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Upcoming:

October Fun Night - Thursday October 9th, 6 PM -- Annual Chili Supper at Spitler Woods State Park, Mt. Zion, IL.  It will be in the big closed pavilion. Bring chili either to mix in the community pot or eat on your own. If you don't like chili (totally unthinkable right?) then you're more than welcome to bring something else. There will be a fire for the chili of course or hot dogs, whatever you would like to cook. Bring a dish/desert to past, and please bring your own table service, drinks, etc.

October Business Meeting - Thursday, October 23 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 7:00 PM Click Here for Map

General License Class - Saturday October 25th. Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 10:00 AM till approx. 4:00 PM. Only charge is for materials - $5. October 25th VE's will be there to test.

ISS Information:
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. 

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.


ARRL Centennial QSO Party (page on what it's all about)