McHenry County Wireless Association

McHenry County Wireless Association (MCWA) is an amateur radio club open to all those interested in learning and exchanging information about an exciting and life-long hobby.

MCWA is a general interest amateur radio club and not one organized around one specific interest area such as contesting, emergency services, or repeaters. Our members have a wide variety of interests and experience in many aspects of the hobby which enriches all of the members.  We are a radio club that is here for sharing information and helping others.

Everyone interested in the hobby is welcome!  You do not have to be a member or even a licensed radio amateur to attend our meetings and we hope you will join us.

MCWA is an Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) affiliated club.



MCWA meets the first Tuesday of every month

Crystal Lake Bank
5100 Northwest Hwy
Crystal Lake, IL 60014


Enter from rear parking lot entrance, turn left for stairs or elevator, and go down to the basement.

6:30 PM – Doors open and socializing
7:00 PM – Business meeting
7:45 PM – Program

Upcoming Programs

    • March 3, 2020 – ARRL Update by Kermit Carlson, W9XA
    • April 7, 2020 – European SOTA & Friedrichshafen by Sevim Ablay WB8BHN
    • May 5, 2020 – Building & Testing the SATNOGS Rotor by Mike Pecorini KD2RPE & Ralph Iden WB9ICF
    • June 2, 2020 – Inexpensive Test Equipment for Hams by Gary, W9TD
    • July 7, 2020 – QSLing by John Cankar, W9JM
    • August 4, 2020 – So You’d Like To Run A Repeater -Hints & Tips, Ken Farver KB9I

Previous programs


A well established amateur radio club serving McHenry County, Illinois and surrounding areas, MCWA brings together newly licensed or returning hams, old-timers, and those interested in amateur radio.

Regardless of your amateur radio interests, you are likely to find others who share them as well as opportunities to keep abreast of the latest news and developments in amateur radio. The monthly meetings offer a wealth of information and opportunities to learn new and interesting things.

The membership dues are currently $10 annually and provides access to our “Members Only” Facebook page and Membership and Projects reflectors.

We invite you to attend one of our monthly meetings and join us!

MCWA Brochure 100119


News and Updates

December 2019 Highlights

Congratulations to the following members whose hard work and perseverance have paid off. Newly licensed or upgraded Dave MacLennan W9DAV – upgrade to General Awards ARRL Triple Play Worked All States on Voice, CW, and Digital Joe Robin N9OK FT4 Worked All States Mike Metroka WB8BZK New Call Signs John Canker W9JM, formally N9GUU