McHenry County Wireless Association Meeting Minutes

Subject: Meeting Minutes of June 2, 2015

The May meeting was called to order by President Kent, K9KMD, at 7:00 pm on June 2, 2015 in the Crystal Lake Bank meeting room.

The Pledge of Allegiance kicked off the meeting, led by Ray, N9RWC.

Introductions around the room followed. Thirty people were in attendance for the meeting.

It was announced that club member JP, KD9JPC had successfully upgraded to General Class.

Minutes from the May meeting were published for review on the club website by Secretary Roger, KF9D. Randy, KC9UTM moved to accept the minutes as published, seconded by Mike, KC9Q. The motion passed by voice vote.

Treasurer Dave, N9ITE reported a balance of $5095.70 in the treasury. John, K9JK, made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report, seconded by Cornel, KK9DX. The motion passed by voice vote.

Dave, KA9OZP had nothing new to report from the VP standpoint.

Dave, NT9E had nothing new to report on the website.

Jerry, N9AVY, newsletter editor, noted that 2 editions of the newsletter were published as the first edition was missing a page.

Jack, W9MU reported nothing planned yet for next month’s program. A suggestion was made to do a field day recap, including what went right and wrong.

A discussion among the membership concluded that we will hold a meeting in July, even though it has been skipped at times in the past.

Ray, N9RWC, gave an update on the May VE testing session. Three applicants successfully passed their exams. The next session will occur in September after taking the summer off.

A discussion ensued concerning the possibility of the club offering upgrade classes. The general consensus was that so much information is available on line that it might not be worthwhile.

Band activity was reported to be good at times, although several recent solar flares have caused temporary disruptions. The CW WPX contest the previous weekend attracted big activity on the bands.

Sporadic E season is upon us for improved VHF propagation. The June VHF contest in 2 weekends from now should show enhanced activity.

Upcoming public service communications events include the June 7th Udder Century Ride and the June 14th Woodstock Road Challenge. Contact Wendell, N9REP via n9rep@arrl.net for further information.

Several area hamfests, upcoming contest activities, and special events stations were highlighted. See QST for details.

Following the adjournment of the business meeting Jack, W9MU gave a presentation on what to expect when operating during the upcoming Field Day event. This was followed by Roger, KF9D giving an introduction and demonstration on the N1MM+ logger program which will be used.

Respectfully Submitted,

Roger Scott, KF9D, MCWA Secretary