Notice The visuals for all Hamfesters’ presentations can be found here.
Fri06May20167:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL
We review the features of our Flex 5000A HF transceiver. It will be used in the trailer for Field Day operation. So if you come our for Field Day, you will be able to get some quality time with the radio. You will see how nice it works in contest conditions. Thanks to Don, K9KNZ for the use of the antenna; Granville, W9PNG for set up work; and Mike, N9NNL, for his help with the presentation.
Fri03Jun20167:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL
Jim, W9JPR, will review the plans for Field Day. This is always a entertaining and fun evening as we collectively reminis about past Field Day events. Be sure to join us at the June meeting.
He promises no rain at Field Day this year…..
Fri08Jul20166:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL
Hamfesters Celebrates Independence Day
We will have pizza from Beggars. Feel free to bring a side dish, cole slaw (put on ice), potatoes, veggies, or a yummy desert.
Fri09Sep20167:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL
Gregg, AB9MZ is going to review items and necessities that we should have in our "go-kit". This is a quickly assembled kit of radios, batteries, and other emergency gear you should have at home. He promises us NO Power Point slides.
Fri07Oct20167:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL
Steve Cooper will Enlighten Hamfesters with Music
Bandleader and Pop Historian Steve Cooper presents a video program of some of the funniest moments in music. Who can forget the great music and comedy of Spike Jones, Victor Borge and the "Hello Muddah" songs of Allan Sherman.
Sat08Oct201610 am - 3 pmHighland In Fire Dept, 2901 Highway Ave, Highland, In 46322
Note the date change
Highland IN Fire Dept has invited Hamfester’s Radio club to attend their Open House on October 8, 2016.
Hamfesters’ trailer will be there and we will set up our field day station. Everyone is welcome.
The open house is on October 8, 2016 at the Highland In Fire Dept, 2901 Highway Ave, Highland, Indiana 46322 (use the southbound Kennedy Ave exit off I80/94) Time: 11 am to 3 pm.
Sat15Oct2016Location: South Bridge Church, 1741 15500 S. 73rd Ave, Orland Park 60462
Hamfesters Radio Club will activate their W9AA station
in support of the Boy Scouts Jamboree On The Air (JOTA)
Saturday, October 15 Time: 10 am to 3 pm
South Bridge Church,
15500 S. 73rd Ave, Orland Park 60462
(Best access is off Wheeler Drive - two blocks west of Harlem Ave)
The operating site will be in the large open field behind the church.
All Hamfesters members are invited to stop by and see the station in operation.
We hope to be testing our new antenna so it is ready for field day next year.
The club's Flex 5000 will also be operating along with some VHF gear.
Sat22Oct2016Chicago, IL 60617
Select members of Hamfester's Radio club has been invited to operate at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for their 77th Anniversary. You must contact Mike Vannier, N9NNL, to get a pass to access the site.
We will be operating as a special event station using the call sign W9C. Look for W9C from your home station on Saturday!
Hamfesters Special Event at Coast Guard - October 22
Fri04Nov20167:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL
November Meeting The sunspot numbers are falling (the dreaded Solar Minimum) and High Frequency propagation is getting worse. This means we may need to resort to some interesting tricks to increase the odds of making a meaningful QSO. Come to the November meeting and find some tricks to improve your HF communications.
Gregg, AM9MZ, will discuss the reverse beacon network (RBN), WSPRNet, CHIRP, near-real-time critical frequency maps, and other tools that have become available to us. I will also share tips and tricks that I have collected over the past few year or so that can further help us in getting the most out of the solar and atmospheric conditions until we achieve better conditions for long distance communications.
Sat12Nov20164:30 pmTraverso's Restaurant; 15601 S. Harlem, Orland Park, IL.
Any Hamfester member who has participated in helping with our Hamfest is invited to a planning meeting. If you have any ideas on what will be good and interesting for our hamfest, please attend. We need input and fresh ideas.
Fri02Dec20166:30 pmPapa Joe's; 14459 S. LaGrange, Orland Park
Hamfesters is pleased to announce our Christmas Party. We will start with a cash bar before dinner. That will be followed by a banquet style dinner with plenty of great food and fellowship. You must have a ticket to attend the party (see order box below).
In addition we will have some great door prizes!
Date: December 2nd - doors open at 6:30 - dinner served at 7:30
Location: Papa Joe's 14459 S. LaGrange See MAP
Get your tickets at the October or November meeting from Jim, KB9CYL, or online $25 each person. Tickets ordered online will be held as "Will Call" at the door by Jim. If you wish to use a credit card and not PayPal, look around the order page for the option to use any credit card (look for the words: "Pay with debit or credit card" on lower right side of the PayPal page)
Order your tickets here
Annual Ham Cruise
Save these dates and plan to join us on a fun and relaxing cruise aboard the SS Badger: September 23 & 24
The SS Badger is registered Historic Landmark and the only coal fired ship in the US.
We have full permission to install antennas on the top deck and install our radio gear on the deck below. Imagine a ham station on the water with a perfect ground (a steel ship!) and no local noise (we are in the middle of Lake Michigan!) Enjoy a place where you will have no cell phone coverage – bring your radios and antennas or a good book.
Most of us take a round trip, but of course, you could ferry your car with you and continue your adventure in Michigan.
Adult round trip is $99. Stateroom w/overnight accommodations additional $75 (includes breakfast Sunday morning)
We board the steam ship Badger at 2pm CDT in Manitowok, Wisconsin and arrive in Ludington, Michigan four hours later at 7pm EDT.
The return trip departs at 9 am.
Call 800/841-4243 for reservations; ask for the “Ham Radio Cruise” special preferred pricing
There is plenty of free parking.
Thanks to Pete, K9OWQ for putting the trip together
Get your Hamfesters shirts
We have polo shirts ($35) and T-shirts ($25) – your choice.
Hamfesters logo is embroidered, not stamped.
(color is Navy blue – camera altered the color)
Thanks to Cindy, N9CAS, for making this happen.
Hamfester of the Year !
Congratulations to Jimmy Liston, N9HSH (sk)
Congratulations to Granville Phillips, W9PNG !