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Rookie Round-Up

2013 SSB Rookie Roundup - April 21!- The SSB Rookie Roundup is just around the corner! This year's SSB 'RR will be on Sunday, April 21 from 1800 - 2359 UTC.
Any operator licensed any time during 2013, 2012 or 2011 qualifies as a Rookie. Work as many stations as you can in as many different states, Canadian provinces, Mexican districts as possible. DX stations can get in on the fun, too! If you were licensed prior to 2011, get on the air and work the Rookies, help a Rookie get on the air, or help your club members put together a team. Emering the Rookies and working them is important, too!  More info:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 11:07

CQ CQ Ham Radio in Hollywood

Last Man Standing Featured Ham Radio in Episode on FRIDAY in MARCH 15, 2013

In an episode that aired March 15, the hit ABC comedy Last Man Standing -- starring Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, KA0XTT -- prominently featured scenes with cast members using Amateur Radio.

According to Last Man Standing Producer John Amodeo, NN6JA, the episode called “The Fight” featured several of the regular cast members talking on the radios."This episode has the most significant use of Amateur Radio in a TV comedy since Herman Munster, W6XRL4, got his ham license.” Fans of 1960s television will remember the episode of The Munsters (originally aired January 21, 1965) when Herman, on his ham radio, overheard children using walkie-talkies who were pretending to be Martians.

“In addition to the original KA0XTT station in Mike Baxter’s work office, viewers got to see Mike’s ham shack in the basement of his home,” Amodeo explained. “A cast member also called in from a portable HF radio while hiking along the Amazon.” The ARRL provided many of the awards -- including 5 Band DXCC, 5 Band Worked All States, 5 Band Worked All Continents and VUCC -- that are on Mike Baxter’s home shack wall. The episode, which was filmed February 12, also featured Richard Karn. Fans of Allen’s former show Home Improvement will remember Karn as Al Borland.  Last Man Standing is produced by 20th Century Fox for the ABC Television Network and airs on Friday nights at 7 PM Central.

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 March 2013 14:23

Recap of February Meeting

At the February meeting John K9QVB spoke about being a QSL Manager for several stations including VP5K.
John will be traveling to the Caribbean Islands joining a ham exhibition soon.

Also, members had the opportunity to design their own QSL cards.

Here are some of the cards we created. They will be printed and delivered to members at the March meeting.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 15:57
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You can be a participant or listener to three different Nets on the Big MAC Repeater.

Sunday nights at 9:00pm:  The Metro Amateur Radio Club Net
Monday nights at 9:00pm:  The Windy City Chaverium Net
Wednesday nights at 9:00pm:  The MAC Hobby Net