Minutes – January 2021

MCWA Meeting Minutes of January 5, 2021

DRAFT

President Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) called the January 2021 meeting to order at 7:03 PM by Zoom meetings. The Pledge of Allegiance followed led by Dave Holmgren (K9AT). Ralph noted that the meeting and the presentation would be recorded.

Board members present were Gary Dembski (W9GD), Dean Hettel (WC9C), Ralph Iden (WB9ICF), Gary Kaatz (W9TD), Dan Larson (KD9M), Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) and Mike Salak (KC9Q).

A total of 37 people were in attendance, with no guests.

Approval of Minutes

The meeting minutes from the December 2020 meeting were previously posted to the MCWA website for review.   John Cankar (W9JM) motioned to approve the minutes with Kent Dulaney (K9KMD) seconding the motion. The motion was approved by unanimous voice vote.

Membership and Financial Reports

Treasurer Dean Hettel (WC9C) presented the membership and financial reports for December. MCWA has a membership of 120 full members, 8 family members and 2 associate members for a total of     130 not including new member Tim Schroepfer (KD9OJP). Dean reminded the membership to pay their dues for this year.

Opening Balance $6,706.39  
Deposits $149.41 (dues)
Expenditures $0.00  
Interest $0.05  
Final Balance $6,855.85  

A motion to approve the financial report was made by Roger Scott (KF9D) with a second by Fred Soop (AC9RQ). The motion was approved by voice vote.

Announcements

FCC Amateur Radio Fees NPRM (20-270) was finalized in a Report and Order released on December 29. Fees were scaled back to $35 for new license applications, special temporary authority requests, rule waiver requests, license renewals and vanity call sign applications. There will be no fee for administrative updates such as a change of mailing or email address. John Cankar (W9JM) noted that the fee is imposed per application.

Additionally, effective June 29, 2021, amateur radio licensees and candidates must provide the FCC with an email address on all applications. Log into the ULS License Manager System with your FRN and password and update your record. John Dewey (KA9CAR) said that the password requirements have changed and if your old password does not meet the requirements, you will need to change it. He noted that there could be some difficulty doing so if you did not have a challenge question set up.

Hamfest Update

Nearby hamfests have been cancelled with the exception of the Wheaton hamfest which is to be held virtually over Zoom on January 17 from 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM You need to register for it at http://www.w9ccu.org/Hamfest.html.  Hamvention is still tentatively on and replacement tickets have been sent although not everyone has received them.

In remembrance of K9DMV, MCWA received a donation from Jerry Kessler, N4JL, in the amount of $73 to be used to advance amateur radio and support MCWA.

Contest Reports

ARRL 160-meter CW: K9KMD, N9OK, KF9D, N9DJ and WB8BZK participated

ARRL 10-meter SSB/CW: K9KMD, N9OK, KF9D, N9DJ, W9NBG, WC9C and WB8BZK participated

Rookie Roundup CW: no participants

Straight Key Night: WB9ICF participated

ARRL RTTY Roundup: NT9E, K9KMD, N9OK with over 1,000 QSOs and WB8BZK participated

ARRL EME Contest: KD2RPE made two contacts

Upcoming:

NAQP CW – January 9-10
January VHF Contest – January 16-18
NAQP SSB – January 16-17
CQ Worldwide 160-meter CW – January 29-31
Winter Field Day – January 30-31
10-10 Intl. Winter Contest SSB – February 6-7

Upcoming MCWA Presentations

February 2      European SOTA & Friedrichshafen, Sevim Ablay WB8BHN

March 2         ARRL Update, Kermit Carlson, W9XA

April 6         RTTY Contesting using the Flex, NY7G Digital Engine and N3FJP, Dave Whaley, NT9E

May 4           Inexpensive Test Equipment for Hams, Part 3, Gary Kaatz, W9TD

Awards and license upgrades

No members reported any new awards.

