MCWA April 2020 meeting canceled

The McHenry County Wireless Association Board of Directors has taken the action to cancel our April 7th MCWA meeting due to concerns with the COVID-19 situation that is unfolding.  The Board members feel that this action is in the best interest and safety of our members and guests. 

 It is a very disappointing turn of events since we had a fantastic presentation lined up for the meeting.  The good news is that Sevim Ablay WB8BHN has agreed to reschedule his presentation on European SOTA & Friedrichshafen for another meeting later this year.

We understand that meeting with other members and comradely are important to our group so we are encouraging MCWA members to consider keeping in touch with each other by joining one or more of the local nets that our members have set up:
 
Sixers on the EN52net:
Meets every Wednesday at 7:15 PM with early check-ins at 7 PM on 50.180 USB horizontal.
 
10 Meter Net:
Meets every Friday evening at 9 PM on 28.415 MHz USB.  Early check-ins taken from 8:45-9 PM.  Join us for Ham Trivia after we find out what our net participants are doing or projects they are working on.
 
144/222 MHz:  2FORnet, aka 220/2 meter USB net
Meets on the second Tuesday of each month.
    220 net:  7:00 PM on the KO9H Cary repeater,  224.960 MHz (-),  PL 110.9
     2 meter USB net:  7:30 PM on 144.180 USB, horizontally polarized
 
Between now and our May 5th meeting date, the MCWA BOD will continue to monitor the COVID-19 status and provide another update to our members as we get closer to our May meeting.  With luck, the virus will have run its course by then.
 
If you have any questions, please contact me or one of our Board members.
 
Thanks & 73,
 
Mike Metroka WB8BZK
President MCWA

Event cancellations due to COVID-19 coronavirus

Canceled: Rockford Amateur Radio Association (RARA) March meeting – March 13, 2020

From Larry Schubert AC9GO: The Health Department has asked that all meetings of over 25 people be suspended because of the Corona Virus. While we don’t always have over 25 in attendance, we have a number of older members with health problems. Since so many of us fall into this category, I talked to a number of the board members, and we decided it was best to cancel the Friday night meeting. I am also canceling the board meeting for the month. I will get on the air with Jimmy Friday night on the Fun Net, and have an on the air fun meeting. Kurt will have Earthlink hooked up on the Internet, and he will be able to give us a demonstration of how that works, and how we will be able to use that in the near future. So join us Friday night on the “Fun Net”. Take care of yourself, be safe, and stay away from that virus. It’s nasty.

Canceled: Jefferson Swapfest – March 15, 2020

From Dennis Rybicke, K9LGU:  Due to concerns with the Corona Virus and in consideration of advice from public health sources, the Annual Jefferson Swapfest (3/15) sponsored by the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club has been cancelled. 

Canceled: MCWA April meeting – April 7, 2020

From the Mike Metroka, President, and the MCWA Board of Directors:  The McHenry County Wireless Association Board of Directors has taken the action to cancel our April 7th MCWA meeting due to concerns with the COVID-19 situation that is unfolding.  The Board members feel that this action is in the best interest and safety of our members and guests.

Canceled: IDXC 2020 – April 24-26, 2020 

We send out our apologies to all our perspective patrons of the 2020 International DX Convention. Due to concerns, health and wellbeing of our amateur radio family, our age group and possible compromised health issues; we are taking the side of safety and cancelling the convention.

Even though the percentage of COVID-19 is low, there are person(s) who have the illness but mild form and have not seen a physician. It only takes 1 person to pass the virus to a person with a compromised illness.

We will be in close proximity of each other, yes the timing is bad, but all of your lives and families are more important.

Respectfully
Cathy Gardenias K6VC
Kris Jacob KC6TO
Co-Chairs
The IDXC 2020 Committee

Canceled: DeKalb Hamfest – May 3, 2020

From the KARC website – The DeKalb Hamfest has been officially cancelled. We were notified today by the Fairgrounds Manager that they were ordered to cancel all events until May 8. People that have purchased Advance Tickets or Vendor Tables will get their money refunded. We are working on the best method to make this happen. If you have any question please contact Bob Yurs or Tom Lower.

Canceled: Hamvention 2020 – May 15-17, 2020 

 The Hamvention Executive Committee has been monitoring the COVID19 pandemic. We have worked very closely with our local and state health Departments.

 It is with a very heavy heart the Hamvention Executive Committee has decided to cancel Hamvention for this year.
 
 This decision is extremely difficult for us but with around two months until the Great Gathering we felt this action necessary.
 
More specific details regarding the closure will soon be posted here.
 
Thank you for your understanding in this time of International Crisis.
 
Jack Gerbs
General Chairman HV2020
 
 
 

MCWA April 7th, 2020 Meeting Cancelled

The McHenry County Wireless Association Board of Directors has taken the action to cancel our April 7th MCWA meeting due to concerns with the COVID-19 situation that is unfolding.  The Board members feel that this action is in the best interest and safety of our members and guests.  It is a very disappointing turn of events since we had a fantastic presentation lined up for the meeting.  The good news is that Sevim Ablay WB8BHN has agreed to reschedule his presentation on European SOTA & Friedrichshafen for another meeting later this year.

We understand that meeting with other members and comradery are important to our group so we are encouraging MCWA members to consider keeping in touch with each other by joining one or more of the local nets that our members have set up:
 
     Sixers on the EN52net:
          Meets every Wednesday at 7:15pm on with early Check-ins at 7pm on 50.180 USB horizontal.
 
     10 Meter Net:
          Meets every Friday evening at 9pm on 28.415 MHz USB
          Early check-ins taken from 8:45-9pm.  Join us for Ham trivia after we find out what our net
          participants are doing or projects they are working on.
 
     144/222 MHz:  2FORnet, aka 220/2 meter USB net
          Meets on the second Tuesday of each Month
          220 net: 7:00pm on the KO9H Cary repeater:  224.960 MHz (-), PL 110.9
          2 meter USB net: Starts at 7:30 PM on 144.180 USB, horizontally polarized.
 
Between now and our May 5th meeting date, the MCWA BOD will continue to monitor the COVID-19 status and provide another update to our members as we get closer to our May meeting.  With luck, the virus will have run its course by then.
 
If you have any questions, please contact me or one of our Board members.
 
Thanks & 73
Mike Metroka WB8BZK
President MCWA