Minutes – January 2017

Subject: Meeting Minutes of Jan 3, 2017

The monthly January meeting was called to order by President John KA9CAR at 7:00 p.m. on January 3, 2017 in the Crystal Lake Bank meeting room.

President John asked if anyone in attendance had upgraded recently. Mike KD9DLL indicated he had upgraded his license to General class. President John also reminded members that dues for 2017 are being collected at this time.

Introductions around the room followed. Forty-one people were in attendance for the meeting including 2 guests.

President John encouraged all to join the club Yahoo reflector, K9RN. Jerry N9AVY is the newsletter editor, and members not receiving the newsletter via email should notify Jerry.

The minutes from the December meeting were published for review on the club website by Secretary Roger, KF9D. Dave, KD9ESL moved to accept the minutes as published, seconded by Dave, NT9E. The motion passed by voice vote.

Treasurer Joe, N9OK reported a balance of $4500.00 in the club treasury. Paid membership for 2017 stands at 59, while 41 from the 2016 roster remain outstanding. John, K9JK made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report, seconded by Kent, K9KMD. The motion passed by voice vote.

Jeff, KC9WSJ is custodian of the club library and has several good books available to club members.

Under the topic of general announcements, President John announced a VE test session to be held in February 21, 2017 at the Free Methodist Church in Woodstock. Contact Steve KB9OLD at KB9OLD@arrl.net for further information.

John mentioned hamfests coming up later this month, including Saturday January 7th at Waukesha, Wi. and Sunday January 22 at the Kane Co. Fairgrounds sponsored by the WCRA.

Dave, NT9E announced an upcoming ham breakfast in McHenry on Saturday January 7th at 8:30 am at the Green Street Café.

President John read a list of upcoming contest events for the month.

Under the topic of old business, Dave NT9E the club Field Day chairman for 2017 is still looking for a CW station captain and operators.

Jack, W9MU mentioned that the February program is scheduled to be Sanjay KG9FA discussing modulation techniques. Jack floated the idea of having an upcoming “Myth Busters” program covering amateur radio myths. Members should email myth ideas that they would find interesting to Jack.

Pierre, K9EYE reminded members of the 6 meter forum held each Wednesday night at 7 pm on 50.130 MHz.

Paul, W9DWP donated an Electro voice noise-cancelling dynamic microphone model 622 to the club to be raffled or given away at a future time.

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

Club badges are available by seeing Ken, KB9I for a cost of $10.

Desmond, KB3LKM announced that he has an old TV antenna available to anyone interested that could be used for construction of a VHF or UHF ham antenna.

Jack, W9MU discussed the idea of the club collecting antenna ordinance information from the various communities around and creating a data base of the information. This is envisioned as a long term project that members would probably find useful.

A motion to adjourn the business meeting by Pierre, K9EYE and seconded by Bob, KC9JBA was made and approved. The meeting was adjourned at 7:25 pm.

After a short break, Dave K9RUF presented a detailed program overview of Yaesu’s Fusion digital ham radio VHF/UHF system and operation, along with a demo including members Gary KD9FML and Al KB9EQ in Texas.

Respectfully Submitted,
Roger Scott, KF9D, MCWA Secretary