Old Business

None

New Business

Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) started a discussion about this year’s Field Day. Ralph first wanted to confirm that MCWA will participate in Field Day this year since funds were already approved by the board, second, identify a volunteer to act as Chairperson and third, secure the Rush Creek site this week. Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) volunteered to be an assistant chair and to secure the site. Dan Larson (KD9M) volunteered to be the Chairperson. John Dewey (KA9CAR) volunteered to be a station captain. Kent Dulaney (K9KMD) volunteered to provide a generator.

Ralph is planning on piloting the “Hams Helping Hams” online Zoom sessions in January or February and will record them for reference by MCWA members. Topics that were suggested include DMR, weak signal modes, LOTW set-up and use and an ESP8266 take home kit deep dive. Ralph asked for volunteer presenters and additional topics. Angelo Fanzone (KD9QVW) suggested by email the NanoVNA as a topic.

Wrap up

Gary Kaatz (W9TD) will be presenting “Inexpensive Test Equipment for Hams, Part 2” following the adjournment of tonight’s meeting.

The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, February 2, 2021 by Zoom meetings. Open “eyeball” QSOs start at 6:30 PM, with the meeting starting at 7:00 PM.

A motion to adjourn was made by John Cankar (W9JM) and seconded by John Dewey (KA9CAR). The motion was approved by voice vote and the meeting was adjourned at 7:47 PM.

Prepared by Gary Kaatz (W9TD), MCWA Secretary.

Minutes – December 2020

Meeting Minutes of December 1, 2020

President Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) called the December 2020 meeting to order at 7:02 PM by Zoom meetings. The Pledge of Allegiance followed led by Dave Holmgren (K9AT). Ralph informed the membership that Deborah Maresso, wife of Steve Maresso (KB9OLD), passed away on November 27 at her home in Fontana, Wisconsin.

Board members present were Gary Dembski (W9GD), Dean Hettel (WC9C nee WD9FOO), Ralph Iden (WB9ICF),  Gary Kaatz (W9TD),  Dan Larson (KD9M), Mike Metroka (WB8BZK), and Mike Salak (KC9Q).

A total of 33 people were in attendance, including three guests, our speaker for tonight, Lloyd Berg (N9LB), Bob Sepot (KC9JBA) and Robert Sepot (KC9LOU).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting minutes from the November 2020 meeting were previously posted to the MCWA website for review.   John Cankar (W9JM) motioned to approve the minutes with Harold Burt(W9HB) seconding the motion. The motion was approved by unanimous voice vote.

Membership and Financial Reports

Treasurer Dean Hettel (WC9C) presented the membership and financial reports for September. MCWA has a membership of 120 full members, 8 family members and 2 associate members for a total of     130. Dean reminded the membership to pay their dues for the upcoming year.

Opening Balance $6,289.95
Deposits $170.00 (dues)
$276.43 (Sale of K9DMV rotor donation)
Expenditures $30.05 (Shipping for rotor that was sold)
Interest $0.06
Final Balance $6,706.39

A motion to approve the financial report was made by Joe Robin (N9OK) with a second by Mike Salak (KC9Q). The motion was approved by voice vote

Announcements

K9RN Field Day results: our score of 8,930 (2006 QSOs) ranked 5th place nationally in class 2A and 1st place in the Illinois Section and Central Division. The MCWA Club aggregate score was 15,712.

Dayton Hamvention is tentatively a “go”. Tickets available for purchase now, replacement tickets for cancelled 2020 Hamvention are being sent.

“Hams in Space” – Crew Dragon spacecraft Resilience launched on November 16 with four amateur radio operators on board. The return to Earth is scheduled for May 2021.

FCC Amateur Radio Fees NPRM (20-270) comments closed on November 16. A total of 3,963 comments were posted out of over 750,000 U.S. Amateurs.


Hamfest/Conference Reports

Sweepstakes – CW: Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) said he made more contacts than he ever has. Roger Scott (KF9D) said he had a lot of fun.

Sweepstakes – SSB: Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) and Joe Robin (N9OK) participated. Joe remarked that 10 meters was OK.

CQ Worldwide DX Contest – CW: Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) and Roger Scott (KF9D) participated.

