Minutes – September 2022

MCWA Meeting Minutes of September 6, 2022

DRAFT

President Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) called the September 2022 hybrid meeting (in-person and by Zoom) to order at 7:09 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance followed, led by Dave Holmgren (K9AT). Ralph then asked for a minute of silence for Rob Leveranz (KA9RBI). He welcomed new member Stan Safranski (WJ9U). Ralph then asked everyone in the room to introduce themselves.

Board members present were Gary Dembski (W9GD), Dean Hettel (WC9C), Ralph Iden (WB9ICF), Gary Kaatz (W9TD), Dan Larson (KD9M) and Dave Whiteside (N9BSA).

A total of 38 members were in attendance and one guest: Andrew White.

Approval of Minutes

The meeting minutes from the August 2022 meeting were previously posted to the MCWA website for review. John Kalenowsky (K9JK) mentioned a typo that was subsequently corrected. Hearing no objections, the minutes were approved.

Membership and Financial Reports

Treasurer Dean Hettel (WC9C) presented the membership and financial reports for August. MCWA has a membership of 126 full members including 8 family members and no Associate members.

Opening Balance $11,249.39
Deposits $85.00 ($45 dues and $40 donation)
Expenditures $200.00- (MCWA Liability Insurance)
Interest $0.10
Final Balance $11,134.49

Dean reminded the membership to pay their 2022 or 2023 dues by PayPal, check or cash tonight at the meeting.  Hearing no objections, the treasurer’s report was approved.

Announcements

The Chicago Marathon will be on October 9th. Contact Rob Orr (K9RST@arrl.net) to volunteer. John Cankar (W9JM) reported that he was short one volunteer for the MCWA team.

A number of items were donated by Mike Mailloux. Gary Dembski (W9GD) is temporarily storing them. Sam Haldiman (KC9GPY) inventoried the items and put it out on the reflector. Having no takers from MCWA the items will be taken to Radio Expo if the club has a table. Otherwise some could be donated to new High School station or auctioned off in the future.

There are some items donated by Larry Miglore (KB9DIP) that are looking for a good home (free).


Hamfest and Event Update

PAST

Jefferson Outdoor Fest 2022: no reports

Hamfesters Radio Club Hamfest: no reports

W9UDU Free Fest 2022: no reports

SMCFest: K9JK reported good attendance and good presentations.

UPCOMING

W9DXCC Convention, Chicago Marriott Naperville, September 16-17

Midwest Superfest, Expo Gardens, Peoria, IL, September 17-18

QSO Today Virtual Ham Radio Expo, September 17-18

HRO Superfest, Ham Radio Outlet, Milwaukee, WI, September 23-24

Radio Expo, Boone County Fairgrounds, Belvidere, IL, September 25


Contest Reports

10-10 International Summer Contest (SSB): no reports

 ARRL 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest: no reports

 North American QSO Party (CW): KC9GPY tried out a new 40-meter rotary dipole and made 432 QSOs with 92 multipliers in ten hours of operating

 ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest: no reports

 North American QSO Party (SSB): no reports

Upcoming:

Rt. 66 special event, September 10-18

Worked All Europe DX Contest, September 10-11

ARRL September VHF Contest, September 10-12

Wisconsin Parks on the Air, September 17

ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest, September 17-18

144 MHz Fall Sprint, September 19

CQ Worldwide DX Contest (RTTY), September 24-25

Oceania DX Contest (SSB), October 1-2

Upcoming MCWA Presentations

October 4  Having Fun with Morse Code – Anthony Luscre (K8ZT)

November 1 Working the Pileup – Ron Delpiere-Smith (KD9IPO)

December 6 TBD


Awards and license upgrades

Gary Kaatz (W9TD) was awarded DXCC-Digital, VUCC and WAS, 40-10 FT8.

Old Business

The club officer’s election was held. The nominating committee consists of Gary Dembski (W9GD), David Whiteside (N9BSA) and Roger Scott (KF9D) – Chairman.

The current slate consists of:
President: Dan Larson (KD9M)
Vice-President: Mike Metroka (WB8BZK)
Secretary: Gary Kaatz (W9TD)
Treasurer: Dean Hettel (WC9C)
Director: To fill opening created by expiration of Gary Dembski’s 2-year term.
Kent Dulaney (K9KMD)
Wendell Smith (N9REP)

Nominations were solicited from the floor. None were heard.

A motion to close the nominations was made by Sam Haldiman (KC9GPY) and seconded by John Cankar (W9JM) was approved by unanimous voice vote.

Sam Haldiman (KC9GPY) moved to elect the non-contested offices by acclamation. John Dewey (KA9CAR) seconded the motion and it was approved by unanimous voice vote.

