Minutes – June 2018

Subject: Meeting Minutes of June 5, 2018

The June meeting was called to order by President Mike, WB8BZK at 7:01 p.m. on June 5, 2018 in the Crystal Lake Bank meeting room.

The Pledge of Allegiance kicked off the meeting, led by Dave K9RUF.

President Mike, WB8BZK extended a welcome and asked if there were visitors or guests present. We had 5 guests: David N9BSA (joined during meeting), Dave K9UWB, Chris AC9GN, Warren KC9IL, and Al KB9EQ.

President Mike, WB8BZK asked for any License Upgrades, New awards etc. issued since Last meeting. David N9BSA recently passed General. John K9JK received an award from last year’s VHF contest. Joe N9OK and Mike ND9G completed CW Academy level 1 and level 2 respectively.

Introductions around the room followed. 41 members + 5 guests were in attendance for the meeting.

Minutes from the May meeting were posted on the mcwa.org website for review at the meeting by Secretary Dan, KD9M. David N9BSA moved to accept the minutes, and the motion was seconded by Kent K9KMD. The motion passed by voice vote.

Treasurer Joe N9OK read the Treasurer’s May report: Started with $4982.11, had $50 of dues, no expenditures, and $0.63 interest. Ended with $5032.74. Member count is now 89 Voting members, and 7 family members. John K9JK moved to accept the Treasurer report, and the motion was seconded by Roger KF9D. The motion passed by voice vote.

Gov. Rauner has proclaimed June 2018 as Amateur Radio Month in Illinois.

Participant and Logistics support help with the Woodstock Triathlon was requested. Sunday, August 5th. Please contact Ken Farver KB9I.

mcwa.org getting some fresh updates from the Webmasters: Ken Farver KB9I and Mike Ricketts ND9G.

A brief recap of MCWA presence at Hamvention was discussed with pictures. There was a fairly large contingent of MCWA members at Hamvention. John K9JK did a presentation on VHF. Overall attendance seemed to be up from last year, perhaps due to the fantastic pork chop sandwiches.

Several Ham Fests/Gatherings over the next couple months.

    • Six Meter Club of Chicago, Antique Radio Club of Illinois, & Midwest Classic Radio Net June 17th
    • John K9JK had advanced tickets for sale.
    • South Milwaukee ARC Hamfest July 7th
    • Hamfesters Hamfest – Peotone, IL August 5th


    • 10-10 Int. Open Season PSK June 2-3
    • DigiFest June 2-3
    • ARRL June VHF Contest June 9-11
    • Stew Perry TopBand Challenge June 16-17
    • ARRL Field Day June 23-24
    • See the contest calendar for more…

President Mike WB8BZK asked for people to think about presentations for October through December. Planned presentations are as follows: July – Field Day (Join us for weekend fun!), August (Ralph WB9ICF) An Introduction to Raspberry Pi, September (John N9DJ) Tower Grounding Techniques. A brief discussion was had about a program devoted to Show & Tell, as well as a possible equipment auction. These ideas are being entertained for a possible late year program.

September will also be Officer & Director Elections, and the MCWA 40th Anniversary.
Please talk to Jim N7US if you are interested in serving on the board. Jim is charing the nomination committee.
Please make plans to attend the meeting, and inform your fellow members that may have missed the announcement.

Other Announcements
John K9JK announced that CQWW VHF contest is held in July.

John KA9CAR announced that the monthly ham breakfast is moving from the first Saturday of the month to the third.

Wendell N9REP gave a report on the Udder Century Bike Run. There were over 1300 riders. This was the largest turnout of MCWA members for helping. Thanks to Noel KE9AU, April N9GYG, George KD9JBS, John N9SPG, Donna KD9SKY, Robert K9RXC, John KA9CAR, Mike KC9Q for volunteering.

Dave K9RUF announced the passing of Dan WA9WVX.

President Mike WB8BZK informed everyone the Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge Project is on. The District is planning a STEM day for October 20th. Part of this will include the Merit Badge. MCWA will develop a program to ensure that the scouts meet the requirements in an achievable way. The following have volunteered to help, in addition to those that previously volunteered: Ralph WB9ICF, David N9BSA, Dennis KA9PUC.

Field Day Update
Roger KF9D gave an update of plans for Field Day. We have a food captain. More members indicated an interest in attending.
Wendell N9REP advised that the county does not treat for mosquitoes, so be prepared and bring your own repellent.

Show & Tell
Pierre K9EYE showed his Super Antenna.
John KA9CAR showed his home brew cup holder radio mount.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:03 PM. Joe N9OK moved to close and the motion was seconded by Dave K9RUF.

Following a short break, Mike WB8BZK gave a presentation on his 80m Inverted-L installation. The program wrapped up at 9:13 PM.

Minutes recorded by Vice President Mike, ND9G