SYNTOGRAM -- December 1998

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Hi Syntonians!

With the last week of classes coming up as I write, and final exams just around the corner, I suspect hobbies and ham radio are a long way away from the top of your priorities list. I thought the same thing until the other night when I took a half hour's time out, walked over to PH III and enjoyed a couple of 40-meter phone contacts before I went back to the books. Ironically, one of the QSOs was with a U of I alum, and we swapped a few campus stories. All in all, great therapy. And cheaper than coffee.

I was hoping to have a date and time tacked down for our Synton Holiday Party at Papa Del's before the newsletter went to press, but have not received much input on what works best for people's schedules. Please make sure I have your input, even if it's a blanket "won't make it -- too busy!" Know that the club doesn't object if you "eat and run" if you can't stay long or your schedule is too tight.

One of the happiest and saddest times for a president is to see a good member leave. This will be the case for Wayne, AA9DY, who has provided so much service for the club during his time here on campus. I know you'll join me on the happy side that Wayne and YL Michelle will be relocating to the Chicago 'burbs to take up duties with Motorola ... it's always nice to see a Synton member "make good". The sad side -- the loss of a very competent and efficient club treasurer and one who has done so much "behind the scenes" -- is a burden we will all feel as well. The bottom line for me is that I am very much in need of a public-spirited member who will step forward and serve as club treasurer. Feel free to contact me (a former treasurer himself!) should you be interested.

The holiday break is an unusual time as everyone's fall schedule does a rapid shift, and some things may get lost in the shuffle. A good way to stay in touch would be to check in with the local 2-meter net at 9 p.m. on Thursday nights. For those who have not had the pleasure, the net includes announcements of local ham-related events, and the national ham radio "Newsline" feature. Check-ins, particularly from Synton members, are especially welcome. Let 9 p.m. Thursday nights be your "constant" in the shifting sands of your schedule.

And finally, a word on safety ... this might be a good time to check on your mobile rig installation to be sure it's in good shape. As most of us will spend more time in our vehicles over the holidays, let's make sure equipment doesn't inadvertantly become a missle hazard should we be involved in a collision. Tighten up brackets and mounting hardware, make sure antenna and power supply wiring is clear of feet, knees and hands. Check those fuses and power supply insulation to be sure it's in good shape, too. And let's take a lesson from cellular phone users and avoid operation that takes our attention away from the road.

Have a happy holiday season, and be sure to arrive back safely in January. Keep track of the club email/newsgroup/web page for place and time for our holiday party.


Tim, KM4KS
Synton ARC President


Contesting -- "FB" and kudos to Tor, N4OGW, who operated W9YH during the SSB Sweepstakes Nov. 21-22. Tor logged 153 QSOs over 62 sections in 2-1/2 hours.

Handbook Sales -- The 1999 sales campaign winds up Friday, December 11th (the last day of classes). We'll start selling those brand-new 1999 books at the start of classes in January. Thanks to everyone who has helped with this effort.

Space Shuttle -- The space shuttle is airborne once again. Monitor retransmitted space shuttle traffic on 146.88 MHz (simplex). If you're out of range of the Champaign repeater, there is on-line audio here. Thanks to Mark, KA9SZX, and Andrew, KA9RZP, for keeping us up to date on shuttle retransmission.

New Ham Class -- Keep Debbie, N9DN, <> updated on your plans to help with the Synton-sponsored "new ham" class. We'll be announcing class dates in the near future.

W9YH Open House -- Open house at W9YH will also "beat the winter blahs" in January when we all come back to school. Feeling now is to get this one on track early, and use it as a good way to recruit students for our "New Ham Class".



Wayne, AA9DY, will have a 1999 wrap-up before he departs for his new employment.


Presdient: Tim Shy (KM4KS)
Vice President: -- Vacant --
Treasurer: Wayne Wagner (AA9DY)
Secretary: Debbie Fligor (N9DN)
Station Manager: Torsten Clay (N4OGW)
QSL Manager: Chris Bochna (N9RQW)
Public Service Manager: Mark Belding (N9GPA)
Engineering Council Representative: Tim Shy (KM4KS)
Advisor: Prof. Jim Coleman (KA6A)

Last modified: Tuesday, January 19 1999