Winterfest 2021:Canceled by Covid-19

From the SLSRC website:

August 28, 2020….

We live in unprecedented times which calls for hard decisions.  Some of those decisions are not easy to make.  This is one of them.

The Winterfest Committee along with the SLSRC Board made the tough decision that Winterfest 2021 will be postponed until January 22, 2022.  But we do have good news!

SLSRC will hold Winterfest 2021 virtually on-line Saturday, January 23, 2021, so save the date!!  It will be a day jam-packed with ham radio gear reviews, forums and events, so stay tuned!  You don’t even have to leave your house to join in the fun!

In full transparency, the factors in postponing an in-person Winterfest 2021 were:

One, the uncertainty of what the future holds for this pandemic and the health and welfare safety of our membership and the Amateur Radio community.  Keeping all our Winterfest vendors, patrons and volunteers safe is priority #1.

Two, the state of Illinois (Winterfest is held at Gateway Center in Collinsville) continues to have restrictions on gatherings of over 50 people.  There is no evidence this restriction will be lifted before there is a vaccination with herd immunity.

Three, per the venue, the club had to make a decision by July 31 to hold Winterfest in 2021 or postpone.  If we continued with Winterfest and canceled at a later date, the club would be financially responsible for the full contract amount.  If we postponed Winterfest to 2022, our contract for 2021 would become void, the deposit would carry over and the club would sign a new contract for 2022.  The club would not be financially obligated for 2021.

Four, the committee was not getting any commitments from our regular vendors due to their concerns with the Illinois restrictions.

The Winterfest Committee has also postponed the Friday night banquet and the W9DYV Wes Schum Symposium until 2022.

Again, we are saddened to make this decision but we hope you can join us online on January 23, 2021, for Virtual Winterfest 2021. Watch for more details as we get closer to the date.


Winterfest 2020: Wes Schum W9DYV Symposium

The Symposium is a FREE event, Friday January 24th starting at 8 a.m.
If you are planning on attending, the organizers ask that you register online

While the Symposium’s forum admission is free to anyone, this event relies on attendee and private company donations to cover its production costs. Those who have attended have been enthusiastic supporters as the forums presented are always first-rate and are provided by experts in their chosen area of the hobby. More info can be found on the website.

9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m – A High Performance SDR Receiver for the Ham – Bob Nichols (W9RAN)
9:45 a.m – 11:15 a.m – HF Receiver Performance – Rob Sherwood (NC0B)
11:15 a.m – 12:15 p.m. – Understanding of Human Speech Articulation – Dr. Bob Heil (K9EID)
12:30 p.m – 1:15 p.m – The Collins S-2 Line History & Evolution – Dave Beckler (N0SAP)
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Wes Schum (W9DYV) and Central Electronics – Nick Tusa (K5EF)
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Drake T4XC: Low Power Output & Why – David Assaf (W5XU)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – ARRL, AM & the Story of the Gates BC-IT – Bob Allison (WB1GCM)
3:30 p.m – 4:30 p.m. – Pending vintage radio home brew discussion TBDWinterfest 2020
More on the Winterfest website

SLSRC “Back to Basics” Friday, November 1, “Your First HF Radio Station”

This month’s “Back to Basics” will cover setting up your first HF station and will include:

  • Buying your first HF radio
  • Hooking up your first HF radio
  • Calling CQ
  • Modes and operating procedures
  • Antennas
  • Coax
  • Contesting & DXing
  • Etc.

The classes are for ALL amateurs, but are geared toward the new amateurs, those who want to refresh their knowledge, and those who are not amateurs…yet, and, of course “old timers!” This month’s topic will also be of special interest if you have recently upgraded to general and the HF bands are new to you.

More info can be found at the Back to Basics website located at :

In addition to the presentation, there will be a Q&A session with several mentors available to answer your questions.

Friday, November 1
Missouri Baptist Hospital
Goldfarb School of Nursing
Rooms 419-420
7 PM



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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND FOR THE 4th YEAR… SLSRC is once again starting the Fall/Winter sessions of “Back to the Basics” classes for Amateur Radio.

The classes are for ALL Amateurs, but are geared toward new amateurs, those who want to refresh their knowledge, and those who are not amateurs….yet !

The classes will be at 7 PM on the first Friday of each month from October- March, in rooms 419-420 of the Clinical Learning Institute (Goldfarb School of Nursing) at Missouri Baptist Hospital. (Same meeting location as the monthly SLRC meetings.)


  • October 4– Tech License privileges and your first VHF/UHF station, antennas/coax, using repeaters, etc. We will have a “mock” net so you can “get on the air.”
  • November 1- Your first HF radio, calling CQ, modes and operating procedures on HF, antennas, coax, etc.

  • December 6– Safety- Antenna and tower safety, electrical wiring, grounding, RF radiation, etc.

  • January 3 – Testing procedures- basic instruments and how to use them- SWR meter, antenna analyzer, dummy load, etc.

  • February 7 – Activities in Amateur Radio- awards, contests, QSL cards, nets, EmComm, public service, Field Day, etc.

  • March 6 – Other aspects of Amateur Radio (HamWAN, satellite, digital modes, Hot Spots, SDR, contesting, QRP, portable operation, etc.

In addition to a presentation about each topic, there will be a Q&A session with several Mentors (aka “Elmers”) available to answer your questions.

All amateurs and future amateurs are invited to attend….not licensed “yet”…newly licensed….been licensed but not active…and of course, “old timers.”

Contact Cliff KCØSDV at for information or questions.