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Speaking of the RAB

We are now scheduled to have the work done on the 145.31 repeater on Friday, August 4th. The repeater will be down from 0800 - 1700 hrs.

August Picnic

There will be NO August meeting. The WCRA annual picnic will take place August 20 at 1pm. The location will be the same as last year, the West Shelter of the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve. Food and drinks will be provided. Members and their families are welcome. Please contact a board member to RSVP.

DuPage County ARES

DuPage ARES will be utilizing our 440 repeater on August 1 (voice net) & August 15 (digital net) for their Emcomm Nets. Both nets start at 7pm. We welcome Dupage ARES and hope to forge a close relationship with them.

Field Day 2017

This years Field Day is in the books, with well over 1000 contacts. Thanks to all who came out to setup, operate, log and tear down. WCRA operated as a 3A station plus satellite. Fun was had by all who attended. ...BREAKING NEWS... A group of WCRA members, operating as W9W, placed FOURTH overall in the outdoor category for WINTER Field Day! Congrats to Michael Wilson, Timothy T. Wheeler, Mark Spoo, Mark Decker, Carol Jongleux Schroeder, Kelsey Schroeder and Ken Kwasniewski on a great job!

WCRA 2016 Christmas Party

WCRA is holding our annual Christmas Dinner and Party on 3 December at 17:00L. The party is being held at

Arbors of Glen Ellyn Clubhouse
325 Ramblewood Dr
Glen Ellyn

This will be a full sitdown dinner. Members are asked to contribute $15.00 per person to defray costs. Also, guests are asked to bring a white elephant as a gift.

Please contact Ruth/KA9RZG by email at for details.

New Technician License Class

WCRA is holding a Technician License class on two consecutive Saturdays, 29 October and 5 November. See this PDF flyer for details.

Club Auction Coming in November

Don't forget the club's annual auction happening at the November meeting. Drag those boat anchors and whatever else you wish to part with to the meeting for auction disposal. The auction is open to all.

You must use this item tag sheet (PDF) to identify your items for the auction. Please have your tagged items at the auction table no later than 19:15L so that we can organize everything and still have time for a proper business meeting.

145.39 Repeater Update

The 39 machine has been moved and installed at its new home in Downers Grove at Highland and 31st St. In adherence to the Illinois Repeater Association's Selective Access Guidelines, the PL on this repeater has been changed to 107.2.

The antenna is about 880 feet above sea level. Power output at the antenna is about 13 watts. Mode selection is Auto In/Auto Out. Please realize that adjustments will need to be made to tune the system. Contact the RAB with any questions, comments or suggestions you may have.

WCRA would like to thank Bill/KD9AUP for his hard work in assembling the cabinet and corresponding hardware and electronics. Along with Bill, thanks to Ken/N9HQ, Tim/KC9YFI, Mike/N0MO, and Dale/NJ9E for installing the equipment at the new location and Mark/N9VDQ for securing the site.

Public Service Opportunity

WCRA has an opportunity to help support the 5K PANDAS Dash at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park on Sunday, September 25th. The time is yet to be determined. They need eight or more volunteers to help with the water station, start/finish area, race organizers, and a bicycle mobile to follow the race marshal.

Email Mike Wilson at if you are interested.

ARRL Field Day Was Glorious

Thanks to all that came out and volunteered their time and energy. Results will be posted as soon as they are compiled.

March Meeting -- Where Are Your Dues?

The March membership meeting is when we have to cough up the annual dues. If you have not already taken care of this then have your dues ready.

Our program is provided by Debby, WX9VOR, who will be giving us a virtual tour of the National Weather Service's ham radio station.