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CONGRATULATIONS to our officers for 2016: Agreeing to hold their posts for an additional year are President: Jim Mornar N9TK, Vice-President/Program Coordination: Bob Jacobson K9CJ, Secretary/Treasurer: John Holmes W9ILY. Also, John Raiger, K9DRS, has agreed to be acting recording secretary. Thanks again, John!

WELCOME to our newest members Chris, W9LIZ and Tony N9VVO.

Our annual Winterfest dinner was held on Friday, January 15 at Papa Joe's in Orland Park. 25 members and guests enjoyed a great meal, door prizes and lots of fun.

Jerry WB9Z is on the team activating Palmyra(KH5) as K5P.

Mike K9AJ is on the team activating South Sandwich (VP8STI) and South Georgia (VP8SGI).

SPECIAL EVENT STATION February 2016: We operated a SPECIAL EVENT STATION commemorating the 1883 Diamond Mine Disaster on Saturday, February 6, 2016 between 1700Z and 2300Z from the QTH of John, W9ILY, in Morris. CLICK HERE for the details of this club activity.

W9MU gave us a detailed presentation of the G5RV antenna at our March meeting.

Our annual picnic was held on Saturday, August 6 at the QTH of N9LAH in Chebanse. 28 members enjoyed the food and conversation.

K9AJ activated two rare IOTAs in August NA159 and NA196. Hope you were able to put him in your log!

We lost yet another great Metro DXer. Jack, W9NJB, passed away peacefully on October 16, 2016. Jack had served as our club secretary/treasurer for many years and will certainly be missed.

We operated SPECIAL EVENT W9C October 31, 2016 through November 6, 2016 commemorating the birth of an outstanding American - Walter Cronkite - "The Most Trusted Man in America". Check our listing in November 2016 QST. Operations of W9C occurred on 80 through 10 meters (excluding 60 meters) on CW, SSB and RTTY at various times throughout the operation period.  Click HERE for the details.

Team Saint Martin (FS) comprised of Paul, K9NU, Jim, N9TK, John, W9ILY and John, K9EL completed their expedition to Saint Martin from November 30 through December 10, 2016 . They operated in the ARRL 160 meter contest, the TARA RTTY Melee, the 10-Meter RTTY contest and lots of general operating. They made over 10,000 QSOs and operated up to three stations simultaneously!