Updated May 7, 2016


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     You don't need to be an astronaut to head into space. Just ask George Hinkle, WI9I, who has been experimenting with amateur satellite communications for the past several years.
     Hinkle will be filling you in on all you need to know about the subject and then some, when he speaks to the Sangamon Valley Radio Club on Thursday, June 2 at 7 p.m. The meeting, open to all licensed amateur radio operators and those interested in the hobby, begins at 7 p.m. at the Club's headquarters, the American Red Cross Building, 1045 Outer Park Drive, Springfield.
      Hinkle's talk will be accompanied by a Powerpoint that covers the history of satellite communications and well as the technical aspects of this spectrum of the hobby of amateur radio, including the equipment you need and the expertise you will be able to develop over the course of pursing it. If weather conditions allow, Hinkle will take club members outdoors to see his mobile satellite operation in action.
                                            Field Day Gets A New Look
      The June meeting will also provide one more opportunity to sign-up for 2016 Field Day pins and participation. This year's event is expected to be the largest in Club history, with Saturday, June 25 being promoted publicly as Field Day/Family Day. In addition to the public being invited to watch amateur radio operators participate in the national Field Day contest, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be junior weather observation classes for youths and teens taught by retired WAND-TV meteorologist Lee Davis, W9IDS;  a "Maker Faire" featuring working displays of 3-D printing and related equipment from the Springfield Makers, whose membership draws heavily from the amateur radio community; electronics projects for youths; and a GOTA (Get on the Air) site to give youngsters and adults an opportunity to experience talking on the air. In addition, there will be indoor displays from Ameren and the National Weather Service.
     The contest portion will run from 11 a.m. Saturday through 1 p.m. Sunday, all at the Riverton Middle School in Riverton. On Saturday, members of the Riverton High School cheerleading squad will be selling soft drinks and snacks from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m in the Middle School cafeteria. The traditional Field Day Pot Luck dinner, open to those participating in Field Day and their families, will take place at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria.
                                               SVRC At County Fair
      SVRC will also be participating in ARRL's national Youth Day on Saturday, June 18 at the Sangamon County Fair in New Berlin. The Club's display, put together by board member Sharon Robson, KC9UJB,  will provide youths with an opportunity to get-on-the air and be awarded an ARRL Kids Day Certificate of Participation.
                                      Club Picnic at Clayville
     Ham radio operators from around the area are being invited to attend the Club's annual summer family picnic that this year will be held in mid July on the grounds of the historic Clayville restored village near Pleasant Plains. Details will be posted on the website an elsewhere as the date draws closer, but we look forward to this oportunity to meet and exchange hobby information with our counterparts from across Central Illinois.

Updated May 7, 2016

Satellite Communications, Kids Day,
Field Day With a Twist, July Picnic Set