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September 2020 Activities

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Several Illinois agencies will be conducting a communications exercise. Illinois ARES has been encouraged to test communications on that date. We suggest ARDOP testing on HF (VARA when possible) during the day and participation (check in and informal traffic) on an exercise net on 3905 kHz during the hours of 1100 to 1400 CDT. Local activity is at DEC and EC discretion.

On Saturday/Sunday, September 26-27, 2020,  Illinois ARES will conduct a “Fall Field Day/SET” to test communications while having fun without amplifiers. We suggest ARDOP testing on HF (VARA when possible) during the day and participation (check in and informal traffic) on an exercise net on 3905 kHz during the hours of 1100 to 1400 CDT on both days. Local activity is at DEC and EC discretion – we suggest E911 outage drills, VHF simplex nets, and VHF Winlink message handling, W9RY (SM) will be listening for P2P ARDOP on 3571.5 kHz Center Frequency (3570 kHz Dial Frequency) and P2P Packet Winlink on 145.16 MHz ** 08:30 to 12:00 Sunday (look for a band opening or try IDEN relays).

** 145.160 Mhz is the correct frequency – it has been coordinated in So. Illinois

Stay Tuned – more to follow.

New HF Gateway – NC9IL

ATTENTION WINLINK EXPRESS HF OPERATORS

NC9IL is now an HF Gateway on 3592.5 kHz (CF) providing ARDOP and VARA service. Please use NC9IL and send performance reports to: K9LJB; WB9QPM; W9DSR (Winlink)

Important Illinois Traffic Net Announcement

Illinois Section Nets.

NCPN: 3.912 MHz at 7:00 am central
IPN: 3.857 MHz at 4:45 pm central
ISN: 3.905 MHz at 6:00 pm central

Yield the frequency for ANY Emergency nets and do not interfere.

Routine Traffic has been suspended till further notice from the Section Traffic Manager.

Nets will meet at assigned times and frequencies.

Emergency and Welfare traffic will be passed immediately.

Early check ins and IN/OUTs will not be counted.

Leave a few seconds between transmissions for weak stations that might
have E/W traffic to be heard.

Maintain a listening Watch on 7.268MHz/14.325MHz when possible.

Jim WB9QPM
ISN Manager
ARES District 9 DEC