Upcoming:

ARRL 160-meter CW Contest – December 4-6
ARRL 10-meter SSB/CW Contest – December 12-13
Rookie Roundup CW – December 20
Straight Key Night – January 1
RTTY Roundup – January 2-3
January VHF Contest – January 16-18


Upcoming MCWA Presentations

January 5      Inexpensive Test Equipment for Hams, Part 2, Gary Kaatz W9TD
February 2    European SOTA & Friedrichshafen, Sevim Ablay WB8BHN
March 2         ARRL Update, Kermit Carlson, W9XA

Ralph said that Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) has more presentations on tap.


Awards and license upgrades

No members reported any new awards. Both Bill Wacaser and Dean Hettel reported receiving new call signs, KD9WEW and WC9C, respectively.

Old Business

The first part of the membership survey results was shared last month. The survey closed for additional responses on November 30. A total of 50 responses were received from a membership of 129 (39% response rate). Ralph presented graphs of the responses to a number of survey questions relating to what the membership is looking for from MCWA. Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) encouraged the membership to give talks on the topics that were requested in the survey.

New Business

No other new business was proposed.

Wrap up

Lloyd Berg (N9LB) will be presenting “Introduction to getting on 472 and 136 kHz” following the adjournment of tonight’s meeting.

The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, January 5, 2021 by Zoom meetings. Open “eyeball” QSOs start at 6:30 PM, with the meeting starting at 7:00 PM.

A motion to adjourn was made by Dennis Ryan (KA9PUC) and seconded by Joe Jaax (W9JCS). The motion was approved by voice vote and the meeting was adjourned at 7:44 PM.

Prepared by Gary Kaatz (W9TD), MCWA Secretary

Minutes – November 2020

Meeting Minutes of November 3, 2020

President Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) called the November 2020  meeting to order at 7:00 PM by Zoom meetings. The Pledge of Allegiance followed led by Dave Holmgren (K9AT).

Board members present were Gary Dembski (W9GD), Dean Hettel (WD9FOO), Ralph Iden (WB9ICF),  Gary Kaatz (W9TD),  Dan Larson (KD9M), Mike Metroka (WB8BZK), and Mike Salak (KC9Q).

A total of 36 people were in attendance, including two guests, a new licensee, Angelo Franzone (KB9QVW) and a past member, Bob Sepot (KC9JBA). Pierre Berube (K9EYE) suggested Angelo read the ARRL publication, “Now You’re Talking!”

Approval of Minutes

The meeting minutes from the October 2020 meeting were previously posted to the MCWA website for review. John Cankar (W9JM) motioned to approve the minutes with Bill Wacaser (KD9GIU) seconding the motion. The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

Membership and Financial Reports

Treasurer Dean Hettel (WD9FOO) presented the membership and financial reports for September. MCWA has a membership of 119 full members, 8 family members and 2 associate members for a total of 129. Dean reminded the membership to pay their dues for the upcoming year.

Opening Balance $6,164.80
Deposits $40.00 (dues)
$235.00 (K9DMV antenna donation)
Expenditures $149.90 (Zoom 12-month subscription)
Interest $0.05
Final Balance $6,289.95

A motion to approve the financial report was made by John Kalenowsky (K9JK) with a second by Dave Whaley (NT9E). The motion was approved by voice vote. Pierre Berube (K9EYE) asked about the possibility of a lifetime membership.

Announcements

FCC Amateur Radio Fees NPRM (20-270) comments close on November 16. As of 11/3, 2,918 comments have been posted out of over 750,000 U.S. Amateurs. Links to submit and view comments can be found on the MCWA website under “News”.


Hamfest/Conference Reports

CQ Worldwide DX Contest – SSB: John Cankar (W9JM) reported he made 180 contacts. John Lund (N9DJ) commented that 15 & 20-meters were good with VE’s on 80. Joe Robin (N9OK) commented that it was fun, with band conditions improving.

