• Fri
    06
    Jan
    2017
    7:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL

    Hamfesters will start the January meeting with a tribute to Jimmy, N9HSH, sk.

     

    nostalgia
    Nostalgia Night. We are going to share photos and stories of the early days of
    Hamfesters. We will have a random selection of videos, photos and "remember whens".

    If you have photos, souvenirs, or other artifacts you have saved from the old days regarding the Hamfesters Radio Club, let Don, KC9EQQ, or Jim, W9JPR know.

  • Fri
    03
    Feb
    2017
    7:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL

      

    Gregg, AB9MZ will review some of the many great software programs useful with ham radio operations.   This will include logging, satellite tracking, and radio operation.

  • Fri
    03
    Mar
    2017
    7:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL

    Hamfesters Annual White Elephant sale.   Bring your goodies to move along and take home some new stuff!  We all need new stuff.....right?

    Hamfesters  will review the details of this fall's SS Badger boat trip from Manitowoc, Wi, and Ludington, Mi.  We will install antennas and operate marine mobile on Lake Michigan.  Mark your calendars now for this event. Saturday Sept. 23- Sunday Sept. 24.   Adult round trip $99; Stateroom w/overnight stay $75 (includes breakfast onboard Sunday morning).  To  make your reservations call 800/841-4243 for a special "Ham Cruise" rate.  Depart Manitowoc, Wisc. at 2 pm sharp.  Crossing takes 4 hours.

  • Fri
    07
    Apr
    2017
    7:00 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL

      

    Hamfesters  own Dave Bukowski, N9KPD, presents a qualifying weather storm spotting class.  After attending you will earn a "trained spotter" certificate from the National Weather Service.  Plan now to attend this important life saving offering.   Arrive early as space is limited.


    So we know you are coming and can prepare your certificate in a timely manner follow
    this link to PRE-REGISTER.     Pre-register here

  • Fri
    05
    May
    2017
    7:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL

    Digital Mobile Radio is sweeping the amateur radio landscape.  There is a lot of excitement about this new mode of voice communication.  It is time to find out more about DMR.  Hamfesters will give you the details of what this new open technology mode is all about.

    We will answer the question why DMR is so compelling for hams to use and show us the basics of how DMR operates.  We are sure you will be impressed with the presentation and the capabilities of the DMR mode.  Patrick Brod, KB9ANL, will be introducing us to the wonderful world of DMR.

      

     

    Several of our Hamfesters Club members have DMR radios and can show their operation to you after the meeting.   DMR has been specifically designed to offer at least the same range as 12.5kHz channel analogue FM so a direct replacement or upgrade from analogue to DMR is a practical proposition.  The technology promises improved range, higher data rates, more efficient use of spectrum, and improved battery life.

  • Fri
    02
    Jun
    2017
    7:30 pm Crestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL

    Notice:  We will be taking orders for Field Day pins at the Friday meeting.  This is the last chance to order: $6.00 each.

    Jim, W9JPR, will present his annual review of past field day events and also plan for the 2017 Field Day event.  Jim has a great collection of photos from past years activity that will certainly entertain us all!   Field Day operation is your chance to get your hands dirty and get on the air.  There is nothing like HF operation where you can pick off one station after the other.  Improve  your operating skills or maybe try CW using someone else's call!  Also planned is a "no-rain" dance and ceremony.

      

  • Sat
    24
    Jun
    2017
    Sun
    25
    Jun
    2017
    8:00 amAltman Park, Worth, IL 115th and Beloit (two blocks west of Harlem)
    field day logo GOTO Get On The Air

     

    As Seen On Ham Nation! 4-22-2015

    Dates: June 24 and 25, 2017
    Set up time: 8 am at field day site
    Activity start time:     Operation begins at 1 pm
    Location: Maps of the area Altman Park, Worth, IL 115th and Beloit (two blocks west of Harlem) 
    Jim Riley, KC9CYL Field Day Chairman FD chairman

    George, N9VOK

    Working the GOTA station

     

    The main tent

    Welcome center and GOTA

    station

     
    A well fed team is a high scoring team  

    Go to Picture Gallery for more great photos of Field Days past.

  • Fri
    07
    Jul
    2017
    7:00 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL

    Hamfesters Salutes the Veterans and First Responders

    We will enjoy a fun club "picnic" following a presentation of the Colors by the Bridgeview VFW.   Thanks to Ron,  for arranging this significant show of respect to our country in observance of Independence Day.

    We will order in pizza for the main meal, but everyone is welcome to bring a side dish or desert to share.  Presentation of the colors is a 7 pm and food will be available at about 7:15 pm.

    If you bring food to share, be sure you have provision to keep it warm or chilled as appropriate.

  • Fri
    04
    Aug
    2017
    7:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL

    Hamfest Preparation

    Don,KC9EQQ, and Kurt, WB9FMC will review plans and work assignments for the hamfest.  Come and join us as we plan for our biggest event of the year the Hamfesters Hamfest Sunday August 6!

  • Sun
    06
    Aug
    2017
    6 am Flea 8am insideWill County Fairground

    HamfestHamfesters 83rd Annual Hamfest

    Sunday August 6, 2017

    Far South suburban Chicago's best hamfest.  Located in Will County off of I57, exit #327.  Computers - Electronics - Crafts.  Air conditioned indoor vendors and lots of room for free outdoor tail gating.

    This year we have three speakers.  See our hamfest pages for more information.
    https://hamfesters.org/hamfest/

    Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door.  Tickets are also available online.

     

  • Sat
    19
    Aug
    2017
    10am - 5pmUA Local 597 Pipefitters Training Center, 10850 W 187th St, Mokena, IL 60448

    Yes... Hamfester's will be there!
    http://chicagosouthland.makerfaire.com/

  • Mon
    21
    Aug
    2017
    10:00 amSouthern Illinois
    Solar Eclipse 2017 - The day the sun will disappear - August 21st, 2017
    "For a swath of the country from Portland, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, it will look like someone just turned off the sun in the middle of the day. Fourteen states across the US will experience about two minutes of darkness as the eclipse crosses from coast to coast between 10:15 a.m. Pacific Time in Oregon until about 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time in South Carolina. The real question is, have you figured out where you will be on August 21?
    Interesting links relating to ham radio and the eclipse
  • Fri
    08
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL

    Emergency Preparedness 

     

    Gregg, AB9MZ will offer suggestions and ideas for the well prepared amateur radio operator.  This includes making sure your home station can handle power outages and  severe weather.

    In addition, a go-kit (or jump-kit) is what you prepare, keep ready, and grab on the way out the door when responding to the call for emergency response duties. It may consist of a fisherman’s vest, a bag or satchel, or any kind of soft (but well made) “carry-on” luggage. It must contain all the stuff you will or may need for at least a 24 hour stay at your post.

  • Sat
    14
    Oct
    2017
    2901 Hwy Ave, Highland, IN 46322

    Everyone is invited to the Annual Highland Fire Department Open house celebrating Fire Prevention Week!

    Fire Prevention Week

    Fire Prevention Week


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


Need help operating at check points.

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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!