Chicago Coin Club Online Meeting Instructions

last revised 04 April 2020
expect an update tomorrow


Consider this a draft document, with details added each day (or more often) until our meeting on April 8, 2020. We want to make information available as soon as possible, so members have time to prepare to participate.


We will hold only online meetings during the Covid-19 isolation period — NO in-person meetings! Read on for the equipment you will need and instructions to make it work. You might need to email someone in order to receive the address and password. It will take some time to prepare yourself, so start now!


The Meeting experience

We hope the online meeting will recreate the meeting experience, within technology limits. A live video and audio stream will be sent to all attendees, under the control of member Deven Kane serving as the meeting moderator. A live video and audio feed from each attendee will be received by the meeting moderator, who will determine which video feed will be sent to all attendees as the main image. Each attendee can also see a small window with the video feed from each attendee.


The Service we will use

We will use a service provided by Webex. If you have already been part of a meeting hosted by Webex, great! If this is your first Webex meeting, we will provide enough details to get you started. There is no need for a beginner to learn how to schedule, manage, or run a meeting — so please do not go off on tangents trying to learn everything. To prepare for our meeting, try to be familiar with how to join a scheduled meeting and how to participate in a meeting.

A number of training videos are available online, showing how to use many of the features. Before our board meeting in late March, board members were emailed links to get them familiar with the service. The two dealing with initial set up were:
How-to: Join a Webex Meeting Video Conference https://youtu.be/fE5FnEUKtaE
Manage audio & video preferences in Webex Meetings https://youtu.be/VElbXzZCWjw

A good starting point to other videos is
General playlist of How-tos https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_YnWo4XhzTfhkcwB6M1a-wJ9dTlz58yz
and another getting-started video is
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l_W-iiGi_Q&list=PL_YnWo4XhzTfhkcwB6M1a-wJ9dTlz58yz&index=26

You can join the full meeting (video and audio) in three different ways: through your computer’s browser (referred to as web app), through a Webex program running on your computer (referred to as Webex Desktop App, or through a Webex App for your smartphone.

If you cannot join the full meeting using any of the above, you can join the audio part of the meeting by calling the long-distance number located below the Join by phone header in your emailed invitation.


The equipment you will need

You will need a computer (Windows or MAC) with good video and a camera; even a recent, good entry-level unit should work reasonably well. Speakers and a microphone can be built-in or separate, or a headset can be used. A good network connection will be needed to ensure smooth and sharp video is sent and displayed.

Although the Webex app is available for smartphones, their screens are much smaller than a computer’s.


The programs you will need

Your emailed invitation will contain two attachments containing instructions on using Webex for our meeting. Print them as a handy reference. View the invitation on the device (computer or smartphone) you wish to use with Webex, and then select the green Join button to connect to the service and start downloading needed programs.

Although Webex can run within most browsers, a better experience might be obtained by installing the Webex Desktop App onto your desktop or laptop computer. Installatuon might take 10 minutes, so start installing well before the meeting time.

There are Webex apps for Android and Apple smartphones, but these displays are much smaller than on a computer. If you want to download the app:
Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=3Dcom.cisco.webex.meetings&hl=3Den_US
Apple https://apps.apple.com/bh/app/cisco-webex-meetings/id298844386


Email us for a required invitation

Club members should expect an emailed invitation from our club Secretary by the morning of April 7, the day before our meeting. If you have not received such an email by then, fisrt look in your spam folder! If you did not receive it, please email our Secretary at secretary.chicagocoinclub@gmail.com and ask for the online meeting invitation.

The email will contain a green oval button icon to join the meeting, and it also will contain the Meeting Number (access code) and Meeting password. As a security measure, please do not share these with anyone.

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Participate

If you wish to exhibit any items for Show-and-Tell, you must email us image files well before the meeting. The name of each file should start with your name and end with a sequence number. The meeting moderator will step through the images in the numbered sequence, as prompted by the exhibitor whose voice will be heard live, by all attendees.

Email your exhibit images by Tuesday, the day before the meeting, to Deven Kane at deven_kane@hotmail.com

We expect more attendees than usual; if they all exhibit, we might announce time limits before the session starts.


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