Upcoming:

November Sweepstakes – CW on November 7-9
November Sweepstakes – SSB on November 21-23
CQ Worldwide DX Contest – CW on November 28-29
ARRL 160-meter CW Contest – December 4-6
ARRL 10-meter SSB/CW Contest – December 12-13


Upcoming MCWA Presentations

December 1      Introduction to getting on 472 and 136 kHz, Lloyd Berg N9LB
January 5, 2021 Inexpensive Test Equipment for Hams, Part 2, Gary Kaatz W9TD
February 2      European SOTA & Friedrichshafen, Sevim Ablay WB8BHN

Ralph encouraged the membership to consider making a presentation since these are all that are currently scheduled.


Awards and license upgrades

No members reported any new awards. Our guest Angelo Franzone (KD9QVW) was recently licensed.

Old Business

Bill Wacaser (KD9GIU) and Doug Tucker (KD9PQI) organized an afternoon of amateur radio with a small group of scouts on Sunday, October 18 at the Crystal Lake Nature Center. Bill and Doug reached out to us to help make the event meaningful for the scouts. Attendance was capped at 12 unlike previous scouting events where 100+ scouts waited their turn to get on the air. The actual count was 9 scouts. The small number and extended time gave the scouts the opportunity to explore amateur radio without being rushed. The experience included a classroom session, six and two-meter communication, amateur radio and the internet, portable HF operations and AllStarLink communications. Fourteen club members participated, 7 on-site and 7 providing contacts. The event was covered by Northwest Herald reporter, Sam Lounsberry. The subsequent article spread worldwide. Bill said that the classroom session he ran was one hour and covered the basics of ham radio. He also said that 3 of the 9 scouts plus one parent are planning to get their licenses. He hopes that next year it can be an all-day affair. Dave Holmgren (K9AT) described his experience with the AllStarLink exhibit that he ran for the scouts.

New Business

The membership survey was sent out following last month’s meeting. A total of 44 responses were received, a 34% response rate. Survey will remain open until approximately November 15. Ralph presented graphs of the responses to a number of survey questions. The remainder will be shared at the next meeting.

The Board of Directors held a planning meeting on October 20. Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) volunteered to continue as program Chairperson. The board also reviewed the current list of possible meeting venues. Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) presented a preliminary analysis of the membership survey and historical statistics of membership, meeting attendance and finances were shared. He reported that the health of the club was excellent. The board voted to keep the annual membership dues at $10. The budget for the upcoming year was finalized considering a desire to maintain programs and activities, raise awareness in the community and make prudent investments to support new amateurs.

MCWA Budget for 2020-2021

Operating expenses
Club liability insurance                       $225 ($200)
MCWA website hosting                    $75  ($66)
MCWA.org domain registration    $12  ($12)
Zoom Pro account                               $200 (149.90)

Program expenses
Field Day                                                  $750 (need membership approval after planning has started)
Dinner Social                                         $299 (appetizers and door prizes)
Outreach                                                 $299 (scouting and incentives)

Total Budgeted                                   $1860

Projected revenue from dues     $1190 (projected revenues from eBay sales and auction not shown)

Net over                                                 $670

No other new business was proposed.

Wrap up

John Cankar W9JM will be presenting “QSLing” following the adjournment of tonight’s meeting.

The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, December 1, 2020 by Zoom meetings. Open “eyeball” QSOs start at 6:30 PM, with the meeting starting at 7:00 PM.

A motion to adjourn was made by Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) and seconded by Harold Burt (W9HB). The motion was approved by voice vote and the meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM.

Prepared by Gary Kaatz (W9TD), MCWA Secretary

Minutes – October 2020

Meeting Minutes of October 6, 2020

President Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) called the October 2020 meeting to order at 7:00 PM by Zoom meetings. The Pledge of Allegiance followed led by Dave Holmgren (K9AT). Mike then “Passed the gavel” to incoming President Ralph Iden (WB9ICF). Ralph thanked Mike and outgoing board member John Dewey (KA9CAR) for their service and welcomed the new Board. Ralph noted the passing of Bill Goodwin, the brother-in-law of Tom Craner (KD6KHK).

