Minutes – August 2022

MCWA Meeting Minutes of May 3, 2022

DRAFT

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 3 guests; David White, 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.

Minutes – April 2022

MCWA Meeting Minutes of April 5, 2022

President Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) called the April 2022 hybrid meeting (in-person and by Zoom) to order at 7:05 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance followed, led by Sam Haldiman (KC9GPY).

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

A total of 32 members were in attendance and 3 guests; Dawn Hull (KA9ERS), James Hull (W9JGH) and Will Jenkins (KD9PRK).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting minutes from the March 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 111 full members including 6 family members.

Opening Balance  $11,235.83
Deposits $20.00 (dues)
Expenditures $0.00-
Interest $0.10
Final Balance $11,255.93

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

Effective April 19, 2022, the FCC will be a imposing a $35 application fee for new or modified license applications. This includes upgrades and call sign changes including vanity call signs. There will be no charge for administrative updates such as change of name, address or email address. Fees are to be paid directly to the FCC via the CORES FRN Registration system.


Hamfest and Event Update

PAST

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

Jefferson Hamfest, March 30, Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Center, Jefferson, WI: K9JK and K9OK attended

UPCOMING

DeKalb Hamfest, May 1, Sandwich Fairgrounds, Sandwich, IL

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


Contest Reports

ARRL International DX Contest (SSB): WB8BZK and KC9GPY participated

Stew Perry Topband Challenge: no reports

Wisconsin QSO Party: WB8BZK participated

BARTG HF RTTY Contest: WB8BZK participated

CQ WW WPX Contest (SSB): WB8BZK participated

Upcoming:

ARRL Rookie Roundup (SSB) – April 10

Ftx DX Contest – April 10

144 MHz Spring Sprint – April 11

220 MHz Spring Sprint – April 19

10-10 International Spring Contest (Digital) – April 24

432 MHz Spring Sprint – April 27

Microwave Spring Sprint – May 7

Indiana QSO Party – May 7-8

Upcoming MCWA Presentations

May 3      Inexpensive QRP Radios
David Cripe (NM0S)

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

None reported

Old Business

The Lake County Maker Faire is this Saturday, April 9, from 10AM to 2PM at the College of Lake County PE Center.  Our application, “Morse Code: The ‘New’ Old Technology” was approved. We will be demoing the Morse Code Tutor project and making on-the-air FT8 contacts. There will also be a limited number of code practice oscillators given away to interested parties. 30 will be pre-built and 20 will be available as kits. Sam Haldiman (KC9GPY) assembled the 50 3D printed keys.

Dan Larson (KD9M) reported on the 2022 Field Day planning meeting held on March 15. 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 April 12 at 8 PM using Zoom.

Ralph noted that there have been no volunteers to help organize the picnic. If no one steps forward, we will table the idea until there is more member interest. A suggestion was made to hold the picnic on the Friday of Field Day at Rush Creek. The suggestion was acknowledged, but since Harvard is somewhat further away, a caterer would need to be found that services that area.

New Business

Gary Kaatz (W9TD) motioned to reimburse Ralph for the code practice oscillators. President Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) tabled the motion due to the current technical difficulties.

Wrap up

Tom Pusateri (W9NBG) will be presenting “Lightning and its Aftermath” following the adjournment of tonight’s meeting.

The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, May 3, 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 “QRP Radios” by David Cripe (NM0S).

A motion to adjourn was made by John Kalenowsky (K9JK) and seconded by Ronald Delpiere Smith (KD9IPO). The motion was approved by voice vote and the meeting was adjourned at 8:03 PM.

Prepared by Gary Kaatz (W9TD), MCWA Secretary.