February 2007  


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The meeting was called to order by President Bob Adamitis, K9MDO at 7:40 PM. The minutes of the last meeting (November) were read by Secretary/Treasurer Jack Nienhaus, W9NJB along with a report of the Annual Winterfest Banquet that was held on January 19, 2007. The Treasurer’s report was also read and all reports were approved.

John Holmes, W9ILY, reported that N9WK, Bill Koltz, our member in Oshkosh, is looking for either a vertical or small beam antenna. If anyone can help Bill please contact him directly at n9wk@yahoo.com. Jess Colvin, AI9L, raised the possibility of the club sponsoring a reflector group to enhance communications between members. The members present approved of the idea and John, W9ILY, said he would look into establishing one. John also reported that the club entry made the list on the 160 meter contest results with three members taking part. He also reported that a certificate had been received for taking part in the Illinois QSO Party and that a certificate had also been received from the ARRL for the club’s participation in the Spectrum Defense Fund. Five club members participated in the RTTY contest and the ARRL International CW contest is taking place this weekend.

Walt Kline, KA9CBJ, recently recovered from surgery. Bob, K9MDO, John, W9ILY and Jack, W9NJB visited him at his home and then took Walt out for lunch. At tonight’s meeting Walt related the contacts he has had with Oak Forest Hospital officials to secure another meeting room at the hospital. As of now there is nothing available. He has also contacted the pastor of a church at 165th and Ridgeland in Tinley Park about the possibility of using a meeting room there and will hear at a later date if this might be possible. No action will be taken until further information is received from the hospital.

Roger Borowski, K9RB had surgery today for the removal of several toes due to his diabetes. Hopefully everything went well. Bill Beyer, N2WB has returned from Burkina Faso where his group, XT2C made 68,000 Q’s.

Bob, K9MDO, told about his recent cruise to St. Maarten, Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia and Tortola. He visited J69AZ while in St. Lucia. Bob and several other members are anxious to organize another DXpedition this year.

Because of a conflict with the Dayton Hamfest the meeting for May will be held on May 11th. Note this date on your calendar !

A very interesting DVD was shown on 3YŘX, the DXpedition to Peter I Island that club member Bill Beyer, N2WB participated in. Meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM. The members present were N9LAH, N9ORD, N9AKR, AI9L, AF9H, KA9CBJ, K9PY, K9MDO, W9ILY and W9NJB.

Respectfully submitted by Jack Nienhaus, W9NJB, Secretary/Treasurer