NSRC Annual Auction
The North Shore Radio Club’s Annual Auction will be held on Tuesday, December 10th at the Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road in Highland Park. That’s less than a week away! We have received over 200 items for the Auction this year including a Kenwood TS-940S, Kenwood TS-830S, Hallicrafters TO Keyer, many station accessories, test equipment, audio equipment for parts including a Marantz 1200. See the link below for the list of auction items. Study the list carefully as items were sometimes listed in their order of donation and not value. MOST of the items will be on BUY IT NOW tables (like you see them at a hamfest) and attractively priced. Everything will be available for inspection at 6:30PM and available for sale at 7:00PM. Come early to check out the bargains! No one will be admitted to the center before 6:30. The actual auction begins at 8:00PM.
You do not have to be a member to attend and buy!
The list of auction items as of Dec 5 in pdf format is here.
*** The Nov 12 meeting presentation on digital modes may be downloaded here ***
*** The Oct 8 meeting presentation on test equipment may be downloaded here ***
*** Presentations from the April and May “Empowerment” Soldering meetings (along with slides from other past meetings), may be accessed in the Resources/Downloads section here.
NSRC Winter Banquet - Saturday Jan 18
Save the date for our Winter Banquet - at Chevy Chase Country Club Saturday January 18.
Our guest speaker will be Matt Gallagher, KC9ZPL, chairman of the Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac. At 333 miles (289.4 nautical miles), the Race to Mackinac is the oldest annual freshwater distance race, and is widely considered one of the top ten sailboat races in the world. ‘The Mac’ starts at the Chicago Lighthouse, just off Navy Pier and continues to Mackinac Island, Michigan, in Lake Huron. 2013 marked the 105th running of the Race to Mackinac, in which over 300 boats and 3,000 sailors competed. The 106th Running will start in July 2014, with the racing divisions starting on July 19, and the cruising division starting the day before, on July 18. For more information on the Mac race, visit www.cycracetomackinac.com.
In addition to chairing the Race, Matt serves on the Chicago Yacht Club’s Board of Directors. Professionally, Matt is a real estate attorney in Chicago, and recently became a ham radio operator!
By now you should have received your banquet reservation form in the mail with your 2014 membership renewal. A banquet reservation form may also be found here.
November VE Session Results
The VE session at the Glenview Library Nov. 10, administered by Mike W9MJD and NSRC VE volunteers, resulted in three upgrades and one new ham:
Henrique Bucher, Northbrook KC9TWY Upgrade to Extra
Jordan Bucher, Northbrook KC9ZYW Technician
Thomas Novey, Sheridan W7TAN Upgrade to Extra
Larry Speyer, Northbrook N9JLT Upgrade to Extra
The Nov. 13 session at the end of Rich K9RD’s Fall classes in Northbrook resulted in seven new hams and one upgrade:
Alexis Hernandez, Chicago KC9ZZB Technician
Alicia Hernandez, Chicago KC9ZZC Technician
Jonathan Shabica, Northfield KC9ZZD Technician
Hyun-Soo Lee, North Chicago KC9ZZE Technician
Daniel Ryan, Arlington Heights KC9ZZF Technician
James Hanlon, Chicago KC9ZZG General
Matthew Kabelitz, Northbrook KC9ZZH Technician
William Costello, Bannockburn AC9GZ Upgrade to Extra
Congratulation to all, and thanks to our VE’s for their efforts!
September Emily Oaks QRP Results
Participation this year was excellent - antenna and table space was at a premium. (See George KK9X’s photos here)
Propagation wasn’t the greatest, but an opening over the Pole on 20m helped a few members.
Congratulations to the 2013 “Emily” winners for QSOs with greatest distance/watt:
CW Randy K9OR QSO with RA9MP
5662 miles/5 watts 1132 miles/watt
SSB Greg W9GAK QSO with RZ9UI
5751 miles/5 watts 1150 miles/watt
Digi Warren KC9IL QSO with KJ4IZW
672 miles/1 watt 672 miles/watt
No ‘pure homebrew’ rigs were entered this year, so no winner in that category.
Other notable efforts:
SSB Rob K9RST QSO with K7XE
1335 miles/5 watts 267 miles/watt
SSB Derick AB9PR QSO with KF4GDX
564 miles/5 watts 113 miles/watt
Introducing Boy Scouts to Ham Radio
We have set up a small station at the Boy Scout camp for the Northeast Illinois Council, called Makajawan. When I was up to visit last week, there were 23 scouts taking the Radio merit badge! The station consists of an Icom 7200, donated to the program by Icom as a loaner for the season. We also have a Yeasu 757GX, an older radio but which seems fairly reliable, and an Alinco VHF station with two Baofeng HT radios.
