Minutes – May 2022

MCWA Meeting Minutes of May 3, 2022

DRAFT

President Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) called the April 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.

Minutes – March 2022

MCWA Meeting Minutes of March 1, 2022

President Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) called the March 2022 hybrid meeting (in-person and by Zoom) to order at 7:03 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance followed, led by Dave Holmgren (K9AT). Ralph reported the passing of Pete Gedvilas (K9MG). Ralph also welcomed new members Bob Temes (KD9IDD), Bob Kerpec (WA9JOQ) and Sid Siddalingaiah (KC9JPJ).

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 30 members were in attendance and 4 guests; Carl Luetzelschwab (K9LA), Brent Walls (N9BA), Will Conley (WA9BRC) and Thomas Beebe (W9RY).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting minutes from the January 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 137 full members including 7 family members.

Opening Balance $10,789.45
Deposits $446.30 (dues)
Expenditures $0.00-
Interest $0.08
Final Balance $11,235.83

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

Announcements

The February VE testing session was very successful with four new Technicians and three new Generals.


Hamfest and Event Update

PAST

Orlando Hamcation, ARRL National Convention: Carl Luetzelschwab (K9LA) said it was well-attended by vendors and the flea market sellers. There were several forums and the ARRL held training sessions on Thursday.

UPCOMING

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, March 12-13, 2022, on-line

Jefferson Hamfest, March 30, Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Center, Jefferson, WI

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

North American Sprint (CW): W9TD reported that it was confusing with stations having to change frequency after each QSO.

 CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest: NT9E and W9TD participated

 ARRL School Club Roundup: no reports

 ARRL International DX Contest (CW): W9TD participated

 Russian PSK WW Contest: no reports

 CQ 160-meter Contest (SSB): no reports

 North American QSO Party (RTTY): NT9E and W9TD participated

Upcoming:

ARRL International DX Contest (SSB) – March 5-6

Stew Perry Topband Challenge – March 13

Wisconsin QSO Party – March 13-14

BARTG HF RTTY Contest – March 19-21

CQ WW WPX Contest (SSB) – March 26-27

Upcoming MCWA Presentations

April 5    Lightning and its Aftermath
Tom Pusateri (W9NBG)

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

For the 2021 Iowa QSO party, KA9OZP placed third in the high power class.

Old Business

A picnic Committee needs to be formed now if this event can take place:

  • Volunteers needed
  • Select a date and secure/rent the location
  • Begin to plan the food and activities

Later, the menu needs to be finalized, budget made and approved and the activities planned in detail.

Dan Larson (KD9M) reported on the 2022 Field Day planning meeting held on February 15. We have the Rush Creek campground reserved for Saturday night and all are invited. The plan is to have possibly three stations, CW, SSB and digital with free VHF, GOTA and satellite stations. The satellite station is in jeopardy as those contacted are not available for Field Day. There is a need for both GOTA and food captains. The next meeting will be on March 15 at 8 PM using Zoom.

A budget of $750 was approved at the February MCWA meeting.

New Business

The organizers of the Lake County Maker Faire have reached out to us to participate. It is to be held at the College of Lake County PE Center, April 9, from 10 AM until 2 PM. They asked us to have a booth where we can actively show and explain how the “project” was created and the technology involved and a hands-on experience for the attendees, if possible.

Wrap up

Carl Luetzelschwab (K9LA) will be presenting “ARRL Update” following the adjournment of tonight’s meeting.

The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, April 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 “Lightning and its Aftermath” by Tom Pusateri (W9NBG).

A motion to adjourn was made by Dennis Ryan (KA9PUC) and seconded by Sam Haldiman (KC9GPY). The motion was approved by voice vote and the meeting was adjourned at 7:32 PM.

Prepared by Gary Kaatz (W9TD), MCWA Secretary.

Minutes – February 2022

MCWA Meeting Minutes of February 1, 2022

President Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) called the February 2022 meeting to order at 7:03 PM by Zoom. The Pledge of Allegiance followed, led by Dave Holmgren (K9AT). Ralph noted that the program will be recorded and that the approval of the minutes and treasurer’s reports will be streamlined without motions unless there are objections. Ralph reported the passing of Dave Stump (KD9ESL), a former member. Ralph also welcomed new member David Cushman (KC9CTI) and returning member JoAnne Maenpaa (K9JKM).

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

A total of 40 members were in attendance and four guests; Thomas Beebe (W9RY), John Zietlow (K9WIC), Sid Siddalingaiah (KC9JPJ) and our speaker for tonight, Tim Duffy (K3LR).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting minutes from the January 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 134 full members including 7 family members.

Opening Balance $10,838.94
Deposits $169.41 (dues)
Expenditures $162.00- (Field Day Pavillion Rental)
  $57.00- (Field Day Campsite Rental)
Interest $0.10
Final Balance $10,789.45

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

Announcements

Although some programs are in the works, a program is needed for the March meeting and possibly April.

