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Ham Radio License Exams for Local EMA

I was part of a unique Volunteer Examination session recently. Nine Will County EMA employees and volunteers upgraded their Amateur Radio licenses to General Class. It was the end of a 10-week course designed, in...

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Register Now for the Webelos Walkabout

Rainbow Council will host the 2nd Annual Webelos Walkabout on Saturday, April 29th at 9:00 AM. The program will take place at the Forest Preserve District office on Laraway Road in Joliet. The program...

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The Consumer Electronics Show for Paddlers

My wife and I got hooked on kayaking last summer when we took a class nearby. After more classes and a kayaking trip to Michigan, we now find ourselves looking to buy our first...

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Getting in Shape for Hiking Season

Hike Season begins today. Over the next 10 weeks, I will build up to a 20 mile hike carrying a backpack loaded at 20% of my body weight. I started conditioning in January with...

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Keeping an NVIS Antenna Legal on 60 Meters

This article is the seventh in a series on Portable NVIS Communication. This series focuses on short-haul communication during a disaster. What Hath God Wrought? Earlier in this series, I explained why I included...