• Fri
    7:30 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.

    At our May meeting we introduce you to the Club's Flex 5000A HF transceiver

    Flex Excitement

  • Fri
    7:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL

    Field Day1 

    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…..

    HFD001 (60)   HFD001 (89)
      Field Day 2014 - W9AA
  • Fri
    6:30 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.

  • Fri
    7:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL

    Hamfest !   August 7, 2016

    Hamfest scene
    Kurt, WB9FMC will work on making final arrangements for the 2016 Hamfest

  • Sun
    8:00 amPeotone County Fairgrounds

    This page should redirect to the W9AA Hamfest website.

    Click here for if it does not redirect

  • Fri
    7:30 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.

  • Fri
    7:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL

    Next Meeting

    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.

  • Sat
    10 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.

    Planning the event in the pic below (Sept 9) was Don Pointer, (KC9EQQ), Don Scheidt (Logistics & Planning Chief), Mike Burdett (N9AFU), Jim Riley (W9JPR), and Granville Phillips (W9PNG).

  • Sat
    Location: 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

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    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.

    More information about JOTA

  • Sat
    Chicago, 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



  • Fri
    7:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL

    November Elections

    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.

  • Sat
    4:30 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.

  • Fri
    6:30 pmPapa Joe's; 14459 S. LaGrange, Orland Park

    Information for Hamfesters Radio Club Christmas Party


    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

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Hamfesters has a table at the Mini-Maker Faire – come visit us!

Need help operating at check points.

5K Walkathon  Sept. 23 at 5 pm   Location:   College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn, IL

 Contact Dave, N9KPD if you can help with radio coverage.  They are using 440 analog radios


NoticeResources and Links  The visuals for all Hamfesters’  presentations can be found 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)

Go to Orders Page

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Thanks to Cindy, N9CAS, for making this happen.

Hamfester of the Year !

Congratulations to Jimmy Liston, N9HSH (sk)

President’s Award! 

Congratulations to Granville Phillips, W9PNG !

New web page: the list of ham kits from June HamGab is now online with clickable links!