Craig Fugate KK4INZ
"Intro to AuxComm" has been approved and instructors trained. More info to follow.
August 17,2019 - CF (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Cycle for Life- start/finish Kuipers Family Farm in Maple Park, IL Assemble at 0530 for briefing and deployment. We are staffing the start/finish, rest stops, and SAG's (Support and Gear Vehicles.) Contact KF9IO @ comcast.net
September 21 (Saturday) Joint DuPage and Kane ARES "Potluck Eye-Ball QSO Party Picnic" at Fabyan Forest Preserve (West) in Geneva (Fabyan Pkway and Rte. 31) from 2 PM to sunste. Come and Enjoy the company.
I received this in an email from Wally Moran, who was the SAG coordinator for the Swedish Days Bike Ride on Sunday:
"Just wanted to officially thank the ARES Team for being part of the Swedish Days Ride event once again! Having their staff in the cars, and at Kaneland H.S. & Harter M.S. and Klatt Field is a big plus for the event. Their communication and weather support are additional reasons why the event is regarded so highly by the attendees. We got some extra exercise this year when sweeping the routes thanks to Jerry’s expanded sign offerings!
Dave & Debbie, please forward the club’s thanks to your team members if they are not on this distribution list. It's a long day and we appreciate all the work the day of and your prep work beforehand."
From my EC point of view, it really helps that we're working with a group that understands how to use ARES hams as communicators.
For my part, I want to add my personal thanks to you who volunteered to work this even on Field Day Sunday: Bob, who handled the critical and sometimes confusing incoming messages from distressed riders; Debby, as net control and weather watcher (thanks for coaxing Mother Nature into giving us a break from the thunderstorms); Kent and "first timer" Damini as back up net controls, loggers and liaisons; Chris and Mike for being our "lonesome tight ends" staffing the "watering hole" at Klatt Field, down in a valley in Plano; George and Gus for patiently staffing an uneventful rest stop at Harter Middle School (we LIKE uneventful!!!); Bargo (who also set up the SAG radios), Don and Laura for providing clear, accurate, and timely communications from the SAG vehicles.
Again this year, I marvel how effective the area coverage of a good amateur repeater system can be in providing comms for an event such as this one which requires coordination over a wide area. And again, I was impressed with the conciseness and clarity of our comms - something that comes with practice, and is good preparation for any true emergency. Emergency preparation and public service go hand-in-hand!
But most of all, I relish being able to work with and learn from a team of great hams who really know what they're doing! Thanks.
DuPage Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
"The FCC [Federal Communications Commission] established amateur radio as a voluntary, non-commercial, radio communications service. It allows licensed operators to improve their communications and technical skills, while providing the nation with a pool of trained radio operators and technicians who can provide essential communications during emergencies."
Team Meetings: 2nd Monday of Every Month, 7 pm
at DuPage Co. OHSEM, 418 County Farm Road
Our Repeaters and Nets
W9AUX 442.050, +5MHz Offset, PL 114.8 Fusion (Mixed mode)
W9AUX 146.655, -600 KHz Offset, PL 107.2 Fusion (Mixed mode)
Nets are held:
7 PM - 1st Tuesday of the Month - Voice FM on W9AUX UHF Rptr (442.050 +5MHz Offset, PL 114.8)
7 PM - 3rd Tuesday of each month on W9AUX VHF (146.655, -600KHz, PL 107.2) Digital nets alternate between MT63-2000L and EasyPal modes.
Illinois State HF SSB Voice net on 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at 4:30 PM local Illinois time, on 3,905 KHz LSB (alternate 7,230 KHz).
73, and BCNU
DuPage ARES, INC, c/o Scott Palluth, 513 Woodhill Dr., Carol Stream, IL 60188