NEWSLETTER OF THE ST CLAIR AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
PO BOX 94, BELLEVILLE, IL 62222
FIELD DAY 2003
The weather was cooperative, and the club had a good and enjoyable field day.Fourteen members participated for the club in various capacities.Competition in the 2A category waspursued again this year; however, a dedicated cw station was not operated continuously during the event due to a shortage of available and/or well rested operators.Your editor planned to log time on cw, but missed the fun due to an out of town family medical emergency.A total of 324 ssb and 203 cw contacts were accumulated during the operating period.Those contacts with multipliers and bonus points gave the club a total score of 2060.This is down some from the past several years, but should still place the club at the upper half of 2A entries.However, the big winners were that the club demonstrated a well executed emergency response, and provided newer operators an opportunity to gain valuable experience and fun on HF.An example of the new HF operator experience was Marjorie, KC9CXU working the NASA station NA5SA.Many thanks to all that participated and particularly the dedicated members that stayed through the hours of darkness to give the club 24 hours of coverage.A special thanks to WA9MGX and KB9HYY who kept participants well supplied with food and drink throughout the event.Also, thanks to K9HUH who worked with the Belleville News Democrat to get great media coverage of area field day activity.
With K9HUH in control, a fox was put in play by the club on July 12th.The hunt started from Mel Price Park in Swansea and four teams participated.The fox transmitter was cleverly placed in a borrowed vehicle left in a bank parking lot with a big horizontally placed placard inside to confirm a successful hunt.A team of Karl, K9BGL and Bruce, N9MND were the first successful hunters to home in on the prey.Several new teams participated in this hunt which is good news for fox hunting in the area..Socializing and great refreshments prepared by WA9MGX were enjoyed after the hunt in Mel Price Park.It looks like with the four hunts sponsored by the club over the past several years, eight or nine different teams have enjoyed the fun of fox hunting.Hopefully all these teams will come on board for a big hunt that is planned for October.For old and new teams, now is the time to start organizing and planning a hunt strategy.The clubs fox hunts are open to any interested participants, so spread the word about October.
A club member since 2001, Dan Pierson, KE9BG got his start in ham radio with his first license in 1967.His early interest in ham radio lead to a variety electronics related interests for both hobbies and professions.After a career in Air Force communications, electronics and computers, Dan now owns his own personal computer business.While the computer business takes a lot of time, Dan in the past several years again put his ham license to good use enjoying projects to put on the air and a lot of rag chewing QSO’s.Also, to try something new, he teamed with N9CPU to enjoy the recent club fox hunt.His equipment outlay includes 2-meter mobile and portable stations, and usually running off battery power are a Kenwood TS 440T and an Yeasu FT 211R/H for the fixed stations using dipoles and a vertical.Dan also has hobby interests in personal power generation, solar power and magnetism which explains his fixed rig power source.Dan brings to our club expertise on many topics that are often associated with our hobby.Catch him on the air, at a club event or hamfest and enjoy the conversation.
RED CROSS COMMUNICATIONS
Progress continues on a radio communications center for the Fairview Heights Red Cross.Plans call for amateur radio HF, VHF and UHF, and a GMRS repeater.A 30 foot tower with verticals and a G5RV will be scheduled for installation in September.This resource will be a very valuable addition for amateur radio emergency and disaster communications in the local area.Club volunteers are needed for this project.Contact Skip, AA9ZV, telephone 346-8655 or 277-9767, for information.
The program for the August 28th club meeting will be members “show and tell”.Bring an item of interest to demonstrate and/or talk about, or bring an item that you need information on.This is your program (five minutes or less) and an opportunity to share experiences and events with fellow club members.
The club was well represented in support of the recent major accident response exercise at Scott AFB and MidAmerica Airport.A special thanks to our members that activated amateur radio communications at local civilian hospitals, and to 2-meter net participants.
For information on St Clair County VE test sessions, contact K9HUH at 235-6152 or 233-1313.Sessions will be scheduled the evening of the second Tuesday of each month if a reservation for testing is made by an applicant.
Are you on the clubs SC-ARC@yahoogroups.com e-mail reflector.This is a place to send and receive timely club and member amateur radio related topics.If you need help getting set up or other information, contact Dave, KB9WZT at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 558-5314.
Harry, W0KXI is interested in trading an SX-62 (recently recapped) for an SX-71 in good condition.He is also looking for a vintage “Gotham” antenna or a source for aluminum tubing to make one.Contact Harry at 537-4498 or by PO Box 126, Lebanon, IL 62254.
Don’t forget to be with your ham friends and part with your money at the St Charles ARC Hamfest August 24th at the St Charles American Legion Post 312, and the Peoria Superfest September 19th 20th and 21st at the Peoria Exposition Gardens Fairgrounds.
The DX Summit at http://oh2aq.kolumbus.com/dxs/ is a great site to find spots on DX and special event activity that is on the air.Also, solar updates are posted as they change.
Thanks to Mallo’s Pastries for their longtime support of club events by providing complimentary refreshments.Remember Mallo’s for your pastry and special desert purchases.
Send your items and preferences for the SCAN to the editor, Bob, W9BP, by e-mail email@example.com or by phone 624-2797, or mail to 1022 Edgewood Dr, O’Fallon, IL 62269.Your help is always appreciated.