, N9SDT, Wilson, KA9FRM; Bibbs,KB9NIM;  Robert Fielding, Markham ESDA; Robert Fielding, Jr. and Tom, K9QKW.   The generators, light truck and communications command van are all prepped and ready to go. So let's have a big turn out and make this a very successful Field Day.

ON MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012, THE MARKHAM E.S.D.A. WAS CALLED  OUT TO RELIEVE THE COOK COUNTY SHERIFF'S  POLICE ON TRAFFIC CONTROL  AT A STREET CAVE IN AT 15800 CRAWFORD. THE MEMBERS OF E.S.D.A. WERE ON DUTY FROM 1130 TO 1830 HOURS. RESPONDING WERE BIBBS, KB9NIM,  WILSON, KA9FRM, TOM, K9QKW,  ROBERT  FIELDING  AND  ROBERT  FIELDING, JR.  ALL WENT SMOTHLY AND WITHOUT  INCIDENT.

WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THE MAIN ANTENNA TOWER AT MARKHAM'S HEADQUARTER HAS BEEN REPAIRED.  ONE OF THE FOOTINGS ON THE TOWER HAD RUSTED THROUGH TO THE POINT WHERE  IT WAS UNSAFE TO CLIMB THE TOWER.  NOW BEGINS THE WORK OF REPLACING THE  ANTENNA  AND  SOME OF THE COAX CABLE.  ANYONE WILLING TO DO SOOME CLIMBING???

JUNE 20, 2012,  OUR PRAYERS AND BEST  WISHES FOR A SPEEDY AND COMPLETE RECOVERY FOR THELMA,  XYL OF TONY, KE9PH. THELMA IS NOW  IN RE-HAB AFTER UNDERGOING A RECENT SURGICAL PROCEDURE. TONY SAYS THE PROCEDURE WAS A SUCCESS AND THE OUTLOOK IS GOOD.