Macoupin County ARES Net
Macoupin County ARC Net
Okaw Valley Net
W9VEY Memorial Net
Technician License Class Forming!
Thanks to the Macoupin County
ARC voting to get liability insurance, our club will now be
offering a Technician class license class starting this
The club needed the insurance to secure a room at Girard
Intermediate school and thanks to the North Macoupin School
District there is no charge for room usage!
Debbie Ochu, KC9ULA and Ron Ochu, KO0Z will conduct
a month long series of classes on Saturdays from 9:00 to
noon beginning on Saturday, September 27, October 4, October
11 and October 25 in the school library. The public is
invited to attend and there is no cost to enroll in the
classes. However, it is strongly urged that the ARRL Tech
Q&A book be purchased. The text costs $17.95 and be
purchased at http://www.arrl.org/shop/What-s-New/ As ARRL
instructors, Debbie and Ron can offer the Book for $13.46
and save you shipping charges, but you’ll need to contact
Ron, KO0Z, asap, with your order at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got Behind H.R. 4969 ??
In July, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN asked all Amateur Radio
operators to contact their Congressional representatives and to urge
them to support H.R. 4969. For most K9MCE club members our
Congressperson is Rodney Davis from the 13th District of Illinois.
H.R. 4969 is also known as the Amateur Radio Parity Act. If passed,
this Act will allow licensed ham radio operators to negotiate in
good faith with home owner associations allowing them to erect
towers and antennas that are reasonable. This Act will not allow
hams with deed restrictions unlimited restrictions. Rather it will
allow the ham radio operator to put up an antenna system that
previously would not have been allowed. It is vitally important for
all of us to take a few minutes of our time to email our
representative the honorable Rodney Davis.
Your newsletter editor has done so and Mr. Davis’ response was
very nice, but non committal. I sent him another email requesting
him to join his seventeen other colleagues that have already
co-sponsored the resolution. I am awaiting to hear back from Mr.
Davis. Please take the few minutes it takes to make your voice
Illinois QSO Party
Just a Month Away!
The Western Illinois Amateur Radio Club
W9AWE-W9OAB sponsors the annual Illinois QSO Party and this
year it will be held on Saturday, October 19th from 1700Z
(Noon) to 0100Z October 20th (Saturday at 8:00 pm).
The purpose of this event is to try to
activate and to work 102 Illinois counties and as many
states and countries as possible throughout the 8 hour
sprint. Bands 160 - 2 meters excluding the WARC bands will
Jim Pitchford, N9LQF secured permission
from a property owner to use a field that intersects Jersey,
Greene and Macoupin Counties, which for the purposes of this
contest makes this very valuable real estate in terms of QSO
points! K9MCE plans to make a full-press effort for this QSO
Party! Club members are not only invited to watch, but to
participate as well! Final plans and preparations will be
going on this month. This will be a mini Field Day operation
and here is your chance to get involved with a fun, lively
Come to the club meeting for more details
or contact a club officer.