October 2008

 

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Metro DX Club Officers

President: Jim Mornar, N9TK

Vice-President: Bob Jacobson K9CJ

Acting Recording Secretary: John Raiger, K9DRS

Secretary/Treasurer: John Holmes, W9ILY

Webmaster: John Holmes, W9ILY

 

             METRO DX CLUB MEETING MINUTES – OCTOBER 24, 2008

 

Tonight’s meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by President Bob Adamitis K9MDO who then led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  The minutes of the last meeting and the Treasurer’s report were read by Secretary/ Treasurer Jack Nienhaus W9NJB and approved by the members.

John Holmes W9ILY showed QSL cards just received from the Bureau for the club station W9TY.  Many of them were for contacts years ago.  It seems some of the foreign hams are catching up on their QSLing.

Old Business:  

W9ILY reported the Metro Muttz team competed in the July 19th NAQP-RTTY contest.  Phil N9LAH was #2 in the 9th Call area and #1 in Illinois .   John displayed the 1st Place Plaque won by W9TY (W9ILY operator) in the 2007 Illinois QSO Party.  

In a recent Southeast Florida DX Club 50th Anniversary event John W9ILY placed 1st in the CW section and will be receiving a plaque.  John W9ILY also operated in the 2008 Illinois QSO Party making 333 contacts from his mobile unit.  His first contacts were with K9RB and K9MDO from Florida .

Bob K9MDO expressed his thanks for all the people who called, visited and sent him cards during his recent stay at Christ Hospital where he underwent coronary bypass surgery on September 22nd.  He recovered quickly as he flew to Florida October 16th returning October 23rd where he spent a week with Roger K9RB.  He also visited several friends Billy W4WX, Jake K5WTA and Clarence WA9AAZ.

 

New Business:

The sentence in the minutes of the last meeting that the closing of the Old Barn Restaurant was a false rumor turned out to be false itself, when several weeks later they phoned K9MDO to tell him that the restaurant would be closing and that we would have to find a new location for our banquet in January.  We had some suggestions from the members that will have to be checked out.  The ones mentioned were Asbury House on 159th St. , Foxes in Oak Lawn or Orland Park and Hackney’s in Palos Park .

Bob K9MDO expressed his thanks for all the people who called, visited and sent him cards during his recent stay at Christ Hospital where he underwent coronary bypass surgery on September 22nd.  He recovered quickly as he flew to Florida October 16th returning October 23rd where he spent a week with Roger K9RB.  He also visited several friends Billy W4WX, Jake K5WTA and Clarence WA9AAZ.

An e-mail was received by W9ILY from member Tom Palmisano W9AEB inviting Metro members to make use of the repeater on 146.955 PL 114.8 that is regularly being used for DX spotting purposes and in general talking about DX.  Also involved with the repeater are Metro members Bob WF9V, Dave WG9J, Bob N9MKZ and others.  Thanks Tom.

K9MDO remarked that we are now coming out of a long lull in the sunspot cycle that will improve DX propagation and should interest more hams in becoming more active in DXing.  This should also be an opportunity to sign up some new members for Metro.

K9MDO called the members attention to Article VII of the club by-laws that states: “Nominations for office and election will take place during the November meeting each year.  The officers elected will take office at the January meeting.” The present officers have been in office for quite some time and perhaps it is time for a change to get some new ideas and plans for the club.  

 The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM .  John W9ILY presented a video from the ARRL library that presented an early history of ham radio.  It was very interesting.

 Present at tonight’s gathering were W9ILY, N9AKR, K9PY, K9BWQ and XYL Dolores, K9CJ,  AI9L,  AF9H,  N9LAH,  K9MDO and W9NJB.

 Respectfully submitted by Jack Nienhaus W9NJB Secretary/Treasurer

 

 

Metro DX Club

3810 N. Chamlin Drive

Morris, IL 60450

U.S.A.

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