YRC and the 2014 Chicago Marathon

Once again the members of the York Radio Club assisted with the running of the 2014  Chicago Marathon.  There were over 40,000 runners and thousands of volunteers dealing with a multitude of tasks.  Our responsibility was to support the medical staff within Aid Station #20 located at 18th Street and Michigan Avenue. Amateur radio continues to play an important role in this world-class sporting event.

AS20 is the final “numbered” aid station along the course positioned one mile from the finish line.  Runners are generally exhausted from the duration of the race at this point but fiercely committed to finishing despite the complaints from their bodies. The medial team is here to ensure the safety and well being of the participants.

There were over 100 ham operators helping with the event in numerous roles. Aid Station 20 was operated by the following volunteers:

Kate KC9IQF
Neil KB9VMR
Geoff KA9QGH
Nick KC9WPR
Steve N9ZE

Station setup starts early in the morning well before 5:00am. The various nets typically shut down around 3:30pm which makes for a long day of operating. Good planning and preparation is vital in making this work. Thank you to everyone that helped make this day a success.

More photos will be added to the gallery.

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Listen to the ham world on your Mac or PC

Ever heard of WebSDR  ???  It’s slang for an Internet accessible amateur listening post – spread all around the world.

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Each WebSDR and it’s web page allow you to set up and control ham receivers which command software defined radio stations. You are a visitor who can control and enjoy listening as though you were there.

Click on the waterfall and slide the tuning indicator to where you see a signal/station. Choose your mode, band and listen away. That simple – Works fine on a Chrome browser as well as Firefox.  With or without Java – The support for HTML5 is outstanding.

This connection of ham SDR stations with web access have been experimenting and refining their applications for years and today they offer ease of use with tremendous listening experiences.
You can quickly transport your self to

VE1BWV – a WebSDR station in
Oromocto, New Brunswick, Canada
http://radman.no-ip.com:8901/

or

Nantwich Secret Nuclear Bunker, England
http://hackgreensdr.org:8901/

or the mother lode of WebSDR stations
http://websdr.org/

Serving The Interests Of Amateur Radio in the Elmhurst area