Minutes – December 2015

Subject: Meeting Minutes of Dec. 1, 2015

The December meeting was called to order by President Jim, N7US at 7:00 p.m. on December 1, 2015 in the Crystal Lake Bank meeting room.

The Pledge of Allegiance kicked off the meeting, led by Jim, N7US.

President Jim extended a welcome and asked if there were visitors or guests present. Ed, KC9FBN and Todd, N9GY were introduced as a guest. Ed, Mark, KD9FBL and Michael, KD9FBM were new licensees from the November testing session.

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

President Jim encouraged all to join the club Yahoo reflector, K9RN.

Newsletter editor N9AVY was not in attendance, but Jim encouraged members to send Jerry more club-specific input for the monthly newsletter.

Minutes from the November meeting were published for review on the club website by Secretary Roger, KF9D. John, K9JK moved to accept the minutes as published, seconded by Ed, K9ECF. The motion passed by voice vote.

Treasurer Joe, N9OK reported additional dues totaling $170 for a balance of $4717 in the treasury, and bringing the paid membership to 89 members. Dues for the calendar year 2016 are now being gladly accepted. Roger, KF9D made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report, seconded by Dave, NT9E. The motion passed by voice vote.

Under the heading of public service announcements, John W9ZE informed the group of McHenry county ARES/RACES developments, including the ARES ID expirations at the end of December. Additionally, Scott, KB9VRW will be running a “ham cram” class for licensing preparation on January 30, 2016, at the Mental Health Building in Crystal Lake. Contact Scott for more information.

Jack, W9MU, reminded the club that the “Introduction to Amateur Radio” class at MCC will begin February 18 and continue for 5 consecutive Thursday evenings. Twenty general information amateur radio topics will be presented in the course. Ideas are welcomed on ways to get publicity for the class.

Jim, N7US advised club members that club callsign badges can be arranged through Ken, KB9I by sending him a check for $10.

The 145.41 repeater is back on the air for with a new trustee callsign and a new PL of 114.8. There has been no visible FCC action to date on the interference issues.

Program topic ideas and requests should be submitted to W9MU or N7US. January program will be a panel discussion lead by Mike, WB8BZK. The planned February program will be presented by Jack, W9MU on Standing Wave Ratio.

Several upcoming operating activities, including contests, were highlighted. See QST for contest details. Up-to-date DX information can be obtained from DailyDX.com.

Under the topic of new business, the current club projector is broken beyond reasonable repair and a new reliable unit is needed for use in future program presentations. Joe, N9OK, moved to authorize the officers to buy a new club projector which includes modern interfaces, remote, audio, etc. Ed, K9ECF amended the motion to include expenditure up to a $1000 limit. Kent, K9KMD, seconded the motion. Following member discussion, the motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

After a short break, Tom, W9NBG presented a program entitled “How Receivers Work”. The program included developments from early designs to modern super-heterodyne receivers, with advantages and disadvantages presented on each type.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Roger Scott, KF9D, MCWA Secretary