Family Picnic, Swap Meet
at Southern View Park

  Hams and their families from across Sangamon County and beyond will be gathering at Southern View Park on Sunday, August 2 at 1 p.m. for the Sangamon Valley Radio Club’s family picnic and swap meet.
   The free event will be held rain or shine under the roof of the park’s Martin Pavillion which has adjacent barbecue grills for those who prefer to do their own grilling and a playground area for the young set. (See map, below). The event will run into the evening and will include a drawing for door prizes. Talk in on the 146.685 WA9KRL repeater. Tone is 94.8 with a minus offset.

  “We’re hoping that amateur radio operators from the Springfield area and surrounding communities will make a day of it, bringing along their family members to relax and play while they talk shop and munch on lunch or Sunday dinner,” says SVRC president Roger Whitaker.
     “For several years, there was a non-affiliated winter breakfast at one of the local restaurants that drew hams from as far away as Quincy, Litchfield and points east, west, north, and south. We hope to recapture that spirit with an informal summer picnic that embraces our enthusiasm for ham radio and our fellow amateur radio operators.”
   Tables will be set aside where hams can display equipment that they’d like to swap. Other tables will be used for dining. Participants should bring their own sandwiches, snacks, desserts, and drinks. If you plan to grill, you will need to bring your own charcoal. Alcohol is not allowed in the park. Parking is a short distance from the Pavillion.
     Southern View Park is located on South 5th Street, a short distance south of the Southern View Village Office and two blocks west of I-55 off East St. Joseph Street.

SVRC marked its 66th year as an ARRL affiliated club in March 2015 with a dinner and, of course. a birthday cake!
BLOWN AWAY: For our April meeting, a panel of experts representing the National Weather Service, the American Red Cross, the Village of Sherman's Emergency Management Operations and Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), took a close look at the impact of the Washington, IL tornado and the role of amateur radio operators in major disasters.
INNOVATORS: Four hams who've taken their hobby in new directions, from creating a home-brew commnications van, broadcasting from mountain tops and in winter snows, to applying new technology to the hobby, drew the attention of fellow amateurs as panelists at the SVRC's May meeting.
FOR MEMBERS ONLY: SVRC members had a unique opportunity to tour the State's underground emergency center in July, one of several members-only special events planned for the months ahead.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2: HAM PICNIC AND SWAP MEET. 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Southern View Community Park's Martin Pavillion, South Fifth Street, Southern View. Pack your own lunch/dinner basket or bring food for the grill (plus charcoal), and non-alcoholic drinks. Door prizes, more. Southern View is an incorporated village on the southernedge of  the city of Springfield, easily accessible from I-55 and I-72. See story for talk-in frequency.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3: SNEAK PREVIEW: "FROM TELEGRAPH TO TELEVISION, THE AMAZING HISTORY OF COMMUNICATIONS IN SANGAMON COUNTY." Club members and guests will get a brief  "sneak preview" and a more technically oriented explanation of Sangamon County's rich communications history in advance of a general public presentation set for Tuesday, September 15 at the City of Springfield's Lincoln Library (Carnegie Room North) at 5:30 p.m., co-sponsored with the Sangamon County Historical Society. Both programs are free. The SRVC session will be held, as usual, at 7 p.m. at our headquarters at the American Red Cross Building, 1045 Outer Park Drive, Springfield. Refreshments. Everyone is welcome to attend both programs.

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FIELD DAY 2015 was a big success, drawing both the public and amateur radio operators from a wide area to the Riverton Middle School on June 27 &28. Mother Nature cooperated too, giving us one of the best weekends in months. Our new Field Day banner made its debut, too. See our Photo section for more photos and a look back at earlier Field Day activities.
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