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.
SCOUTING JAMBOREE ON THE AIR COMING OCT. 20
Please mark your calendars and plan to work with the Club in our effort to introduce Scouts to Amateur Radio via their worldwide event, Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) over the October 20-21 weekend.
Joe, KC9TQF is coordinating the effort, which involves setting up HF and VHF stations. This year we will be back at St. Cletus School where we normally operate. The school is located at 700 - 55th Street in LaGrange, just east of Brainard Avenue.
Set up will begin at 7:00 a.m. Saturday October 20, with on the air times from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. We will be looking for SSTV QSOs via the K9ONA repeater between 10-11 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m. - thanks to the members who have already volunteered to send Slow Scan pictures from their home stations.
Lunch will be served between 11:30 and 12:30. We will also have a “hands on” demonstration of Morse code, which has been very popular in past years.
We will need help with antenna set up early in the morning as well as tear down around 3 p.m. We also need operators and members who can demonstrate the equipment and answer questions about Amateur Radio, both at the site and via their home stations.
Listen for us on the Club's repeater system, with the special event call N9C. On HF, suggested frequencies include 3.940, 7.190 and 14.290 MHz for SSB; 3.570, 7.030, and 14.060 MHz for CW. Additional frequencies on the higher HF bands are listed on the ARRL web site.
Thanks for whatever you can do to help with this important event, which is an excellent opportunity to introduce Amateur Radio to young people!
Additional information about JOTA can be found via a link from the ARRL's web site, www.arrl.org.
SMCC REPEATER WORK SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
A tentative date of Wednesday, October 10 at 10 a.m. has been set for our antenna installer to work on our installation of new feedline and other requirements related to relocating our two meter and 222 MHz repeaters at Hinsdale Central.
If the equipment cannot be moved to its new location in the building at that time, our repeaters (except for the UHF system) will be off the air until Sunday, October 14, when our crew would meet around 1 p.m. to complete the project, which also involves installation of our new two meter duplexer.
The move within the building, along with installation of our new duplexere cavities, is expected to result in improved performance of the repeaters since shorter feedlines result in less signal attenuation.
We also have good news concerning our UHF repeater. The new Motorola Quantar is a 110 Watt mixed-mode repeater which will work in regular analog mode, but also on UHF only it will also work in the P25 digital mode. A big “Thank You” to Vern, K9LAE and Ryan, W9UEY who have been spending a lot of “behind the scenes” time in working on this project! After it has been programmed and tested, we will organize another work party to install it to replace the current borrowed repeater.
Next club meeting October 12 at 7:30
St. John’s Lutheran Church, SW corner of 47th and Brainard, in LaGrange
Program: Annual Fall Swap and Shop
OCTOBER 12 SMCC MEETING FEATURES SWAP AND SHOP
Our annual Fall Swap and Shop will take place at our October 12 SMCC meeting, so start rummaging
through your excess gear and get it ready to bring along. Tell your friends about it too - anyone is
welcome to bring items along, not limited to Club members, and no fees are charged.
Any Amateur Radio related items are appropriate, such as transceivers, power supplies, SWR meters, microphones and similar accessories; coax cable, antennas, test equipment, handbooks, etc. Be sure to tag each piece with your call and asking price.
If it doesn't sell, you MUST take it back with you, can't abandon it in the meeting room!
NEW SMCC CAPS, SHIRTS AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS
Will, W9WSS has been working with Crown Trophy of La Grange Park on new designs for Club apparrel, including T-shirts and baseball type caps with the club logo. The shirts can be personalized with your name and call letters. Members will be able to deal directly with Crown through a link that will be accessible on the Club's web site, www.k9ona.com.