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WCRA's 51st Annual Mid-Winter Hamfest

The WCRA 2018 Hamfest (Click the Hamfest tab above) will take place January 21, 2018, 8AM to 1PM Kane County Fairgrounds Expo Center 525 S. Randall Road, St Charles, IL. WORKERS ARE NEEDED. Please contact Kelsey/KA9KDC or Mike/N0MO to volunteer.

February Meeting

Our next monthly meeting will be February 2, 2018 at 7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton. After a brief business meeting, Kermit Carlson from the ARRL will be our guest speaker. All are welcome whether a member or not. Members please bring your ANNUAL DUES.

Speaking of the RAB

The 145.31 and 444.473 machines are operating correctly. Plans are in the works to replace the existing 39 antenna with a more efficient one, as well as changing some internal cables and adding filters. The 220 machine is down indefinitely.

WCRA 2017 Christmas Party

WCRA is holding our annual Christmas Dinner and Party on December 3 at 3pm. The party is being held at

Barones Restaurant
475 Pennsylvania Ave
Glen Ellyn

This will be a full sitdown dinner. Members are asked to contribute $15.00 per adult and $6.00 per child to defray costs. Payment is due by November 15, 2017 (NO refunds). The menu will consist of pizza, salad, bread, Fettuccini Alfredo, Chicken Parmigiana and beverages. A dessert will be served. 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.