COMING SEPTEMBER 7th to the 15th

Once again this year we will participate in the HistoricRoute 66 On The Air event, which is coordinated by the Citrus Belt ARC, W6JBT. With stations along the route beginning with W6A in California.  For eighteen years, we have represented the eastern end of the highway, using the special event call W6Q.
For a number of years, the event coincided with the Berwyn Route 66 Car Show, but unfortunately the show is being held earlier this year, so all W6Q operations will take place from the home or mobile stations of our members.

Operation begins at 0000 UTC Saturday, September 7 (7 p.m. Friday CDT) and ends at 2359 UTC Sunday, Septermber 15 (7 PM CDT).
Frequencies to be used are as follows:  CW –3.533, 7.033, 10.110, 14.033, 18.080, 21.033, 24.900, and 28.033 MHz; SSB –3.866, 7.266, 14.266, 18.164, 21.366, 24.966, and 50.133 MHz.  Operation will also take place via our K9ONA repeater system for local contacts.

Everey SMCC member is eligible and encouraged to operate as W6Q during the event, even if you can only operate via our repeater system
–just be sure to keep an accurate log of your contacts.  Also, to avoid having more than one member on a particular band/mode at once, please monitor our repeater and announce your intent to be on a particular band and mode, and also call in when you are finished operating on that frequency.

This is a fun event which is very popular with the amateur community.  The Citrus Belt ARC has a certificate available; check their web site,, for details.  Special QSL cards are also issued by the various stations operating along the route; SASE is requested but members can pick up their card at a SMCC meeting.

Six Meter Club of Chicago Apparel
Caps, Shirts, Name Badges, Hoodies, Wind Jackets
☞T-Shirts - Baseball Caps - Name Badges - Hoodies - Hooded Fleece Lined Jacket - Wind Jacket☜
All with the club logo!  The shirts can be personalized with your name and call letters.
Members deal directly with Crown through this link or the button just above here.

A limited quantity of white baseball-style caps with the Six Meter Club logo patch affixed are also available from Jim, WA9FIH for $6.00 each. The caps, with adjustable headband, are available either in cotton corduroy for cool weather wear, or in the lighter half mesh polyester style.  Iron-on embroidered club patches for application to shirts or jackets, 2-3/8” x 3-1/2”, are also available from the Club for $1.75 each. American Flag patches in the same size are available for 75 cents each. See
Jim at the next meeting or email

Will, W9WSS has worked with Crown Trophy of La Grange Park on new designs for Club apparrel! 
Thanks Will!

Mike N9GFY

Our Club Activities

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  September 13th
St. John’s Lutheran Church, on the southwest corner of 47th Street and Brainard Avenue in LaGrange IL; enter through south side door adjacent to parking lot.
Six Meter Club of Chicago (SMCC)
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October Meeting Program
Swap & Shop

Our Oct ober program is traditionally our Fall Swap and Shop, so start picking through your excess goodies and find
some ham related items that you would like to find a new home for no charge for selling!

The swap and shop is not limited to members so please tell your friends about the event too! Be sure to clearly
label all of your items, and remember, if it doesn't sell, you  can't leave it behind!


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.