Neil, mentions your ice cream visit.

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July/August 2013
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Upcoming CSRA Club Meeting

The August CSRA general meeting and social have been combined and will be held at the Hibachi Grill in Forest Park on Thursday August 15th. 
                    Place:      Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet
                                    7610 W Roosevelt Road
                                     Forest Park, IL
                                    6:30pm - 9:00pm

More details during the Monday night CSRA Information Net - 8:00pm on CFMC 146.76 Repeater.

CSRA Field Day Recap Ray Good AA9F

Once again our Field Day experience at Veteran’s Park in North Riverside was delightful. OK, perhaps Murphy was busy, but let’s just talk about the good stuff. Rain stayed away and Saturday was pleasant. About 240 contacts were made, covering 43 states, including Alaska, several Canadian provinces, and a US Virgin Island FD station. As in the past, the cw/digital station set up an inverted vee G5RV for 80-10. Every year we say this is too much effort, but it does work nice and looks just fine, especially with the American flag waving high over the field day site. As an experiment N9TM put up a 40 meter “NVIS” antenna (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave) for 40 meters. Basically a slightly shortened dipole maybe 15 feet up in the center, and close to the ground at the ends. Made 18 contacts in TN, NE, NC, MN, Toronto, VA, MO, Quebec, AL, OH, MI, PA and KS.  And the closer the station, the louder the signal.  So that did work well! After a couple of years of having no or less than perfect covering over the CW station, we used KC9QCM’s’ super nice pop up canopy. Good gear!

Meanwhile the SSB station set up in comfortable screen tent, and used a slinky dipole on 20 and 40. This worked surprising well considering the low height.

Both stations used paper logging to prevent computer crashes. Overall, propagation was better than last year: Solar flux was 130, but the K index (geomagnetic activity) was 3 to 4. Not real bad, but not totally quiet either. Contacts were made on all bands, 10 to 80. But 10 meters was pretty empty most times.

Good food was provided and enjoyed. Golden Arches cheeseburgers for Saturday lunch and Al’s Pizza for dinner.

We enjoyed having visitors stop by and chat. Some spent a lot of time with us, and have an interest in the club. Especially welcome was Neil, N9NL passing out ice cream bars as he does every year. And keeping up a family tradition Debbie Czajka, North Riverside Trustee stopped by for a look.

Big thanks to all who participated: Those who brought good stuff for club use, operators, food runners, set up, take down, clean up folks, and those who came out just to be part of this most popular of ham radio experiences.

W1AW Field Day Message

The sounds of amateur radio are as unique as the cacophony of noise one encounters walking through a forest. It is more that just the dotes and dashes of CW, the Donald Duck sounds of off centered SSB, or the strange mesmerizing tones of a new digital mode. The sounds of amateur radio include the shouts of joy when contacting a rare dx station or completing the sweep of all ARRL sections. They include the sound of the understanding “AHA” from amateurs developing their skills during one of the many training courses sponsored by numerous sources. It is the sound of amateurs tugging on ropes to raise antennas and the drone of the emergency generator. Even the laughter during the covered dish supper, the words of encouragement to the operators of the GOTA station, and the informative interchange with visitors, elected officials, and media types visiting your site. Join with the other sounds in the symphonic melody experienced every June since 1933. The sounds of Field Day have changed, yet in essence remaining the same. The 7A station with 60 participants at the state park plays its role, just as does a 2F EOC station and the 4D home station. Whether this is the first time you have experienced ARRL Field Day or the 58th, remember to stop for moment and listen to the sounds of our shared heritage and hobby. Who knows, even on what you think is a quiet frequency there could be a weak signal to be found using DSP enhancement and good filtering. Long live Field Day!

Welcome to Mike Mustard, N9VBR of St. Charles.
A former member of the club, we are happy to have you as a part of the CSRA group!
Thanks to Jeff DeFrancesco KB9IGG for your services as CSRA Sergeant-At-Arms. Jeff has regretfully stepped down from the post, but will continue to be an active member of the club. If youare interested in a cabinet position, please contact Frank Crescenzi K9KTU, CSRA President at his roster address or at a meeting.

Have You Paid Your Dues?

Ray Good AA9F reports that some members have yet to pay their 2013 dues. Please remit to Ray at a meeting or at the club address below. Our $10 dues are still one of the best values in ham radio and help keep your club operating. Thanks!
From ARRL Section News: A couple had their wedding rings engraved with a waveform of their own voices saying "I do."
ARCI Radio Fest This Weekend

The Antique Radio Club of Illinois is holding their annual Radiofest, this coming weekend, August 1-3 at the Willowbrook Holiday Inn on Route 83 and I-55. They sponsor seminars and displays on various topics related to restoration, historical presentations and helpful "how-tos" for Radiofest attendees.
More details here:

Working Greenland to Get Easier

The Daily DX reports that Bjørn, OZ5BD, and Mia, OZ5MD, have moved from Denmark to Greenland for at least 2 years and plan to be active on as many bands as possible starting sometime in mid-August. Bjørn is OX5M, while Mia is OX5T. They are setting up for operation on all bands 40 meters through 10 meters, SSB and CW. They also plan to operate on 6 meters, SSB, CW and JT65. QSL via OZØJ or LoTW. Also, OX3LX will be on the HF bands August 4-8. The operator will be Bo, OZ1DJJ — on the air from Kangerlussuag August 4-5 and from Aasiaat Island (NA-134) August 5-9. QSL via OZ1PIF. — The Daily DX

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