Kent Dulaney (K9KMD) was elected to the open Director’s position.

New Business

President Ralph Iden (WA9ICF) brought up the concept of building a vibrant youth community. He had been listening to the East Coast reflector on Allstar and heard many youths carrying on a professional sounding net. He challenged the membership to figure out how we can introduce that here. He suggested helping to sponsor a High School Amateur Radio Club.

Wrap up

Jack Hudson (W9MU) will be presenting “Small Antennas for HF”, following the adjournment of tonight’s meeting.

The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at the Algonquin Township meeting room. Open “eyeball” QSOs start at 6:30 PM, with the meeting starting at 7:00 PM. The program is “Having Fun with Morse Code” by Anthony Luscre (K8ZT).

A motion to adjourn was made by John Kalenowsky (K9JK) and seconded by John Cankar (W9JM). The motion was approved by voice vote and the meeting was adjourned at 8:07 PM.

Prepared by Gary Kaatz (W9TD), MCWA Secretary.

Minutes – August 2022

MCWA Meeting Minutes of August 2, 2022

President Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) called the August 2022 hybrid meeting (in-person and by Zoom) to order at 7:03 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance followed, led by John Cankar (W9JM). Ralph then welcomed new and returning members David Peterson (KD9VEJ), Dennis Limosnero (KD9VKX), Daniel Limosnero (KD9VLD) and Dean Limosnero (KD9VLE). Ralph then asked everyone in the room to introduce themselves.

Board members present were Gary Dembski (W9GD), Dean Hettel (WC9C), Ralph Iden (WB9ICF), Gary Kaatz (W9TD), Dan Larson (KD9M) online, Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) and Dave Whiteside (N9BSA).

A total of 46 members were in attendance and 4 guests; David White, Rob Orr (K9RST), Lyle Giese (KD9RCN) and our speaker this evening, Carl Luetzelschwab (K9LA).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting minutes from the June 2022 meeting were previously posted to the MCWA website for review. Hearing no objections, the minutes were approved.

Membership and Financial Reports

Treasurer Dean Hettel (WC9C) presented the membership and financial reports for June and July. MCWA has a membership of 124 full members including 8 family members and no Associate members.

June

Opening Balance $11,334.12
Deposits $180.00 ($30 dues and $150 donation)
Expenditures $43.01- ($12 domain renewal, $31.01 FD breakfast)
Interest $0.09
Final Balance $11,471.20

July

Opening Balance $11,471.20
Deposits $25.00 (dues)
Expenditures $246.90- (Maker Faire CPO parts)
Interest $0.09
Final Balance $11,249.39

Dean reminded the membership to pay their 2022 or 2023 dues by PayPal, check or cash tonight at the meeting. Those that haven’t yet paid have been dropped from the roster.  Hearing no objections, the treasurer’s report was approved.

Announcements

The next VE testing will be held on August 16 at the Free Methodist Church in Woodstock. See https://mcwa.org/license-exam for details and contact Steve Maresso (KB9OLD) at 847-477-3518 to reserve your spot.

John Cankar (W9JM) reported on the Trek 100 – Ride for Hope. He had 21 operators assisting, about 1785 riders and ~$1.2 million raised for the charity.

Rob Orr (K9RST) made an appeal for the next service opportunity which is the Chicago Marathon on October 9th. Contact Rob Orr (K9RST@arrl.net) to volunteer.

 


Hamfest and Event Update

PAST

Lyons “Freefest”: W9TD reported only about 20 sellers

South Milwaukee ARC Hamfest: W9TD reported that there were many sellers and the prices were good.

KARSFEST: no reports

UPCOMING

Jefferson Outdoor Fest 2022, August 6, Spangler Campgrounds, Jefferson, WI

Hamfesters Radio Club Hamfest, August 7, Will County Fairgrounds, Peotone, IL

W9UDU Free Fest 2022, August 14, Greater Racine Kennel Club, Racine, WI

SMCFest, August 27, Chicago Marriott Naperville, Naperville, IL


Contest Reports

ARRL June VHF Contest: no reports

Stew Perry Topband Challenge: no reports

 ARRL Field Day: Subject of later report

 Thirteen Colonies: N9BSA and others participated noting that the French station was elusive

 IARU HF World Championship: no reports

 CQ Worldwide VHF Contest: no reports

 North American QSO Party (RTTY): WB8BZK participated as well as several other members

Upcoming:

10-10 International Summer Contest (SSB) – August 6-7

ARRL 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest – August 6-7

North American QSO Party (CW) – August 6-7

ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest – August 20-21

North American QSO Party (SSB) – August 20-21

Upcoming MCWA Presentations

September 6 Small Antennas for HF – Jack Hudson (W9MU)

October 4  Youth in Amateur Radio – Anthony Luscre (K8ZT)

November 1 Working the Pileup – Ron Delpiere-Smith (KD9IPO)

December 6 TBD


Awards and license upgrades

Michael Holtz (KD9VDW) received his General class license.

