Minutes – April 2024

MCWA Meeting Minutes of April 2nd 2024


President Dan Larson (KD9M) called the April 2024 hybrid meeting (in-person and by Zoom) to order at 7:00 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance followed, led by Dave Holmgren (K9AT).

Board members present were:  Director – Glenn Otto (K9OK), Director – Kent Dulaney (K9KMD), Secretary – Andrew White (K9AJW), Treasurer – Bob Temes (KD9IDD), Vice President – Wendell Smith (N9REP), President – Dan Larson (KD9M), Past President – Ralph Iden (WB9ICF)

A total of 45 members were in attendance and 3 guests:

Rich Merle      No Call (New Associate Member)
Ron Pieroni     KE9AFU (New Member)
Nick Marocchi   KD9ZLT (New Member)


Awards and license upgrades



Approval of Minutes

The meeting minutes from the March 2024 meeting were previously posted to the MCWA website for review. Sam Haldiman (KC9GPY) moved to accept the minutes and Ken Farver (KB9I) seconded the motion. Hearing no objections, the minutes were approved.


Membership and Financial Reports

Bob Temes (KD9IDD) presented the membership and financial reports for September. MCWA has a membership of 140 members including 12 family members and 1 associate member.


Opening Balance $11,627.11 2024-3-29
Deposits/Interest/Credits $99.79 (Dues, Credits and Interest)
Expenditures $387.23 (Digital Ocean, Coffee, Pizza)
Final Balance $11,339.67 2024-3-29

Sam Haldiman (KC9GPY) moved to accept the treasurer’s report and Dave Whaley (NT9E) seconded the motion. Hearing no objections, the treasurer’s report was approved.


Old Business

Volunteers went over the books for our Treasurer’s Audit before tonight’s meeting.

ARRL Library book set was donated last month.  A big thank you to John Dewey (KA9CAR) for driving the efforts!


New Business

Ken Farver (K9BI) is no longer able to be the Trustee over our club call (K9RN).  We need a new volunteer to take over this duty.

We are planning to have a board meeting the week of April 22nd.  This will be a mid-year review and we will look at any adjustments needed to our Constitution as a result of our 501(c)(7).  A formal announcement will be sent out through the reflector.


New Updates from Membership

Dan Larson (KD9M) mentioned that the special event station W2A for World Autism Awareness Week.

We are looking to do a club POTA activation sometime this summer.  Details TBD.



Madison Hamfest
Stoughton, WI
Hannibal Amateur Radio Club
Palmyra, MO
Kishwaukee ARC
Sandwich, IL
Starved Rock Radio Club Hamfest
Mendoda, IL


Contests and Activities

144 MHz Spring Sprint April 1
222 MHz Spring Sprint April 16
432 MHz Spring Sprint April 24
10-10 Int. Spring Contest, Digital April 27
Microwave Spring Sprint May 4
ARI International DX Contest May 5
Indiana QSO Party May 5
Field Day June 22-23


Wrap up

The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, May 7th, 2024 at the Algonquin Township meeting room. Open “eyeball” QSOs start at 6:30 PM, with the meeting starting at 7:00 PM. Formal program is TBD.

Tonight’s presentation will be done by Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) where he will talk about his visit to Orlando HamCation 2024.

Sam Haldiman (KC9GPY) motioned to adjourn, and Erich Kraemer (KC9CUK) seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 7:28 PM.


Prepared by Andrew White (K9AJW), MCWA Secretary.