MCWA meets
the 1st Tuesday of every month.

Crystal Lake Bank (& Trust Co N.A.)
5100 Northwest Hwy (Rt.14)
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

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Once again MCC is hosting a class on Introduction to Amateur Radio. Several members of the MCWA have volunteered their time to teach this class.

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                                                                                   2/18-3/18  2016  7-9:30   A241 MCC

Feb 18   
Session 1: Intro and Orientation  


1  W9MU   Introduction to class

Brief history of Amateur radio

2  W9GIG  Governing bodies and licensing

Local support and national support

3  W9MU   Ham bands and their characteristics

4  N9RWC  Ham Speak- language of our own

Q and A

Feb 25th   
Session 2: Getting started   


1  KF9D    Your very own station, Radios and amps

2  W9NBG  A little Electricity and Electronics

3  W9MU   Antennas and feed lines

4  N9RWC  Modes of operation

Q and A

March 4   
Session 3: Getting on the air, operating   


1   W9MU  Propagation

2   K9KMD Making an HF QSO, Working DX

3   N7US   Awards and QSL’ing

4  W9MU   Station software (logging, etc)

Q and A               


March 11 
Session 4: Ham radio Environment  


1  KF9D   Working DX

2  W9MU  Antenna and feed line   construction

3  K9KMD Contesting

4  K9DCI  A little more electricity and Electronics

Q and A       


March 18    
Session 5: Specialized and emergency communications  


1,2  WB8BZK  VHF/UHF and special modes

Satellite communication

Field day and community service

3,4  W9ZE  Emergency preparations  and safety
Q and A



McHenry County Wireless Association

We meet the 1st Tuesday of the month

with new Start Time of 6:30p.m. for gathering & 7 p.m.
for the meeting to start.

Crystal Lake Bank (& Trust Co N.A.)
5100 Northwest Hwy (Rt.14)
Crystal Lake, IL 60014 

(Corner of Rt. 14 & Pingree Rd.)
Enter from rear parking lot.
Turn left for stairs or elevator go to basement.

2016 Officers
President: Jim N7US
Vice-President: Mike WB8BZK
Treasurer:Joe N9OK
Secretary: Roger KF9D

Send your membership checks to:
WOODSTOCK, IL 60098-8773

McHenry County Wireless Association (MCWA) is an Amateur (Ham) Radio club open to all those interested in learning and exchanging information about the many facets of the hobby. It is a HAM Radio club that is here for sharing information and helping others.

Everyone serious and/or inquisitive about the hobby is welcome! You don't have to be a member to attend our meetings. You may want to become a member to support the club after you have attended a few times and made some new friends. Membership is currently $10.00 (compare prices!) per annum, for only this our 35th year.

Newsletter - MCWA publishes a terrific newsletter currently edited by Jerry, N9AVY. You are encouraged to submit articles to Jerry for publication. Let's let the editor/publisher do just that and not have to be the reporter(s) also.

Talk-In - 145.410 -600 PL 114.8 for talk-in to the meetings.
For other repeaters in the area, follow this link.

We would love for you to share your talents with us by giving a program. You can talk about your antenna farm, ham shack, DXpedition, VHF/UHF, low-band, mobile installation, radio rebuilds, or whatever you enjoy about the hobby. There are so many facets of this hobby to share with others. People need to learn what else is out there for their enjoyment.

We have a library - you are welcome to take a book home to return next month. Choose MCWA from the top left pull-down menu.

Newsgroup - for current or updated information between meetings you can sign up for our Yahoo newsgroup - K9RN at
We ask that you sign up with your name and callsign. You do not have to be a member of MCWA to join. Membership is at the discretion of the moderator.

View our new MCWA name & callsign badge

Badges can be ordered by contacting, Ken, KB9I
Please include your first name, callsign, and pin or magnet back choice!
Badges are $10 each.

Ham Speak

AmateurLogic.TV - A monthly video program about Ham Radio

Ham Nation - Wed 8pm Central
A weekly video program about Ham Radio with Bob Heil K9EID, Gordon West WB6NOA, George Thomas W5JDX, Valerie Hotzfeld NV9L, Dale Puckett K0HYD, Don Wilbanks AE5DW.

TX Factor - A monthly video program about Ham Radio from our British cousins.

What is Amateur Radio?

We Do That Radio

Thank you for your visit to our MCWA web-site. We look forward to meeting you at one of our regular meetings.

Repeater Etiquette - a must read

If you need to file a complaint wth the FCC, follow the links below

How to File an Amateur Radio Complaint

FCC Consumer Help Center - Radio Complaint

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