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Technician Class Now Being Offered
On Saturday, August 27 from 9 am to noon, one student showed up at the Carlinville Area Hospital Medical Office Building to take the Technician Class License class being offered. Originally, four to six nurses were interested because Carlinville Area Hospital is planning to add a ham radio station as part of its emergency preparedness plan. Unfortunately, there were some scheduling conflicts. The course is open to the public and it is NOT too late to register for the course which will meet on September 3, 10, 17, 24 and October 1,8,15, 22 and 29. There is no charge for the class, but students are encouraged to purchase the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 3rd edition. To register contact Dawn Knotts, KC9MWN at 217-8543141 or Ron Ochu, KO0Z at 217-481-5821

Skip, WS9V ARRL QSL Card Checker

Its now official. Skip Riba, WS9V is an ARRL QSL Card Checker! So what does that mean for area amateurs? Before ARRL Director W9XA appointed WS9V,ham radio operators wishing to get their QSL cards checked and counted for various ARRL Awards such as WAS (Worked All States), WAC (Worked All Continents), DXCC (DX Century Club), VUCC, VHF UHF Century Club as well as some CQ awards had to travel either to St. Louis or to Quincy to have their QSL cards checked, verified towards an applicable award. The other option was to mail the QSL cards to ARRL HQ in Connecticut or to use LoTW, Logbook of The World. The benefit of having a local card checker is saving time and expense of QSL card checking. Skip will make himself available at area hamfests and to anyone needing cards checked. There is no cost to have QSL cards checked; however, there are administrative award costs through the ARRL. Skip will be more than happy to walk you through any questions that might arise associated with any available ARRL awards. WS9V has 160 meter endorsement, which means hell be able to check any cards applicable to 160 meter award endorsements. The West Central Illinois Hamfest planning committee will now be able to offer QSL card checking at next years hamfest! Skip contact info: WS9V@ROYELL.NET

Beaver Dam Communication Event November 5th

Last November, K9MCE club members participated in the first Beaver Dam Dash cross country event. Dash organizers have asked our club if wed be interested in providing communications for the dash again this year. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 5 at Beaver Dam State Park. Last year the event started around 8 am and was finished by noon. Lets bring this up as a club agenda item at the meeting to gauge club interest in providing for this worthwhile event and to provide a community service.


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