Old Business

The Club Field Day Report from Rush Creek was presented by Dan Larson (KD9M). There were 1467 CW, 272 SSB and 379 FT8/FT4 QSOs. We had 1350 Bonus points. The final score was 9278, an all-time high. We operated 2A and contacted 80 of the 85 sections.

The McHenry County RACES/ARES, operating out of the Government Center in Woodstock operating as K9ESV had 791 CW and 38 Phone QSOs also operating 2A.

The 415 Club was operating from Gary Dembski’s (W9GD) acreage as N9WH. Sam Haldiman (KC9GPY) reported 481 CW and 652 SSB QSOs for a final score of 3232. They had 23 visitors, 12 unlicensed and 9 under 18 youths.

New Business

The club officer’s election will be held at the September 6 meeting. The nominating committee consists of Gary Dembski (W9GD), David Whiteside (N9BSA) and Roger Scott (KF9D) – Chairman.

The current slate consists of:
President: Dan Larson (KD9M)
Vice-President: Mike Metroka (WB8BZK)
Secretary: Gary Kaatz (W9TD)
Treasurer: Dean Hettel (WC9C)
Director: To fill opening created by expiration of Gary Dembski’s 2-year term.
Kent Dulaney (K9KMD)
Wendell Smith (N9REP)

Wrap up

Carl Luetzelschwab (K9LA) will be presenting “Propagation and Amateur Radio” will follow the adjournment of tonight’s meeting.

The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at the Algonquin Township meeting room. Open “eyeball” QSOs start at 6:30 PM, with the meeting starting at 7:00 PM. The program is “Small Antennas for HF” by Jack Hudson (W9MU).

A motion to adjourn was made by John Cankar (W9JM) and seconded by Sam Haldiman (KC9GPY). The motion was approved by voice vote and the meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM.

Prepared by Gary Kaatz (W9TD), MCWA Secretary.

Minutes – July 2022

MCWA Meeting Minutes of July 5, 2022 – None recorded

The July meeting was canceled due to a tornado warning issued for our immediate area forty-five minutes before the start of the meeting.  Fortunately, the warning was canceled, but not before members return home.

Some members were able to chat via Zoom, but no official meeting was held.

 

Minutes – June 2022

MCWA Meeting Minutes of June 7, 2022

President Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) called the June 2022 meeting to order at 7:01 PM via Zoom. The Pledge of Allegiance followed, led by Glenn Otto (K9OK). Ralph then welcomed new and returning members Tom Damiano (KB9PN), Willard Jenkins (KD9PRK) and Ken Field (KO9H).

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

A total of 29 members were in attendance and no guests.

Approval of Minutes

The meeting minutes from the May 2022 meeting were previously posted to the MCWA website for review. Hearing no objections, the minutes were approved.

Membership and Financial Reports

Treasurer Dean Hettel (WC9C) presented the membership and financial reports for December. MCWA has a membership of 117 full members including 6 family members and no Associate members.

Opening Balance $11,254.02
Deposits $80.00 ($60 dues and $20 donation)
Expenditures $0.00-
Interest $0.10
Final Balance $11,334.12

Dean reminded the membership to pay their 2022 dues by PayPal, check or cash tonight at the meeting. Those that haven’t yet paid have been dropped from the roster. Hearing no objections, the treasurer’s report was approved.

Announcements

The web hosting company, Digital Ocean, has notified us of a price increase effective August 1.

The quarterly VE testing session was held on May 17th and resulted in one new Technician licensee. The next VE testing session will be held on August 16 at 7 PM by appointment only. It will be held at the Woodstock Free Methodist Church at 934 N. Seminary. Contact Steve (KB9OLD) at 847-477-3518 to reserve your spot.

The McHenry County Century Ride was held on Sunday, May 29. Wendell Smith (N9REP) coordinated the effort which involved amateurs from around the area. Those that participated included Roger Scott (KF9D), Harold Burt (W9HB) and John Dewey (KA9CAR). There were between 400 and 500 riders.

The Trek 100 Ride for Hope is coming up on Saturday July 30 in Waterloo, WI. It is a charity event benefitting the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC). Several clubs will be participating, including MCWA. For more information, contact John Cankar (W9JM) – N9GUU@hotmail.com.

