May Fun Night - Thursday, May 14 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 7:00 PM - Wayne, K9QO will be demonstrating/leading the building of a small audio module with filter. He will be building this from the board up - including designing, laying out and etching a PCB. If you're interested in participating along with Wayne, contact him - if interest is high enough might do a group buy of parts for the project. This project will continue for the next few fun nights.
May Business Meeting - Thursday, May 28 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 7:00 PM Click Here for Map
Field Day June 27 - Saturday, June 27 at Spitler Woods State Park, Mt. Zion, IL. We will once again run a "shortened" field day program on Saturday. Pot Luck to follow at about 5 PM. Bring dish to pass, table service and drink. Get there before noon to help and setup. Come out and operate or come out and watch others. ARRL Field Day page with rules, forms, etc.
Kits- Homebrew page has been recently revised!
Looking for some ham radio activity? Have you ever participated in any contests? Not all contesting is heavy duty competitive. Some is just basically for fun and to see how many contacts you can make - just fun! Here are a couple of links to contest calendars. Note that QSO parties tend to be pretty relaxed, laid back and fun - plus they build up your skills in operating. And you would be amazed at how well someone can hear you when they're in a contest -- Hi, hi! Highly recommended for newbies.
Check out the Special Event Schedule at the upper left for a listing of special event operations.
Discovery magazine article on some ideas on how to see the space station.
NASA's 'Spot The Station' alert service. This is really cool and referenced in the Discovery article above.
Space Weather's Satellite Flybys page - very neat resource. You can pick what objects to display, works by zipcode and they also have an app for most smartphones. It will also produce a printable page.
Heavens Above is the absolute best online resource for tracking any orbiting object. A lot of information but very configurable and quite comprehensive.
NASA Skywatch - I hesitantly list this one as it is a JAVA applet. JAVA has a lot of security implications right now and if you've implemented any of the recent protection solutions lately this one might not work. I would recommend the others before this one...
Awesome video of the ISS orbiting the earth during our night times. Check it out.
Awesome video tour of the inside of the ISS (Nov. 2012).
ISS Frequencies lists amateur radio frequencies and other frequencies.
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