It is with sadness we share the news that Nora Pointer’s, mother, passed away Friday, Jan 5, 2018. Both Don and Nora were with her in her final moments.


  • Fri
    06
    May
    2016
    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
    03
    Jun
    2016
    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…..

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      Field Day 2014 - W9AA
  • Fri
    08
    Jul
    2016
    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
    05
    Aug
    2016
    7:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL

    Hamfest !   August 7, 2016

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

  • Fri
    09
    Sep
    2016
    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
    07
    Oct
    2016
    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.

  • Fri
    04
    Nov
    2016
    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.

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    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.

  • Fri
    02
    Dec
    2016
    6:30 pmPapa Joe's; 14459 S. LaGrange, Orland Park

    Information for Hamfesters Radio Club Christmas Party

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    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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  • 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.

     

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    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.

      

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

     

    It is Halloween Time and the season of ghosts and other spooky things. To help Hamfesters members to cope with this we have Dale Kaczmarek of the Haunted American Tours. He has investigated ghosts, hauntings and poltergeist phenomena.

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

    Friday November 3rd, 2017. Hamfesters Amateur Radio club will host a Salute to Veterans and the Great American Songbook. Featuring Steve Cooper and several members of his Steve Cooper Orchestra performing live that evening starting promptly at 7:30pm. Also, John Russell who is the host of the radio show Midwest Ballroom heard on Saturday nights on WDCB 90.9FM will be there gathering interviews and capturing that evenings events for future broadcast on his show. Dancing is on the agenda too! So come on out for a wonderful evening with that special someone in your life. Admission is free. Arrive early as seating is limited and is first come first serve. Location will be at the Crestwood Civic Center at 14025 S. Kostner avenue in Crestwood, Illinois.

  • Fri
    01
    Dec
    2017
    6:00 pm14459 S. LaGrange, Orland Park, Il.
  • Fri
    22
    Dec
    2017
    Tue
    26
    Dec
    2017
    1:00 am

    Hamfesters Wishes You a Merry Christmas 

    and a Happy New Year

  • Fri
    05
    Jan
    2018
    7:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL

    How a noise canceller can help your HF station combat noise.

    Many of us live in suburban neighborhoods closely surrounded by a variety of RF noise makers that can ruin our reception of radio signals.  The sources of noise is too many to  list.   Whatever the source of the noise the hapless ham must try to combat the influx of the disruption.  Our video topic will be on a device that in many cases will eliminate the offending racket.

    We also will do a brief review of the Hamfesters web site and show you around.  There are some interesting "nooks and crannies" to be found.  This should be fun!

    Your presenters will be Granville, W9PNG and Brian, W9HLQ

     

  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018
    7:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL

    Loop Antennas

    Gregg, AB9MZ, presents a review of various loop antennas.  He discusses the types of loop antennas and why we might be interested in trying one.  Loop types are Direction Finding (DF), transmitting and receiving loops.

     

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018
    7:30 pmCrestwood Civic Center; 14025 S. Kostner Ave., Crestwood, IL

     

     

    March meeting -  White Elephant Sale?   Let Nora know if you think it is a good idea.


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


 

 

 

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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)

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Thanks to Cindy, N9CAS, for making this happen.


Hamfester of the Year !

Congratulations to Ed Broniarczyk, WA9EOL


 


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