Dave Whaley (NT9E) reminded everyone via chat of the monthly ham breakfast, this coming Saturday, February 5, 8 AM at Kim & Patty’s Café, 731 Ridgeview Dr, McHenry.


Hamfest and Event Update

PAST

Winterfest, ARRL Midwest Division Convention: Thomas Beebe (W9RY) noted that the attendance and presentations were good.

UPCOMING

Orlando Hamcation, ARRL National Convention, February 10-13, 2022, Central Florida Fairgrounds & Convention Center, Orlando, FL

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, March 12-13, 2022, on-line

Jefferson Hamfest, March 30, Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Center, Jefferson, WI

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


Contest Reports

ARRL RTTY Roundup: WB8BZK and W9TD reported good scores

North American QSO Party (CW): WB8BZK and W9TD participated

ARRL VHF Contest: K9JK in a couple of hours roving made 224 QSO’s on 5 bands and 66 on Sunday, all on SSB

North American QSO Party (SSB): KD9M participated in the last few hours

CQ 160-meter Contest (CW): WB8BZK reported 576 QSO’s and all states

Winter Field Day: W9GD reported that “The 415” group of 13 ops made 713 QSO’s on SSB. K9OK, KD9FMJ and K9AT all commented on how enjoyable it was.

Upcoming:

10-10 International Winter Contest (SSB) – February 5-6

North American Sprint (CW) – February 5-6

CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest – February 12-13

ARRL School Club Roundup – February 14-18

ARRL International DX Contest (CW) – February 19-20

Russian PSK WW Contest – February 19-20

CQ 160-meter Contest (SSB) – February 25-27

North American QSO Party (RTTY) – February 26-27

ARRL International DX Contest (SSB) – March 5-6


Upcoming MCWA Presentations

None scheduled

A program coordinator is still needed since programs are an important part of our monthly meeting. Please contact Ralph (WB9ICF) or Mike (WB8BZK) for more information as to what is involved.


Awards and license upgrades

For the 2021 Illinois QSO party, K9RN (OP N7US) placed second in the fixed low power category, KA9OZP placed first for Iowa and Roger Scott (KF9D) placed first in the single county portable category.

Angelo Franzone (KD9QVW) upgraded to General in January.

Old Business

A picnic Committee needs to be formed now:

  • Volunteers needed
  • Select a date and secure/rent the location
  • Begin to plan the food and activities

Later, the menu needs to be finalized, budget made and approved and the activities planned in detail.

New Business

Dan Larson (KD9M) reported on the 2022 Field Day planning meeting held on January 27. We have the campground reserved for Saturday night and all are invited. The plan is to have three stations, CW, SSB and digital with free VHF, GOTA and satellite stations. The next meeting will be on February 15 at 8 PM using Zoom.

The board approved a Field Day budget of $750 at the October 2021 meeting. The MCWA Constitution requires membership approval for expenses above $300. Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) motioned to approve the Field Day budget and John Dewey (KA9CAR) seconded it. The motion passed by a unanimous voice vote.

Wrap up

Tim Duffy (K3LR) will be presenting “Antenna Construction” following the adjournment of tonight’s meeting.

The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, March 1, 2022 hopefully 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 TBD.

A motion to adjourn was made by Joe Robin (N9OK) and seconded by Dan Larson (KD9M). The motion was approved by voice vote and the meeting was adjourned at 7:35 PM.

Prepared by Gary Kaatz (W9TD), MCWA Secretary.

Minutes – January 2022

MCWA Meeting Minutes of January 4, 2022

President Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) called the January 2022 meeting to order at 7:04 PM by Zoom. The Pledge of Allegiance followed led by Dave Holmgren (K9AT). Ralph noted that the program will be recorded. Ralph welcomed new members Brad Shufelt (KD9UBK) and James Sarcia (KD9UBH). Ralph then went over the comments about 2/3 members present or 2/3 of a quorum being able to change the Constitution and said we are following the latter.

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

A total of 53 members were in attendance and two guests, John Zietlow (K9WIC) and Alex Geron.

Approval of Minutes

The meeting minutes from the December 2021 meeting were previously posted to the MCWA website for review. John Cankar (W9JM) motioned to approve the minutes with Dennis Ryan (KA9PUC) 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 131 full members including 7 family members.

Opening Balance $10,769.44
Deposits $168.93 (dues)
Expenditures $76.52- (Pobox plus. club brochures)
  $23.00- (4 months Web hosting)
Interest $0.09
Final Balance $10,838.94

Dean reminded the membership to pay their 2022 dues by PayPal, check or cash tonight at the meeting. A motion to approve the financial report was made by Sam Haldiman (KC9GPY) with a second by John Cankar (W9JM). The motion was approved by unanimous voice vote. Jim McDonald (N7US) asked if all 131 members are current on their dues. Dean replied that as long as a member has paid by meeting’s end, he is current. John Kalenowsky (K9JK) asked about Pobox plus. Ralph explained that it is for more reliable email than Google provided.

