Amateur Extra Class - March 7 thru May 9, 2015 - by Mike, K9FE
The FRRL announces a new Amateur Extra license upgrade class beginning
March 7, 2015. See the Education page for details and a flyer.
Weather Spotter Links:
In the February meeting it was noted that Weather Spotter Schedules are out.
Links to area spotter schedules and the Tom Skilling Seminar at Fermilab are at the right.
NWS Severe Weather Spotter Talk Schedule: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/?n=spotter_talks
DuPage County Advanced Severe Weather Seminar: http://www.dupageco.org/weatherseminar/
Tom Skilling Storm Seminar - Fermilab: http://www.fnal.gov/pub/visiting/tom-skilling-storm-seminar.html
Congratulations to Mike Urso, K9FE. This year's Ham of the Year.
Photo by Chris, KC9BKS
The 2015 FRRL winter banquet presented awards to those who volunteered their service to the club in 2014, presented the 2015 officers and board, and presented the FRRL HAM of the year.
Pictured above, this year the HAM of the year was awarded to Mike Urso, K9FE (left). Presented by the FRRL Club President Dawn Williams, KC9LQS (right).
See more pictures from this year's banquet on the 2015 Banquet page.
December FRRL Meeting
Our busy December meeting included making donations for the food drive, sharing treats, winning prizes and electing our 2015 officers.
Above photos by Mike, K9FE
Above photos by Chris, KC9BKS
FRRL Annual Food Drive - Tuesday Dec. 9, 2014
For the past 10 years, the club has collected items during our December meeting to benefit Hesed House. We will do so again this year. If you'd like to contribute, please bring your non-perishable food donations (as well as personal care and paper products) to the meeting next week. Mike Urso will collect donations in the parking lot and deliver them to Hesed House.
Cash donations are are also welcome. Thanks in advance for your generosity.
FRRL Winter Banquet - Saturday Jan 24, 2015
2014 General Class - Location Change
The Free General class has moved to a new location. See details on the Education page.
FRRL's Ham Radio Demonstration at Area Farmer Markets
Photo by Dawn, KC9LQS
Dan, W9YKK and Harry, K9DXA volunteered their time last month to be part of the club's new Outreach effort. Pictured in the portable station they set up at the market Dan and Harry went prepared to demonstrate HF operation, talk to visitors about amateur radio, and distribute information about FRRL and the resources we offer. The St. Charles and Batavia markets were a test run to see if the farmers markets would be a good venue for getting information about FRRL and amateur radio to the public. Those who participated in these efforts agree that the club would benefit from continuing this activities next year.
Thanks to Dan and Harry, as well as to Kermit W9XA and Jeff N9JZN, for contributing their time and knowledge to this pilot program.
The 2014 General Classes are scheduled for Oct. 25 - Dec. 20. Please join them for all or as many classes as you can. Info is available on our Education page.
- Info supplied by Mike, K9FE
2014 Technician Class
The 2014 Technician Classes are scheduled for Sept. 6 - Oct. 18. Please join them for all or as many classes as you can.
- Info supplied by Mike, K9FE
Fundraiser for FRRL Member Jim N9XP
Most of you have heard about the house fire that rendered the home of Jim N9XP and his family uninhabitable. FRRL is collecting funds to help the family get through this tragedy.
If you are inclined to help, you can send a donation via the club. Be sure your check specifies that the this is a donation to the N9XP fund. We will collect all donations made and forward them to Jim as they accrue, and we'll keep you posted on the total amount raised. Send your check (made out to FRRL and marked as a donation to the N9XP fund) to P.O. Box 673, Batavia IL 60510.
Thanks in advance for your generosity. Your support is really needed, and will do much to help the Nevitt family through this difficult time.
FRRL Featured on local TV station WSPY
FRRL President Dawn Williams, KC9LQS, is interviewed on the local TV station WSPY. Their program "Fox Valley Today" featured her discussion of Ham Radio and the Fox River Radio League's 90th year celebration.
(This is a delayed entry. The program originally aired on 7/8/14 )
Working with me were Kermit W9XA, Jeff N9JZN, Dan WA9YKK and Jim N9XP. Kermit was kind enough to bring his mobile shack. Jeff N9JZN and I brought a screen tent with a simple HF station that operated W9O and provided demonstrations to visitors. We talked to several potential new hams and other visitors who found our display quite interesting. The morning was fun, gratifying, and definitely worth the effort.
These photos include one of Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke with me when he stopped to visit our booth; Kermit, Jeff and Dan operating during the morning; a shot of the tent in full swing, with several visitors in attendance.
- Dawn, KC9LQS
Above photos by Chris, KC9BKS
Today's Hamfest also marked the opening day of our special event station W9O operating at the Hamfest. It will be operating for the next two weeks.
Pictured at the top center are David, KD9BRU and Eric, KA7YHA operating the W9O HF station. The Communications van provided the 2M & 6M SSB station thanks to Kermit W9XA, Tobi KC9TCD, Tom WB9CHY and others.
Celebrate with us July 13 - July 27, 2014
Please check out the article on the right. If you're a club member, sign up to operate.
Members and non-members please watch our operating schedule and contact us. We will be offering a commemorative QSL card for those who make a contact with us then send in a request.
...and sign up forms.
Thanks to all who made it out.
A special thanks to:
Our new Education co-chairs Debby WX9VOR and Mike K9FE
and to Tobi K9TCD who volunteered to fill the newly created Special Projects Manager position.
All of you -- members, volunteers, and officers -- make this club an amazing organization!
Appreciated for his work!
The March 2014 meeting for the FRRL was held at our new location in Batavia.
It seemed to be pretty much unanimous that we all like the new meeting place.
P.O. Box 673
Batavia, IL 60510
2013 HAM of the Year Announced!
Photo by Becky Illman, KB9UBU
Pictured above, this year the HAM of the year was awarded to Kermit Carlson, W9XA (left). Presented by the FRRL Club President Harry Jones, K9DXA (right).
See more photos from the 2014 banquet on the 2014 Banquet page.
Presentation of a Raspberry Pie
to the presenter of Raspberry Pi
Photo by Mike, K9FE
In that meeting Harry, K9DXA, presented Dick with a Raspberry Pie.