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May is "Parade Month"
The York Radio Club is looking for radio operators to assist with the upcoming Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade. We would like to have at least 12 volunteers for this event. You need not be a club member to participate and the only requirement is a well charged 70cm capable HT transceiver.
The Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade starts at 9:30 am on Monday May 27th and we are looking for volunteers to help with this event between the hours of 7:30 am and 12:00 pm. If you are able to assist with this event, please contact Tom W9WOX our club president or submit your information via this sign-up form.
We would also like to express our thanks to those that attended and assisted with the Lombard Lilac Day Parade on Sunday May 19th and especially Al WA9APL for coordinating and directing the communication efforts. It was a great day to be involved in radio.
Swap And Shop
Al (WA9APL) has for sale a Hammarlund HQ 170A general communications receiver. Recently recapped & tuned, with external speaker, this unit is in excellent + condition. He's asking $325.00; click HEREfor a good picture of the unit.
DX Code of Conduct
If you use the HF bands at all, you probably know that the rules of common courtesy occasionally take a beating there. Thanks to Gehl, KB9DVC, for reminding us of the DX Code of Conduct website . This site is the result of a world-wide effort to get all hams to operate in a manner consistent with the highest levels of proficiency, with proper consideration for others using the amateur radio bands. The need for this effort was first brought into focus by an article in the March 2010 issue of QST; perhaps you read it.
At any rate, it makes interesting and thought-provoking reading and the site is worth a visit; after this article expires you will still find the link in our "Links" section in the menu at left.
What Do Amateur Radio Operators Do?
Ham radio operators use two-way radio stations from their homes, cars, boats and outdoors to make hundreds of friends around town and around the world. They communicate with each other using voice, computers, and Morse code. Some hams bounce their signals off the upper regions of the atmosphere, so they can talk with hams on the other side of the world. Other hams use satellites. Many use hand-held radios that fit in their pockets.
Hams exchange pictures of each other using television. Some also like to work on electronic circuits, building their own radios and antennas. A few pioneers in Amateur Radio have even contributed to advances in technology that we all enjoy today. There are even ham-astronauts who take radios with them on space shuttle missions and thrill thousands of hams on earth with a call from space!
Using even the simplest of radio setups and antennas, amateurs communicate with each other for fun, during emergencies, and even in contests. They handle messages for police and other public service organizations during all kinds of emergencies including hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and floods, motorist accidents, fires and chemical spills, and search and rescues. They help organize parades and other local events... the list goes on and on.
The above was adapted from "Hello Radio " on the ARRL web site. Give them a visit... there's lots of interesting stuff there.
Executive Board — THURSDAY, June 6
The Executive Board will meet at 7:30 PM, atElmhurst Fire Station #1, in the basement conference room. All Executive Board members are requested to attend; any interested club member may attend. Click the "Maps" link in the top menus for a map to the meeting place.
Note that all Board meetings for the rest of the year will be on the first Thursday of the month.
Regular Meeting — Friday, May 17
Join us at 8 PM in the upstairs meeting room at the Community Bank of Elmhurst, 330 W Butterfield Rd. Click the "Maps" link in the top menus for a map to the meeting place.
Program topic: DuPage ARES presentation by guest speaker Mike Shulz W9MJS.
As usual, we will be holding VE testing for all amateur radio license elements at 7PM in the same location. For more information call Mark (708) 562-6027 or email him (kb9tvd [at] arrl [dot] net)
Net Control Assigments
This is a temporary Net Control Assignment schedule pending the formal update of the Weekly Nets section of this site: