Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 22:44:23 -0600 To: "ARES-Champaign County": ; From: Steve Hilberg Subject: ARES of Champaign County QST - February 2004 The February meeting of ARES of Champaign County was held Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at the Fire Service Institute. Here are important notes from that meeting and other news. ATTENDING N9XDC, N9GPA, N9DN, W9MOO, KC9DEQ, KC9AZX, AB9FJ, KB9KAI, KC9DSS BASIC EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS ARES AEC Deb Fligor, N9DN, presented an overview of basic emergency communications based on the curriculum of the EmComm I course offered by ARRL. This presentation will be part of our regular cycle of ARES training.Ê RED CROSS TRAINING The Illini Prairie Chapter of the Red Cross is offering training to heir members and ARES members are invited to participate. Remaining courses available are: Disaster Assessment March 6, 9:00 am - 12noon Shelter Operations April 10, 9:00 am-4:00 pm All classes will be held at the Illini Prairie Chapter Headquarters on Main St. in Urbana. Let me know if you are interested in attending either of these classes. MARCH MEETING Since spotter training is on March 9, there will be no regular March meeting on March 3. Instead, there will be a board meeting on that evening. STORM SPOTTER TRAINING Annual NWS storm spotter training will be on Tuesday, March 9, at 6:30 pm at the Carle Forum in Urbana. If you plan on storm spotting this year plan to attend this session. If you can't make it to the Champaign County session, you can attend in another county. The full schedule of spotter training can be found at the Lincoln NWS web site: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ilx/spotter.htm FEBRUARY-MARCH NET CONTROL STATIONS ARES net Tuesdays at 7:00 P.M. Let me know if you would like to take one of the open nights. Feb 17 AB9FJ Feb 24 N9GPA Mar 2 N9XDC Mar 9 No net - Storm Spotter training Mar 16 Mar 23 Mar 30 Apr 6 2M FM CHALLENGE After a two-year hiatus, the K9CU 2M FM Challenge is back. This is a local contest on 2m FM simplex. No cross-band or repeater QSO's are allowed, and it is a blast. You don't need a big radio to participate - a H-T will do the job. The next FM Challenge will be Tuesday, February 24, 2004 from 0200-0300 GMT. This translates to Monday evening, February 23, from 8p-9p Illinois time.Ê The complete rules and entry categories may be found at: http://www.qsl.net/k9cu/fmrules.html SYNTON ARC Synton is the amateur radio club of the University of Illinois and is open to any student, faculty, and staff member. If you are a member of the club you have access to the club station W9YH located 330D Everitt Lab. For more information on the club, check out their web page at http://www2.uiuc.edu/ro/w9yh/ NEXT MEETING The next monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, April 7, 2004 at the Fire Service Institute. The training topic for this meeting will be Basic Incident Command.
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