MCWA April 2020 meeting canceled

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

Event cancellations due to COVID-19 coronavirus

Canceled: Hamvention 2020 – May 15-17, 2020 

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

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

Field Day 2020 Planning Update

Planning has begun for Field Day 2020 to be held June 27 & 28 at the Rush Creek Conservation Area.  The meetings have been productive, well attended, and things are coming together.

Field Day Planning Team

    • Mike Metroka WB8BZK – Chairperson
    • Roger Scott KF9D – CW Station Captain
    • Dan Larson KD9M – SSB & Digital Station Captain
    • Mike Metroka WB9BZK – VHF Station Captain
    • Mike Ophus KD9DLL – Food & Refreshment Captain
    • Dean Hettel WD9FOO
    • Jack Hudson W9MU
    • Joe Szczubelek K9DMV

Meeting Schedule Change

The team has altered the meeting schedule.  Instead of meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, meetings will now be held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at Panera, 6000 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake. Gather at 6 pm with the meeting starting at 6:30.  As Field Day approaches, the team will adjust its meeting schedule as needed.

Field Day 2020 Planning

The days are getting longer, the groundhog didn’t see his shadow, the temperatures are rising,  and a young (at heart) ham’s fancy turns to thoughts of… Field Day!

This year’s ARRL Field Day is going to be held June 27–28, 2020, so it is time to start planning for MCWA’s Field Day activity. There is much to discuss including the selection of the site, equipment, antennas, modes, classification, number of stations and more. What do you want to get out of our Field Day?

Our Field Day chairperson, Mike Metroka, WB8BZK,  has scheduled bi-weekly planning meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 6:30–7:30 pm.

2nd Tuesday of the month:  Panera , 6000 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake.

4th Tuesday of the month:  Panera, 730 Northwest Highway, Fox River Grove.

For more information, contact Mike.

Mike Metroka, WB8BZK