Board members present were Gary Dembski (W9GD), Dean Hettel (WD9FOO), Ralph Iden (WB9ICF), Gary Kaatz (W9TD), Dan Larson (KD9M), Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) and Mike Salak (KC9Q).

A total of 41 people were in attendance, there were no guests this evening.

Approval of Minutes

The meeting minutes from the September 2020 meeting were previously posted to the MCWA website for review.   Harold Burt (W9HB) motioned to approve the minutes with Joe Jaax (W9JCS) seconding the motion. The motion was approved by unanimous voice vote.

Membership and Financial Reports

Treasurer Dean Hettel (WD9FOO) presented the membership and financial reports for September. MCWA has a membership of  119 full members, 8 family members and 2 associate members for a total of 129.

Opening Balance $6,154.75
Deposits $10.00 (Dues)
Expenditures $0.00
Interest $0.05
Final Balance $6,165.80

A motion to approve the financial report was made by Roger Scott (KF9D) with a second by Dan Larson (KD9M). The motion was approved by voice vote.

Announcements

The annual meeting of the Board will be on October 20, 2020 at 6:30 PM with Zoom meetings.

A membership survey is being prepared, look for the link on the K9RN Reflector.

The November MCWA Dinner/Social is cancelled.


Hamfest/Conference Reports

Mid-Winter Hamfest, Waukesha on January 4, 2021 Cancelled

The list of license testing opportunities is available on the MCWA website.


ARRL September VHF Contest: Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) noted good activity, mostly on FT8

ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest: no reports

144 MHz Fall Sprint: Mike again reported high activity

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY: Several members reported their participation with Joe Robin (N9OK) and Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) reporting their personal best of 810 and 650 contacts, respectively with band conditions not good. Other members that participated were Dave Whaley (NT9E) and Gary Kaatz (W9TD).

222 MHz Fall Sprint: no reports

No members reported any new awards.


Upcoming MCWA Presentations

    • November 3    QSLing by John Cankar W9JM
    • December 1     Introduction to getting on 472 and 136 kHz                                                                 Lloyd Berg N9LB
    • January 5          Inexpensive Test Equipment for Hams, Part 2                                                             Gary Kaatz W9TD

Ralph encouraged the membership to consider making a presentation since these are all that are currently scheduled.


Old Business

Proposed FCC fees for amateur radio (20-270): The comment period is now open with 1,442 comments as of 10/1/2020. Links to submit and view comments can be found on the MCWA website under “News”.

The Board has been gathering lists of potential meeting places for the growing meeting attendance but availability during the pandemic and cost will be major factors in any decisions.

New Business

Bill Wacaser (KD9GIU) inquired if MCWA could assist him in demonstrating amateur radio at the upcoming JOTA on October 18 from 2-5 PM at the Crystal Lake Nature Center. Several members indicated their willingness to help: Gary Dembski (W9GD) and John Dewey (KA9CAR). Others commented on the proposal including Mike Metroka (WB8BZK), Tom Pusateri (W9NBG), Dave Holmgren (K9AT), Dennis Ryan (KA9PUC), Joe Jaax (W9JCS) and Pierre Berube (K9EYE).

Wrap up

Jack Hudson (W9MU) will be presenting “DXing” following the adjournment of tonight’s meeting.

The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, November 3, 2020 by Zoom meetings. Open “eyeball” QSOs start at 6:30 PM, with the meeting starting at 7:00 PM.

A motion to adjourn was made by John Dewey (KA9CAR) and seconded by Pierre Berube (K9EYE). The motion was approved by voice vote and the meeting was adjourned at 8:04 PM.

Prepared by Gary Kaatz (W9TD), MCWA Secretary

Minutes – September 2020

Meeting Minutes of September 1, 2020

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was held via Zoom. 

President Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) called the September 2020  meeting to order at 7:01 PM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Dave Holmgren (K9AT).

