Minutes – November 2016

Subject: Meeting Minutes of November 1, 2016

The monthly November meeting was called to order by President John, KA9CAR at 7:00 p.m. on November 1, 2016 in the Crystal Lake Bank meeting room.

President John extended a welcome to all and asked if there were visitors or guests present. Paula K9IR, guest speaker, was introduced to the group. Also Francis, KC9ZSC from Huntley and Mark from Lakemoor, not licensed yet, were visiting.

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

President John 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 members not receiving the newsletter via email should notify Jerry. Dave NT9E keeps the Facebook page up to date while Ken KB9I is the webmaster.

The minutes from the October meeting taken by Mike, WB8BZK were published for review on the club website by Secretary Roger, KF9D. Mike, KC9Q moved to accept the minutes as published, seconded by Dave, NT9E. The motion passed by voice vote.

Treasurer Joe, N9OK passed along a report of $4275.80 in the club treasury. Paid membership for 2016 is now up to 93 plus 1 associate member. John, K9JK made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report, seconded by Dave, KD9ESL. The motion passed by voice vote.

President John announced a VE test session to be held Tuesday November 15th at the Free Methodist Church in Woodstock. Contact Steve KB9OLD to reserve a spot.

Under the topic of hamfests, reports, and announcements, the group was reminded of a Milwaukee hamfest on Saturday Nov. 5th near the HRO store.

Paul, W9DWP told the group of the upcoming Ft. Wayne, In. hamfest on November 12 – 13. Also on Saturday Nov. 5th there will be a ham breakfast at the Golden Corral in Algonquin on Randall Road at 8:00 am for all to attend.

President John noted that contest season is underway and to check QST for contest details.

President John also announced that he will be unavailable for the December meeting and VP Mike, WB8BZK will be filling in.

Under Old Business, Dave NT9E volunteered to be Field Day Chairman for 2017. Mark, K9MS volunteered to champion the HF SSB station. A cw station captain is still being sought.

President John asked again if the club was interested in having a flea market table at the Wheaton hamfest on January 22. Tables cost $30 and chairs are $2 each. It was suggested to leave the final decision for the December meeting.

For show and tell, Dave, K9RUF brought his Elecraft KX3 all mode, 15 watt, 160 – 6 meter radio.

Mike KC9Q brought a 220 MHz Moxon, a 6 meter halo, and a 2 meter halo antenna which he had constructed and are for sale on his website.

The group was reminded of the club 6 meter SSB net every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm on 50.130 Mhz.

Everyone was invited to enjoy pizza at the Cottage restaurant following the meeting.

A motion to adjourn the business meeting by Jerry, N9AVY and seconded by John, KE9NDY was made and approved. The meeting was adjourned at 7:23 pm.

After a short break, Paula, K9IR gave a very interesting and informative program entitled “Before and After the Q”, which gave members great tips on preparing for, working, and following up on those DX contacts.

Respectfully Submitted,
Roger Scott, KF9D, MCWA Secretary