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Meeting Minutes of February 7, 2018

The February meeting was called to order by President Mike, WB8BZK at 7:00 p.m. on February 6, 2018 in the Crystal Lake Bank meeting room.

The Pledge of Allegiance kicked off the meeting, led by Dave K9RUF.

President Mike, WB8BZK extended a welcome and asked if there were visitors or guests present. We had 3 guests: George KD9JDS with his wife Sherrie, and Eric KC9WRB were in attendance.

President Mike, WB8BZK asked for any License Upgrades, New awards etc. issued since Last meeting. Dan formerly KD9AHQ received new call KD9M.

Introductions around the room followed. 28members + 3 guests were in attendance for the meeting.

Minutes from the January meeting were printed for review at the meeting by Secretary Dan, KD9M. Mike ND9G moved to accept the minutes, and the motion was seconded by Roger KF9D. The motion passed by voice vote.

Treasurer Joe, N9OK gave the January report: Started with $4655.82 had a donation of $80 from family of W4TYO. Dues of $60 with $0.41 in interest ended with 4796.23. Joe also gave the February report: Started with $4796.23 had dues of $80 and $0.41 in interest ending with $4876.64. John K9JK moved to accept the Treasurer report, and the motion was seconded by John KA9CAR. The motion passed by voice vote.

President Mike, WB8BZK announced that dues for 2018 are now Past Due.

President Mike, WB8BZK encouraged all to join the club Yahoo reflector, K9RN. Also visit our Web page.

President Mike, WB8BZK asked for a moment of silence for George Hellmann KD9EIZ SK.

Announcements
Several Ham Fest over the next couple months. LaPorte IN 24th Feb, Sterling Rock Falls 4th March, Jefferson WI 18th March and several others.

President Mike WB8BZK asked if anyone participated in the Winter Field Day. Pierre K9EYE worked QRP with Ham sticks worked several stations. Gary KD9FML worked 442 contacts. Vice President Mike ND9G worked RTTY contest conditions were fair had a few hundred QSO. President Mike WB8BZK had 25 quick QSO just checking.

President Mike WB8BZK asked for people to think about presentations for August through December.
Thoughts of Group IO conversion brought up for discussion looks like most groups are switching from Yahoo to Groups IO with problems and delays with Yahoo.

Under the topic of old business,
Roger, KF9D talked about 2018 Field day planning. Look to do 2A + GOTA +VHF again. Monitoring the site for noise but looks good now. Looking for other places for backup. Always need help with all areas. Setup, Tear down, Operate, Safety, just being around to interface with public etc.
Boy Scouts for a merit badge event. President Mike WB8BZK is waiting for them to get back.

Show and tell
Gary KD9WFL group of people always listening to 146.415 simplex waiting for QSO.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:52 p.m. Dave K9RUF moved to close and the motion was seconded by Mike KC9Q

Following a short break, Kent Dulaney K9KMD gave a presentation of “Keep Lightning Outdoors”

Minutes recorded by Club Secretary Dan, KD9M

Meeting Minutes of January 2, 2018

The January meeting was called to order by President Mike, WB8BZK at 7:01 p.m. on January 2, 2018 in the Crystal Lake Bank meeting room.

The Pledge of Allegiance kicked off the meeting, led by Dave K9RUF.

President Mike, WB8BZK extended a welcome and asked if there were visitors or guests present.

We had 1 guests: Fred AC9RQ was in attendance.

President Mike, WB8BZK asked for any License Upgrades, New awards etc issued since Last meeting; Terry AC9RW upgraded to extra and Hannah KD9JUN took and passed his General. Gary KD9FML received worked all states mixed Digital / FT8. Mike WB8BZK received 5 Band DXCC.

Introductions around the room followed. 33 members + 1 guests were in attendance for the meeting.

Minutes from the December meeting were published for review on the club website by Secretary Dan, KD9AHQ. John K9JK moved to accept the minutes with correction of missing attendance of 26 members and 2 visitors, and the motion was seconded by Roger KF9D. The motion passed by voice vote.

In Treasurer Joe, N9OK absence there was no treasury report for January.

President Mike, WB8BZK announced that dues for 2018 are now being collected but with Joe N9OK not being present you could mail the dues in or wait till next month.

President Mike, WB8BZK encouraged all to join the club Yahoo reflector, K9RN.

Several upcoming operating activities, Winter Field Day, Ham Breakfast Algonquin Golden Coral Jan 27th Waukesha Jan 6th.

Desmond KB3LKM will be traveling to Ireland and looking to operate. He is interested in ideas for portable antennas.

Under the topic of old business,
President Mike, WB8BZK talked about 2018 Field day planning and Roger KF9D will chair a committee and check the previously used location to see if noise issue is still present.

President Mike, WB8BZK is waiting for an update for the Boy Scouts for a merit badge event.

Under the topic of new business,
The radio donated by Kathy Pease was a Drake TR7 with power supply.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:38 p.m. John KA9CAR moved to close and the motion was seconded by Dave NT9E

Following a short break, President Mike WB8BZK presented an interesting program: “Antarctic RF Adventure”.

All members left the bank facility at approximately 9:10 pm.

Minutes recorded by Club Secretary Dan, (KD9AHQ), KD9M

December DX News

As I look over the last month of my log, one word seems appropriate- CONSISTENT. Yes, the bands
have been consistently challenging. There were many days of zero sunspots. Even on such days, DX was
available. A few days ago, I talked with CE2ATS on 10m. The signals were moderate to strong each
way.

I have enjoyed working DX operations such as 3C1L, J5T, 5K0T, TO2SP and 5K1B. The VK9MA
group had difficulties reaching certain areas due to the very challenging conditions. Nevertheless, each
DX operation did a fine job under the current conditions. It has also been fun working the 150th Canada
Anniversary stations across the provinces.
As we travel across the last month of 2017, look for such calls as XW4ZW, A31NM, ZC4MK and
6V1A. A good percentage of the ham community will be gunning for 3Y0Z later in January. A number
of other interesting calls will be heard on the bands. In light of the challenging conditions, some of the

announced DX operations have indicated that they will be employing some of the lower HF bands. In oth-
er words, be ready for lower band operation as the days grow darker and the conditions diminish at

times.
Due to wind storm damages, I went up to higher elevations today over the house and into the trees to

repair antennas. These warmer bonus days are likely to fade as we get into the second week of Decem-
ber. Forecasters are predicting cold and snow for late December and January and possibly throughout the

winter. So I do encourage you to exercise caution and get your antenna tweaking done soon.
Speaking of consistent, I do want to thank N9AVY for his work on the newsletter over many years. His
work will be missed as he retires from editor role with this December edition.

I also want to extend a good Christmas and a Happy New Year to all club members and their fami-
lies

………… 73 Dave KA9OZP