County Wireless Association Meeting Minutes
Meeting Minutes of February 2, 2016
meeting was called to order by President Jim, N7US at
7:00 p.m. on February 2, 2016 in the Crystal Lake Bank
The Pledge of
Allegiance kicked off the meeting, led by Jim, N7US.
extended a welcome and asked if there were visitors or
guests present. Mike KC9TCW from Woodstock and Craig
(no call) from Woodstock were visitors.
around the room followed. Thirty-three people were in
attendance for the meeting.
encouraged all to join the club Yahoo reflector, K9RN,
visit the club website at mcwa.org, and join the MCWA
Facebook page to keep up on club news and information.
from the January meeting were published for review on
the club website by Secretary Roger, KF9D. Dave, N9ITE
moved to accept the minutes as published, seconded by
Dave, KD9ESL. The motion passed by voice vote.
Joe, N9OK reported a balance of roughly $5,000 in the
club treasury. Paid membership for 2016 is now up to
60 members. Dues for the calendar year 2016 are now
being accepted. John, K9JK made a motion to accept the
treasurer’s report, seconded by Dave, NT9E. The motion
passed by voice vote.
reminded the club that the “Introduction to Amateur
Radio” class at McHenry County Community College will
begin February 18 and continue for 5 consecutive
Thursday evenings. Twenty general information amateur
radio topics will be presented in the course. Jack has
contacted 20 northern Illinois radio clubs to gain
publicity for the classes, as well as putting a notice
in the NW Herald events section. Cost is $49 for an
adult and $15 for a student.
informed the club that the K9ESV emergency services
group had recently sponsored a “ham cram” course with
13 people participating. A testing session followed
the course with 12 of the attendees successfully
passing the licensing test.
noted that the club has a collection of radio library
information, and will contact Marty, W9MLP to confirm
that he is in possession of the material.
On the topic
of Field Day, a new site is likely needed for this
year as most of the area where the club operated the
previous 2 years has been turned into farm fields.
Club members should research any appropriate sites and
discuss these at the March meeting. Ideas can be
floated on the club email reflector for comments.
commented that he was given a tour of WB9Z’s
impressive station. Dave also noted the great website
maintained by WB9Z.
On the topic
of operating activities, it was noted that the South
Georgia Island Dxpedition, VP8SGI is currently
underway. The DXpedition to Palmyra Island, K5P, has
recently concluded. Up-to-date DX information can be
obtained from DailyDX.com.
hamfests were discussed, including Radio Expo at
Belvidere on Sept. 24th. See QST for
further hamfest details.
business, Mike, WB8BZK inquired about who held the
file for the club brochure. Dave, N9ITE offered that
he has the master file. Mike offered to print some
brochures and take them to future radio events that he
will attend in order to gain club publicity.
invited everyone to join the club member group that
meets at the Cottage in Crystal Lake immediately after
the club meeting for pizza and camaraderie.
There was no
After a short
break, Jack, W9MU presented a very informative program
on VSWR. Using the computer application SIM Smith,
Jack demonstrated how much loss is possible in various
transmission lines under certain antenna mismatch
was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
KF9D, MCWA Secretary