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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McHenry County Wireless Association

We meet the 1st Tuesday of the month

Doors open at 6:30 PM, meeting begins promptly at 7:00 PM

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.

2019-2020 Board of Directors

President - Mike Metroka, WB8BZK
Vice-President: Dan Larson, KD9M
Treasurer: Dean Hettel, WD9FOO
Secretary: Ralph Iden, WB9ICF
Past President: John Dewey, KA9CAR
Director: Gary Dembski W9GD
Director: Mike Salak, KC9Q

Newsletter Editor: available
Webmasters: Ken Farver KB9I / Ralph Iden WB9ICF (interim)
Reflector Admins: Jim McDonald N7US / Joe Robin N9OK / John Dewey KA9CAR/ Mike Metroka WB8BZK
Librarian: Jeff Schmidt KC9WSJ
VE Commander: Steve Maresso KB9OLD
Social Media Director: Dave Whaley NT9E

Please see our membership page for details on joining or renewing.

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 per year.

Newsletter - Previous copies of our newsletter are available by following the link.

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

Six Meter Net AKA “EN52 net”
Meets every Wednesday evening from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
50.180 MHz USB
Early check ins at 7:15 pm
After the net we QSY to 50.400 MHZ to operate in AM mode
For more information contact Net Control: Pierre K9EYE

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 newsgroup - K9RN at
We ask that you sign up with your name and callsign. Limited to MCWA members only, beginning January 2019.

(625 ILCS 5/12-610.2) Sec. 12-610.2. Electronic communication devices in IL.
See paragraph d8 of this paperwork

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.

Learn the lingo

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.
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