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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.

A message from our President


ARRL members and Amateur Radio clubs are expressing increased concern over the inclusion of WWV and WWVH on a list of proposed cuts in the White House’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Fiscal Year 2019 budget request. The proposed cuts also would include the Atomic Clock signal from WWVB used to synchronize specially equipped clocks and watches. Online petitions soliciting signatures include one established by Tom Kelly II, W7NSS, of Portland, Oregon, who would like to see funding for the stations maintained. At this point, the budget item is only a proposal, not a final decision. That would be up to the Congress to decide.

ARRL is among those worried over the possible loss of WWV, WWVH, and WWVB and is suggesting that members of the Amateur Radio community who value the stations for their precise time and frequency signals and other information sign Kelly's petition and/or contact their members of Congress promptly, explaining how the stations are important to them, beyond government and military use.

Kelly’s petition, which may be signed by US residents, notes that WWV is among the oldest radio stations in the US, having been established in 1920. “The station has transmitted the official US time for nearly 100 years, and is an instrumental part in the telecommunications field, ranging from broadcasting to scientific research and education,” his petition says. “Additionally, these stations transmit marine storm warnings from the National Weather Service, GPS satellite health reports, and specific information concerning current solar activity and radio propagation conditions. These broadcasts are an essential resource to the worldwide communications industry.”

NIST’s full Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request to Congress calls for the agency to “discontinue the dissemination of the US time and frequency via the NIST radio stations in Hawaii and Fort Collins, Colorado.” The agency noted, “These radio stations transmit signals that are used to synchronize consumer electronic products like wall clocks, clock radios, and wristwatches, and may be used in other applications like appliances, cameras, and irrigation controllers.” The specific cut, which would come from the NIST Fundamental Measurement, Quantum Science, and Measurement Dissemination budget, would amount to $6.3 million.

In its budget request, NIST said that it plans to consolidate and focus work on its efforts in quantum science while maintaining essential core capabilities in measurement science research and measurement dissemination, as well as eliminate “efforts that have been replaced by newer technologies, measurement science research that lies outside NIST’s core mission space, and programs that can no longer be supported due to facility deterioration.”

WWV and WWVH broadcast time and frequency information 24/7, including time announcements, standard time intervals, standard frequencies, UT1 time corrections, a BCD time code, geophysical alerts, and marine storm warnings. Transmissions are broadcast from separate transmitters on 5, 10, 15, and 20 MHz. An experimental 25 MHz signal is also currently on the air. WWVB transmits standard Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) signals on 60 kHz to appropriately equipped timekeeping devices.

NIST Public Relations Director Gail Porter told Tom Witherspoon, K4SWL - editor of The SWLing Post, which has been tracking developments - that NIST “is proud of the time and frequency services we provide through our radio stations, and understands that these services are important to many people.”

NIST Director Walter Copan has supported the overall budget request. “This budget request ensures that NIST can continue to work at the frontiers of measurement science by preserving investment in core metrology research,” Copan said. “Through its constitutionally mandated role, NIST performs work that only the government can do, and produces enormous return on US taxpayers’ investment. Translating measurements into technically sound standards across all industries enables effective international trade and US competitiveness.”
Link to the Petition
ROUTE 66 ON THE AIR September  10-18
   Once again, this year we will participate in the Historic Route 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 nineteen years, we have represented the eastern end of the highway, using the special event call W6Q.

     For several years, the event coincided with the Berwyn Route 66 Car Show, but unfortunately the car show was held earlier this year so all W6Q operations will take place from the home stations of our members.

     Operation begins at 0000 UTC Saturday, September 8 (7 p.m. Friday CDT) and ends at 2359 UTC Sunday September 16 (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.

The following amateur radio nets and frequencies will be active:

  14.265 MHz   Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN)
          More Information: http://satern.org/

  14.300 MHz   Maritime Mobile Service Network
          More Information: http://www.mmsn.org/

  14.325.00 AND 7.268 MHz  Hurricane Watch Net  both frequencies simultaneously
          More Information: https://www.hwn.org/

All amateur radio operators are requested to keep these frequencies clear for
emergency traffic.  You are invited to listen, but do not transmit unless you
have disaster related traffic.  Be alert to other frequencies that may be in use
for emergency traffic. 

     Every 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 band/mode at once, please monitor our repeater and announce your intent to be on a band/mode and call in when you are finished operating on that frequency.

     This is a fun event which is very popular with the amateur radio community.  The Citrus Belt ARC has a nice certificate available - check their web site. www.w6jbt.org for further information.  Special QSLs are also issued by the various stations operating along the route.  Our QSL manager is Mike, WD9GJK.  Club members will receive their QSLs at an upcoming meeting, others please send a SASE to Mike.

Also, Members please note: Any inquires people looking for W6J please forward the following information


I was informed tonight that Marv Gordon of W6J will not be participating in this year’s event. The call sign will remain, however the QSL information has been removed from the website and I will be changing the application and certificate by removing their call sign. He had a problem from the past couple years that I could not fix to his liking, so he has decided to be removed from the event.

Next year I will look to fill in that hole in the lineup with another club.

If you have any questions, please let me know

Jeff Richardson, W6JJR
Our QSL manager is Mike, WD9GJK;

To learn more go to WWW.w6jbt.org

Next club meeting
September 14 at 7:30

St. John’s Lutheran Church,
SW corner of 47th and Brainard,
in LaGrange
Six Meter Club of Chicago (SMCC)