KC9BQA typing from Chicago area, at Central States VHF Society Conference. Also have your 146.43 FM net report from last night, via KC9KPV

    This is Todd at the Holiday Inn near O’Hare  in Elk Grove Village, IL    It’s 10am Friday, and I’m here with about 170-200 V/UHF’ers at the 43rd annual Central States VHF Society Conference.   The website is http://www.csvhfs.org/   Everyone is welcome to join CSVHFS — check out the website when you have a chance.   We have plenty of WI and ILL guys here, along with many from MN/MI/OH/IN/IA/MO.   Some VE’s, some Texans, and other parts of the country.  

Many have been coming to the annual conference for years and years.   It’s a great chance to eyeball with the hams you work in distant grids.    Also many speakers, presentations, a V/UHF swapfest, a Sat. night banquet, a dozen or so rover vehicles up close for viewing, and an antenna range where they measure your gain.   A typical conference has about 200 attendees, give or take. 

    This is my 2nd conference — I was also at the one in 2006 in Minneapolis.  The 2010 CSVHFS Conference is set for St. Louis.   Had a good time last night with 40-60 guys who enjoyed a hospitality suite sponsored by the Badger Contesters.   (http://www.badgercontesters.org)   Stayed up late and  there’s still a lot of beer and soda left over so tonight’s host — Society of Midwest Contesters (www.w9smc.com) will have some goodies to work with.  

    Randy KC9KPV in EN53 Germantown hosted last night’s 146.43 FM net, and here’s his report:
   11 WITH YOURS TRULY
KC9NZR RICH
KM4G    MARV
KA9AAB BOB
K9FI       JERRY
KA9OFA PANCHO
KC9PQF TOM
AB9UA   MARK
AC9RL    RON
N9LOH   STEVE
KD9TZ    MIKE

73’s KC9KPV Randy

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