Board members present were Gary Dembski (W9GD), John Dewey (KA9CAR), Dean Hettel (WD9FOO), Ralph Iden (WB9ICF), Dan Larson (KD9M), Mike Metroka (WB8BZK), and Mike Salak (KC9Q).

A total of 37 members were in attendance.

Approval of Minutes

The meeting minutes from the August 2020 meeting were previously posted to the MCWA website for review.  Gary Dembski (W9GD) motioned to approve the minutes with Dave Whaley (NT9E) seconding the motion. The motion was approved by voice vote.

Membership and Financial Reports

Dean Hettel (WD9FOO) presented the membership and financial reports for June.  As of August 31, 2020, MCWA has a membership of 128 members,  127 full members and 1 associate member.

August Finances

Opening Balance 6,335.80  
Deposits 39.90 Dues
Expenditures 200.00 ARRL Club Liability Insurance
  21.00 DigitalOcean – Website hosting Sep-Dec
Interest 0.05  
Final Balance 6,154.75  

Joe Robin (N9OK) made a motion to approve the financial report with a second by Dennis Ryan (KA9PUC) . The motion was approved by voice vote.

Announcements

Hamfest/Conference Reports

The first ever QSO Today Virtual Ham Convention was held the weekend of August 8 – 9 with the opening keynote on Friday evening. Several members attended and thought many of the programs worthwhile. Some elements of the interface and experience felt clumsy.

The Racine Megacyle Club’s Free Fest on August 8 wasn’t attended by anyone at the meeting.

The Society of Midwest Contesters (SMC) Fest  occurred on August 22nd and was enjoyed by a number of members. Initially limited to current paid SMC members, the virtual event was later opened up to all.

As reported previously, the W9DXCC – NIDXA DX Convention has been canceled. The West Allis Radio Club’s 48th Annual Midwinter Swapfest originally planned for January 4th, 2021 at the Waukesha County Expo Center Arena has also been canceled.


Contest Updates

Quite a number of members participated in North American QSO Party, SSB including KY0G, KD9M, NT9E, and WB8BZK.  K9JK and WB8BZK also participated in the 50 MHz Fall Sprint.

Upcoming contests as well as the current ARRL news can be viewed from the “News” page on the MCWA website (https://mcwa.org/topics/news/) and is updated daily.


VE Testing

The Hamfesters Radio Club conducts FCC authorized VE tests every 2nd
Saturday of the month at the Oak Forest Village Hall, 15440 S. Central Ave., Oak Forest, Illinois 60452.  For more information contact Al Buikowski (N9ZD) or visit https://www.hamfesters.org/main/ve-testing. 

MRAC holds monthly VE testing at HRO in Milwaukee, reservations required. More information at https://www.mracvec.org/.

The Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club (SARC) is providing limited VE testing.  More information about the SARC testing sessions can be found at the SARC website (https://n9rjv.org).


Upcoming MCWA Presentations

Our members have enjoyed and learned much from our meeting programs in the past because of the wealth of knowledge and experience of the presenters.  Please consider sharing your knowledge and present a talk at an upcoming meeting. Everyone has something to share that will benefit others.

    • October 6, 2020 – DXing by Jack Hudson (W9MU)
    • November 3. 2020 – QSLing by John Canker (W9JM)
    • December 1, 2020 – Introduction to getting on 472 KHz and 136 KHz by Lloyd Berg (N9LB)
    • January 5, 2021 – Inexpensive Test Equipment for Hams, Part 2 by Gary Kaatz (W9TD)

MCWA November Dinner Social

The dinner social which has been held at the Village Squire in Crystal Lake the past two years and takes the place of the November meeting has been postponed until 2021. Based on the number of members who attended the previous two dinners, it was not  possible to safely accommodate the large number of people at this time.  There will be a virtual meeting in November.


K9CT Earns Fred Fish Memorial Award

Craig Thompson (K9CT) of Trivoli, IL completed the Fred Fish Memorial Award, which requires confirmed QSOs with each of the 488 Maidenhead grids within the continental United States on 6m. Craig is only the 12th operator to have achieved this impressive accomplishment. Congratulations, Craig!

