McHenry County Wireless Association

McHenry County Wireless Association (MCWA) is an amateur radio club open to all those interested in learning and exchanging information about an exciting and life-long hobby.

MCWA is a general interest amateur radio club and not one organized around one specific interest area such as contesting, emergency services, or repeaters. Our members have a wide variety of interests and experience in many aspects of the hobby which enriches all of the members.  We are a radio club that is here for sharing information and helping others.

Everyone interested in the hobby is welcome!  You do not have to be a member or even a licensed radio amateur to attend our meetings and we hope you will join us.


Meeting Information


MCWA is an Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) affiliated club.





MCWA meets the first Tuesday of every month

Algonquin Township
3702 U.S. Highway 14
Crystal Lake, IL 60014


Follow the signs and enter from rear parking lot ramp entrance..

Algonquin Township

6:30 PM – Doors open and socializing
7:00 PM – Business meeting
7:30 PM – Program

Upcoming Programs

    • June 4, 2024 – Logbooks and Yet Another Way to Log by Dan Larson, KD9M
    • July 2, 2024 – TBD
    • August 6, 2024 – TBD
    • September 2, 2024 – TBD
    • October 8, 2024 – TBD
    • November 5, 2024 – TBD
    • December 3. 2024 – TBD


A well established amateur radio club serving McHenry County, Illinois and surrounding areas, MCWA brings together newly licensed or returning hams, old-timers, and those interested in amateur radio.

Regardless of your amateur radio interests, you are likely to find others who share them as well as opportunities to keep abreast of the latest news and developments in amateur radio. The monthly meetings offer a wealth of information and opportunities to learn new and interesting things.

We invite you to attend one of our monthly meetings and join us!

The membership dues are currently $10 annually and provides access to our “Members Only” Facebook page and Membership and Projects reflectors.

To make a payment to MCWA via Paypal, send $10 as a friend to   

IMPORTANT: Please include a note with your call sign!

Alternatively, you may mail your membership check to:


Download membership form

MCWA Brochure 2022

News and Updates

MCWA Celebrates 45th Anniversary

The McHenry County Wireless Association celebrated its forty-fifth anniversary at the club’s monthly meeting on September 5, 2023.  Around fifty members and supporters were in attendance for the event, including those attending from around the country via Zoom. After posing for a group photo and enjoying two delicious cakes, the meeting resumed, electing the new …

Field Day 2022

Mark your calendars for June 25th and 26th. The McHenry County Wireless Association (MCWA) will participate in the ARRL Field Day event at the Rush Creek Conservation Area in Harvard, IL. The site is located off of McGuire Road, just east of Route 14. For reference the Walmart is located at the corner of McGuire …