The boys have been having fun with the VHF radios running around camp doing search and rescue drills. The Icom radio is working very well both as a PSK demo and as an HF voice station. This is connected to a 20/40 meter trap dipole. The Icom works brilliantly with Ham Radio Deluxe, so you have complete control of the rig from a laptop interface. That was really a great deal of fun to work with. Greg Karlove W9GAK helped me set up the station and the interface earlier this summer. We both got more ticks than radio contacts! The Yaesu was not working very well at all, so I did some antenna repair work and got it to hear better, but I have little confidence that it will last the summer with the antenna we provided. The balun had a dead short!
I was surprised to see that there are no AM radio stations to be heard during the day, we are that far north…plus that says more about the state of AM radio! There have been hams stopping by the station every week to help the boys get on the air, and frankly, this might be the weakest link. We need to find a way to make the station available to the boys at night. Also, this set up is currently only on East camp, which has about 300 scouts. There is another camp across the lake that does not have a station at all.
Based on what I have seen, I am very encouraged by the participation and interest. There is plenty of opportunity for us to do more. Next year, I am hoping I can spend more time at camp and help generate more interest in this activity.
NSRC 2013 Field Day
Field Day 2013 was held once again at the Grove Cultural Center in Lake Forest, June 22-23. We had a great turnout - whether to enjoy the hospitality tent, the Saturday picnic, take advantage of VE testing, learn how to communicate by satellite, or operate in the phone, cw, vhf or GOTA tents.
Although the weather was favorable for Saturday and Sunday, band conditions were mediocre - marginal on 15, nil on 10, minimal on 6 - with S9 noise on the low bands. Our preliminary score tabulation shows about 11,400 points - down some from last year, in large part due to the noise level. (Be sure to read K9RST’s President’s Blog). While we were #1 in 3A in 2012, we’ll have to wait until Fall when scores are published to see how we did this year. Regardless, we always have fun!
NSRC 2012 Field Day Video
This is a short video showing some of the activities at the 2012 annual ARRL radio emergency event, called Field Day. North Shore Radio Club created three HF radio stations, a VHF weak signal station and a GOTA, Get on the Air station for newer operators. This is ham radio’s premiere summer event. The goal is to contact as many stations as we can in a 24 hour period, so it is part contact, part social and all fun, especially when the weather behaves!
Educating the educators about ham radio - NSRC at Yerkes
On Jan. 19, several NSRC members volunteered to be part of an extension program that Yerkes Observatory (U. Chicago) offers to science teachers to find new ways to bring science, technology, engineering and math to the classroom. Read more in the K9RST blog.
North Shore DMR is Here!
The North Shore Radio Club is now sponsoring a 440 DMR repeater, connected to over 165 repeaters worldwide and 3 in the Chicagoland area. DMR is ham radio’s newest 2-way communications protocol, is an international open standard, and features 2 voice channels from one repeater that occupy 1/2 the bandwidth of an analog repeater. DMR radios are made by multiple manufacturers, feature excellent battery life, and are very affordable.
NSRC JNOS BBS/Packet Cluster/Callsign Lookup/WX Server and Winlink Servers Upgraded
UPDATE 12/17/12: The JNOS BBS/Packet Cluster/Callsign Lookup engine and Winlink Server has been upgraded to a new PC and more reliabile internet connection. Please give it a try.
The NSRC Tech Team welcomes you to our new NS9RC-1 JNOS packet BBS system on 145.01 MHz with 30W of power at over 100’ high from Techny. This isn’t your traditional BBS system. It has wormhole connections to other BBS stations in the USA, Canada, and Australia. It has a DX cluster and a feed from Weather Underground for weather conditions and forecasts. As usual, all you need is a 1200 bps TNC, a VHF radio, antenna, and a computer with a terminal program.
Please visit our Tech Blog to learn more about using JNOS for the first time.
We also have a working NS9RC-10 Winlink RMS Packet server on 145.61 MHz 1200 baud for sending and receiving email over RF. Learn more about it here.
Northern Cook County Skywarn Net Frequency Change
Northern Cook County Skywarn (WX9NC) is moving its spotter nets to our own 147.345+ MHz repeater with a tone PL of 107.2 Hz effective this spring. Our 2m repeater has much improved coverage and we hope that more hams will be able to participate in spotting severe weather for the National Weather Service. Severe Weather Net controllers for 2013 are still needed! For more information or to volunteer your services visit here.