Midwest Superfest, ARRL Illinois Section Convention

Midwest Superfest, ARRL Illinois Section Convention

Event Details:

  • Start Date: September 21, 2024
  • End Date: September 22, 2024
  • Location: Three Sisters Park, 17189 IL-29, Chillicothe, IL 61523
  • Website: Midwest Superfest
  • Sponsor: Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club
  • Type: ARRL Hamfest
  • Talk-In Frequency: 147.075 156.7

Contact Information:

  • Public Contact: Darren Weir, KD9HZZ
  • Mailing Address: 104 W. Rio Dr., Washington, IL 61571
  • Phone: 309-713-6154
  • Email: drweir70@gmail.com

Event Highlights:

  • Gates Open/Close:
    • Friday and Saturday: Gates close at 10:00 p.m. and open at 7:00 a.m.
    • Sunday: Gates open at 7:00 a.m.
  • Setup Times:
    • Friday, September 20:
      • Indoor Vendor setup begins at 10:00 am
      • Flea Market setup begins at 12:00 noon
      • Setup ends at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 21:
    • Gates open at 7:00 am
    • Flea Market open until dusk
    • Vendors Pavilion opens at 8:00 am
    • Forums and presentations throughout the day
    • License Testing at 12:00 pm
    • Flea market closes at 7:00 pm
    • Gates close at 10:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 22:
    • Flea Market open until 1:00 pm
    • Pavilion open for vendors until 1:00 pm
    • Forums and presentations throughout the morning
    • Grand prize drawing at 1:00 pm

Forum Schedule:

  • Saturday, September 21:
    • 8:30 am: K9LA: Solar Cycle 25 Propagation
    • 10:00 am: KB9VRW: SATERN
    • 11:30 am: K9CT: DXpeditions
    • 1:00 pm: ARRL Session
    • 2:30 pm: Parks on the Air
    • 3:45 pm: Saturday 50/50 drawing
  • Sunday, September 22:
    • 8:30 am: W9RY: Understanding propagation charts
    • 10:00 am: KT9Y – DMR
    • 11:30 am: WA9SWW – ARES
    • 12:30 pm: 50/50 drawing
    • 1:00 pm: Grand prize drawing

Directions:

  • From West Via I-74:
    • Take exit 87B to North Route 6, continue on Route 6 to North IL-29, take North IL-29 for 6.7 miles and Three Sisters Park will be on your left.
  • From North via IL-29:
    • Proceed south on IL-29, Three Sisters Park will be on your right not far after you get out of Chillicothe.
  • From East via I-74:
    • Take exit 93 Adams St/U.S-24/IL-29, turn right onto Adams St/IL-29, continue on north IL-29 for 16 miles and Three Sisters Park will be on your left.

Additional Information:

  • Hourly Drawings: Starting at 9:00 am both days.
  • License Testing: Saturday at 12:00 pm – Bring a picture ID, your FCC FRN, and a copy of your license if upgrading. Test fee is $15.00.
  • DXCC Card Checking: Saturday at 10:00 am – Pavilion.
  • Grand Prizes and 50/50 Drawings: Major prize drawings will be held at various times throughout the event.
  • Camping: Available at Three Sisters Park. Check the website for more details.

Join us for the Midwest Superfest, a fantastic opportunity to explore the latest in ham radio technology, participate in informative forums, and connect with fellow ham radio enthusiasts. We look forward to seeing you there!

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