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November 4, 2017 -

220 Good Guy General Meeting - held at Zion Lutheran Church, Lyons, IL

Coffee, notes, gavel,... hockey puck? Time for the meeting.

Coffee, notes, gavel,... hockey puck? Time for the meeting.

Director nominations were written down with care... with hopes that they would be fulfilled in the new year.

Director nominations were written down with care... with hopes that they would be fulfilled in the new year.

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Bob Jurgaitis - KA9CQE gave us a great presentation and demonstration on 220 MHz antennas.

Bob Jurgaitis - KA9CQE gave us a great presentation and demonstration on 220 MHz antennas.

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October 28, 2017 - Day in the Woods

Mini Field Day - Bemis Woods South

It was a very windy, and cold day if you didn't dress for it, but we finally got to see Dick's drone fly. Despite the weather, we had a pretty good-sized group. In attendance were: Kathy Cady (KC9ESY), Laura Plecki (KD9EID), Jim Zalumsky (WG9J), Bob Jurgaitis (KA9CQE), Dick Lieber (WA9NNN), George Zardecki (N9VTB), John Plecki (KD9BYW), Brian Rudnick (KD9EOL), Andy Bowe (AB9EW), Mel Marcus (NE9A) and Kelvin Jackson (W9BBQ).

A good ham never travels light.

A good ham never travels light.

George (N9VTB) measuring for the antenna placement.

George (N9VTB) measuring for the antenna placement.

George (N9VTB) 

George (N9VTB) 

Dick (WA9NNN) at the other end of the tape measure.

Dick (WA9NNN) at the other end of the tape measure.

Dick, Andy (AB9EW), and George in conference.

Dick, Andy (AB9EW), and George in conference.

Kathy (KC9ESY) and Laura (KD9EID) under the protection of the pavilion.  We think it was acting more as a wind tunnel.

Kathy (KC9ESY) and Laura (KD9EID) under the protection of the pavilion.  We think it was acting more as a wind tunnel.

Didja ever notice that quite a lot of ham pictures include photos of people looking up?

Didja ever notice that quite a lot of ham pictures include photos of people looking up?

Ahhh... that's what they're looking at.

Ahhh... that's what they're looking at.

Alien invasion?

Alien invasion?

George, Jim (WG9J), Dick and Andy

George, Jim (WG9J), Dick and Andy

John (KD9BYW)

John (KD9BYW)

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George, Jim, Dick, Andy, John and Brian (KD9EOL)

George, Jim, Dick, Andy, John and Brian (KD9EOL)

Andy, and a very happy, fearless leader, Kelvin (W9BBQ)

Andy, and a very happy, fearless leader, Kelvin (W9BBQ)

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Bob (KA9GQE)

Bob (KA9GQE)

Laura (KD9EID) - Two coats on, still cold.

Laura (KD9EID) - Two coats on, still cold.

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Kathy (KC9ESY) 

Kathy (KC9ESY) 

 

October 21, 2017 - Radio Fall Event (Portableradio.org)

Mini Field Day - Bemis Woods

We had a nice group come out on a beautiful Saturday and join us at Bemis Woods for another mini field day. Kelvin (W9BBQ), George (N9VTB), Bob (KA9GQE), Jim (WG9J), joined Dick (WA9NNN) at this fall operating event sponsored by the group, portableradio.org. Dick (WA9NNN) was giving demonstrations about drones. We were hoping to see his drone launch an antenna over the trees, however, Dick felt that it was a little too windy. Oh well, maybe next time! 

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Kelvin (W9BBQ) is radioactive!!

Kelvin (W9BBQ) is radioactive!!

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Kelvin (W9BBQ) - Dick (WA9NNN)

Kelvin (W9BBQ) - Dick (WA9NNN)

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George (N9VTB) - Dick (WA9NNN)

George (N9VTB) - Dick (WA9NNN)

"Antenna" Bob (KA9GQE)

"Antenna" Bob (KA9GQE)

Bob (KA9GQE) - Kelvin (W9BBQ) - Dick (WA9NNN)

Bob (KA9GQE) - Kelvin (W9BBQ) - Dick (WA9NNN)

Kelvin (W9BBQ)

Kelvin (W9BBQ)

Kelvin (W9BBQ) - Dick (WA9NNN)

Kelvin (W9BBQ) - Dick (WA9NNN)

 

October 8, 2017 - Mini Field Day - Bemis Woods

Another impromptu mini field day, this time at Bemis Wood, with Dick (WA9NNN), Rick (KA9THK), George (N9VTB), Tim (KD9CWY), and Tim’s twins, Archer and Hunter. Jim (W9JGH) joined in on his three-wheel motorcycle. Dick brought his new drone for some practice flying in anticipation of field day drone-based antenna launching. Thanks to Bob (KA9GQE) and George (N9VTB) for taking the photos.

Dick (WA9NNN) 

Dick (WA9NNN) 

Dick (WA9NNN) - George (N9VTB)

Dick (WA9NNN) - George (N9VTB)

Dick (WA9NNN) - Rick (KA9THK) - George (N9VTB)

Dick (WA9NNN) - Rick (KA9THK) - George (N9VTB)

Tim (KD9CWY)

Tim (KD9CWY)

Hunter and Archer. 

Hunter and Archer. 

 

September 16, 2017 -

220 Good Guys General Meeting - held at Zion Lutheran Church (our first General Meeting held outside of our regular meeting place) 

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Dick (WA9NNN) ran a great presentation on digital radio. 

Dick (WA9NNN) ran a great presentation on digital radio. 

 

A Day in the Woods -  Bemis Woods -- September 2, 2017

George (N9VTB) was out in the woods early to save our spot at Bemis Woods. He set up a great antenna.

George (N9VTB) was out in the woods early to save our spot at Bemis Woods. He set up a great antenna.

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Tim (KD9CWY), Mike (N9PLG) and George (N9VTB).

Tim (KD9CWY), Mike (N9PLG) and George (N9VTB).

It was a beautiful day, and the group was happy to be outside - Kathy (KC9ESY), Dick (WA9NNN), Kyle (Strango), and John (KD9BYW).

It was a beautiful day, and the group was happy to be outside - Kathy (KC9ESY), Dick (WA9NNN), Kyle (Strango), and John (KD9BYW).

John (KD9BYW) waxing nostalgic before radio time.

John (KD9BYW) waxing nostalgic before radio time.

George (N9VTB), the back of Orlando (KD9EVC), and Kathy (KC9ESY). 

George (N9VTB), the back of Orlando (KD9EVC), and Kathy (KC9ESY). 

Tim (KD9CWY) and his future hams, Archer and Hunter (in the background), and Dick (WA9NNN) and his digital set-up. 

Tim (KD9CWY) and his future hams, Archer and Hunter (in the background), and Dick (WA9NNN) and his digital set-up. 

Tim (KD9CWY) with his set-up, and his sons Archer and Hunter (the future "Super Hams") in the background.

Tim (KD9CWY) with his set-up, and his sons Archer and Hunter (the future "Super Hams") in the background.

Future "Super Hams", Hunter and Archer, discussing their strategies. Dad, Tim (KD9CWY) - so proud!

Future "Super Hams", Hunter and Archer, discussing their strategies. Dad, Tim (KD9CWY) - so proud!

Break time for Future Super Hams - Hunter and Archer !!

Break time for Future Super Hams - Hunter and Archer !!

Kyle (Strango) and John (KD9BYW) - hitting the waves.

Kyle (Strango) and John (KD9BYW) - hitting the waves.

Tim (KD9CWY), George (N9VTB), and future "Super Ham". George - imparting wisdom to the group.

Tim (KD9CWY), George (N9VTB), and future "Super Ham". George - imparting wisdom to the group.

Mike (N9PLG), Kyle (Strango), and John (KD9BYW).  BYW pointing out nature in the upper foundation of the outdoor structure. 

Mike (N9PLG), Kyle (Strango), and John (KD9BYW).  BYW pointing out nature in the upper foundation of the outdoor structure. 

 

A Day in the Woods -- Bemis Woods -- August 12, 2017

Another beautiful day in the woods. We set up in Bemis Park. George (KC9KU), Dick (WA9NNN), Frank Wilker, and Mel (NE9A).

Another beautiful day in the woods. We set up in Bemis Park. George (KC9KU), Dick (WA9NNN), Frank Wilker, and Mel (NE9A).

A very happy man, John (KD9BYW) and his station. Ready to make contacts.

A very happy man, John (KD9BYW) and his station. Ready to make contacts.

John.

John.

Frank Wilker, Dick, Mel, and George. A brain-storming session. 

Frank Wilker, Dick, Mel, and George. A brain-storming session. 

Tim (KD9CWY), Tim's twin boys - Archer and Hunter, and John (KD9BYW) - enjoying the day.

Tim (KD9CWY), Tim's twin boys - Archer and Hunter, and John (KD9BYW) - enjoying the day.

 

20 "Ham"mers in a Pontoon Boat (1st Annual Boat Outing) 

Shabbona Lake -- July 31, 2017 --

Afterwards, we all agreed that the fish all went home... but not with us.

Afterwards, we all agreed that the fish all went home... but not with us.

Wishing...

Wishing...

A beautiful lake, and a wonderful day.

A beautiful lake, and a wonderful day.

Patty (DSQ's wife), Steve (KB9DSQ), Alex (Patty and Steve's grandson), Gene Thompson, and Kelvin (W9BBQ). Ready to set sail on a 4-hour tour?

Patty (DSQ's wife), Steve (KB9DSQ), Alex (Patty and Steve's grandson), Gene Thompson, and Kelvin (W9BBQ). Ready to set sail on a 4-hour tour?

Patty and Steve.

Patty and Steve.

Patty.

Patty.

Alex - hoping to catch something big!

Alex - hoping to catch something big!

Gene Thompson.

Gene Thompson.

Skipper Steve.

Skipper Steve.

Steve.

Steve.

Alex.

Alex.

Steverino!

Steverino!

Our special guests - Stephanie (KA9WKD) and Hap (KC9RP) Holly.

Our special guests - Stephanie (KA9WKD) and Hap (KC9RP) Holly.

With a little instruction from Skipper Steve.

With a little instruction from Skipper Steve.

Hap is all set.

Hap is all set.

Hap is ready to cast off.

Hap is ready to cast off.

End of the day... what a great time!

End of the day... what a great time!

 

 

Jim Cady (KB9THM)'s Birthday Extravaganza Celebration! (June 21, 2017) --

A birthday celebration for Jim at Cafe 63 Restaurant (in Chicago). A great place to stop for breakfast or lunch. Attendees included Kelvin (W9BBQ), Mike (N9PLG), Mel (NE9A), John (KD9BYW), Laura (KD9EID), Jim (Man of the Hour - KB9THM), Kathy (KC9ESY), Frank, Joe (KD9EJX), Jim (WG9J), Brandy Plecki, and Steve (W9DSQ).

Jim - sporting his new call sign badge (a gift on behalf of the 220 MHz Guys ARC).

Jim - sporting his new call sign badge (a gift on behalf of the 220 MHz Guys ARC).

Kelvin, Mel, Kathy, John, Laura, Jim C., Mike, Jim Z. (When we take over a restaurant, we REALLY take over a restaurant. Hi Hi)

Kelvin, Mel, Kathy, John, Laura, Jim C., Mike, Jim Z. (When we take over a restaurant, we REALLY take over a restaurant. Hi Hi)

 

Cermak Woods Outing (June 10, 2017)

An outing to Cermak Woods (in Lyons, IL) for some radio fun. Attendees included George (KC9KU), Kelvin (W9BBQ), Dick (WA9NNN), and John (KD9BYW). 

No trouble here officers. They actually stopped to get information on amateur radio, and the club! 

No trouble here officers. They actually stopped to get information on amateur radio, and the club! 

Looks like Dick is ready for Field Day! (Who isn't by this time?)

Looks like Dick is ready for Field Day! (Who isn't by this time?)

George's rig. 

George's rig. 

 

Breakfast Meet & Greet (June 3, 2017)

Just a quick pic from a random meet & greet breakfast. (We have these every Saturday - feel free to come out and join us. You don't need to be a member to join us. Information about our Meet & Greet Breakfasts is under the tab "Club Events - Events".) 

This breakfast in particular, we finally got to meet newest member, Andy (KB9EW). Great to meet you Andy! Also in the picture are: Dave (WB9HWE), Kathy (KC9ESY), Kyle (Mike's grandson), Laura (KD9EID), Dick (WA9NNN), Jim (W9JGH), Andy (KB9EW), Kelvin (W9BBQ), Bill (WA9HIR), Jim (KB9THM), John (KD9BYW), and Mike (N9PLG). 

Dave, Kathy, Kyle, Laura, Dick, Jim, Andy, Kelvin, Bill, Jim, John and Mike. 

Dave, Kathy, Kyle, Laura, Dick, Jim, Andy, Kelvin, Bill, Jim, John and Mike. 

