has been serving Chicago
area hams and radio enthusiasts since the dawn of radio itself!
Our membership over the years lists well into the thousands.
Many of these members were taught the Amateur Radio theory and
Morse Code by fellow CSRA members. Our members have spanned
all walks of life, from construction workers to lawyers; bankers
to broadcasters and everyone in between. For nearly 90
years, Chicagoland men, women and children from age 9 to 90 have
called the CSRA their radio club!
CSRA is the oldest radio club
chartered in the State of Illinois and has been affiliated with
the American Radio Relay League for almost 85 years.
Building on this rich history, CSRA looks to the future with eyes
on fresh ideas and emerging technologies.
are held on the third
Thursday of the month at the Grace Lutheran
Church, 1100 Manchester Avenue, in the western suburb of
Westchester. Maps and directions are located on our website's main
page. Doors open at 6:30pm and the meetings begin at 7:30
and non-members and guests are always welcome.
CSRA On The Air...
Club nets include our
Monday Night Net at 8:00pm on the CFMC repeater system on 146.76
MHz. You will also find many members on the repeater during the
The club also airs a 15 meter HF
Net on Thursday Nights at 7:00pm at 21.331 MHz USB. All are
welcome on both nets!
Keeping the membership
is the task of the CSRA
monthly newsletter TXT, which contains information
about monthly meetings, what's happening in the Amateur Radio
community and news about CSRA members. Portions of TXT
are now available online at the CSRA website. News items are
always welcome and the newsletter editor can be contacted online
or at the meetings.
are central to amateur
radio and a hallmark of CSRA. Club members frequently
provide 2-way communication for many community activities such as
marathons, charity races and runs, and civic parades (especially
the annual Houby Day parade held in the Berwyn-Cicero area).
CSRA members have also been on hand to provide local emergency
communication in times of emergency such as the massive telephone
outage at Hinsdale Hospital, river flooding on the Des Plaines and
traffic accidents. Our members also assisted with
communications and relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
In addition, members relay health and welfare messages during
worldwide disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes and terror
CSRA also puts on radio
demonstrations for scout, civic and community organizations.
For many years, CSRA was present at Brookfield Zoo for it's N9BAT
Special Event Station.
Honing radio skills...
is key to any radio
amateur. To that end, CSRA participates annually in the ARRL
sponsored Field Day weekend. The object of
Field Day is to set up and operate amateur radio stations using
emergency power and temporary antennas. An emphasis is
placed on developing skills to meet the challenge of emergency
preparedness. CSRA operators try to contact as many other
amateur radio stations as possible during this 24 hour period.
Of course, fun is had by all with family, friends and guests in
the outdoor camping atmosphere of Field Day.
Honoring our own...
With such a long and
storied history, CSRA likes to shine the spotlight on our members.
Each year a meeting is designated as Old Timers Night.
This annual event honors and acknowledges CSRA members
that have had their amateur radio license for at least 25 years.
It also gives new hams an opportunity to hear the Old Timers talk
about their earlier days in amateur radio.
Please join us...
We'd love to have you
join the fun with the Chicago Suburban Radio Association!
Stop by a meeting one evening or contact one of our members.
All are welcome, regardless of whether you are a licensed amateur
or not. Our yearly dues are only $20, one of the best
bargains in ham radio!
As easy as w-w-w...
If you'd like to become a
member now, click on the "Join CSRA" icon
for a printable membership form.
Thanks for your interest in the
Chicago Suburban Radio Association, and we hope to see you soon!