Old Business

There was no old business.

New Business

Mike Salak (KC9Q) brought up the recently announced FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making that proposes to establish a $50 fee for new licenses, upgrades, renewals, and vanity call signs.  Administrative changes such as address changes would be free.

A discussion followed where members expressed their views on the new license fees: “It will have an impact on new people entering the hobby”, “Disincentive licensing”, “Maybe it would discourage callsign hoppers from frequently changing calls causing their old call to be unavailable to others for two years”. A number of members thought that a $50 or more fee would be  detrimental or a barrier for many. For example, someone passes the Technician, upgrades to General, and applies for a vanity callsign will pay $150. The fee could result in fewer people entering into the hobby at time when the  amateur community is aging.

A suggestion was made for club members to file comments with the FCC once the request for comments notice is announced. More information can be found on the ARRL website (http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-proposes-to-reinstate-amateur-radio-service-fees). 


Dave Whaley (NT9E) asked if there was any progress securing a larger meeting place for in-person meetings. The Board has been compiling a list of potential venues and will be reviewing them for suitability. There are a number of factors that must be considered including size, location, cost, and venue availability during the pandemic.


Officer Elections

Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) said that after three years as President and two as Vice President, it was time to turn the reigns over to someone else.  The candidates as presented by the Nomination Committee for the 2020-2021 officers and directors are:

      • President: Ralph Iden (WB9ICF)
      • Vice President: Dan Larson (KD9M)
      • Treasurer: Dean Hettel (WD9FOO)
      • Secretary: Gary Kaatz (W9TD)
      • Director: Gary Dembski (W9GD) – 2 year term

The floor was opened for additional nominations. There were no further nominations. Dennis Ryan (KA9PUC) moved that the nominations be closed and that the list of candidates be accepted. The motion was seconded by Harold Burt (W9HB) and passed by voice vote.

Jim McDonald (N7US) and Fred Soop (AC9RQ) asked if there was a quorum present to hold an election and what would happen if an election couldn’t be held for that reason? A short discussion ensued with President Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) stating that in lieu of a lack of nominations from the floor, a vote would not be necessary as the unopposed candidates would be considered elected via acclamation.  There were no objections from those present and the slate was elected by acclamation.

Congratulations were extended to the new Board of Directors, who will be seated at the October meeting. John Dewey (KA9CAR) current Past President will be leaving the Board and replaced by Mike Metroka (WB8BZK). Mike Salak (KC9Q) will begin his second year as Director.

The MCWA 2020-2021 Board of Directors:

      • President: Ralph Iden (WB9ICF)
      • Vice President: Dan Larson (KD9M)
      • Treasurer: Dean Hettel (WD9FOO)
      • Secretary: Gary Kaatz (W9TD)
      • Director: Gary Dembski (W9GD) – 2 year term
      • Director: Mike Salak (KC9Q) – starting the second year of his 2 year term
      • Past President: Mike Metroka (WB8BZK)

Wrap up

The program for the evening will be “Building & Testing the SATNOGS Rotor” presented by Ralph Iden (WB9ICF), which begins immediately following meeting adjournment.

The next regular meeting will be a virtual Zoom meeting on Tuesday, October 6th, 2020.  The meeting program that evening will be “DXing” by Jack Hudson (W9MU).  Members watch your email for your meeting invitation.  The meeting will open around 6:20 PM to allow users to join and visit. The meeting will commence at 7:00 PM.

A motion to adjourn was made by John Kalenowsky (K9JK) and seconded by Dave Whaley (NT9E). The motion was approved by voice vote and the meeting was adjourned at 7:42 PM.

Prepared by Ralph Iden (WB9ICF), MCWA Secretary


Before starting the evening’s program, it was revealed that Mike (WB8BZK)  received a surprise visit from John (KA9CAR) and Gary (W9GD) earlier in the evening who presented him with a plaque expressing the club’s appreciation of his service as President the past three years and Vice President the two prior years. Thank you, Mike from MCWA.