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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 month!

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 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

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Have YOU 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 heard!

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 be used.

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 HF contest!

Come to the club meeting for more details or contact a club officer.

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  Updated: Monday, 29 September 2014

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