Constitutional Amendment

Ralph reiterated the reasoning for needing the amendment. The proposed text is as follows:

ARTICLE VII – Meetings
SECTION 1
The Bylaws shall provide for regular and special membership meetings, A minimum for a quorum to conduct club business is one-third one-fifth of the full members in good standing.

Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) moved to amend Article VII, Section 1 of the Constitution, replacing the words “one-third” to “one-fifth”. The motion was seconded by Mike Metroka (WB8BZK). Discussion followed. Sam Haldiman (KC9GPY) said that a percentage should be replaced with a fixed number. Tom Craner (KD6KHK) asked about the history of attendance. Ralph showed the chart and reiterated that around two-thirds of the membership never attends meetings. Ron Delpiere Smith (KD9IPO) and David Cooper (KA9OZP) also commented. John Kalenowsky (K9JK) said that on-fifth was too low. Mike Ricketts (ND9G) asked if any other part of the Constitution was affected by a change in the quorum. Ralph said only those two sections shown on the slide (Article VII, Section 1 and Article VIII, Section 1). Jim Bolm (N0RWL) asked about whether any notice was required to change the Constitution. Ralph answered that Article VIII, Section 1 required that it is proposed at one meeting and voted on at the next. The first proposal was made two meeting ago and could not be acted upon at the last meeting because there was not a quorum. Mike Metroka (WB8BZK) noted that a large effort was made to get a quorum for tonight’s meeting. Ron Delpiere Smith (KD9IPO) noted that even minimal business cannot be done without a quorum. John Cankar (W9JM) said let’s vote!

Since the current quorum requirements were met, a roll call vote was taken. There were 48 yeas, 2 nays and one abstention so the 2/3 of members present requirement was met and the amendment will be as stated above.

Announcements

Field Day 2022

  • Rush Creek Conservation Area site has been reserved by Mike Metroka (WB8BZK)
  • Planning will begin soon – See Dan KD9M for details or watch for announcement on reflector

Ron Delpiere Smith (KD9IPO) said that the ARRL has not yet determined about home stations for the 2022 Field Day.

Summer Picnic volunteers are needed for planning.

We need programs for our meetings beginning in March and a program coordinator


Hamfest and Event Update

PAST

None

UPCOMING

WCRA 55th Annual Mid-Winter Hamfest,   January 16, 2022, Kane County Fairgrounds
Scott DeSantis (KB9VRW) noted that a decision on whether the fest would be held will be made tomorrow, January 5. (subsequently, the decision was made to cancel)

Winterfest, ARRL Midwest Division Convention, January 27, 2022, Gateway Convention Center, Collinsville, IL
Also deciding on whether or not to hold it soon

Orlando Hamcation, ARRL National Convention, February 10-13, 2022, Central Florida Fairgrounds & Convention Center, Orlando, FL

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, March 12-13, 2022, on-line

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

Ron Delpiere Smith (KD9IPO) noted that the Sandwich hamfest is also in May


Contest Reports

ARRL 10-meter Contest: no reports

OK DX RTTY Contest: no reports

RAC Winter Contest: no reports

Stew Perry Top-band Challenge: no reports

ARRL Rookie Roundup (CW): no reports

ARRL Straight Key Night (CW): Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) pounded out a few QSOs.

ARRL Kid’s Day: no reports

Upcoming:

ARRL RTTY Roundup – January 8-9

North American QSO Party (CW) – January 15-16

ARRL VHF Contest – January 15-17

North American QSO Party (SSB) – January 22-23

CQ 160-meter Contest (CW) – January 28-30

Winter Field Day – January 29

10-10 International Winter Contest (SSB) – February 5-6

North American Sprint (CW) – February 5-6


Upcoming MCWA Presentations

February 1      Antenna Construction
Tim Duffy (K3LR) of DXEngineering

A program coordinator is still needed since programs are an important part of our monthly meeting. Please contact Ralph (WB9ICF) or Mike (WB8BZK) for more information as to what is involved.


Awards and license upgrades

none reported

Old Business

A picnic Committee needs to be formed now:

  • Volunteers needed
  • Select a date and secure/rent the location
  • Begin to plan the food and activities

Later, the menu needs to be finalized, budget made and approved and the activities planned in detail.

Harold Burt (W9HB) asked about the picnic time frame. Ralph replied that it was either June or July on either a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

New Business

None proposed

Wrap up

Ralph Iden (WB9ICF) will be presenting “3D Printing for Radio Amateurs” following the adjournment of tonight’s meeting.

The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, February 1, 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 “Antenna Construction” by Tim Duffy (K3LR).

A motion to adjourn was made by Sam Haldiman (KC9GPY) and seconded by Dennis Ryan (KA9PUC). The motion was approved by voice vote and the meeting was adjourned at 7:52 PM.

Prepared by Gary Kaatz (W9TD), MCWA Secretary.