The July meeting program will be a QRP Showcase and Show-and-Tell. If you have anything to share, plan on no more than 5-6 minutes due to time constraints. A signup sheet will be posted on the reflector this coming week to gauge how many people will be showing off their QRP gear and other items.


Hamfest and Event Update

PAST

Dayton Hamvention 2022, May 20-22, 2022: The subject of our program for tonight.

Starved Rock Radio Club Hamfest, June 5: no reports

UPCOMING

Lyons “Freefest”, June 11, Riverside Park, Lyons, WI

South Milwaukee ARC Hamfest, July 9, American Legion Post 434, Oak Creek, WI

KARSFEST, July 17, Will County Fairgrounds, Peotone, IL


Contest Reports

Microwave Spring Sprint: K9JK participated

Indiana QSO Party: no reports

50 MHz Spring Sprint: K9JK participated

VOLTA WW RTTY Contest: no reports

CQ WW WPX Contest (CW): N9DJ participated

ARRL International Digital Contest: W9TD participated

Upcoming:

ARRL June VHF Contest – June 11-13

Stew Perry Topband Challenge – June 18-19

ARRL Field Day – June 25-26

Thirteen Colonies – July 1-7

Upcoming MCWA Presentations

July 5     QRP Showcase & Show-and-Tell

August 2   Propagation and Amateur Radio
Carl Luetzelschwab (K9LA)

September 6 Small Antennas for HF
Jack Hudson (W9MU)

October 4  Youth in Amateur Radio
Anthony Luscre (K8ZT)

November 1 Working the Pileup
Ron Delpiere-Smith (KD9IPO)

December 6 TBD


Awards and license upgrades

Michael Holtz (KD9VDW) received his General class license.

Old Business

President Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) reported that the $246.90 of expenses for the Makers Faire will be paid from the outreach budget already approved. He also said that the organizers have already contacted him about our participation next year, on April 15, 2023.

Dan Larson (KD9M) reported on the 2022 Field Day planning meeting held on May 17. This year Field Day is on June 24-26. We have the Rush Creek campground reserved for Saturday night and all are invited. There is a need for operators for SSB/Digital and if you are a new ham or have not operated on HF, the GOTA station. Contact Gary Kaatz (W9TD) if you want to be scheduled for GOTA, or just show up. If you can’t participate in the in-person event, then get on the air individually and report under the McHenry County Wireless Association. If required, the next meeting will be in the week of Field Day using Zoom.

New Business

None

Wrap up

“A Hamvention Recap – Past and Present/ Voice of America Museum” will be presented following the adjournment of tonight’s meeting.

The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at the Algonquin Township meeting room. Open “eyeball” QSOs start at 6:30 PM, with the meeting starting at 7:00 PM. The program is a QRP Showcase and Show-and-Tell.

A motion to adjourn was made by Sam Haldiman (KC9GPY) and seconded by John Cankar (W9JM). The motion was approved by voice vote and the meeting was adjourned at 7:31 PM.

Prepared by Gary Kaatz (W9TD), MCWA Secretary.

Minutes – May 2022

MCWA Meeting Minutes of May 3, 2022

President Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) called the May 2022 hybrid meeting (in-person and by Zoom) to order at 7:09 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance followed, led by Dave Holmgren (K9AT).

Board members present were Gary Dembski (W9GD), Dean Hettel (WC9C), Ralph Iden (WB9ICF), Gary Kaatz (W9TD), Dan Larson (KD9M), Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) and Dave Whiteside (N9BSA).

A total of 37 members were in attendance and one guest, our speaker for tonight, Dave Cripe (NM0S).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting minutes from the April 2022 meeting were previously posted to the MCWA website for review. Hearing no objections, the minutes were approved.

Membership and Financial Reports

Treasurer Dean Hettel (WC9C) presented the membership and financial reports for December. MCWA has a membership of 113 full members including 6 family members and one Associate member.

Opening Balance $11,255.93
Deposits $20.00 (dues)
Expenditures $22.00- (3 mo. website hosting)
Interest $0.09
Final Balance $11,254.02

Dean reminded the membership to pay their 2022 dues by PayPal, check or cash tonight at the meeting. Those that haven’t yet paid have been dropped from the roster. A motion to approve was made by Dave Whiteside (N9BSA) and seconded by John Kalenowsky (K9JK). Hearing no objections, the treasurer’s report was approved.

Announcements

Due to a known conflict, the meeting room is not available for our use next month. We had the option of meeting in the large garage. But it isn’t ideal for out purposes. Consequently, the June meeting will be held virtually.