 

A Day in the Woods (Veteran's Park) - April 8, 2017

Dan (KD4AEN) and Kelvin (W9BBQ) enjoying the day.

Dan (KD4AEN) and Kelvin (W9BBQ) enjoying the day.

Vic Carter (K9WXV) and Steve.

Vic Carter (K9WXV) and Steve.

Steve and Vic.

Steve and Vic.

Mel (NE9A) and Joe (KD9EJX) - enjoying some soup. (Provided by Joe.)

Mel (NE9A) and Joe (KD9EJX) - enjoying some soup. (Provided by Joe.)

Kelvin (W9BBQ) working the bands.

Kelvin (W9BBQ) working the bands.

John (KD9BYW) and Pastor Carl's son. 

John (KD9BYW) and Pastor Carl's son. 

Pastor Carl (W9BTX).

Pastor Carl (W9BTX).

George (KC9KU) and John (KD9BYW). Looks like someone's up to no good.

George (KC9KU) and John (KD9BYW). Looks like someone's up to no good.

Dan (KD4AEN).

Dan (KD4AEN).

 

Vacation Gathering - Monticello, IN  - October 12, 2016

A small group followed John (KD9BYW) and Laura (KD9EID) while they were on vacation in Monticello, Indiana. We all met in Monon, Indiana at the Monon Connection Railway Museum and Whistle Stop Restaurant. A fun place to visit and tour, and the food is good too! (Great reuben burgers when they offer them.) We did some elbow bending (lunch), posed for a picture, and did a tour. In the picture are Laura (KD9EID), John (KD9BYW), Jim (WG9J), Joe (KD9EJX), and Mel (NE9A). 

Laura, John, Jim, Joe and Mel.

Laura, John, Jim, Joe and Mel.

Dam Fishing (August 2016)

We enjoy some dam fishing, and the great weather - when we can. Here are some pictures from a previous impromptu fishing outing at the Hofman Dam, located just behind P.J. Klems Restaurant in Lyons, IL. Come for the breakfast, stay for the fishing.

Included in the pictures our own very own Steve - KB9DSQ and his grandson Alex, John - KD9BYW, Brian - KD9EOL, and George - AC9KU.

John, Brian, and Steve.

John, Brian, and Steve.

From the left, John and Steve.

From the left, John and Steve.

Alex, John, and Brian.

Alex, John, and Brian.

Steve - hoping to catch dinner.

Steve - hoping to catch dinner.

John and Brian - hoping for a break.

John and Brian - hoping for a break.

Alex and his grandfather, Steve.

Alex and his grandfather, Steve.

George and John.

George and John.

Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park Picnic (August 2016)

A small gathering on a nice, late summer day. In attendance were Joe - KD9EJX, Brian - KD9EOL, Mel - NE9A, Laura - KD9EID, and John - KD9BYW. Great conversation, great group of hams, too much food (always!), and a great time had by all. We were joined later in the day by Pastor Carl, and his sons. 

Brian and John.

Brian and John.

Joe and Brian.

Joe and Brian.

Mel.

Mel.

Joe and John.

Joe and John.

Joe and John.

Joe and John.

John. (We never ever go hungry at an outing. Some might even say we bring too much food?)

John. (We never ever go hungry at an outing. Some might even say we bring too much food?)

Brian (facting away) and Joe.

Brian (facting away) and Joe.

Joe, Brian and John. (Laura taking pictures.)

Joe, Brian and John. (Laura taking pictures.)

Dam Fishing (May 2016)

Here are more pictures of another impromptu fishing outing at the Hofman Dam, located just behind P.J. Klems Restaurant in Lyons, IL. Included in the pictures our own very own Steve - KB9DSQ and his grandson Alex, John - KD9BYW, Laura - KD9EID (taking pictures), and their grandson Geo, and a member of the DNR (Department of Natural Resources). "Honest Officer - we didn't do anything wrong."

"You want to see our what?"

"You want to see our what?"

John.

John.

John and Steve.

John and Steve.

John, and grandson Geo.

John, and grandson Geo.

Steve, and grandson Alex.

Steve, and grandson Alex.

Alex, Steve and Geo.

Alex, Steve and Geo.

Geo reorganizing Grandpa's tackle box. 

Geo reorganizing Grandpa's tackle box. 

Geo.

Geo.

Alex and Geo. Fishing buddies.

Alex and Geo. Fishing buddies.