Minutes – December 2018

Subject: Meeting Minutes of December 4, 2018

The December meeting was called to order by President Mike, WB8BZK at 7:00 p.m. on December 4, 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 4 guests: Al Hill KD9MCC, Jeff Pennoyer KD9LNH, Doug Mather KD9PK, Jeanne Garman K9JEG.

President Mike, WB8BZK asked for any License Upgrades, New awards etc. issued since Last meeting. Al Hill KD9MCC, and Jeff Pennoyer KD9LNH both are new Hams, Dave Holmgren K9RUF passed Extra Class.
Vice President Mike ND9G received Digital DXCC for 17 Meters.
President Mike WB8BZK received Worked all states on 160 after getting Alaska confirmed.

Introductions around the room followed. 41 members + 4 guests were in attendance for the meeting.

Minutes from the October meeting were posted on the mcwa.org website for review at the meeting by Vice President Mike ND9G. John KA9CAR moved to accept the minutes, and the motion was seconded by John N9GUU. The motion passed by voice vote.

Treasurer Joe N9OK read the Treasurer’s combined November and December report:
Started with $5624.59, October Deposits ($110.00): Dues $110 November Deposits ($1052.50) Dues $52.50, MCWA Dinner $1000.00;
October Expenses ($0.0), November Expenses ($1214.94): Scouting Event $50.73, MCWA Dinner $1164.21; October Interest $0.77. November Interest $0.78.
Ending balance: $5735.70.
Member count is now 100 Voting members, and 10 family members. Olaf W9FY moved to accept the Treasurer report, and the motion was seconded by Kent K9KMD. The motion passed by voice vote.

President Mike WB8BZK Reminded that dues for 2019 of $10 are due to Joe N9OK.

Several Ham Fests/Gatherings recently and upcoming.

    • MRC91 Milwaukee Repeater Club,  no attendees from MCWA.
    • Antique Radio League December 10th
    • 47th Annual Midwinter Swapfest (Waukesha) January 5th
    • WCRA 2019 Mid-Winter Hamfest (Wheaton) January 20th


    • ARRL 160M Contest (CW only), several got in.
    • ARRL 10M Contest Dec, 8-9
    • OK DX RTTY Contest Dec. 15
    • ARRL Rookie Roundup CW Dec. 16
    • Stew Perry Topband Challenge Dec. 29-30
    • Straight Key / Green Key Night Jan, 1
    • ARRL RTTY Roundup (w/FT8) Jan, 5-6
    • See the contest calendar for more…

Other Announcements
Pierre K9EYE doing a 220 Net from 7:00-7:30pm Tuesday night and 2m Sideband from 7:30 – 8:00pm.
President Mike WB8BZK gave a thank you for all the support and those who attended the November Dinner.
President Mike WB8BZK gave a special thanks to the following: Jim N7US for setting up the venue and event finances, and Fred AC9RQ for creating the Personalized Name Badges.

President Mike WB8BZK gave wrap up of The Boy Scout Merit Badge Project.
44 Scouts signed up for the Merit Badge. 24+ MCWA members helped out with the program. The Project was a resounding success
The afternoon Cub Scouts were able to get on the air for Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and all had a great time.

President Mike WB8BZK Gave the field day results from June 23-24.
MCWA placed 1st in 2A for Illinois
MCWA placed 3rd in Illinois for all classes
MCWA placed 2nd in Central Division 2A
MCWA placed 11th overall 2A Class

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:46 PM.
Olaf W9FY moved to adjourn, and the motion was seconded by Keith N9QDS. The motion passed by voice vote.

Following a short break, Secretary Dan KD9M gave a presentation on Software Defined Radio. The program wrapped up at 8:45 PM.

Minutes recorded by Secretary Dan, KD9M