Minutes – July 2015

McHenry County Wireless Association Meeting Minutes

Subject: Meeting Minutes of July 7, 2015

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

The Pledge of Allegiance kicked off the meeting, led by Dave, N9ITE.
Introductions around the room followed.  Twenty-four people were in attendance for the meeting, including visitor Dan, KD9AHQ.

Minutes from the June meeting were published for review on the club website by Secretary Roger, KF9D.  Tom, KD6KHK moved to accept the minutes as published, seconded by Scott, KB9VRW. The motion passed by voice vote.

Treasurer Dave, N9ITE reported a balance of $5225.70 in the treasury before field day expenses. Dave, NT9E made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report, seconded by Jim, N7US. The motion passed by voice vote.

President Kent, K9KMD commented that he had previous commitments on Saturday of Field Day, but was back on Sunday to operate and help with tear-down.

VP Dave, KA9OZP expressed thanks to the FD chairman and all those who helped with set-up and tear-down.

Dave, NT9E announced plans to revamp the website over the coming months. Plan is to have new website in place by Jan 1, 2016.

Jerry, N9AVY, newsletter editor, was not present for a report.

Jack, W9MU, was not present to comment on future programs.

The VE test sessions are taking a summer break, but will resume in September.

Under new business, it was noted that Bob, N9NIX has loaned the club a tower for the past 2 years for field day use. It was suggested that the club secretary send Bob a note expressing the gratitude of the club. Additionally, a motion was made by KA9CAR and seconded by N9ITE to offer club membership for the year to Bob as a token of our appreciation.  The motion was approved by voice vote.

It was noted that following the field day activity, the club 2 element beam, mast, and A-frame tower support are located in John’s garage, KA9CAR.

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

W9DXCC will be held on September 12, 2015 at the Hyatt Woodfield. It is preceded on Sept. 11 by Contest-U and DX-U at the same location.

John, KA9CAR moved to adjourn the business meeting, seconded by John, K9JK. Following voice vote approval, the meeting was adjourned.

After a short break, Roger KF9D presented a wrap-up on the club field day activity, including photos and totals.

Jim, N7US gave the club an overview of a feature in the DX Lab software package called Spot Collector. This is a very valuable tool to see highlighted spots of just the stations needed to help meet your personalized award goals.

Respectfully Submitted,
Roger Scott, KF9D, MCWA Secretary