The next VE testing session will be held on May 17 at 7 PM by appointment only. It will be held at the Woodstock Free Methodist Church at 934 N. Seminary. Contact Steve (KB9OLD) at 847-477-3518 to reserve your spot.

Volunteers are needed for the McHenry County Century Ride which will be held on Sunday, May 29 from 6:30 AM to 3:00 PM. It starts in Lake in the Hills, to Union and then 4 loops. Volunteers will supply rider and logistics support and be reimbursed for mileage. For more information, contact Wendell Smith (N9REP) at wjsmith@ameritech.net or 815-245-9325.

John Cankar (W9JM) asked for volunteers for the Trek 100 Ride for Hope. It starts at the Trek Corporate headquarters in Waterloo, WI at 7:30 AM on Saturday July 30. He explained that it is a “Classic” type cycling event, the largest in the Midwest, attracting national participants. It consists of four loops of different length. He also made the point that it is a charity event benefitting the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC). He needs 33 volunteers; 10 to man the rest areas, 20 for SAG drivers (must be able to transport a bike and rider) and 3 for pickup vehicle. Please contact John if interested in helping.


Hamfest and Event Update

PAST

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, March 12-13, on-line: NT9E and W9TD attended

OzarkCon 2022 (QRP Conference): no reports

DeKalb Hamfest: John (KA9CAR) attended

UPCOMING

Dayton Hamvention 2022, May 20-22, 2022, Greene County Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Xenia, OH

Starved Rock Radio Club Hamfest, June 5, Mendota Tri-County Fairgrounds, Mendota, IL

Lyons “Freefest”, June 11, Riverside Park, Lyons, WI


Contest Reports

ARRL Rookie Roundup (SSB): no reports

 Ftx DX Contest: no reports

 144 MHz Spring Sprint: K9JK made 15 contacts

 220 MHz Spring Sprint: K9JK made 64 contacts

 10-10 International Spring Contest (Digital): no reports

 432 MHz Spring Sprint: K9JK made 43 contacts

Upcoming:

Microwave Spring Sprint – May 7

Indiana QSO Party – May 7-8

50 MHz Spring Sprint – May 14-15

VOLTA WW RTTY Contest – May 14-16

CQ WW WPX Contest (CW) – May 28-29

ARRL June VHF Contest – June 11-13

Stew Perry Topband Challenge – June 18-19

ARRL Field Day – June 25-26

Upcoming MCWA Presentations

June 7     Working the Pileup
Ron Delpiere-Smith (KD9IPO)

July 5     QRP Showcase & Show-and-Tell

August 2   Propagation and Amateur Radio
Carl Luetzelschwab (K9LA)

September 6 Small Antennas for HF
Jack Hudson (W9MU)

October 4  Youth in Amateur Radio
Anthony Luscre (K8ZT)

November 1 TBD

December 6 TBD


Awards and license upgrades

Joe Witkins (KD9KTA) achieved WAS on 40 meter FT8.

Old Business

The Lake County Maker Faire was held Saturday, April 9. MCWA had an exhibit titled “Morse Code: The “New” old technology”. The exhibit included three tables; an IC-705 plus iPad decoding CW by Dave (K9AT), two Morse Tutors (straight key and paddle), Morseinos and QRP radios by Andy (WB7DKZ) and Ralph (WB9ICF); an FT8 on-air demonstration by Gary (W9GD) and Sam (KC9GPY); and Code Practice Oscillators that were given to people who showed an interest in amateur radio and Morse code. Dan (KD9M) supplied the Morseinos and Cricket QRP transceiver.

Dan Larson (KD9M) reported on the 2022 Field Day planning meeting held on April 12. This year Field Day is on June 24-26. We have the Rush Creek campground reserved for Saturday night and all are invited. The plan is to operate CW, SSB and digital with free VHF, GOTA and satellite stations. Dan noted that the rules limit all stations to 100 W PEP. There is a need for both GOTA and food captains as well as operators for SSB/Digital. If you can’t participate in the in-person event, then get on the air individually and report under the McHenry County Wireless Association. The next meeting will be on May 10 at 8 PM using Zoom.

New Business

None

Wrap up

David Cripe (NM0S) will be presenting “QRP Radios” following the adjournment of tonight’s meeting.

The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, June 7, 2022 by Zoom meetings. Open “eyeball” QSOs start at 6:30 PM, with the meeting starting at 7:00 PM. The program is “Working the Pileup” by Ron Delpiere-Smith (KD9IPO).

A motion to adjourn was made by Dave Holmgren (K9AT) and seconded by Kent Dulaney (K9KMD). The motion was approved by voice vote and the meeting was adjourned at 7:54 PM.

Prepared by Gary Kaatz (W9TD), MCWA Secretary.