County Wireless Association Meeting Minutes
called to order by President Jim, N7US at 7:05 p.m.
on March 1, 2016
in the Crystal Lake Bank meeting room.
kicked off the meeting, led by Jim, N7US.
Jim extended a
welcome to all and asked if there were visitors or
New licensees Gary, KD9FML and Craig, KD9FOU
introduced themselves to
room followed. Thirty-three people were in
attendance for the
meeting. Treasurer Joe, N9OK was asked to read a
list of unpaid
members for the year 2016.
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. Jerry, N9AVY is the newsletter editor
and Dave, NT9E
keeps the website and Facebook page up to date.
February meeting were published for review on the
club website by
Secretary Roger, KF9D. Kent, K9KMD moved to accept
the minutes as
published, seconded by Dave, KD9ESL. The motion
passed by voice vote,
with one abstention.
reported a balance of $4426.62 in the club treasury.
Expenses for the
past month included $744 previously authorized by
the membership for
a new projector. Paid membership for 2016 is now up
to 75 members
with 25 remaining unpaid from last year. John, K9JK
made a motion to
accept the treasurer’s report, seconded by Dave,
NT9E. The motion
passed by voice vote.
club that the “Introduction to Amateur Radio” class
County Community College has begun in room A241 on
Thursday nights at
7 pm with 5 people enrolled in the class. Three
class enrollees were
present at the March club meeting.
that a ham breakfast will be held on Saturday March
19th at 8 am at
the Golden Corral in Algonquin on Randall Road.
Anyone with an
interest in ham radio is invited to attend along
with their family.
Jim reminded new
members that club call sign badges can be obtained
through Ken, KB9I
at a cost of $10.
upcoming hamfests, including upcoming contests and
covered in the club newsletter.
stated that the
program for next month will be on the topic of
He also asked the club if there was interest in a
program on the
incoming QSL bureau. He will contact K9QVB and try
to arrange this
for a future program.
moved that the
club offer a free one year membership to anyone
giving a program
during 2016 or 2017. Ed, K9TX seconded the motion.
discussion on the topic, the motion failed to pass
to take over the position of club librarian. John,
cataloging the material and putting a list of
available material on
the club website. Members wishing to check out
contact Jeff in advance so he can bring it to the
topic of Field Day,
as announced at the previous meeting, a new site is
likely needed for
this year. Members were asked to give suggestions,
and several were
received. Roger, KF9D told members that a group has
looked at sites
and decided that the Hilltop shelter at Emricson
Park in Woodstock is
a good candidate. A site map and pictures of the
area were shown at
the meeting. Ken, KB9I has reserved the shelter with
the Parks and
Recreation organization for the Friday through
Sunday of Field Day
weekend. The site is offered free to the club in
providing communications to the Woodstock Challenge
Run on June 11th.
Jim informed the
group that the officers have been working on
rewriting the club
constitution during the previous month. Jim turned
the floor over to
Vice-President Mike, WB8BZK who give an overview to
the membership of
the suggested changes. Both the current and proposed
be viewed on the club website. Following the
procedure outlined for
change given in the current constitution, the
was submitted in writing at the March 1st
by the officers. Copies of the proposal were
distributed to all
members who desired a hard copy at the meeting.
President Jim took
the assignment to email copies of the proposed
constitution to all
club members soon after the March meeting. Members
are allowed to
vote by mail in advance of the vote that will take
place at the April
5th, 2016 meeting. Mailed votes should be
sent to the
Secretary, Roger, KF9D.
everyone to join the club member group that meets at
the Cottage in
Crystal Lake immediately after the club meeting for
Roger, KF9D presented a very informative program on
antennas. Using the antenna analysis application
EZNEC, Roger showed
comparisons of various resonant antenna types at