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K9MCE Participates in Illinois QSO Party!
in the upper fifties, sunny skies and a calm wind. Sunday,
October 19th promised to be a good day to participate in the
Illinois QSO party sponsored by the Western Illinois ARC.
Jimmy, WX9DX and his bride, Joyce, KA9UBJ spent the night
on the farm bordering the intersection of Macoupin, Greene
and Jersey counties. Jimmy erected a 40 meter loop and
planned to be QRV on that band. Jim, N9LQF arrived early in
the morning to set up the generator. Ron, KO0Z and his bride
Debbie, KC9ULA arrived around 9:45 and began to set up the
multi-band inverted vee and the 20 meter bazooka antennas.
"K9MCE ran two stations. One on 40 meters and the other
on 20 meters."
The QSO party began at noon and soon everyone was logging
contacts. Mark, WD9HBF and Greg, KC9UFZ arrived shortly
after one pm. Steve, W9CZ drove down from Springfield and
operated CW. Skip, WS9V also visited the station and
assisted Steve. Tommy, KD9BMO visited and made some Qs for
the club. Two K9MCE club members, John,KD8KVO and Lou,
KC9YFU, made contact with K9MCE. Mark, WD9HBF and Greg,
KC9UFZ both made FM 2 meter simplex contact with the club
station. Skip, WS9V tried from near Springfield, but we just
couldnít establish a two-way. Thank you gentlemen for the
points! For most of the
QSO party, K9MCE ran two stations. One on 40 meters and
the other on 20 meters. Towards evening, a third station was
added and Mark and Greg dominated 80 meter phone! So how did
K9MCE do in the QSO party? Hereís the stats: K9MCE/WX9DX
contacted 37 states and 3 Canadian provinces. We worked 79
of Illinois 102 counties!
WX9DX made 366 Qs and K9MCE made 240 Qs. Out of the 240
Qs, 74 were CW and RTTY.
All said and done the club racked up 65,118 points and
our logs will be submitted to the Western Illinois ARC. Well
done K9MCE ops!
K9MCE was fortunate to use the farm that borders
Macoupin, Jersey and Greene county lines. Jim knew the owner
and asked her permission over the summer and once again
about a month before the QSO party if it was still okay that
we spend Sunday afternoon on her property. She was fine with
the proposal. About a week before the actual QSO party, we
made a trip out to the farm to check out antenna placement
and we found that the owner had passed away four days
earlier from old age. She was 95 years old. Fortunately for
us, she had told her family about us setting up for the QSO
party and they kindly allowed us to still use her farm. In
fact they came by during the event and marveled at our
ability to make distant contacts. They thought that ham
radio was a thing of the past.
Middle School Com-Tech Club Update
NorthMac Middle Schoolís Com-Tech club is supported by the Macoupin
County ARC. Itís been over twenty years since a Technician class was
offered by the club, but that all changed in October when nine
students undertook a five week Technician Class license course
offered by Debbie, KC9ULA and Ron, KO0Z.
On Saturday, November 1, the ARRL VE team of Bill, W9FJ, Bill,
KJ9Y, Lou, KC9YFU and Ron, KO0Z administered FCC Element 2 to seven
These students gave up five Saturdays from 9:00 am to Noon to
learn more about Amateur Radio. As time progressed two students
dropped out, but seven stayed the course. Element 2 can be a
challenge as these seven young men found out. One passed his exam
and Jake is now a Tech! Debbie and Ron will continue to work with In
addition, many of them participated in the School Club Roundup which
was held the third week of October. NorthMac Middle School operated
on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon on 20 meters. The school club
made 31 contacts with 18 states, 1 Canadian province, 6 school clubs
and three university club stations for a claimed score of 1, 984
points! This will be the score to beat in the February School Club