March Fun Night - TBD
April Fun Night - Annual XYL night - hold the date - time/place TBD...
October Fun Night - Annual Chili Supper, Oct. 12th, at the Spitler Wood's Closed Pavilion, 705 Spitler Park Drive, starts at 6:00 PM.
March Business Meeting - Thursday March 23rd at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 7:00 PM Click Here for Map
April Business Meeting - Thursday April 27th at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 7:00 PM
M.A.R.K. Hamfest - Saturday March 25th at the American Legion in Sullivan, IL, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Field Day 2017 - Saturday, June 24 at Spitler Woods State Park, Mt. Zion, IL. Mt. Zion pavilion, 705 Spitler Park Drive. 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 -- start at 10 AM. Come out and operate or come out and watch others. ARRL Field Day page with rules, forms, etc.
Sunday Evening NET Notes - Starting Feb. 19th the Sunday evening net will be on the other repeater - 443.800 and NOT on the 146.730 repeater. For the first two weeks the state link will be disconnected for the net - and after those two weeks it will be turned back on. Please make a note of this - it may or may not be a permanent change. The Sunday Evening NET will begin at 8:30PM as always.
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.
Band Conditions This is a new site that gives instant band conditions for the continental US.
Signal Identification Guide Very Cool signal identification site - more than just ham stuff but still very useful. Even has short clips of the 'sound' of digital signals.
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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