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How to get on the air from an apartment or HOA property

A recent conversation with a ham returning to the area led to the discussion of HF Radio and living in an apartment or an HOA (Home Owner Association).  These living situations can pose a challenge for amateur radio enthusiasts due to space limitations and rules. However, there are still several good antenna options available for HF operations some of this may be permanent and may be temporarily setup on a per use basis.  Products and manufacturers mentioned in this areticle are not recommendations, just easy to find examples of that type of antenna.

SVRC 2nd Saturday Open Hours

Date: 
Sat, 01/13/2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Sat, 02/10/2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Sat, 03/09/2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Sat, 04/13/2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Sat, 05/11/2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Sat, 06/08/2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Sat, 07/13/2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Sat, 08/10/2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Sat, 09/14/2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Sat, 10/12/2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Sat, 11/09/2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Sat, 12/14/2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Sat, 01/11/2025 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: 
4595 Laverna Road, Springfield, IL 62707
Description: 

The long awaited return of 2nd Saturday Open Hours 12pm-2-pm  We may stay longer if fun is being had. 

Where: 

Brother James Court Laundry Building
4595 Laverna Road, Springfield, IL 62707

Use the Springfield Developmental Center Entrance.

What: Get technical advice, operate;

IL QSO Party

Date: 
Sun, 10/22/2023 - 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
4595 Laverna Road, Springfield, IL 62707
Description: 

A Weekend Open Hours Event aligned with the Illinois QSO Party!

Brother James Court Laundry Building
4595 Laverna Road, Springfield, IL 62707
Use the Springfield Developmental Center Driveway, then look to your left.

Open Hours Outdoors on Labor Day

Date: 
Mon, 09/04/2023 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Location: 
2508 St James Rd Springfield, IL
Description: 

We will be at Brother James Court 2508 St James Rd Springfield, IL.  People start arriving around 9:30 A.M. and we are usually there until about 12pm.  The Open Hour Roundtable (net) starts at 10a every monday on the 443.000 Repeater.  We always have fun at open hours by socializing, discussing technical topics, and operating some HF mode.  If you have a radio or antenna you want to try in the field bring it out; when the weather is nice we have options for testing your gear and answering questions.

73 de KA9KQH

SVRC Monday Morning Open Hours

Date: 
Mon, 11/06/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 11/13/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 11/20/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 11/27/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 12/04/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 12/11/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 12/18/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 01/01/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 01/08/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 01/15/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 01/22/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 01/29/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 02/05/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 02/12/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 02/19/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 02/26/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 03/04/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 03/11/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 03/18/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 03/25/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 04/01/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 04/08/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 04/15/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 04/22/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 04/29/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 05/06/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 05/13/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 05/20/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 05/27/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 06/03/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 06/10/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 06/17/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 06/24/2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: 
4595 Laverna Road, Springfield, IL 62707
Description: 

Where: 

Franciscan Brothers Property (Old Laundry Building)
4595 Laverna Road, Springfield, IL 62707

Use the Springfield Developmental Center Entrance.

What: Get technical advice, operate;

Fight for Air Stair Climb

Date: 
Sun, 02/26/2023 - 7:30am to 1:00pm
Location: 
Wyndham Springfield City Centr
Description: 

The Sangamon Valley Radio Club is looking for communications volunteers in support of the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Stair Climb.

To volunteer contact: trustee at svrc.org. 

Where: Wyndham City Centre, 700 E Adams St, Springfield, IL

When: Feb 26, 2023 7:30AM to 1:00PM

What:  A UHF Handheld and a headset due to the high ambient noise.

Licensing Classess

Date: 
Mon, 02/21/2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mon, 02/28/2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mon, 03/07/2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mon, 03/14/2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mon, 03/21/2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mon, 03/28/2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mon, 04/04/2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mon, 04/11/2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Register for Location
Description: 

The Sangamon Valley Radio Club will be doing Technician Licensing classes on Monday Nights start 2/21/2022 from 6pm-8pm and running trhough 4/11/2022.

Register for classes at: https://svrc.org/license-class-sign.html


Dates & Times
Monday 2/21/2022 6pm-8pm

Monday 2/28/2022 6pm-8pm

Monday 3/7/2022 6pm-8pm

Monday 3/14/2022 6pm-8pm

Monday 3/21/2022 6pm-8pm

Monday 3/28/2022 6pm-8pm

Monday 4/4/2022 6pm-8pm

Open Hours at Brother James Court

Date: 
Mon, 11/21/2022 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 11/28/2022 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 12/05/2022 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 12/12/2022 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 12/19/2022 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 12/26/2022 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 01/02/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 01/09/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 01/16/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 01/23/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 01/30/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 02/06/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 02/13/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 02/20/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 02/27/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 03/06/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 03/13/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 03/20/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 03/27/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 04/03/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 04/10/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 04/17/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mon, 04/24/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: 
2508 St. James Rd Springfield, IL
Description: 

Where:  !! New Location For Winter !!

Brother James Court

2508 St. James Rd. Springfield, IL 62707

What: Get technical advice, operate;

Special Event Station K9Y

K9Y

Special Event Station K9Y: Celebrating the return of the 2021 IL State Fair

Operating from home locations, K9Y was on the air throughout the run of the 2021 Illinois State Fair, August 12-22, 2021. All amateur radio operator were welcome to participate from their own ham shack using their own radios.  Three operators took part in the event; J. Mitch Hopper – K9ZXO, Chuck Hopper – K9PLX, and Roger Whitaker – K9LJB. 

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