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Ham Testing

Two Hams Passed their Test on April 1st! That's No Joke

Prior to the April 1 MAC meeting, VE Coordinator AB9OP conducting a test session and both candidates passed their exams!
Contact Marc by emailing him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve a testing spot at our next meeting or prior to the next CFMC meeting. You must make the arrangement in advance.

If you are ready to test for your amateur radio license, whether it be your first test (Tech) or testing up to General or Extra, you can test with CFMC or MAC  clubs.
You CAN become a licensed ham. Contact Henry at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more info.
Tests are administered by the local VE coordinator Marc, AB9OP. He can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 12:02

System Fusion Repeater Installed

MAC System Fusion Repeater Installed

The METRO AMATEUR RADIO CLUB REPEATER on 147.315/147.915 has been upgraded to a new repeater, the Yaesu DR-1, supporting legacy analog FM and supports the System Fusion digital mode – a specific implementation of C4FM FDMA.

Thanks to Bob K0KVK, Lyam N9LVG, Arne W9FO and Vern K9VRG for installing and programming the new repeater in April.

Yaesu has chosen MAC and CFMC radio clubs to be part of a beta test program.  Yaesu sent us the radios. All we have to do is use them!
The new technology these repeater use is known as “mixed-mode”.  Essentially, it means “analog in = analog out -- digital in = digital out”.  Digital signals sound something like the tones from dial-up modems that we used to access the Internet, in by-gone days. 
The repeater upgrade is part of a unique opportunity to be a part of the field trials of an emerging technology, we encourage as much repeater use as possible – both analog and digital.  Your feedback is important.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 19:19

Field Day 2014

Thanks for Joining us for Field Day 2014
Once again, this year was a huge success due to all the help and participation of all our friends and club members.
We would especially like to thank the Lincolnwood Fire Department and Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation Department.

Lincolnwood Mayor Gerald Turry (left) made a few contacts on the air with assistance from Jerry KC9POL 

Our club, with call sign W9LYA scored over 1000 points and was on the air for the entire 24 hour event.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 10:28

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The MAC Radio Club enjoyed an on air participation in the International
Lighthouse Event at the Columbia Yacht Club.

We operated out of the radio room and The B
ridge on the yacht club's ship ABEGWEIT.
Special THANKS goes out to Tom W9LT

Henry K9KDE, Will AC9IT, Jerry K9RCL and Lyam N9LVG on the Bridge.