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2015 Field Day Event
|Field Day is the weekend of June 27 and
28th. Once again Okaw Valley ARC, AD9OV has challenged the
Macoupin County ARC to compete for the traveling trophy.
Last year, you may recall, K9MCE barely lost the
competition! What will this year bring? Plans call for the
club to operate 3 HF stations and one GOTA (Get On The Air)
station at Boy Scout Camp Bunn just north of Hettick, IL.
However, at the May meeting, club treasurer and IL Assistant
ARES Manager, Jim PItchford, K9LQF announced that the IL
State EMA communications building on Rogers Street in
Springfield may be available for club use over Field Day.
ILEMA is interested in seeing the generators being used over
the weekend and the communications facilities (Elecraft K3
transceivers and NIVS antennas) being used, but final
approval as of newsletter press time was still pending. At
the May meeting, the club decided to table any decision
regarding Field Day location to the June meeting. The June
meeting is just around the corner and there are a number of
items to consider each with their pros and cons.
- Both Camp Bunn and IL EMA are a little drive away from
- At Camp Bunn we could use the club call sign, K9MCE;
whereas, at the EMA we would have to use the call sign,
- At Camp Bunn we would operate 3A; however, at IL EMA we
would be 3F.
- IL EMA offers an air-conditioned building with
equipment already set-up; however, there would be a learning
curve associated with using this equipment in a small room.
IL EMA also has an electronic security gate for admission
which needs to be manned.
- Camp Bunn requires equipment set-up and last year, a
few club members did a lot of the work for the entire club.
- A lot of talk, but little, organized planning has gone
into preparing for this yearís club Field Day effort.
- A list of what is needed and who is bringing it is
still in the works as of press time.
- Plans were being made to sponsor a GOTA station, but
nothing has actually materialized.
- Itís not too late to make this a great Field Day event,
but this effort needs to be a club effort and not the work
of only a few individuals
Below is directions of how to get to the MCARC Field Day
If you need more directions go to the ARRL website and click
on the Field Day Locator.
From the south:
Take I-55 North
Take Toronto Road Exit
At end of ramp go right
At next light go left on South 6th Street Road
Go Right on Southwind Road
As you approach the business park take the first left and
that will run you into the facility on your right which is
surrounded by tall fence. The building is blue in color.
Please bring at covered dish to pass for our Potluck at 5:00
Remember our challenge is to get more points than The Okaw
Valley Club. We need everyone's cooperation and dedication
to pull off this challenge.
Let's all work together and show your support for our club!
And remember we will be in AIR CONDITIONING, with very nice
facilities! All we do is show up and operate!
See you then, June 27th, 1:00 PM through June 28th, 1:00 PM.
MCARC Home Brew Contest!
This is it! This is the month for the first annual Macoupin
Coun-ty ARC Home Brew Contest! Bring your homebrew antenna, radio,
amp, kit or accessory/gadget to the meeting for show-n-tell. Itís
not too late to put the final touches to an existing project or even
to start a new one! The more the better! Even, if time doesnít allow
you to finish your project, bring it along any-way and let your
fellow members know what you are up to on your workbench! Any club
member is eligible to participate. There are four categories:
Antennas, Radios/Amps, Kits and Miscellaneous gadgets. Prizes will
be awarded! All projects entered will be featured in the July issue
of the newsletter! Hereís YOUR chance for fame and fortune. Well,
not fortune maybe, but some fame and the eternal admiration of
fellow club members! Check out the flyer else-where in this issue of
AREA UPDATE-Your Voice Counts
The Amateur Radio Parity Act, HR 1301
is gaining momentum and support on Capitol Hill. However, Illinois
Congressman Rodney Davis has not yet co-sponsored the bill. In an
email dated 19 May to Ron Ochu, KO0Z, the congressman wrote, "I
understand you support this legislation. I was elected to represent
you in the U.S. House of Representatives; therefore, be assured I
will keep your opinion in mind if this issue ever goes before the
full House of Representatives for a vote."
This is the same response that Ron, KO0Z received last summer.
Obviously, our representative is not convinced that he needs to
co-sponsor HR 1301? Why? Simply put, the congressman is not
convinced that the issue of zoning re-strictions being placed on
Amateur Radio operators is a major concern to many of his
In order for the congressman to made aware of the importance of
this issue, it is up to EACH and EVERY ONE of US to contact him.
Later this month, Ron, KO0Z will present the MCARC and OVARC HR
1301 Resolutions to the congressmanís legislative aide, but Rep.
Davis still needs to hear from you. Only when a large number of
constituents contact their representative, will a congressman take
So what is a constituent? A constituent is YOU and ME. The ground
work is set, now it is up to us to make our opinion be known to our
representative. The first step is to take a few moments of your time
to let Rep. Davis know that you support this bill. DO NOT ASSUME
THAT YOUR VOICE WILL NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Every voice counts!
The ARRL has all the information that you need at:
The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 (HR 1301) does not strip
power away from home owners associations. If HR1301 does become law,
it will ensure that every ham in the US, regardless of the
com-munity they live in, will have the opportunity to practice their
avocation from their own homes without breaking any rules or fear of
Furthermore, HR 1301,The Amateur Radio Parity Act, would not give
Amateurs "carte blanche" to do whatever they wished. It would
require HOAs and other private land use regulations to extend
reasonable accommodation to Amateurs wishing to erect antennas.
The FCC has a three part test for "Resonable Accommodation" that
can be applied by a political subdivision such as a homeowners
association. This test will ensure that an equitable agreement can
be reached between the Amateur Radio operator and the HOA allowing
the ham operator to put up antennas. This makes good sense in a
number of areas, with providing emergency communications being the
most important one of all.
Are you convinced that you need to contact Representative Davis,
but writing is not high on your list?