Minutes – July 2016

Subject: McHenry County Wireless Association
Regular Meeting minutes – July 5, 2016

The July meeting was called to order by President Jim, N7US at 7:00 p.m. on July 5, 2016 in the Crystal Lake Bank meeting room.

The Pledge of Allegiance kicked off the meeting, led by Kent, K9KMD.

President Jim extended a welcome to all and asked if there were visitors or guests present. There were none present.

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

President Jim encouraged all to join the club Yahoo reflector, K9RN, visit the club website at mcwa.org, and join the MCWA Facebook page to keep up on club news and information. Jerry N9AVY is the newsletter editor, and if you are not receiving the newsletter via email, you should notify Jerry. Dave NT9E keeps the Facebook page up to date while Ken KB9I is the webmaster.

The minutes from the June meeting were published for review on the club website by Secretary Roger, KF9D. John, KA9CAR moved to accept the minutes as published, seconded by Joe, N9OK. The motion passed by voice vote.

Treasurer Joe, N9OK reported a balance of $4668.60 in the club treasury. Paid membership for 2016 is now up to 91 plus 1 associate member. Dave, NT9E made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report, seconded by Dave, KD9ESL. The motion passed by voice vote.

Under the topic of announcements, Jim reminded the group that the W9DXCC Convention will be held on Sept. 17, 2016 at the Hyatt Woodfield in Schaumburg, preceded on the 16th by DX and Contest University sessions. See W9DXCC.com for further details.

It was noted that the Peoria Hamfest is the same weekend as the W9DXCC Convention. Also mentioned was the upcoming hamfest at Aurora CC High School on Sunday July 10 sponsored by the FRRL group.

Jeff, KC9WSJ, has previously volunteered to take over the position of club librarian. The material has been cataloged and a list of available material is on the club website. Members wishing to check out material should contact Jeff in advance so he can bring the requested material to the monthly meeting. It was noted that there are several old, out of date license manuals in the collection. Tom, W9NBG made a motion to give the old license manuals to anyone interested. The motion was seconded by Gary, KD9FML and approved by voice vote.

Further on the topic of announcements, several contests and operating events of interest were discussed. See the newsletter and QST for further details.

Under the topic of Old Business, President Jim thanked the members of the club that participated in providing communications for the Woodstock Challenge Run in June.

There was no new business brought before the club.

President Jim invited everyone to join the group that meets at the Cottage in Crystal Lake immediately after the club meeting for pizza and camaraderie.

On the topic of future programs, N9OK felt that a presentation on DX Clusters would be of interest to the group.

Mike, KC9Q showed the latest product to his SAL-electronics.com product line, a 6 meter Halo antenna

A motion to adjourn the business meeting by John, K5JRD and seconded by Jeff, KC9WSJ was made and approved. The meeting was adjourned at 7:39 pm.

After a short break, Roger, KF9D gave a summary and wrap-up on the MCWA field day that was held June 25/26, 2016 at Emricson Park, Woodstock.

Respectfully Submitted, Roger Scott, KF9D, MCWA Secretary