March 2008  


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Tonight’s meeting was held at the Midlothian Municipal Center at 14801 S. Pulaski Rd. and hopefully will become our home from now on. There is ample parking here and is adjacent to the police department. Thanks to Jerry Celmer, K9PY, a Midlothian resident, for making arrangements.

The meeting was called to order promptly at 7:30 PM by President Bob Adamitis, K9MDO. The minutes of the last meeting and the Treasurer’s report were read by Secretary/Treasurer Jack Nienhaus W9NJB and approved by the members.

Vice President John Holmes, W9ILY reported on contest results. The club entry in the 2007 WPX contest came in 3rd from the bottom. In the 2007 CQWW160 contest our club entry was number 64 out of 74 entries. John reported that a steady stream of QSL cards were coming in for club station W9TY contacts. Next weekend the CQWW WPX-SSB contest will take place and contacts made should be reported to W9ILY for a club entry.

K9MDO requested that all members forward by e-mail, photos of themselves at their stations to W9ILY for posting on the club website. In addition certificates received by members from various contest organizations can also be posted on the club website. If you don’t have digital camera equipment, John or some other member will take the photo.

H&W: Bob K9MDO reported that Roger Borowski, K9RB was in the hospital in Florida last week for blood transfusions. Bob K9MDO recently visited him. Dot Truhlar N9ALC continues to experience dizzy spells, but hopefully less frequently than before.

A letter dated February 19, 2008 addressed to Ms. Sylvia Edwards, RN, MBA the Chief Operating Officer of Oak Forest Hospital was written and read by Jack Nienhaus W9NJB, requesting permission for the club to conduct Field Day exercises on the hospital grounds. We were pleased to receive a response from the hospital granting permission. This solves the second of the club’s major problems, the first being a meeting location.

Bob K9MDO asked that the Club consider making a $25 donation to Mike McGirr K9AJ as a small contribution for use in maintaining his DX cluster site. A motion was made by Jess AI9L and seconded by K9PY. Motion carried by members and W9NJB was instructed to send check.

Field Day: Bob, K9MDO reappointed Bob Jacobson K9CJ as the 2008 Field Day chairman. A brief discussion was held and it was agreed that the club entry would again be in the 1A classification. The Club should have a better chance to rate higher in the scoring with 1A and would probably have insufficient manpower to operate as 2A. W9NJB will contact his nephew regarding availability of the RV.

Bob, K9MDO reported that the FP DXpedition story by himself and W9ILY was published in the Canadian ham radio magazine The Canadian Amateur. It was also published in QST, WorldRadio and The DX Magazine. Bob also reported that WorldRadio magazine was upset that the story was submitted to other ham magazines. 

Bob Berger N9ORD will bring cookies as refreshments to the April meeting. Members are encouraged to bring their own coffee or soda is they so desire.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:34 PM and John W9ILY showed an interesting documentary of 5A7A – 2006 in Libya.

The members present this evening were: AI9L, AF9H, N9ORD, K9PY, N9LAH, K9MDO, W9NJB, W9ILY, K9CJ, N9AKR, K9BWQ and XYL Dolores.

Respectfully submitted by Jack Nienhaus W9NJB, Secretary/Treasurer.