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.

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.

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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