The Wheaton Community Radio Amateurs
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9:30 AM Build Your Own "Go Radio Kit"
10:30 AM Ham Radio & the Law: Getting It Up and Keeping It Up
11:30 AM D-STAR Overview & Update
Build Your Own "Go Radio Kit", 9:30 AM
Dale Kwarta, NJ9E, will present how to make a portable base station out of a mobile radio
so that it can operate for 30 hours before recharging. Have high power, and all the functionality
of your mobile rig for public service, emergency response, power outages, camping,
Scouting events, etc. Kits will be available for sale at the WCRA hamfest.
Ham Radio & the Law: Getting It Up and Keeping It Up, 10:30 AM
Jim O'Connell, W9WU, ARRL Volunteer Counsel, will present legal issues of interest to hams:
Illinois new PRB-1, how to avoid restrictive covenants, how to present your case for a tower permit,
and information on the latest court rulings on RFI, PRB-1 and towers. He will also provide
updates on the ARRL's Legal Defense and Antenna Assistance Committee.
D-STAR Overview & Update, 11:30 AM
Mark Thompson, WB9QZB, will introduce D-STAR (Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio),
which is a digital voice and data protocol specification, to those new to the mode and provide
those familiar with D-STAR an update of new technology and capabilities.
Dale Kwarta, NJ9E, has been a licensed amateur radio operator since his
high school days.
He and his wife, Ruth, KA9RZG, have been active members of the WCRA
(Wheaton Community Radio Amateurs) since 1983.
Dale is a professional Field Engineer and has provided technical support for
a variety of complex systems, including main frame computers, nationwide
telecom networks, wide format graphic systems, and associated software
He was the Low Voltage Engineer for the Automated Guideway Transit System
at O'Hare International Airport, known as "The People Mover". He is currently
employed at Customer Engineering Services, providing technical support for
Wide Format Inkjet Graphic Systems.
Jim O'Connell, W9WU, has been licensed since 1954 (WN9JZK). Jim is an
ARRL Volunteer Counsel and DX'er, holding #1 Honor certificates. He is the
W9 District Representative on the ARRL DX Advisory Committee and a member
of the ARRL Legal Defense and Assistance Committee. Jim is retired after 30 years
as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General where he practiced before the Supreme
Court of the United States, the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and the Federal
Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He continues to represent hams in
antenna zoning matters.
Mark Thompson, WB9QZB, has been using D-STAR for over 6 years and
has conducted dozens of forums at hamfests, club meetings and the AES Superfest.
He has been a ham for 37 years. He was actively involved in the use of & deployment
of packet radio networks in the Chicago area in the 1980s. Mark has been a board
member of the TAPR National Digital Organization and co-hosted the annual TAPR DCC
(Digital Communication Conference) in Chicago in 1998, 2008 & 2009.